The last wildlife visit we did was to the River Safari. This looks at riverine, estuarine and littoral animals (er, and pandas), by providing simulations of rivers around the world.

Weird blurry otter thing, River Safari, Singapore

 

The newest of the parks, it is also the best designed. It flows in one line without any need to backtrack (with a potential exception, which I will come to), and all of the paths are covered, so you can visit in any weather (again, see exception). It is set on a reservoir, rather than a river, but I suppose the principle is there.

River map, River Safari, Singapore

 

The first simulation is the Mississippi, then the Congo, the Nile, the Ganges, the Mary (Australia, apparently), the Mekong, and the Yangtze.

Panda, River Safari, Singapore

 

Roughly halfway round, you arrive at the panda enclosure. I had to look up whether pandas were known as river creatures. Not really. However, there are two pandas here, who are generally kept alone unless it is mating season. They do a lot of eating.

Boats, River Safari, Singapore

 

Crossing the reservoir along a long bridge, you come to the boat trip area. There are two on offer: one is a 15 minute motor around the reservoir, which actually takes you to the sides of the Zoo and Night Safari, so you can see the rhinos, giraffes, and sometimes elephants; the other is a 10 minute log flume style drift around the man-made water track. This only has three small drops (maybe a metre each), so it’s not like a theme park.

Flamingos, River Safari, Singapore

 

The boats are an additional 5SGD per person, but you can ride as many times as you like, weather and queues permitting. This is the exception I mentioned earlier – the log flume is uncovered, and they stop the boat rides when it is stormy, windy or raining heavily…or maybe when it is lunch break!

Otter pool, River Safari, Singapore

 

Anyway, if they are closed, you might like to head to the end early to take a look at the giant otter pool which has a glass walkway underneath to watch them swim around you (they were asleep when we were there), and the huge manatee pool with a lot of the animals which are the symbol of the park. You can then ask staff if it is worth retracing your steps to the boat area due to weather improvement.

Dugong or manatee, River Safari, Singapore

 

We liked the River Safari most of the three parks we visited. It’s fun and educational, and it is different from other places I have been – plus when you are on the boat ride you can see some of the animals on the Night Safari and the Singapore Zoo too. If you have a Singapore enabled phone, there is also a ‘buddy’ app which you can download to give you more information as you walk around too.

Map, River Safari, Singapore

 

Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826

Telephone: 6269 3411

Website: https://www.wrs.com.sg/en/river-safari.html

I’ve added an obscene number of pictures here of various animals and sights. You have been warned.

Display, River Safari, Singapore
Water exhibit, River Safari, Singapore

 

Mississippi, River Safari, Singapore
North American river animals, River Safari, Singapore

 

Catfish, River Safari, Singapore
Mary, River Safari, Singapore

 

Mangroves, River Safari, Singapore
Touch pool, River Safari, Singapore

 

Mekong, River Safari, Singapore
Bigger catfish, River Safari, Singapore
Yangtze, River Safari, Singapore
Panda enclosure, River Safari, Singapore
Red panda, River Safari, Singapore
Panda art, River Safari, Singapore
Panda eating, River Safari, Singapore
Panda playing, River Safari, Singapore
Reservoir, River Safari, Singapore
Monkey on a vine, River Safari, Singapore

 

Huge tank, River Safari, Singapore
Woman looking at huge tank
Allegedly artistic shot, River Safari, Singapore

 

Dugong or manatee tail, River Safari, Singapore
Sleepy otters, River Safari, Singapore
Entering the river quest, River Safari, Singapore

 

Boar, River Safari, Singapore
Monkey in a tree, River Safari, Singapore

 

 

River ride, River Safari, Singapore

 

Giant anteater, River Safari, Singapore

 

 

Distant tapir, River Safari, Singapore

 

Monkey on a perch, River Safari, Singapore

 

 

Boat interior, River Safari, Singapore