Can you believe it’s been more than 4 years since we first visited River Safari on opening day? Not sure if you remember, when River Safari first opened, the Amazon River Quest (which was like one of the highlights of the park – after the celebrity pandas of course) did not open with it. It was delayed till about half a year later. And after it opened, we discovered that the Amazon River Quest had a minimum height requirement of 1.06m. Which my kids didn’t meet at that time.
But of course, the height requirement was just an excuse. It’s been more than 3 years and my kids met the height requirement long ago. I’m just good at procrastinating. Until school reopened after the June holidays, I started having travel withdrawal symptoms following our super-happening Northern Europe trip. I wanted to go somewhere in the couple of hours between picking MF up from school and picking MY up from school. And the nearest place from our home to cure travel withdrawal symptoms were the Mandai Wildlife Parks. And we had an annual pass, so why not right?
When we arrived, we were trying to decide between zoo or River Safari. MF wanted to go to the zoo because the zoo had a playground, but River Safari didn’t. But I thought, hey, why not be all-out touristy and go take the Amazon River Quest at River Safari which we have never been on before??
So once we arrived at River Safari, we made a beeline for the Amazon River Quest. The Amazon River Quest is not included under the annual membership and we had to buy tickets for the ride like every other guest. The tickets cost SGD5 for adult, SGD3 for child. If you are not a member, you can check out the discounted package on Klook Travel which includes the Amazon River Quest.
The Amazon River Quest turned out to be like a ride in an amusement park. We were super amused when a lift of sorts came down and lifted our boat right up to the boat trail!
MF requested to sit in the front row. Which usually people would avoid, because as the staff warned, you may get a bit wet if you sit in the front row. You’ve been warned.
It was actually pretty cheap thrill. Right after the lift brought us up, we moved along the river and was greeted with a slight slope, and the boat went ‘SPLASH’ into the river.
It was just a small splash. Nothing like the splash we encountered at Legoland Malaysia that got us totally drenched. So we remained rather dry and was glad we got a front row seat to check out the animals.
Frankly, we did not see a lot of animals. I personally felt the boat moved way too fast. They should slow it down a little!
But in the end, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise that the boat was moving fast. Because halfway through the ride, it started POURING. Not even a tiny drizzle, I am talking about a major downpour!!
We could hardly see anything through the heavy rain and everyone was getting totally drenched. Suddenly the staff’s warning that “you may get wet in the front row” seemed rather ironical, because EVERYONE was totally drenched, regardless of where they were sitting.
Well, to be fair to River Safari, they did put up a sign at the entrance of the Amazon River Quest stating that sudden downpour was expected, and guests were advised to put on ponchos BEFORE boarding the boat. You know, I didn’t even see the sign when I was there in all my excitement to go on the river quest. It was only after I came home and looked through the photos I took that I spotted the sign.
On the whole, I found the whole experience just hilarious. I think I would have been rather bored if it didn’t rain, because a lot of the animals were not at spots that were clearly visible from the boat. And like I mentioned, the boat moved a bit too fast for us to see the animals clearly. But the whole getting drenched and the anxiety wondering when we would be reaching back made it kind of exciting. LOL…
We spent the rest of the time walking around the park to get ourselves dry again. Thank goodness the rest of River Safari was sheltered. (The only two parts of River Safari where it wasn’t sheltered were the Amazon River Quest and Squirrel Monkey Forest. The latter we seldom visit, because our first visit was somewhat traumatising.)
And since it was raining, it was the perfect opportunity to catch a GrabFamily ride back to pick MY up. If you’re looking for a GrabFamily ride from River Safari, it requires a bit of strategy. As I previously mentioned, there is a limited number of GrabFamily cars around. From the app, when you select ‘GrabFamily’, the map will show if there is a GrabFamily car in the vicinity. So we hung around the manatee enclosure (near the exit) to check out the otters and manatees while I checked the map occasionally to see if there was a GrabFamily car nearby. When I spotted one on the map, I quickly went on to book it and headed for the pick-up stand to find the car.
Tips for Amazon River Quest:
- Ticket for Amazon River Quest are sold separately from admission tickets to River Safari. It cost SGD5 per adult / SGD3 per child.
- There is a minimum height requirement of 1.06m to ride on the Amazon River Quest.
- Children of height 1.35m and below must be accompanied by an adult.
- Klook Travel offers a discounted package price which INCLUDES Amazon River Quest.
- Note that the Amazon River Quest will be closed for annual maintenance works from Sep 11-30.
Information on River Safari
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
- Bus 138 from Ang Mo Kio MRT (NS16)
- Bus 927 from Choa Chu Kang MRT (NS4)
- Bus 926 from Marsiling MRT (NS8) or Woodlands MRT (NS9) – on Sundays and Public Holidays only
Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm Daily
- $30 per adult
- $20 per child (age 3 to 12)
- $14 per Singaporean or Singapore PR aged 60 and above
- Children under 3 years old enter free
Note that the above fee does NOT include the Amazon River Quest. Tickets for Amazon River Quest cost $5 per adult / $3 per child.
Discounted Admission Fee from Klook (inclusive to Amazon River Quest):
- $22 (adult)
- $17 (child)
Contact Number: (65) 6269 3411