Discover Asia’s first river-themed wildlife park at River Safari Singapore

A river-themed wildlife park where you can experience the majesty and thrill of some of the most iconic rivers in the world while meeting some really special animals? We’re not making any of this up! River Safari Singapore is very much real, and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Singapore. This 12-hectares wildlife reserve is packed with previews of the freshwater habitat of historic rivers like the Amazon, Mississippi, Mae Klong, Nile, and more, among other exciting things!

The reserve features a setup which allows you to explore the wildlife park on foot and end the experience with a magical cruise that traverses the gentle waters of the park, where you can spot countless aquatic animals like the endangered giant Mekong catfish. You will also get an opportunity to meet the resident giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia at the Giant Panda Forest!

Are you excited about the prospect of having your very own jungle experience? Our Singapore River Safari guide will answer all your questions about the experience and leave you with some useful tips. Let’s begin.

Why Visit River Safari

Housing over 6000 animals across 200 species, and 400 plant species, River Safari Singapore is an experience you just cannot miss! Out of the 200 animal species present in River Safari, 40 are threatened, making the place even more special. Guests can explore the park on a thrilling adventure along the Mississippi, Congo, Nile, Ganges, Mekong and Yangtze rivers, where they can get a good look into the freshwater aquariums and the rich walk-through exhibits.

Beyond being just a fun experience for families, River Safari Singapore takes active part in global conservation efforts pertaining to many species of flora and fauna. With their captive breeding programmes, the park management hopes to give aquatic animals, such as the manatee and the giant river otter, a fighting chance. Also, in an effort to make the conservation of endangered species a global effort, there are many interactive in park activities such as enrichment programmes, interdisciplinary trails, and workshops. The main idea behind these immersive experiences is to engage the senses and provide a unique, hands-on experience for everyone.

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What to expect at River Safari Singapore

1. River Zones

The most popular, and for good reason, attraction in River Safari Singapore is the River Zones. You’ll get to experience the following iconic rivers:

  • Mississippi: This exhibit features a range of North American wildlife from the world’s fourth longest river. Packing a powerful bite are the alligator snapping turtles and their cousins, the common snapping turtles.
  • Congo: The Congo River, also known as the Zaire River, is one of the largest rivers in the world and the deepest (220 m at one point!). Here you can discover colorful fish species like the Congo tetra, giant freshwater puffer etc.
  • Nile: Regarded as the longest river in the world at 6800 km, the Nile’s water resources are shared by about 11 countries, particularly Egypt and Sudan. Here you'll discover the African arowana, tigerfish, and giraffe catfish.
  • Ganges: Strange, mysterious, and holy at the same time, the Ganges river is revered by Hindus and home to the unusual Indian gharial, frog-faced softshell turtle, and the intriguing goonch catfish.
  • Mekong: Mekong River, the closest to Singapore, is the lifeline of countries in the region like China, Burma, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. It is a powerful source of clean energy, and humongous river life like the monster giant catfish and the freshwater stingray.
  • Yangtze: The Yangtze River is the longest river in Asia and third in the world. It has been deeply intertwined with the history, culture and economy of China for centuries. Exhibited here are the ancient sturgeon, giant salamander and the Chinese alligator.

2. Giant Panda Forest

Another key attraction of River Safari Singapore, the Giant Panda Forest offers a delightful little experience. Here, you can meet lovable giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia in a climate-controlled biodome that simulates their natural habitat. The Giant Panda Forest is also home to the rare red panda, so watch out for them while here.

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3. River Safari Cruise

End your day of exploration and discovery by hopping on the River Safari Cruise to enjoy and relax after a fun-filled day. Look out for scenic photo opportunities as you gently cruise along the upper Seletar reservoir. The best part? There’s no height restriction for the cruise, which means everyone in your family can come along for this adventure.

4. Amazon River Quest

Experience the marvelous and mysterious Amazonian boat adventure with Amazon River Quest. Designed to simulate a journey along the Amazon River, your keen senses will come into play here. Try and spot the well-camouflaged and elusive wildlife hideen among the lush vegetation. Highlights include the Brazilian tapir, jaguar, and the giant anteater!

5. Squirrel Monkey Forest

The Squirrel Monkey Forest will give you ample opportunities to get really close to these small, adorable animals, native to Central and South America. Unlike other animals, squirrel monkeys are generally quite curious, which means you won’t have to strain your eyes looking for them in the camouflaged natural surroundings.

6. Amazon Flooded Forest

In the world’s largest freshwater gallery, get a special view of remarkable aquatic animals in an underwater ecosystem that mimics the submerged Amazon. You’ll get to witness red-bellied piranhas, manatees, electric eel, black-finned pacu, motoro stingray, arapaimas, and giant river otters!

