Singapore Tour Plan:
Singapore Zoo + High Tea Buffet Treat

Singapore Tour Tip: Spend a morning+ at the Singapore Zoo.
Then retreat from the afternoon heat with a high tea buffet.

Why this tour itinerary?

Many first-time visitors to Singapore often underestimate the tropical heat. They try to visit the Jurong Bird Park in the morning, the Singapore Zoo in the afternoon, and the Night Safari in the evening. And exhaust themselves thoroughly. Big mistake!

Spend the morning and part of the afternoon at the Zoo. Then leave about 2-2.30pm for one of the great buffets recommended below. It's a good balance.

Whether you are taking kids here or you are on a romantic Singapore tour, this itinerary is something you can enjoy.

Things to Do

Journey to Singapore Zoo

  • By public transport:
    • MRT train to Ang Mo Kio Station
    • Bus from Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange to Singapore Zoo.
    • Allow 60-75 minutes travel time.

  • By taxi:
    • About S$20-25 from a city hotel, including the 35% morning peak hour surcharge.
    • Maximum of 4 adult passengers (or 2 adults and 3 young children) per taxi.
    • Allow 30-40 minutes.


Breakfast in the Wild

  • Highlights include a jungle-themed meal and closer proximity to wildlife.
  • Booking is essential. Catering sales reservation phone: +65 6360 8656.

  • Pricing:
    • Breakfast rate: Check with reservations.
    • Zoo entrance fee: adult $20; child $13.

10.30am - 11+am

'The Rainforest Fights Back' Show

Watch how (real) animals of the rainforest gang up with a nature-loving tribe to defeat a greedy developer.

Then take a slow stroll to the Elephants at Work and Play show location.

11.30am - 12+pm

'Elephants at Work and Play'
A Must-See at the Singapore Zoo!

Singapore Zoo - Elephant at Work and Play Show. An elephant with her mahout.
(Photo: Elephant at work with her mahout, Singapore Zoo)

12+pm - 2.30pm

12+ to 1pm: On your own around the Singapore Zoo.

1pm to 2.30pm: Follow 2 interesting feeding trails...

1.05pm - Polar Bear
1.15pm - White Rhinos
1.25pm - African Lions

2.00pm - Treetops Trail
- Otters
2.20pm - White Tigers
2.30pm - Pygmy Hippos

(These are arranged so that it's easy to move from one to the next.)



Alternatives for children and couples

2.30pm-3.15pm: Taxi back to city

Note: Leave earlier if you plan on using the bus + MRT option.

3.30pm-5.30pm: High Tea Buffet

Try one of these restaurants.

All 3 are open for high tea buffet every day.



  1. Rest in hotel. Then when you are refreshed, do some late night shopping at the 24/7 Mustafa Shopping Centre in Little India.

  2. Catch a paid or free show at the Esplanade Theatres, which are near the Equinox Restaurant.

  3. Take a walk in the Marina Bay / Singapore River area: Esplanade Theatre, Esplanade Bridge, Merlion Park, Singapore River, Clarke Quay. Lovely night views.

  4. Shop on Orchard Road, if you have had high tea at either Carousel or Marriott Cafe.

  5. Retire to hotel because it has been an eventful day.

Afternoon Alternatives to this Singapore Tour

Forego your high tea buffet and try one of these:

  1. If you are taking kids to the Singapore Zoo

    • Let your children play at the newly built Rainforest KidzWorld.
    • This is an area with exciting water playground, pet houses, and children-do-able obstacle courses.

  2. If you are on a romantic Singapore tour

    • Take a 20-minute boat ride on the Seletar Reservoir. Boat rides start near the White Tiger habitat and Rainforest KidzWorld.
    • This costs $5 per person.
    • Then return in time for dinner at the 226m-high Equinox Restaurant - and the enchanting sundown views.

Related to this Singapore Tour

More Singapore tour plans

More Singapore Zoo tips + animal videos

Equinox Restaurant

Buffets in Singapore

Page Author: Gabriel Tan. All rights reserved.
Page Updated: 28 Jan 2010.

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