Last Saturday, we brought Reuben to the River Safari for the first time. It was a also a first time for us. Ever since the River Safari was constructed, we have never been there yet. Thanks to my lovely wife who got a pair of adult tickets, we were able to go.
We reached about 10am. I was praying hard that Reuben will not sleep as he will normally have his morning nap anytime from 10am to 1130am. Thankfully after he had his feed, he was quite alert. We were greeted with the big River Safari signage
We saw people posing in front of the Entrance of the River Safari. We also decided to join in the fun. Reuben somehow managed to look at the camera. Haha.. You parents out there know how hard it is to get a 7 mo lo to pose for a photo. Take note that the setup is for the Safari Boo Halloween event happening from 6pm to 9pm on the 1st and 2nd November.
The River Safari comprises of 6 rivers, the giant panda forest, the wild amazonia and the amazon boat cruise.
The River Journey
The journey through the River Safari begins with the Mississippi River. The Mississippi River is located in North America. It is the largest drainage system in Amerca. It spans from Northern Minnisota all the way down to Mexico. After the Mississippi River, it will be the Congo River. The Congo River is the world’s deepest river located in Africa. It is the ninth longest river in the world. Passing the Congo River will be the River Nile. River Nile is the longest river in the world and it flows northwards within northern Africa. After the River Nile, you will pass the Ganges River. Ganges River flows through India and Bangladesh. All the water eventually empties in the Bay of Bengal. After the Ganges river, you will be heading to the Mekong River. The Mekong River runs through China, Yunnam all the way to Vietnam passing Cambodia and Laos. It is the 12th longest river in the world. Last but not least will be the Yangtze River. The Yangtze river is commonly known as the Chang Jiang River. It is the third longest river in the world. It spans from the Qinghai-Tibet area heading towards many areas in China before emptying out in the East China Sea at Shanghai.
Do check out the below pictures.
The main aim of most who come to the River Safari would be to see the Giant Pandas, Jia Jia and Kai Kai. Forunately, I managed to catch Kai Kai as Jia Jia was sleeping. I heard from some friends that when they visited the Giant Panda Forest, Jia Jia and Kai Kai were sleeping.
There was also a Red Panda in the panda forest. Red Pandas lives in the Himalayas and South Western China. To date, there are at most 10,000 red pandas alive in the world.
Do check out the picture of the Red Panda. I think the fur coat of the red panda is very beautiful. Take note when you visit the Giant Panda Forest, you are to keep your volume to a minimum and absolutely no feeding of pandas.
Within the Giant Panda Forest, there is a panda food preparation lab whereby the experts prepare their daily meals.
After one glimpse of the panda, Reuben decided to head to lala land. At least we managed to keep him awake for two thirds of the visit. We decided to settle down at the cafe near the Giant Panda forest and have their famous Panda bao. They have two flavours to choose from. Either red bean filling or chocolate filling. We went for the red bean filling bao.
This is how the bao looks like.
After we had our quick meal, we headed on towards the boat plaza area. However we did not take the Amazon and Safari boat cruise as we felt that Reuben is too small to enjoy it. Morever he was already fast asleep. Rest assured, we will be coming back for the boat ride another time when Reuben is bigger. next we headed on the Amazon forest area.
The amazon forest area consists of animals such as the giant anaconda, giant sea otter, flamingos and jaguars. However we didn’t see many of the animals. Either they were sleeping or being relocated. We did manage to see the red howler monkeys though. There was a monkey viewing area. There are warning signs not to feed the monkeys. If not, your hand could become the monkey’s food. There was also a safari keeper around to make sure people do not flout the rules. It was a nice sight to see the cute little monkeys grabbing food and swinging around the branches.
The monkey viewing area is the second last area within the River Safari. After the monkey viewing area was the amazon flooded forest. It hosts the world’s largest freshwater animal exhibits. You can see mammals such as the Piranha and the Arapaima fish. There was this very boring tour guide who spoke with such a monotone voice to explain about the flooded forest mammals. I quickly skipped this area. Once you exit out of the forest, you will be back at the main entrance of the River Safari area. The whole journey through the River Safari took us about 2 hours. When we left, it was about noon time. Just nice we headed off somewhere else for a nice cosy lunch.
River Safari Address and Opening Hours
80 Mandai Lake Road
Gate Opening Hours: 9am to 6pm
Ticket Booth Opening Hours: 8.30am to 5.30pm
Admission Ticket Pricing
Child(3 to 12 years old): $16.00
Senior Citizen: $12.00
Amazon River Quest and Safari Boat Ride Ticket Pricing
Child(3 to 12 years old): $3.00
Senior Citizen: $5.00
For more information, do check out the River Safari website here.