Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Singapore Trip Day 2 - River Safari and Singapore Zoo

Within the vicinity of the Singapore Zoo, there are actually 3 different attractions being;

  • Singapore Zoo
  • River Safari
  • Night Safari

We decided to go to River Safari and Singapore Zoo, which actually is too much for one day. The River Safari is smaller and you can finish in 2 hours but Singapore Zoo is massive so requires a whole day to itself. But as we're only here once, we decided to go for both.

River Safari

River Safari is the newest addition to Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s portfolio of award-winning parks. Nestled between Singapore’s two award-winning wildlife parks – Singapore Zoo and Night Safari – River Safari offers an unforgettable adventure inspired by the world’s most iconic rivers. This $160-million attraction features state-of-the-art exhibit design as well as the world's largest freshwater aquarium. Housing one of the world’s largest collections of freshwater fauna, the park features over 6,000 animals including 40 threatened species. And that includes Singapore’s resident giant pandas, Kai Kai and Jia Jia. (taken from the website)

Family pic!

The cousins
The highlight of the day for me was the Panda.
I loved how they are not in cages and they seem so close to you. Even the panda was very active while I was there. One climbed down from the tree after his/her nap. The other was busy eating.

Aaman loved looking at the big fishes.

Then we went on the River Cruise where you can see animals like Rhino and Giraffe from the Singapore Zoo next door.

The Singapore Zoo is a 26 hectare wildlife park, nestled within the lush Mandai rainforest that stretches into the magnificent Upper Seletar Reservoir. More than 2,800 animals representing over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles call Singapore Zoo home. (taken from website)

After a few hours at the River Safari, we stopped by KFC which was Halal for lunch. Then we entered the Singapore Zoo. This place is so HUGE! The animals again are not in cages and their areas are very open. Some animals are just roaming around the zoo so freely.

We were very tired at this point, so we went around the Zoo via the train. We made a full circle of the Zoo via train and then got dropped off near Kidzworld which is the waterpark.

The highlight for the kids were actually the waterpark! They loved the water buckets and the mini slides. Even Aaman (who was fresh from a nap) loved playing with water!

There is also a Dinosaur exhibition (which may have ended when this post goes up!)
The exhibition showcased different robot dinosours. The dinos are moving with sounds which was quite cool and if your kids are into dino, they would be in awe!

We missed most of the shows actually but managed to catch the sea lion show. 
Would have loved to see the Elephant show and the show with the Monkeys but hey when you're travelling with 5 kids, you take what you can get.

All in all we had a WONDERFUL time at the Zoo!

My advice is if you had one to pick, go to the main Zoo and allocate a DAY there. You'll get so much more out of it. 

Bring your strollers! I didn't care that Nazrin was too big for strollers but I pity Kimi who has to carry him otherwise.

Seeing the kids, so happy to walk together in the Zoo was so worth it! To more family holidays like this soon!! 

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