Singapore: Group holidays inspired by 50 years of independence

Date Posted: 09/07/2015

Pictured: Free roaming tapirs on the Night Safari (Photo Credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore)

As the city state celebrates its golden anniversary of independence there’s never been a better time to take a group holiday to Singapore. Here are a few of the best things to do in Singapore to add to your itinerary.

Singapore Zoo

One of Singapore’s biggest visitor attractions is Singapore  Zoo, home to more than 3,500 animals and the first zoo in the world to feature a free-roaming area for its flagship species: the orang-utan.

The zoo has eleven zones including the Fragile Forest, Reptile Garden, Gibbon Island and Critter’s Longhouse. The latest addition is Frozen Tundra, a habitat resembling the Arctic complete with an ice cave, a waterfall and a large pool filled with ice blocks. The exhibit is also home to Inuka, a locally-born polar bear.

The zoo runs a number of daily shows including the Elephants at Work and Play show. The show features elephants from Burma lifting and pushing heavy logs, playing dead and ‘stealing’ food from the trainers before it concludes with a feeding session.

Night Safari

Parties can combine a visit to Singapore Zoo with an experience at the nearby Night Safari – the world’s first nocturnal zoo.

Groups visiting Singapore’s Night  Safari can book onto the Tram Safari Experience, a guided tram tour of the park lasting 40 minutes, which takes visitors through seven geographical zones including the rugged Himalayan foothills and the swampy banks of Asian Riverine forests. On the tour you will seeanimals such as bharals, striped hyenas, sloth bears, Malayan tapirs and Asian elephants.

For a less structured visit, you can explore the park’s numerous walking trails and see animals not visible on the tram journey such as Malayan flying foxes, leopards and giant flying squirrels.

Other highlights include the Creatures of the Night Show, which showcases the predatory and survival instincts of nocturnal animals, and fire eating performances by Thumbuakar tribal dancers.

Discounts are for available for groups of 50 or more.

The Frozen Tundra exhibit, home to Inuka, a locally-born polar bear.

Pictured: Locally-born polar bear, Inuka in the Frozen Tundra exhibit (Photo Credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore)

Gardens by the Bay

The Gardens by the Bay in Marina, is a tropical park spanning 101 hectares, situated by the Marina Reservoir.

The gardens are synonymous with the Supertrees, 16 unique tree structures, the tallest of which reaches up to 50 metres in height. They are home to of over 160,000 plants and more than 200 species of bromeliads, orchids, ferns and tropical flowering climbers. To emphasise the Supertrees’ spectacle, the gardens host a light show every night.

Groups venturing through the Garden’s Flower Dome, meanwhile, will see a diverse range of plants and flowers from across the globe such as kangaroo's paw from Australia, the king protea from South Africa, and ‘drunken trees’ from Brazil.

The gardens’ Cloud Forest is a giant greenhouse housing a 35-metre tall mountain and the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Visitors can ascend to the mountaintop to receive an aerial view of the canopy and mountainside. This area has nine sections showcasing plant life from up to 2,000-metres above sea level, unusual geology and various adaptations of epiphytes.

Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island is home to a cluster of hotels, restaurants and attractions on the south coast of Singapore including Sentosa Nature Discovery, the Tiger Sky Tower and Underwater World, Singapore.

Groups with an interest in botany can visit Sentosa Nature Discovery , a nature centre situated near Imbiah Hill. The venue features an indoor information gallery and a nature walk. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the centre for free but guided tours are available to book.

The Tiger Sky  Tower is Asia's tallest observation tower and offers panoramic views of Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. During their ascent, groups will learn about the history of Sentosa and its surroundings from in-cabin audio commentary.

Groups can also visit Underwater  World, Singapore, an oceanarium housing more than 2,500 marine and fresh-water animals including hawksbill turtles, white-tip reef sharks and the mimic octopus. The venue also hosts a daily programme of dolphin and fur seal shows with plenty of photo opportunities.

Universal Studios Singapore

Sentosa Island is home to one of Singapore’s most famous attractions, Universal Studios Singapore, a theme park where visitors can enjoy rides and attractions based on blockbuster films. 

There are seven areas of the park to explore including Far Far Away where visitors can take a ride on the Shrek 4-D Adventure, Ancient World, where groups can watch a live water show based on WaterWorld and enjoy a raft ride through Jurassic Park-themed dinosaur habitats. Thrill seekers should stop off at Sci-Fi City and ride the tallest dueling coaster in the world, Battlestar Galactica: Human vs. Cylon. One side of the ride is an inverted coaster while the other half is a traditional seated roller coaster.

The park also hosts special weekend events such as the Hollywood Dream Parade which features characters from Madagascar, Revenge of the Mummy, Jurassic Park and Shrek.

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