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Launching this Friday: New River Safari Cruise

Latest attraction will ply the Upper Seletar Reservoir, along the outskirts of the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari compounds.

SINGAPORE: From Friday, Aug 1, the newest attraction at the River Safari will see visitors go on a nature cruise on Upper Seletar Reservoir, one of Singapore's largest water catchment areas.

The 15-minute River Safari Cruise - which joins the Amazon River Quest in the River Safari lineup of boat rides - will travel along the outskirts of Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari compound, which border on the reservoir, giving visitors a chance to spot animals including giraffes and Asian elephants.

Lee Meng Tat, CEO at Wildlife Reserves Singapore, elaborated on the difference between the two River Safari boat rides. "The first park ride is a theme park-style ride, which is a little bit exciting as there are little plunges along the way. Over (at the River Safari Cruise), it's an entirely different experience. It's very tranquil, peaceful and visitors basically enjoy cruising along the reservoir."

Tickets are priced at S$5 for adults and S$3 for children aged three to 12, on top of River Safari admission. Each cruise can take up to 50 passengers and runs at 15-minute intervals from 9.30am to 5.30pm daily. The boats are wheelchair-friendly.

Wildlife Reserves Singapore said it consulted various stakeholders including national water agency PUB, to ensure operating the cruise does not pollute the environment. For instance, the batteries powering the boats are filled with a special gel to ensure there is no accidental spillage, it said.

It added that the new ride, which replaces the Singapore Zoo boat ride that ceased operations in March 2014, will help to educate visitors - whether local or regional - on wildlife as well as making the parks as enjoyable as possible.

Since its opening in April 2013, the River Safari has attracted about 1.4 million visitors.

Two visitors who took the cruise told Channel NewsAsia that the new boat ride was a positive experience. Mr Nikolay Ivanov from Bulgaria said because the ride was very close to the animals, it was a "very good experience" for him.

"We got to see the animals in the outdoors. We saw animals, plants, blue skies, turquoise waters. It was very beautiful," added Ms Ouyang Lishan from Shanghai.

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