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River Safari


River Safari

Although River Safari (next to Singapore Zoo) was already opened for almost a year, but we never visited this park until the New Year in 2014. It was because all of us had been waiting for the Amazon River Quest to be opened. When the boat ride was finally operated and still free to ride, we quickly made our plan to visit this park.

“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, Southeast Asia’s largest panda exhibit as well as the world’s  largest freshwater aquarium. Housing one of the world’s largest collections of freshwater fauna, the park features over 5,000 animals including 42 endangered species. And that includes Singapore’s resident giant pandas, Kai Kai and Jia Jia.”  taken from the website http://www.riversafari.com.sg/

Since the boat ride was still complimentary, the entrance fee was still $25 for adults and $16 for child (from the usual price of $35 for adults and $23 for child). Get 5% discount by buying the tickets online or use AMEX credit card to get 1 child free for every paying adults.

My friend and his family was coming to Singapore on New Year, so we planned to meet at River Safari and enjoyed the day together. The boy was very glad when he saw his friends that he hadn’t seen for quite a long time and they absolutely had a wonderful time together. Too bad my friends and his family couldn’t join the boat ride since it was fully booked by the time they came (at about 11 am).

The Amazon River Quest Boat Ride time slot must be booked at the ticketing counters and they actually provided lots of seats, but on holidays and weekends, those who come after 10 am can forget about the boat ride…………….it will be fully booked at about 10 to 11 am. We were there at about 8.30 am and were lucky to book the first ride which was at 10 am, and it was a wise decision because the queue for the ride inside was very long too. So better book the ride at its earliest time to beat the queue inside and while the weather is still nice. If I’m not mistaken, the ride will be closed due to bad weather.

We thought the place inside would be like Singapore Zoo with its so many open spaces, so we brought umbrellas just in case the rain came. Well, it wasn’t necessary at all actually, because we found out that all the walking tracks for visitors were all sheltered from rain and hot sun, so it was very comfortable.

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Do not worry for the rain or the hot sun, because most of this areas for visitors are sheltered under the roof

This place also has a nice view overlooking a lake, green grass, big trees, and forested are like this:

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Beautiful view of River Safari. These areas are not sheltered, but we can’t access these areas.

For lunch, we wanted to try the Mama Panda Kitchen with its very popular panda pau/bun, too bad the queue was unimaginable…………….super long queue. So we decided to eat outside River Safari. Many people also brought their own food for lunch and they ate at the picnic spot provided near the Panda House.

River Safari opens 9.00am to 6.00pm daily and first boat departs at 10am. The boat ride time slot can be booked start from 8.30 am at the ticketing counter.

And now let’s explore inside River Safari:


Wild Amazonia is divided into 3 parts: Amazon Flooded Forest, Squirrel Monkey Forest, and the newly opened Amazon River Quest. There is a small snack shop which sells ice cream, juice, and finger food such as fried fish ball. The finger food was all gone after lunch and I didn’t see the staff replenish the food after that.

From the name, I’m sure it’s all about the animals that live in Amazon…….not just underwater animals, but also to the top of the forest like Toco Toucan.


Welcome to Wild Amazonia……………..this signage is located near the snack bar, in the middle of Wild Amazonia Area

The boy's favorite: mango slushy from the snack bar. It's the only "not homemade" fruit juice that he likes......

The boy’s favorite: mango slushy from the snack bar. It’s the only “not homemade” fruit juice that he likes……

Amazon Flooded Forest

Entrance to the Amazon Flooded Forest, turn right from the entrance door of River Safari

Entrance to the Amazon Flooded Forest, turn right from the entrance door of River Safari

Giant River Otter

It’s the Giant River Otter, the world’s largest otter. It can be very tricky to find this otter because it likes to hide and swim freely here and there. We finally spotted this otter accidentally after looking for few times. Do you know that this otter also eat piranhas? Wow, I thought nothing could defeat the piranhas…………..

Freshwater stingray

Freshwater stingray in an open pond. Free to see, but do not touch


Manatee, the fish is actually very big


The only good photo of the boy with the fish that was not blur or too dark

The Piranha, small but deadly.  They do look cute but be careful with their sharp, razor like teeth.....

The Piranhas, small but deadly. They do look cute but be careful with their sharp, razor like teeth…..

And finally, two cute faces on the small cave.

And finally, two cute faces that is absolutely not the part of Amazon Flooded Forest……..It was very easy to ask the boy to pose when he was with his girl friend. Both of them were gladly took their best positions and always ready to be photographed by the adults.  By the way, they were in a small cave that children loved to play with. I’ve tried hard to take pictures of the boy inside the cave before his friend came, but he was just running around and didn’t even bother to stop so I couldn’t take his photo.

