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“Do the zoo instead - do NOT do this. 10 minute lame boat ride. No thank you!”
Review of River Safari

River Safari
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Ranked #76 of 866 things to do in Singapore
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: River Safari is Asia's first and only river-themed wildlife park inspired by the world's most iconic rivers. Witness some of the biggest, most endangered animals from these rivers, in lofty tanks and luscious walk-through exhibits! A must-see are giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia in Southeast Asia's largest giant panda exhibit. Plus the world's largest freshwater aquarium themed after the Flooded Amazon Forest! The River is Calling...
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed September 28, 2016

What a waste of time and money. After spending a lovely day at the zoo and having breakfast with the orangutans (amazing experience) we decided to go on the river safari. I had heard some negative reviews and really wished I had listened.

It's a really long walk to get to a boat that literally takes you nowhere and you see absolutely nothing. I'm not kidding. The boat travels at a speedy 1km an hour and does a giant lazy turn in a river/lake? and you don't see a single animal or anything other than brown water and greenery. To get to the boat you must first trek a few kilometers past 1 million fish tanks so unless you're a fish enthusiast this is just added to the torture. The staff on the boat hand out giraffe poop to keep things exciting. No I'm not joking. "We are on the River Safari, isn't this exciting. There are no animals or nothing to see so here's some giraffe poop you can look at because honestly, giraffe feces is more existing than this boat ride"....

Don't do it. Save your children and yourselves.

Date of experience: September 2016
4  Thank Natasha P
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Reviewed September 28, 2016 via mobile

What's good:
The place has panda! Yay! However, only saw one panda while the other is hiding away inside so you can only see via cctv.

It's a nice simple place. Easier to navigate it seems smaller than the zoo. Some areas are with shade so you won't get too hot or tired and can bring small kids along easily.

There was a nice huge Aquarium and also tunnel to admire see creatures and fishes.

What's not so good is:
River ride is just 15 minutes and it wasn't what I would have hoped for.
River quest - separate payment inside if you'd like to try this adventure.
The first part of the experience was more like a tour explaining how other rivers are like with posters and pictures

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank spookie007
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Reviewed September 25, 2016

First time visit. Went on Sunday around 3pm. The place was easy to move around. No queue to any of the exhibit. There are different types of animals, fishes found in the river habitat. The best exhibit was the panda. Manage to see Kia Kia eating whilst Jia Jia was inside the shelter. River Cruise is complementary whilst Amazon River Quest is additional S$5. Not a big area and complete in less than 2 hours.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank SitJuraimi
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Reviewed September 23, 2016

First time visiting this attraction in Singapore. It is a good size attraction to spend about 2 - 3 hours to go through the exhibits.

The place is set up as a loop so you'll likely to cover most thing as you go along the path. The main attractions in this place are the pandas and the few big aquariums showing the manatees and the bigger size fish.

The free River Safari Cruise is a simple slow and relaxing journey of the reservoir. The announcements about seeing the animals are kind of pointless as it only shows a small part of the few animals from the Singapore Zoo from the reservoir's side. You get to see a little close up sample of a giraffe's poo and hair during the cruise.

I did not go on the Amazon River Quest (need to pay separately for SGD5 per adult) due to the possibility of getting soaked (mentioned on the entry board).

Worth visiting this place. It is more value for money if you visit multiple zoos (Night Safari, Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park) together with this attraction with a multiple entry pass. There's also the yearly pass which is more suitable for locals.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank sarikei s
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Reviewed September 23, 2016 via mobile

Hmmm.... heard all about it so decided to go today on the spur of the moment.... thought that there will be more to see but it somehow was abit disappointing... perhaps when they add more exhibits or better integrate the environment with the zoo it might be better? Still, if you are going to the zoo, it's worth to buy those combination park hopper tickets and drop by the safari to see the huge fishes and pandas :) the river cruise was ordinary (tis free!) but was a nice rest from all the walking around... had to pay $5 for the amazon quest ride (would have not mind paying if there are more animals to see and a longer journey - but the lift of the boat up to canal level was intriguing though)...so... final verdict is... Can drop by if you are going to the zoo or night safari - but not worth a special trip to visit alone....

Thank FairyJuan
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