River Safari : A New Attraction at the Singapore Zoo!

River Safari is a new attraction that has recently opened at the Singapore Zoo. This means that visitors can now visit 3 attractions in the Mandai area, namely the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and the new River Safari…

 Ticketing Counters for the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari
Ticketing Counters for the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari

 Entrance to the River Safari
Entrance to the River Safari

 Our cute River Safari Ticket
Our cute River Safari Ticket

 Map of the River Safari in Singapore
Map of the River Safari in Singapore


Things to see and do at the River Safari

As you can see from the map, there is actually only 1 general path that you can take to tour the entire River Safari. The River Safari is themed after major rivers of the world and features the various marine life that lives along these rivers. The rivers featured at the River Safari (in order) are

1. Mississippi River

 Mississippi River at the River Safari Singapore
Mississippi River at the River Safari Singapore

The Mississippi River featuring the American Beaver and the Mississippi Paddlefish.

2. Congo River

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Congo River & Murray River

Congo River featuring the African Dwarf Crocodile!

3. River Nile

 River Nile @ the River Safari
River Nile @ the River Safari

River Nile featuring the Tigerfish!

4. Ganges River

 Ganges River, River Safari Singapore
Ganges River, River Safari Singapore

Ganges River featuring the Indian Gharial – Kate actually thought it was a statue! It was actually just lying very still…and enjoying a “jacuzzi massage” under the waterfall!

5. Murray River

 Murray and Congo River at the River Safari
Murray and Congo River at the River Safari

Murray River featuring the Barramundi, Murray Cod and Australian Lungfish

6. Mekong River

 Mekong River at the River Safari
Mekong River at the River Safari

Mekong River featuring the Mekong Giant Catfish – these guys are HUGE!!

7. Yangtze River

 Yangtze River at the Singapore River Safari
Yangtze River at the Singapore River Safari

Yangtze River featuring the Yangtze Alligator, Chinese Giant Salamander and the Sturgeon (almost mispelt as Surgeon… :p)

8. Giant Panda Forest

 Giant Panda Forest - Home of Jia Jia and Kai Kai
Giant Panda Forest – Home of Jia Jia and Kai Kai

The Giant Panda Forest is the highlight of the River Safari (hm…that sentence sounded strange)…

It is the home to a pair of Giant Pandas – Kai Kai (凯凯) and Jia Jia (嘉嘉). Visitors literally flock to this viewing gallery to have glimpse of the pair of pandas. Taller visitors have an advantage in viewing them…

In addition, the Red Panda (VERY CUTE AND FURRY!) and Golden Pheasant (did not know pheasants can be so beautiful) are also featured in this area.

After the Giant Panda Forest, you will have to cross the viewing deck to the Amazon Flooded Forest. Kate was also able to take some arty farty shots…

 Kate's arty farty shots
Kate’s arty farty shots

9. Amazon Flooded Forest

 Amazon Flooded Forest - River SafariAmazon Flooded Forest – River Safari

To us, the Amazon Flooded Forest was the most interesting part of the safari. It is like a giant aquarium featuring the giant river otter, electric eel, freshwater stingray, pacu, red-bellied piranha, red-tailed catfish, arapaima and of course the cute Manatee!


Video at the Amazon Flooded Forest

 Giant River Otter and Manatee
Giant River Otter and Manatee

Our Thoughts about the River Safari

The River Safari can actually be covered in about 2 hours and it was more like a walk through of the various segments. The Amazon River Quest Boat Ride and Animal exhibits was also not opened when we visited (slated to open at the end of the year).

The Amazon flooded forest was indeed quite an experience. Seeing these large marine creatures moving freely in the waters before you seemed quite surreal. The pandas were of course an attraction by itself.

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River Safari Singapore
River Safari Singapore

If you have taken the Amazon River Quest boat ride and seen the animal visits along this ride, do share with our readers in the comments section below!

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