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River Safari Singapore
The latest attractions of 2013 in Singapore
River Safari had a grand opening on April 3, 2013. It is considered to be the latest and also the most elaborate of all attractions present in the country and does promise the tourists to take them on the ten top river system of the world that are influential and well known, of which, 3 belongs to Amazon river.
The opening hours: 9am – 6pm
$16 per Child (between age 3 and 12) and for senior citizen aged 60+, the rates are $12. It is to be noted that the Senior citizens here are referred to Singapore PR and Singaporean only. If you hold a POSB/DBS, UOB or OCBC banks debit/credit cards, then you are eligible to enjoy 5% – 20% discounts and this depends on the wildlife parks that you visit and you need to book online tickets.
For International Tourist, please purchase your river safari ticket with us. We give a big discount.
River Safari Club friends
Club members can enjoy unlimited access for the park. For the individual the membership rates are $90, while family of 2 children and 2 adults is $199.50. Pass is valid for one year.
Amazon River Quest
River Amazon boat ride can carry about ten passengers in each boat and allows the visitors to have better look at the animals that lives on the bank of the river. The entire ride travels a distance of about 500 meters and takes around 15 minutes to finish.
River Safari Cruise
Take this cruise and enjoy a green scenery around you and a fresh air. What a calming ride that can make you feel very peaceful. Viewing all the natural trees and animals around the lake.
Behind the scene tours
The tour would share with the participants about panda’s life and also allows them to realize significance of conservation. The participants would receive an activity booklet, and present inside it are the different topics for teaching them as to how panda paw prints are to be identified and in understanding its lifestyle and diet.
The participants do have the opportunity for entering back rooms of the Flooded Forest Exhibit of the Amazon to have a look at the equipments such as filters and pumps and how they function, since these equipments are quite significant for ensuring that water kept in the aquariums need to be clean and clear for marine life. Also, they allow entering the kitchen, where foods like cabbage and sweet potato leaves, Capelin, Kuning and others are prepared for Manatee and Arapaima.
The feeding session for freshwater animals mostly looks forwards towards the participants. Watching the silver Arowanas to jump out of water surface to bite food attaching at fishing rod can be a real pleasure.
Ticket rates for River Safari (not inclusive boat ride)
The rates are $29 per child and $39 per adult. The price includes River Safari entrance fees, but not the river boat ride. Two tours are quite suitable for kids aged 9 and over.
People interested to participate in the two above tours can make online reservation at the ‘Behind the Scene tours’. Seats are limited with about 60 for the ‘Be a Panda-Researcher’ and around 30 for the Fishy Business, each day.
A portion of Wildlife Reserve Singapore, the attraction does use land pieces from Night Safari and Singapore Zoo. This region is part of Mandai nature reserves, containing freshwater habitat in it. The park’s objective is in raising awareness on the significance to conserve the freshwater habitats that are destroyed continuously at alarming rates.
River Safari idea originally started as small freshwater aquarium, however, later continued to develop with every brainstorming session. It eventually, evolved into boat ride down the simulated Amazon River version. Creators later decided that it could be much better for providing the guests with a wonderful chance to have a look at the wildlife that thrives along the river and carry on their regular activities. This manner, River Safari is said to have born. Every ecological system had been researched painstakingly for providing an authentic experience as much as possible.
This river stretches around 3779 km and is undoubtedly the 2nd largest of all rivers and an important one in the US. This might river begins in the north from Minnesota and then flows down South through Louisiana before getting drained into the Mexican Gulf. The river’s ecosystems are quite diverse like the states, through which the river travels. Also, it is home for hundreds of plants and flower species, 50 odd animal species, amphibians of 45 species and reptiles, therefore, making it the most complex of all river systems present in the world.
River Safari’s Great Mississippi version harkens right back to the heydays of late 1800’s, when the magnificent steamboats were at its height of fashion. One can expect to view several of the river’s popular residents, which includes the beaver and alligators snapping turtles.
Also, the Mississippi is home to Alligator Gar, which is a pre-historic appearing fish which can develop to a length of 3 meters and weigh around 200 pounds. The ray finned fish is used for thriving in huge numbers, however, currently is listed as endangered species. Including it in this safari can help it from getting extinct.
Murray is the principal river of Australia and flows around 2530 km., right from south-eastern snowy mountains and drains into the Indian Ocean. Murray-Darling R. Basin does play an important role in the economy of Australia and hosts irrigated pastures and crops of about 1.5 million hectares. It is 40 million year old and has become home to diverse species number, ranging from beaded dragon lizard to the cuddly koala.
The River Safari’s version can help you to explore 3 unique aspects starting with fresh water found at top and leads into mangrove swamp, right before becoming salt-water body, heading to the ocean. Throughout the way, you can catch glimpse of ancient Australian Lungfish and the wonderful Rainbow fish.
River Safari boasts of Amazon Rivers, which comprises of 3 separate experiences. You can tour the whole river bank, enjoy amazing sunken forest, and embark on quest through the simulated river on board the boat.
