If you’re not planning on visiting Singapore Zoo while you’re here then we’ll assume something’s wrong! Thankfully you’ve meandered your way over to this page - crisis averted! Put simply: Singapore Zoo is the best nature experience of its kind in the city-state. Since opening back in 1973, the zoo has turned heads around the world for it’s open concept planning and beautiful botanic oases. It far transcends the traditional (somewhat depressing) zoos of old. Tourists flock here in their millions to check out the spacious, naturalistic enclosures, remarkable animals and interactive attractions.
What’s cool about this specific jaunt through Singapore Zoo is that it’s guided by a local pro who knows the space through and through, and who can provide insight into the ethos, mission and design of the Singapore Zoo, as well as the animals (some 2500 of them) that live there. Transfers there and back are included, as are entrance tickets to the zoo. This experience gives just the kind of hand-holding you need to explore a zoo of this size and calibre in a short amount of time.
PSST. Do yourself a favour and opt in for the Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife session, which is available as an extra add-on to this tour. One of the zoo’s most popular offerings, this experience provides lucky brunchers with a buffet style breakfast spread and, most importantly, some quality time with the zoo’s affable residents: the remarkable orangutans. It’d be a shame to miss this.
About your guide
If you’ve travelled around the Asia Pacific before, it’s likely you’ll have heard of Tour East. They’re a major player in the travel industry for good reason: the team hires only the most experienced, knowledgeable guides to delve a little deeper on cities major landmarks, unheard of neighbourhoods and other topics of interest (feng shui tour, anyone?).
Here’s the plan…
You’ll be picked up by a Tour East driver from your hotel (or a handy nearby meeting point) bright and early. You’ll make a quick pit stop at the tour’s official starting point. Here, you’ll meet your guide for the day and hop onto the air-conditioned coach, which will be taking you to Singapore Zoo. The drive from the city to the zoo takes around 45-55 minutes all up. Along the way, your guide will run you through the morning’s plans, and reveal a few facts, as well as some personal anecdotes, about Singapore and its famous zoo.
You’ll arrive at Singapore Zoo in about 30-45minutes. Those who are partaking in the Jungle Breakfast will make their way over to the Ah Meng terrace restaurant, where a stunning breakfast spread, and a few furry friends, await. Asian dishes along with your standard hot English breakfast options are all served up buffet-style at the restaurant, alongside fruit, cakes, cereals and fresh fruit juices. All the bites are super yummy, and second and third servings are encouraged. Once you’ve plated up your food, you’ll grab a table right by the orangutans’ platform, where they’ll be eating their own brekky just next to you. During the breakfast, the zookeepers on-site tell you more about these orangutans and allow time for all sorts of pics near the animals, too. Really, though, the joy of this experience lies in being so close to these beautiful, intelligent animals.
No breakfast? Those who don’t opt for the breakfast experience will have free time to explore the zoo on their own, before meeting back up with the guide and group for optional guided tours. After breakfast, enjoy a tram ride around the zoo, check out the seal show (it’s hilarious, especially for little ones) and see the amazing species roaming here. Your guide will run a tour through the main parts of the zoo or, depending on what you fancy seeing, you can explore the zoo and see the animals on your own, and meet the group at the end of the experience back on the coach.
Your tour ends after four hours. Following this, you’ll be transferred back to the city and your hotel. Your entrance ticket lasts for the day, so if you’d like to spend more time at the zoo, you can say goodbye to the group and guide at the zoo grounds and make your own way back to your hotel. Just be sure let your guide know beforehand. Happy exploring!
Tips (get that warm, fuzzy feeling)
Voucher information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other devices. (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)
The confirmation voucher includes Tour East’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give the Tour East team a call at least 24 hours before the tour’s due to kick off to confirm all the final details.
Don’t worry about printing your booking voucher - just show your voucher on your mobile device to your Tour East guide when you get to the meeting point on the day.
Unfortunately, not all hotels are included within the pick-up zone. In that case, the Tour East team will suggest a convenient meeting point where they can pick you up from.
Singapore Zoo has specific times for animal feeding. For some of the smaller animals, you’re able to purchase small packets of food from the zookeeper and feed them, just make sure you follow the instructions from the zookeepers.
The tour timings and duration may shift depending on traffic conditions.
There will be no Rainforest Fights Back Show & Splash Safari show on 5 Sept 19 due to maintenance work at the Shaw Foundation Amphitheatre in Singapore Zoo.