River Safari Singapore Tickets

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  • Experience the best of the Amazon with River Safari and Amazon River Quest.
  • Witness historic creatures at the River of Life, the Nile inspired exhibit, amongst other memorable experiences at River Safari.
  • Each ticket is valid for 90 days from the ‘Visit Date’ marked on the voucher.
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  • Includes access to the two boat rides in the reserve; Amazon River Quest and the River Safari.
  • Enter the Giant Panda Forest and greet Kai Kai and Jia Jia, the two giant pandas.
  • Private transfers to and from your hotel.
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  • Visit Mama Panda Kitchen and enjoy your very own Panda Pau Set.
  • Head to River Safari Singapore and get access to the Amazon River Quest and River Safari boat rides.
  • Meet Kai Kai and Jia Jia at the Giant Panda Forest.
  • Tickets are valid for 90 days from the date of visit on the voucher.
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You may cancel up to 12 hours in advance for a full refund.

You can also explore River Safari when you get an iVenture Singapore Flexi Pass or Singapore City Pass. Through the passes, you can cover multiple attractions within the city, such as:

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Singapore City Pass

How to Get River Safari Discount Tickets

When booking with us, you can be sure to get discounted River Safari tickets. Here's how:

River Safari Singapore Ticket Combos

Super Saver Combo: Night Safari + River Safari

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  • Discover two of Singapore’s best wildlife experiences in this ticket: Night Safari and River Safari.

Ticket includes:

  • 40 minute tram ride at Night Safari that takes you through the park across the 6 different geographical locations.
  • It includes a River Safari and Amazon River Quest as a part of the River Safari experience.
  • The combo ticket is valid for 90 days from scheduled date of visit.

Booking these attractions separately would cost you about S$79:

Night Safari Singapore:
River Safari Singapore:

However, with Headout, you can book this combo for

Super Saver Combo: River Safari + Jurong Bird Park

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Ticket includes:

  • Discover the secrets of the Amazon with the River Safari and Amazon River Quest boat rides.
  • Also meet Kai Kai and Jia Jia, the two pandas at River Safari rainforest.
  • Discover up to 400 species of birds, and get a special opportunity to hand-feed the birds.
  • Use the Hop-on Hop-off tram ride at Jurong Bird Park as many times as you desire.

Booking these attractions separately would cost you about S$62:

River Safari:
Jurong Bird Park:

However, with Headout, you can book this combo for

Super Saver Combo: Singapore Zoo + River Safari

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  • This ticket combo covers Singapore Zoo and River Safari.
  • This combo ticket is valid for 90 days.

Ticket includes:

  • Guided tram ride through Singapore Zoo with commentary.
  • With elevated platforms, underwater galleries, and glass observatories, discover a large number of different species.
  • At Singapore River Safari, take two boat rides: River Safari and Amazon River Quest.
  • Discover the ecosystems that sprawl across the famous rivers of the world.

Booking these attractions separately would cost you about S$67:

Singapore Zoo:
River Safari:

However, with Headout, you can book this combo for

Super Saver Combo: Rainforest Lumina + River Safari

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  • Explore River Safari, and then head to one of Singapore's newest attractions - Rainforest Lumina.

Ticket includes:

  • Venture into Asia’s first river-themed park, and enjoy two amazing boat rides: River Safari and Amazon River Quest.
  • At Rainforest Lumina, embark on a walk through 15 attractions and explore the interactive installations.

Booking these attractions separately would cost you about S$52:

River Safari Singapore:
Rainforest Lumina:

However, with Headout, you can book this combo for

Super Saver Combo: Singapore Zoo + River Safari + Night Safari

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  • This ticket covers three of Singapore's best wildlife experiences- Singapore Zoo, Singapore River Safari, and Night Safari.

Ticket includes:

  • Tram ride with commentary at Singapore Zoo.
  • Discover wildlife from different parts of the world! With elevated platforms, underwater galleries, and glass observatories, enjoy watching the animals frolic from great vantage point.
  • Get access to two boat rides at River Safari: Amazon River Quest and River Safari.

Booking these attractions separately would cost you about S$114:

Night Safari Singapore:
Singapore Zoo:
River Safari:

However, with Headout, you can book this combo for

Park Hopper Plus: Singapore Zoo + River Safari + Night Safari + Jurong Bird Park

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  • This ticket is the ultimate combo ticket, covering Singapore Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari, and the Jurong Bird Park.
  • This combo ticket is valid for 90 days.
  • Get direct entry into the attractions by collecting entry tickets from the counters.

Ticket includes:

  • Witness over 2,500 fantastic nocturnal creatures in their natural habitat at Night Safari Singapore. Also get access to the Safari Tram.
  • Enjoy all day access in Singapore Zoo, with entry into all the 10 zones, with re-entry. A guided tram tour of the zoo is included in the price.
  • Visit Singapore River Safari and take two boat rides: Amazon River Quest and River Safari. Also meet Kai Kai and Jia Jia, the two pandas at River Safari rainforest.
  • Discover up to 400 species of birds including 4 species of penguins, several species of pelicans, emus, parrots and others, at Jurong Bird Park.

