Then we ventured to Night Safari just beside the Singapore Zoo. Since we arrived a little bit early, we did our photo-taking opportunity around the area.

Night Safari is an entire open-air zoo set in a humid tropical forest that is only open at night. It is known for nocturnal animals that only come out at night, while others are simply more active at night. It is divided into eight geographical zones, which can be explored either on foot via walking trails, or by tram. Animals are separated from visitors with natural barriers, rather than caged, similar to the Singapore Zoo's open concept.

There are a number of food and beverage outlets in the Night Safari which include Bongo Burgers, Ben and Jerry's Scoop Shop, and Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant (with ethnic ambiance and offers an array of local favorites and international cuisine).

Bongo Burgers / Ben and Jerry's
Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant

Visitors can also experience dining on the move with the Cocktail Safari Express and Gourmet Safari Express.

We were among the first to get in line and before we knew it the place started to fill up fast.

We happened to see the tribal dancers getting ready for their performance. Blowpipe demonstrations and fire eating displays are regular feature at the safari.

We waited agonizingly for about one and a half hours before we finally made it and boarded the open-air tramcar. The English-speaking tour guide warned everyone not to take flash photography so as not to disturb the animals.

The place is surrounded by green forest and some relatively low hill. The setting is enveloped in shadowy-half light.

We were told that we could hop off and embark on a brisk stroll along the three walking trails: the Fishing Cat, Forest Giants or Leopard Trail. Each trail averages half a kilometer in length and can be covered in approximately 20 minutes. But no one dared to do it because it was dark and gloomy. The ride took us around 40 minutes covering 3.2 km.

Our experience was mildly disappointing. The animals were way too far from our observation vehicle. Plus the place was too dark and it was hard to spot some them. sigh. Probably the hype made our expectations a little bit too high. But nonetheless, the zoo is decent and I would still recommend it to anyone who wishes to experience a night venture of the zoo.

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