In general, I’m not that into tourist attractions like museums and zoos. There’s just something about looking through a glass case or a cage that’s not particularly appealing, regardless of how spectacular the subject may be. It’s probably the same reason why I tend to shy away from tours; I like to see things for myself, to discover, to experience, not to be led around and presented like a child at Disneyland. That kind of tourism usually just feels so…contrived.
Still, every once in awhile there are the exceptions. The Singapore Night Safari is definitely one of them.
An interesting twist on the traditional zoo, the Night Safari is opened – as the name suggests – only at night. It contains a wide array of nocturnal animals that are usually hidden from view; everything from laughing hyenas to giant fruit bats.
It’s all very well done, and actually does feel a bit like wandering around in the jungle – winding trails through dense foliage and the sounds of nature engulfing you from all sides. At times you can’t help but wonder what might be lurking around the next corner. Then you round the corner and find yourself face to face with a bat larger than your head, gazing at you with curious yellow eyes as he considers whether or not you’re there to steal his precious bunch of bananas.
And if that’s a bit too much for the slightly more squeamish, they do offer a live animal show and guided tram ride – the latter being the only way to see some of the really big animals. The guides’ narration is an absolute riot.
Yeah, I’d say the Night Safari is well worth a look if you find yourself in town…just don’t expect many photos, as it’s nearly pitch-black and no flashes are allowed! 😉