Booking these attractions separately would cost you about S$144:

Night Safari Singapore:
Singapore Zoo:
River Safari:
Jurong Bird Park:

However, with Headout, you can book this combo for

River Safari Singapore Information

Opening Hours
10 AM to 7 PM (last entry is at 6:30 PM)
The reserve is open every single day of the year.

Getting There
River Safari is located at 80 Mandai Lake Road. Here are some convenient and popular ways to get there:

  • Public Transport: If you’re taking the North-South MRT line, you can take the train to any of the MRT stations below. From there, you can hop on a connecting bus that will take you straight to River Safari:
    • Khatib, NS14 : Mandai Khatib Shuttle
    • Choa Chu Kang, NS4 : 927
    • Ang Mo Kio, NS16 : 138
    • Woodlands, NS9 : 926 (Operates on Sundays and public holidays only)
    • Marsiling, NS8 : 926 (Operates on Sundays and public holidays only)
  • Mandai Khatib Shuttle: This loop shuttle service from Khatib MRT Station (NS14) to the River Safari Coach Bay is available daily every 20 mins, from 8 AM to 7: 20 PM. Travel time takes approximately 15 minutes, subject to traffic conditions. Payment can be made by EZ-link or NETS FlashPay card.
  • Mandai Express: If you're coming from the heartlands, Mandai Express is a convenient and affordable way to get to and from River Safari.
  • Safari Gate: Hop on the Safari Gate bus, which will take you straight to River Safari. To purchase your tickets and get more information, drop by:
    • Safari Gate Suntec City (#01-330)
    • Safari Gate Singapore Flyer (#01-06)
  • Self-drive or Taxi: River Safari is about a 30-minute drive from the city. If you’re coming by taxi, there are two convenient drop-off points at the zoo. You can choose from two different routes to get here:
    • Via Central Expressway (CTE) from the City
    • Take the PIE toward Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE)

Guest Services
If you’re visiting River Safari Singapore with toddlers, seniors, or someone with limited mobility, you’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of guest services available at the wildlife reserve. Please visit the Visitor Services Booth located at the main entrance to avail the following services:

1. Stroller: S$9
• Child must be 3 years old and below, with a maximum weight of 15kg
• Rental is non-refundable

2. Electric Scooter: S$35
• For safety reasons, guests exceeding 150kg, pregnant women, or guests below 16 years old are not allowed to ride the electric scooter
• Penalty fees will be imposed for any damages and/or loss of key to the electric scooter
• Rental is non-refundable

3. Wheelchair
• Wheelchair is complimentary for guests with limited mobility

River Safari Singapore Rules and Regulations

To stay safe and make the most out of your trip to River Safari Singapore, here are the rules and regulations you should follow:

  • While it might seem enticing, please stay away from all areas that are marked restricted. Venturing into prohibited areas is not allowed and can be highly dangerous.
  • Be compassionate towards all the animals you come across. No feeding or teasing animals is allowed.
  • Make sure that you’re seated and have your hands and feet inside the boat at all times during the amazing boat rides.
  • River Safari is a smoke-free park. If you absolutely must smoke, please proceed to the designated smoking area located outside the park.
  • You are not allowed to film footage inside the park for commercial use, unless you have official consent from River Safari.
  • Your pets or plants are not allowed inside River Safari Singapore. This is done to ensure that the animals inside the park stay safe.
  • No flash photography is allowed inside the park. Please switch off the flash before you take any pictures, because the bright light can disturb the animals.

Singapore River Safari Reviews

We spent about 4 hours at this amazing attraction. The River Safari is well laid out and easy to get around. The show was good, kids loved meeting the beavers. The pandas are a must see and the river ride was lots of fun. Definitely worth a visit. We combined river safari with the night safari which worked well.

Andre and Kathryn H, TripAdvisor

Lovely way to spend half a day appreciating the tranquility and watching the animals go about their day. You can get really close to the creatures and the signs have a great narrative.

eng_lee, TripAdvisor

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River Safari Singapore Tips

  • There’s a lot to see and do at River Safari Singapore, so it would be best to plan your day in advance. You’ll need at least half a day to completely explore the park, so plan accordingly and make the most out of your visit!
  • While there’s no official best time to visit River Safari, our recommendation would be during the winter or early summer. Since there’s a lot of walking around to do, avoiding the sun is in your best interest.
  • If you are visiting the park during the summer, don’t forget to bring your sunglasses and lather up your skin with sunblock or sunscreen.
  • If possible, try and visit the park during weekdays since it’ll be less crowded as compared to the weekends, giving you time to explore everything at your own pace.
  • River Safari is primarily a wildlife reserve so make sure to apply some insect repellent before you start exploring the park.
  • Bring along adequate drinking water for your trip to River Safari. There’s a bit of walking involved and you don’t want to be dehydrated. If you didn’t bring any water, there are water dispensers you can get drinking water from.

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