This is literally one of the best tours we have ever had! There are 2 sessions of manatee tour per day each weekend. 9.30 am and 3.30 pm. My children of 10 and 7 yos, joined Nicholson and Ivy for the 3.30 pm session today and we had lots of fun. It’s a chance to learn about the fishes and manatees dwelling in the Amazon Flooded River and most importantly, to be up close and personal with the cuddly, yes, cuddly manatees. All 15 of them! The tour lets you feed and pet them and even teach you a trick or two on communications with the manatees! And, each participant is also given a free photo plus cute manatee souvenirs after the tour. A definite must-do for visitors and yes, even for residents here like us! Two thumbs up!
As reviewed on TripAdvisor by Tsing in October 2019
River Safari Manatee Mania was the best experience. The opportunity to learn more about these amazingly gentle mammals and their environs is not too be missed. The Keepers are extremely knowledgeable and went out of their way to ensure we had a great experience. Nabilah, Sean and others (sorry cannot recall all the names) were wonderful and I cannot recommend it enough.
The tour provides you with an opportunity to enter the safari before the crowds. We were taken to the Manatee enclosure and learnt not just about the manatees, but the giant otters too. We were fortunate enough to be there when they were feeding the otters too - I never knew they where so big!
You don some waterproof overalls and boots ( ladies I would recommend wearing shorts as easier to navigate than a dress - not impossible in a dress just a little tricker) and are provided with a locker to store all your gods. We removed all our jewellery and put bags etc in the lockers.
We learnt about how they are fed, the different ways they engage with the manatees. You then get the opportunity to feed them yourselves which is incredible. Like kids, they have to eat their vegetables before their treats.
It was highly educational, personal experience and I would really recommend that you take the chance to interact safely with these mammals. The Keepers are superb and their interest and understanding of the animals in their charge is fab.
As reviewed on TripAdvisor by Blue_SydneyAus in February 2019
Absolutely loved the River Safari as my 11 year old had just completed a term project on the Amazon - it was fantastic for her to be able to see so many Amazon animals. We also did the optional extra Manatee Mania tour and were able to feed and pat 12 gorgeous creatures - this was the highlight of our trip to Sinagpore. An amazing day, fabulous guides.....recommend highly.
As reviewed on TripAdvisor by Helen B in July 2018
It was a fruitful and educational trip for myself and my eldest son. He has always love manatee and this is the first time we get so up close with the manatee. He enjoyed so much during manatee feeding time. I believe this is the most memorable birthday surprise I gave him! Thumbs up for the tour and experience and the zoo staff!
As reviewed on TripAdvisor by clairechew2018 in October 2018