Green Anaconda

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I think this must be the real size of the anaconda (top picture). The snake just remained in its position the whole time we were there (bottom picture)

Silver Arwana

Silver Arwana

This is called silver arwana, but I don’t know why they look black in my picture. Well, maybe they’re silver in the real life…………….let’s blame the camera…………



Jaguarundi……it’s a cat that looks like an otter………….or an otter that looks like a cat…………anyway, its called “the otter cat”

Squirrel Monkey Forest


Welcome to silver monkey forest

They let the monkeys roam free inside here, but don’t touch them or feed them………

Squirrel Monkey

The monkeys………….they do not afraid of people at all


The boy and his friend. She’s cute like a barbie doll, isn’t she? Too bad there was no monkey in the background

Amazon River Quest

The boy’s favorite thing was absolutely this boat ride. He said he would like to comeback just for the boat ride. I didn’t know what was wrong. maybe it was the time for the animals to take nap or they were too shy……………but when we were there we saw more animals signs than the animals themselves.

Overall, we enjoyed the ride so much. This was absolutely the best attraction of all. You must be at least 1.06 M to ride the boat.

The staff warned us that those who sit at the front of the boat will probably get wet a little………………and of course the boy instantly decided to sit at the front part of the boat. I was worry about my camera getting wet, so I sat behind him.



The beginning of the ride, we went straight to that black door, than the boat would be lifted up automatically, and would slide down with a soft bump, and that was how the boy got his pants all wet. There were more than one slope during the journey, but the the boy said the slopes were the most fun, and he didn’t mind getting wet at all.

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We were lucky to spot the jaguar was awake and fresh

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Another animals that we saw


Lovely pink flamingos


Enjoying the ride

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The end of the journey


We had to queue again to see the panda (phew……), but we all loved the pandas. They were so cute and lovely, and to see them eating and doing their activities so close like that was worth the queue. While waiting, we were shown a video of how Kai Kai and Jia Jia (the pandas) were brought from China to Singapore. Do you know that they went to Singapore by Singapore Airlines and were greeted by so many people at the airport? Well, they didn’t aware of it anyway since they were sleeping during the journey.

Besides the white and black panda / giant panda, there were also red pandas on the exhibit. We could learn many things about pandas too, like their diets, how they live, etc…..


Like the giant pandas, the red pandas also eat bamboo


Kai Kai means victorious


Jia Jia means beauty

Giant Panda

The panda statue vs the real one

Giant Panda

Learn about pandas in here

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We all loved pandas……


With its motto: The River Is Calling, we will be brought to see the amazing land and aquatic animals in: Mississippi River, Congo River, River Nile, Ganges River, Murray River, Mekong River, Yangtze River.


The main attraction in Mississippi River should be the beaver, but unfortunately I couldn’t get any good pictures of the beaver.

River Safari

But luckily, I got good picture of this antique animal (antique for me) which is called Alligator Snapping Turtle

River Safari

The Mississippi House with the laundry hanging outside the house is placed above the river with its many fish


Mississippi Paddlefish. This area were very crowded so it was difficult to squeeze ourselves within so many people and took good pictures


Welcome to Congo River.

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Kribensis Fish, must be well known in Congo River (although I never heard of it before)


Nile River as the longest river on earth (really…..???)

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The fish in River Nile


Ganges River from India

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A fish eating crocodile called Indian Gharial

River Safari

Australian Lungfish in Murray River. Murray Cod and Barramundi are also live in here 

River Safari

Mekong River, the exhibit for river giants such as Giant Freshwater Stingray and Mekong Giant Catfish


Mekong Giant Catfish

Yangtze River

Yangtze River as China’s longest river. Expect to see Yangtze Alligator, Chinese Giant Salamander, and Sturgeon in here

Unlike the zoo, we only spent less then 4 hours in River Safari. We still find that Singapore Zoo is more attractive for children with its animal shows, dry and wet playground, tram ride, boat ride, animal ride, etc. My friend also said the same thing, because his children seemed to show less interest except at the panda house.

By visiting River Safari, it also completed our visit to four animal parks in Singapore: Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, Jurong Bird Park, and River Safari. The boy loves all four of them since he likes studying about animals, and all the visit really broaden his knowledge about the animal worlds.


Author: cruiseoflife

Hi there. I'm from Indonesia but now live quite far away from my home country. I love cooking for my family. I learned how to cook for the first time from my mom and I believe that mom's cooking is always the best, and I do hope that my son will feel the same too even though he grows up so fast. I love Indonesian food as I grew up with it, and I promise to myself that my son, although he doesn't live in Indonesia right now, will always like and enjoy authentic Indonesian food. I make this blog so that my family will always remember our togetherness and happy time that we had, are having, and will have when we eat together and have good memories about a mother's love through her dishes. Hopefully these recipes will help other people to make healthy home cooked dishes for their families.

4 thoughts on “River Safari

  1. Hi Thanks for the info. Never knew that this opened in Singapore. Will visit soon during CNY.

  2. oh river safari ini udah setaunan ya. kirain baru buka. soalnya belakangan ini di blog2 banyak yang cerita river safari ini…. 😀

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