SINGAPORE - From Aug 1, visitors to River Safari can go on a relaxing nature cruise along the Upper Seletar Reservoir when the park launches its newest attraction - the River Safari Cruise.
The 15-minute cruise plies the scenic Upper Seletar Reservoir - one of Singapore's largest water catchment areas - and provides visitors with a rare opportunity to enjoy views of clear blue skies, lush green forests and chance upon wildlife.
Built in 1920, this man-made lake holds up to 5,000 million gallons of water and not only provides drinking water, it is home to many native species such as the long-tailed macaque and water monitor lizards that thrive around and in the reservoir.
The River Safari Cruise replaces the boat ride that was previously in operation at Singapore Zoo, and embarks on a new route that meanders along the outskirts of Singapore Zoo and Night Safari, giving visitors a chance to spot wildlife nestled on the edges of these parks such as giraffes and rhinos.
Lucky visitors may catch a glimpse of elephants going on daily walks along the water's edge. Bird watchers can keep their eyes peeled for an array of feathered creatures, from storks to herons, which may make a stopover by the banks or roost on the trees.
The River Safari Cruise runs daily from 9.30am to 5.30pm and is available at a top-up fee of $5 (adults) and $3 (children between 3 and 12 years) in addition to the River Safari admission fee.
Each cruise can accommodate up to 50 passengers and is wheelchair-accessible. Limited seats are available and boarding is on a first come, first served basis.
Tickets for the cruise can be purchased online or at the park's Boat Plaza - the gateway to the two boat attractions in the park.