We were much happier with doing the zoo during the normal daylight hours. While it was interesting in parts to tour the area at night we found that it made for too long a day and was spoilt on this occasion at least by inconsiderate people. It was also difficult to get a meal as by the time we managed to be dropped off most of the food areas were packed and they were finding it difficult to keep up with the orders and food had often run out.
The zoo in Singapore is in 4 parts a fifth is being built at the moment. This tour includes 2 of the parts. The night safari is better than the River Safari but if you only do the night safari, you arrive late and don't have much time. With this arrangement, you have time to go through the river safari which means essentially looking at aquaria of different river systems in the world. The Amazon cruise ride is a gentle theme park type ride and the animals you see does depend on luck. It is only 10 minutes long. There is a lake cruise as well if just want a boat ride. The highlight of this part is to see the Giant Pandas which were both out and active when I went through.
There is about an hour or so to eat - the best choice being at the area of the Night Safari entrance. The night safari opens at 7pm. The tram ride is good fun. Nearly all the animals are out - their food having been placed to encourage them to be visible and on show. The trails are good and allow you to see the animals with minimal lighting in the right time of the day for them. The creatures of the night show was fun and if you have time to see it is worth it. The advantage of this package is that transport to and from the zoo is much cheaper than trying to do it independently.
The river safari was a bit of a misnomer as much of it is walking. There however two boating options included, 1 the river cruise a placid trip around the reservoir wit the highlight being spotting the giraffes and 2 Amazon quest which does highlight some amazing animals. It is worth going around at least twice to see the animals better the second time round.
The night safari was on the whole well done and we saw some amazing animals on sensitively lit areas. However the train ride at the time had one stop to begin and another to end with no stops in between. For those with some mobility issues there would be benefit in stopping at each station to hop on and hop off to make the most of the various walking trails.
Tour East is usually VERY good, as I've been on MANY tours with them. For this one, it was a flop. Our guide never told us his name. When we got to the River Safari place, he just told us what time to meet him back at the bus. He went in with us and told us that we didn't have to follow him, just meet him by the bus at the prescribed time. None of us on the tour knew what the deal was, really. Were we supposed to go through everything and then that's it? It was rather disappointing. Really all that Tour East supplied us with was a ride. After the River Safari, we weren't going to wait for 3.5 hours for the night safari we were hot and sweaty/stinky and in no mood by this time, so I called Tour East. They told me that I needed to go to the bus at the prescribed time 3.5 hours later. My wife and I decided to Uber our way back to our hotel and skip the Night Safari. I don't recommend to anyone to try to do both safari's in one day, and just get YOURSELF there Uber is cheap and pay for yourself. I was highly disappointed. I have another tour with them on Friday night, and hope this was an isolated incident!
Did not enjoy this as much as I had hoped. Would not recommend doing both on the one day. Feel the departure from Chinatown was way too early, from memory was 1:30pm, took about 40 plus minutes to get to the Zoo. Once there our guide pointed us to the Entrance Plaza and from there onwards you walk, lots of walking actually. Took a while to get to the Red Pandas and Giant Pandas, photo time and yes, buy your pic with the pandas. On to the River Safari boat, 15 minutes around the waters with nothing much to see. Continuing on through the Wild Amazon, Squirrel Monkeys and the Giant River Otters. Tour Over, its 4:30pm. Now what to do until the Night Safari commences. There was nothing but sitting around for 3 hours, have dinner - don't recommend the KFC - chicken not cooked thoroughly and too much coating. Night Safari did not start until 7:15pm. This was interesting but very rushed, lots of walking and long walks between activities. Impossible for photos - no flashes allowed, venue not really well lit to even be able to see the animals in their night surroundings. Travelled around part of the park in the train, even still not much light provided to see much - disappointed.