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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Our Visit to River Safari Singapore

With my dad & Aiden, we paid Kai Kai & Jia Jia a visit at River Safari Singapore in October. There was much hype about this relatively new attraction in Singapore, being Asia's first river-themed wildlife park and here's our review.

1) Easy to navigate layout
The River Safari is divided into 3 main areas:
Rivers of the World which features wildlife species, fishes and aquatic life from 7 rivers, Wild Amazonia which features the Amazon River Quest (scheduled to open this year end) & Squirrel Monkey Forest and the highlight of the attraction, Giant Panda Forest.

We went with a stroller and the park was friendly enough for us to go everywhere with the stroller & the exhibits were well laid out for our discovery and exploration. Ideal for families with young kids.

2) Easy to read signages which are kids friendly
Most of the signages were very attractive and simple to read, with some interactive signages with sound effects, good for independent discovery for kids.

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3) Educational discovery on the Rivers of the World
At the beginning of each river, there will be a unique signage sharing interesting facts about each river & the species found in each, a great teaching tool for parents with kids.

4) Air conditioned Giant Panda Forest
Each visitor is restricted to 15 minutes in this area, and reminded to keep very quiet. We were lucky to catch more than a glimpse of both Kai Kai and Jia Jia as both of them were in action. The air conditioned enclosure is a welcome escape from the humidity outside.

Look at my paw mummy!
Where's my boy?
5) Interactive Squirrel Monkey Forest
Aiden's favourite memory of the River Safari has to be this Squirrel Monkey Forest. The very sociable monkeys were free to swing around and came very close to the visitors. One mischievous monkey even jumped onto a stroller, scaring the parents of the young child. The squirrel monkey is the most abundant monkey species of the Amazon rainforest, observe how they leap from tree to tree hunting for fruits and insects and hear them call out to the rest of their troop.

We took about 2 hours to complete exploring the River Safari, and did not think it was very worth visiting compared to the Singapore Zoo or the SEA Aquarium.

Lastly, a tip would be to bring your own water and snacks as the dining options are pretty limited. The Mama Panda Kitchen can be very packed, unless you would like to try the much hyped panda buns, or the River Safari Tea House located near the entrance for local food. There are also kiosks along the way selling drinks and snacks at exorbitant prices.

Getting to River Safari:
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826 
You can either self drive or get there via pubic transport, carpark is the same as the Singapore Zoo.
The entrance is at the same location as the zoo, on the other side of the ticketing booth.

On our way, a 40 min drive from the east
Admission Tickets:
$25 per adult, $16 per child (3 - 12 years old) and $12.50 per senior citizen (aged 60 and above)
Or save more by purchasing the Park Hoppers including entry tickets to the Zoo, Night Safari, Bird Park and River Safari.
My mama panda


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