Monday, February 20, 2012

Surau / Prayer Room at Night Safari Singapore

We visited Singapore Night Safari the other day before Maghrib and was wondering whether there was any prayer room there. We were pleasantly surprised to know that there is one and the staff at the ticket counter brought us to the reception area of Singapore Night Safari for the reception staff to accompany us to the prayer room. 

Outside Night Safari Singapore

The prayer room / surau at Singapore Night Safari is also used for first aid, so it's just a small room with a small sink and some sejadahs and qiblat sign. No telekung is provided. Nonetheless, for a non-Muslim country and a non-Muslim owned attraction in Singapore, I am quite pleased with their thoughtful gesture. The only downside to it is that the prayer room is outside the Singapore Night Safari entrance, therefor, you have to perform your Maghrib first before going inside the Singapore Night Safari attraction. 

my kids playing inside the Night Safari Singapore praying room

You can pass the time with the fish spa and the very entertaining tribal fire show at 7.00pm (next shows are at 8.00pm and 9.00pm) I couldn't get a good spot for the fire show but there are some good videos on you tube such as this one:

Try to avoid going on weekends or public holidays as the queue are horrendous. We went once during a public holiday and was sweating in queue for the tram for about 30 minutes ( at that time, we didn't know that we can also explore the area on foot).

If you are going to Night Safari with small kids, I do hope that it is not at the end of a very long day cos by then they would be to tired to explore the Night Safari on foot and will want to be carried all the time which will then be very taxing for you. There is no scooter or stroller rental facilities here that I know of.

One of the caves at Night Safari Singapore, which is the only decent picture I managed to take with two clingy kids using long shutter mode :(

Getting a picture while on the tram is a bit difficult as the light is really dim and the night function requires long shutter time which is not realistic on a moving tram. The tram ride is quite ok, with hyenas and foxes, elephants, hippos, and rhinos, but towards the end of it there were a lot of pigs, deers and buffalos which for us asians are quite a common sight.  

Be sure to catch the "Creatures of The Night" show to make the expensive entrance fee worthwhile if you are not going to explore the whole of Night Safari on foot. I had wanted to explore the cave where the bats are free flying above your head but without mosquito repellent and the kids acting up after just exploring half of the east lodge trail, we decided to detour back and head for home. You can follow the suggested itinerary by Wildlife Reserves Singapore here.

Singapore Night Safari is open daily from 7.30 pm till 12.00 midnight and last admission is at 11.00pm.Tickets (inclusive of tram ride) are at SGD32.00 (adults) and SGD21.00 (child 3 years and above) or purchase the park hopper at SGD42.00 and SGD28.00 for Singapore Zoo + Singapore Night Safari OR Jurong Bird Park + Singapore Night Safari. If you are thinking of going to all three parks then tickets are at SGD58.00 and SGD38.00 respectively. 

Get the information on how to get to Singapore Night Safari here.

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