The Singapore Zoo’s nighttime attraction, the Night Safari, is often described as the country’s top attraction. But with the hype and hoopla, is it one actually worth visiting?
I say, hesitantly, yes.
Despite the S$35 ticket price for adults and the need for a ride out into the boonies, the experience of being at the zoo at night is hard to miss. You’ll only get 4.5 hours to explore the park (between 7:30pm and midnight) but, unlike the day, it won’t be ridiculously hot. Forget about taking photos of the nocturnal animals as they keep lights low, and do remember to wear more coverage if you’re afraid of mosquitoes. You’re also offered the opportunity to trek the paths on your own, a bit more frightening when it’s pouring rain (reminiscent of Jurassic Park) but I still saw some people doing it anyway. Of course, you can opt for the popular safari ride that takes you through the whole thing. Then there are the obligatory animal and cultural shows…
It’s not the greatest zoo experience, but it beats most of the other large attractions in the city. If you’re in Singapore and you don’t mind sacrificing a night to the Night Safari, I’d say you should go for it.