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Glamping next to manatees at the River Safari

The two days and one night programme will be available for a limited time between Dec 21 and 27.

Glamping next to manatees at the River Safari

Glampers will be right by the world’s largest freshwater aquarium. (Photo: Wildlife Reserves Singapore)

Animal lovers who find regular staycations too mundane can now choose to fall asleep next to the world’s largest freshwater aquarium, in the company of the River Safari’s manatees.

Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) on Monday (Dec 14) said the two days and one night Glamping with the Manatees programme will be available for a limited time between Dec 21 and 27.

Tents, which sleep up to four people each, are priced from S$699 and will be located in an air-conditioned area.

The River Safari’s Amazon Flooded Forest is home to a herd of 18 West Indian manatees. (Photo: Wildlife Reserves Singapore)
Each tent sleeps up to four people. (Photo: Wildlife Reserves Singapore)

A WRS spokesperson told CNA that the "actual value" of the package is S$1,400 It includes all programmes during the glamping experience and two meals for four people. 

"Tents that are located at a more premium space within the glamping site, as well as bookings on peak dates such as Christmas are priced slightly higher," the spokesperson added. 

The Kkday booking website priced the glamping tents on the lower deck at S$899 for Dec 23 and S$1,099 for Dec 24.

A screengrab of the kkday website on Dec 14 shows that the programme is sold out.

A check on the website at about 6pm on Monday showed the tickets had sold out. 

The programme includes a trail along the Rivers of the World, where guests will be given reserved seating at the Once Upon a River animal presentation.

They will then meet squirrel monkeys in Wild Amazonia’s Squirrel Monkey Forest before mingling with a mystery animal ahead of dinner under the stars.

In the evening, guests will be taken to the Amazon Flooded Forest, which houses the world’s largest freshwater aquarium, where they will participate in a manatee-inspired activity and learn interesting facts about them.

They will also learn about how the manatees were moved from Singapore Zoo to River Safari, and try to spot Canola, the first hand-raised manatee calf who is now a mother herself.

Guests will be able to get up-close and personal with squirrel monkeys. (Photo: Wildlife Reserves Singapore)

Breakfast will be provided before the experience is concluded with “special in-house camp traditions” the next day.

According to the WRS website, the glamping itinerary will run from 3pm to 10am the next day. Guests will sleep in a “fairytale bell tent” with charging points as well as pillows and blankets provided.

“Participants will take their showers on the first evening of the programme. Facilities will be available for participants to do a simple wash up in the morning,” said WRS. Guests must also pack their own towels and amenity kits.

The Glamping with the Manatees programme is not eligible for SingapoRediscovers Vouchers use, added WRS.

"Should we decide to offer the programme beyond this introductory phase, we will explore the possibility of using SRVs to enjoy this experience," a WRS spokesperson told CNA. 

Source: CNA/zl(rw)