This African river is the 2nd longest river in the continent and also 8th largest in the entire world. Also, it is the deepest river in the world, with several parts going very down about 230 meters. The river flows more than 4000 km of African continent and surrounded by the tropical forests on all sides. Several of the famous endangered species of the world tend to call river Congo its home, which includes the forest elephant and the western gorilla. This river does have a significant ecosystem which helps to sustain more than 60 million people in 6 African nations.
At the R. Safari, you can walk through moist broadleaf forests, which extends over the Congo Basin and provides way through Congolian forest and you can meet several crocodiles. You can also have view of the bright colored Congo Tetra-fish and vicious Congo Puffer.
The River Nile
Several rivers present in the world are said to be surrounded by history and mystery like the river Nile. It runs over 6670 km, through 9 countries. It is the world’s longest river. Without this river, the ancient Egyptians could not have simply survived the dry desert. The annual flooded did allow the ancient civilizations to grow valuable crops and to thrive. Its ecosystem is also home to about 190 fish species and birds of 200 species.
The Nile version found in the River Safari boasts of residents that include African Arowana, which is a carnivorous fish, having unique ability in surviving at lowest oxygen levels, African shimmering tiger fish. This version also deports you right back to cradle of civilization, thereby allowing to explore the ancient ruins, and to experience the authentic Bedouin tent.
This river is revered one and is one of the most significant waterways that stretch over 2510 km to Bay of Bengal. It is also an essential part of every Hindu ritual. One can witness many worshippers, in the early morning to float flowers along with the other offerings and to swim in water that is expected to cleanse the person’s sins.
This river from the ecological standpoint supports numerous bird and fish species, which includes brightly colored parrots and ducks. Previously, it also had supported huge Asian elephant population. These days, this population has decreased. Jackals, boar and deer can be seen along the river, while the Royal Bengal Tiger is still witnessed in the Sundarban region. But unfortunately, human development is said to have replaced the natural faunas that are found on the river banks and have polluted the region, therefore, threatening the entire wildlife present.
At the River Safari, you can experience the Ganges, right before its day of pollution and also encroaching by man. You can walk down temple front ghats, which is a series of concrete steps leading into animal enclosures. Keep your eyes wary for the Indian Gharial, striped narrow headed Softshell Turtle, which is the river’s main featured residents.
When biodiversity is concerned, the River Mekong present in Southeast Asia is considered to be second just to the Amazon. Beginning its course in the Tibetan Plateau, the ‘mother river’ runs estimated about 4909 km, thereby making it the tenth world’s longest river. Extreme fluctuations in the seasons do cause strong waterfalls and rapids along the river, thereby making navigation quite treacherous.
Similar to Nile River with ancient Egyptians, the annual floods of the Mekong does help to sustain life and to provide supple grounds to plant crops and more especially in the poverty stricken regions of Cambodia. It is also home to more than 20,000 plant species, 1200 bird types, 430 mammal species, 850 fish types and 800 reptile species. In the year 2009, about 200 new types of animals, fish and plants had been discovered here.
River Safari’s Mekong tends to feature replica of the floating village that is surrounded by lush vegetation. You need to keep eyes out for star resident of the village, which is the long tailed Macaque. The smart little monkey does love to raid the kitchens and to beg for food. If this fails, he is likely to dine on fruits, insects, leaves and eggs. In case, he finds a better spot just near the water, then he can dig for crabs. The Mekong Giant Catfish present in the river is another star resident that should not be missed. It is termed ‘giant’ due to the reason that it has the potentiality to grow up to length of around 3 meters and weigh 300 kgs.
This is the longest river in Asia and the world’s third longest flowing about 6418 km from glaciers of Tibetan plateau to empty at Shanghai in the East China Sea. It is an important river of China, since its delta tends to contribute about 20% of the gross national product of the country.
The ecosystem of the river is home to about 3 critically endangered species, which are the Finless Porpoise, the Chinese Alligator and Chinese Paddlefish. Commercialization and pollution of the river is said to have caused most of the species to be extinct than other river ecosystems present in the world.
River Safari does allow you to have a glimpse of stunning Yunnan Protected Region that is set against the gorgeous towering cliffs. You need to keep your eyes out to get a look at the endangered ‘Giant Salamander’. It is well known for the ability for going without food for a long time period. This river’s star resident however, is the Giant Panda, which is the world’s famous endangered species. Most conservationist zoos across the globe have been working very hard for bringing the Panda right from extinction and River Safari does join this fight with the female and male pair that is featured in meticulous reproduction of its natural habitat. With some luck and patience, it is expected that the River Safari Pandas would show of their new little flurry joy eagerly some day.
Photo courtesy of riversafari.com.sg
How to reach River Safari Singapore?
With River Safari being located just next to Singapore Zoo, you can follow directions that are indicated in Singapore Zoo page, present on ‘How to reach the Park?’.