This Saturday we went to River Safari Singapore to experience river wildlife and most importantly, to visit Kai Kai and Jia Jia. It had been so long since I last visited Singapore Zoo! If I remembered correctly, my last visit was when I did a part time gig as a waiter during my school days.
River Safari is Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park.
River Safari Singapore (河川生态园) is the first river-themed zoo and aquarium in Singapore. With over 12 hectares in size, it is nestled between Singapore Zoo & Singapore Night Safari. One of the most popular and main attraction of River Safari is the Giant Panda Forest (featuring Kai Kai & Jia Jia) which was opened to the public in late november 2012.
River Safari Tips & Hacks
- Bring umbrellas and your water bottles along.
- For amazon river quest, you may get wet if you are seated in the first row.
- Giant Panda Forest queue may be very long from 11.30am – 12.30pm. Skip the peak period!
- Don’t miss the river talk and feeding session show (11am & 4pm) at the Amazon Square (Just outside entrance of Amazon river quest).
Getting To River Safari Singapore
Opening hours – 10:00AM to 7:00PM. For ticketing information, click here.
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826
If you are taking public transport:
Choa Chu Kang MRT – Take bus 927
Ang Mo Kio MRT – Take bus 138
Marsiling/Woodlands MRT – Take bus 926 (Only operational in weekends & public holidays)
Click here to download the high res map.
We had our lunch at Ang Mio Kio S11 hawker centre before taking bus 138 from Ang Mo Kio MRT. The journey took just around 20 minutes. When you alighted at the bus stop, follow the signboard and you will reach River Safari Singapore’s entrance after a 5 minutes walk.
River Wonders showcases a huge diversity of life in rivers: Mississippi River, Congo River, River Nile, Ganges River, Mary River, Mekong River & Yangtze River.
River wonders is quite similar to SEA aquarium and underwater world in Sentosa. You can see huge aquariums featuring different species. It’s pretty impressive.
Giant Panda Forest
After the river wonders, we visited the Giant Panda Forest to see Kai Kai & Jia Jia. When we reached, there was already a queue. After a short briefing by the staff on the not-dos, we went in. The climate-controlled biodome is air conditioned and it’s very cooling. The weather is super hot and we were so glad.
Do you know an adult panda eats about 20kg of bamboo a day? That’s roughly about the weight of 100 bowl a rice!
Just when we went in, we saw the Red Panda (also known as firefox) climbing around on the tree. The size of the red panda is slightly larger than a domestic cat. It has a fox-like face with a rust colored fur. It was said that it is the original panda being discovered around 50 years before the giant panda.
Kai Kai was sleeping #likeaboss in the open space. Unfortunately, we only had a glimpse of Jia Jia in the CCTV. Unlike Kai Kai who is more outgoing, Jia Jia is a little shy and retiring and prefers to be in her private quarters most of the time!
Kai Kai & Jia Jia are on a 10-year loan from the Chinese government to mark 20 years of close ties between Singapore and China.
It’s surprising to learn that Kai Kai & Jia Jia’s favorite food are apples & carrots! Well, I thought panda love bamboos only.
Amazon River Quest
Next, we embarked on the boat adventure to experience the different lives in the amazing Amazon river. The ticket for amazon river quest cost $5 per adult ticket and the boat journey is around 10 minutes. (Pretty short IMO)
The Amazon River is the second longest river in the world and the world’s largest river by volume of waterflow.
Some of the animals you can see are the Jaguar, Brazilian Tapir and Giant Anteater!
River Safari Cruise
After the Amazon river, we took the river safari cruise. It’s a Saturday and the queue was extremely long. We waited for nearly 35 minutes before we got our chance to board the cruise. The weather is extremely hot recently and we were sweating like hell. The river safari cruise is non-ticketed and free for all admission. Basically, the cruise will take your around the perimeter of the River Safari, explaining the various species of wildlife you may see along the way. I do feel that the river cruise isn’t worth the wait, but nevertheless, it’s our first time in river safari so we should at least experience it.
The Panda Buns
Finally, we went to try out the popular Panda buns in Mama Panda Kitchen (熊猫妈妈小吃). We also ordered a few soft drinks to quench our thirst! Well, the panda buns tasted pretty normal. It’s only “instagram-worthy” and it costs around $2.90 per bun.