Pack your sun hat and some provisions and make your way up north! Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s long-awaited 12-hectare River Safari is finally set to open its gates on April 3. Perched along the pristine Upper Seletar Reservoir, the River Safari is Asia’s first and only river-themed park.
Get up close and personal with 5,000 animal specimens spread across eight iconic river habitats including the Mississippi, Nile, Mekong, Yangtze and Amazon rivers. During the soft opening phase, visitors can trek through the park’s amazing freshwater galleries and immersive exhibits, including the world’s largest freshwater aquarium at the Amazon Flooded Forest and the Giant Panda Forest where the adorable giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia roam alongside red pandas and golden pheasants. Are you brave enough to meander through the Squirrel Monkey Forest? Check out what monkey business the free ranging Squirrel Monkeys get up to in this amazing tropical aviary! Unfortunately, families hoping to hitch a boat ride will just have to wait, as the safari’s fleet is still undergoing technical tests and will not be ready until later in 2013.
If the journey gets just a tad too much to handle in the sweltering heat, take a cool, well-deserved break at one of the two eateries on site – River Safari Tea House, which serves local and Chinese savory fare; or Mama Panda Kitchen for delectable Szechuan cuisine and panda-themed bites. Last but certainly not least, don’t forget to drop by Panda Paradise to snag kitsch plush toys, clothing and other exclusive memorabilia to commemorate your visit.
There’s nothing like it on this side of the world!
Anyone who yearns for a bit of fun and adventure but who are also quite averse to getting their feet wet or muddy.
Spend your birthday at the park and enjoy exclusive privileges such as free admission, 10% off retail and F&B; as well as complimentary ice cream. This offer is valid for permanent residents and Singaporeans only.
80 Mandai Lake Road Mandai, Singapore 729826
+65 6269 3411
River Safari opens daily from 9am to 6pm. Admission prices during the soft opening phase will be S$25 for adults, S$16 for a child between 3 and 12 years old, and S$12.50 for senior citizens above 60 years old.
From April 3, visitors planning to see the giant pandas can do so only via River Safari. The current giant panda preview, which visitors pay a top-up fee in addition to Singapore Zoo admission ticket, will end on March 31.