Singapore Zoo’s night safari and tram ride review

Zhuang Jia Wen

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As the world’s first nocturnal zoo, the Night Safari offers rare glimpses of over 2,500 nocturnal animals from around the globe in illuminated natural habitats.

Entering a Creature’s Domain

I arrived in the early evening to watch the Night Safari transform as dusk fell over Singapore Zoo. After grabbing a map, I quickly became disoriented wandering the shadowy paths as exotic creatures emerged around me. By design, the Night Safari places human visitors in the unfamiliar position of being the foreign species.

Highlights included spotting sly fishing cats on the prowl, dazzling displays from bioluminescent insects, and a majestic bull elephant eating dinner just feet away. The rotating animal show provided extra insight into the behaviors of nocturnal residents.

All Aboard the Tram Ride

I decided to experience the Night Safari’s 40-minute tram ride for an easy overview. With live commentary by the tram guide, we slowly cruised through selected habitats, spotlighting amazing creatures at their most active.

Seeing giant fruit bats swooping overhead, curious slender lorises peering out, and a Malayan tapir ambling past illuminated just how alive the park becomes after sunset.

I appreciated learning from the guide how light levels are kept low to study animals’ natural nocturnal behaviors. The ride provided a relaxed taste of the Night Safari.

Exploring the Walking Trails

After the tram ride, I spent over 2 hours exploring the sprawling park’s walking trails. Navigating ambient lit paths with only animal sounds and glimpses of activity around me was uniquely thrilling.

One magical moment was witnessing the giant flying squirrels soar between trees with capes outstretched! Equally memorable was staring down a fierce honey badger just steps away in an electric close encounter highlighting nature’s wonder.

An Eye-Opening Experience

The Night Safari allowed me to enter the unseen world of nocturnal wildlife and gain appreciation for their exceptional abilities. As the park livened at nightfall, I realized these exotic creatures owned the domain, and we were just visitors.

Leaving Singapore Zoo under a moonlit sky, I looked back to see beasts I knew roamed just out of sight. The Night Safari awakened my senses to nature’s wonders hidden in the shadows. This is an absolute must-do experience for any Singapore traveler.


Can you book tickets for the night safari online?

Yes, you can book tickets for the night safari online here.

Does the Klook Pass Singapore cover the night safari?

Yes, the Klook Pass Singapore covers the night safari.

Where is the Night Safari located?

The Night Safari is located next to the Singapore Zoo in Mandai. They are neighbors but separate attractions.

What are the Night Safari’s opening hours?

The Night Safari is open from 7:15pm to 12 midnight daily. The last admission is at 11:15pm.

What can you see at the Night Safari?

Over 2,500 nocturnal animals from 100 species like leopards, bats, civets, owls and more across geographically themed zones.

Is there a tram ride?

Yes, there is a 40-minute tram ride with live commentary touring key animal exhibits throughout the park.

How long does it take to walk all the trails?

2-3 hours is recommended to walk most of the 5 walking trails. Allow more time to fully explore all zones.

Are cameras allowed?

Yes, photography is allowed but flashes are prohibited since they startle animals.

Can you visit both the zoo and Night Safari?

Yes, combo tickets are available to visit both within a timeframe. The Night Safari is a separate evening activity.

Is the Night Safari suitable for children?

Definitely, it’s very family-friendly. However, some dark areas may be frightening for very young kids.

Are food and drinks available inside?

Yes, there are dining options within the Night Safari grounds with global cuisine.

Are strollers and wheelchairs available?

Yes, strollers and wheelchairs can be rented onsite. The tram ride is also wheelchair accessible.

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