Singapore Night Safari

After Dark Fun at the Night Safari: Tickets, Tips, & Things to Do

BY Pelago by Singapore Airlines


Night Safari Tickets

1. What's special about the Night Safari?

Opened in May 1994, the Night Safari (also known as Mandai Night Safari) is regarded as the world’s first nocturnal wildlife park. It is part of the Mandai Wildlife Reserve along with the Singapore Zoo, River Wonders, and Bird Paradise.

The Night Safari is home to over 100 species of animals including lions, elephants, hippos, leopards, and other nocturnal creatures. Here, you can choose to hop on a guided tram ride to journey across six geographical zones or walk on foot following four animal trails.

This open-air zoo will surely take you on a night of unforgettable wildlife adventure. As one of Singapore’s top attractions, it’s worth visiting, especially for families.

Use this map to plan your visit, and read on for everything you need to know about Singapore’s Night Safari.

2. What is the best time for the Night Safari?

The park is open daily (including on public holidays), from 7.15pm to 12am with the last entry at 11.15pm (only the restaurants open from 6.30pm onwards). Considering the opening hours, the best time to visit would be between 7pm and 10pm, as it is not too early and not too late, giving you enough time to enjoy.

3. How long do you spend a night at the Night Safari?

Given the timings, you can explore the park for about five hours, but three to four hours should be enough to explore everything.

The guided tram ride lasts about 40 minutes. You can also embark on the walking trails to see the animals in their habitats up close. You will get to see different animals on the tram ride and along the walking trails.

A Night Safari itinerary:

1) Hop on a guided tram ride: Start off your Night Safari journey on a guided tram ride at the main tram stop located at the Night Safari entrance. This 40-minute tram ride will take you to six geographical regions, from the Himalayan hills to the Southeast Asian jungles.

Pro tip: Some animals like the Asian elephants and hippos can only be seen through the tram ride, so you should definitely make this your first order of business at Night Safari.

2) Watch the Creatures of the Night Show: The Night Safari show time is scheduled daily at 7.30pm and 9pm. You may opt to watch the 7.30pm schedule first before you explore the rest of the park or go on a tram ride and follow the walking trails as you wait for the 9pm schedule (find out more deets on animal shows here)

Creatures of the Night Show

Pro tip: Due to the limited slots, you need to reserve your seats at least two hours in advance. Click here to reserve your seats at Creatures of the Night Show.

3) Walk the trails on foot: You may follow four different walking trails — Wallaby Trail, East Lodge Trail, Leopard Trail, and Fishing Cat Trail — to get up close with different sets of animals in their habitats.

Pro tip: To make your exploration more efficient, you may opt to start from either the Fishing Cat Trail (clockwise) or the Wallaby Trail (counterclockwise). Download the Night Safari map ahead to help you map out your walking route.

4) Cap off the night by eating or shopping: Feeling hungry after your excursion? There’s plenty of Night Safari food options — eat local delights at the 300-seater Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant or have some ice cream at New Zealand Natural. You can also buy food souvenirs at the Night Safari gift shop. While you’re at it, why not bring home some cute animal plushies?

4. How much is a ticket to the Night Safari?

Night Safari Ticket Prices

Ticket prices may vary. Please click here for updated prices.

Night Safari tickets are priced from SGD49.50 for adults, and SGD34.20 for children ages three to 12 years. You can check out the different Night Safari tickets online here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the ticket include a tram ride?

Yes, tickets already include the tram ride. Book your tickets here here.

What is better: Singapore Zoo or Night Safari?

Are you wondering whether Singapore Zoo is better than Night Safari? The answer actually depends on your preferences. If you are a night person, Night Safari is surely for you. But if you are a morning person who prefers to see more animals, then go to Singapore Zoo.

What is the difference between Night Safari and River Wonders?

river wonders

River Safari is the former name of River Wonders, which is part of the Mandai Wildlife Reserve together with Night Safari, Singapore Zoo, and Bird Paradise (which will be renamed to Bird Paradise and set to open in the second quarter of 2023).

River Wonders houses unique species of animals from river habitats as well as Singapore’s resident giant pandas. Night Safari, on the other hand, is home to different species of nocturnal creatures and other wildlife animals.

What animals can you see at Night Safari?

night safari animals

You can see many different kinds of animals at Night Safari. These include Asian elephants, Asian lions, clouded leopards, fishing cats, Malayan tapirs, Malayan tigers, Nile hippos, pangolins, and sloth bears to name a few. Find out more about the Night Safari’s animals in our guide.

What do you wear on a Night Safari?

There’s no dress code on what to wear, but we recommend you wear something comfortable, including a good pair of walking shoes. As you’ll be exploring for long periods of time, it’s best to put on good footwear that will not hurt your feet. It is also advised that you wear insect repellent and light coloured clothes with maximum cover to prevent insect bites.

Can you go without a car?

Yes, you can go without a car. There are other convenient ways to get there. You can take the MRT, then a connecting bus that will take you to the wildlife parks. See the MRT routes here.

You can also take the Mandai Shuttle, a loop shuttle service from Khatib MRT Station (NS14) to the Singapore Zoo Coach Bay. It is available daily and costs only SGD1. Children below three years old ride for free.

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