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Photograph: Mandai Wildlife Group

New attractions at Mandai Wildlife Reserve include an eco-resort, zoo school, and a fifth park

There will also be a 3.3km boardwalk opening this year with refreshing views of Upper Seletar Reservoir

Cheryl Sekkappan
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Cheryl Sekkappan

We’ve known for years now about Mandai Wildlife Group’s ambitious rejuvenation project, which will see Mandai Wildlife Reserve transformed into a mega nature and wildlife destination consisting of five zoological parks, an eco-resort, lush green spaces, and nature-inspired experiences. And now, we have official attraction names, preview pictures and a whiff of a timeline to get excited about.

Mandai Rainforest Resort
Photograph: Mandai Wildlife GroupMandai Rainforest Resort

One of the biggest additions to the reserve is Mandai Rainforest Resort by Banyan Tree, an eco-friendly resort slated to open in the first half of 2025. Talk about a full nature immersion – the property will have 338 standard and family rooms in a four-storey building set in the forest, complete with a sustainability-focused restaurant, gym, rooftop swimming pool, ballroom and meeting rooms. There will even be 24 treehouses offering views of the surrounding forest and out to the reservoir. You can look forward to sensory journeys through local art and design too, alongside holistic spa treatments at the Wellness Centre.    

Rainforest Wild Asia
Photograph: Mandai Wildlife GroupRainforest Wild Asia

If you’ve ever aspired to swing through the forest like Tarzan, then the upcoming Rainforest Wild should fulfil your dreams. In Rainforest Wild Asia, experience the tropical forests of Asia a whole new way through boardwalk strolls, forest treks, and climbing, jumping, and abseiling in safety harnesses. A highlight is a 220-metre cavern inspired by Mulu Caves in Sarawak, where you can see reptiles and invertebrates like scorpions and cave racer snakes. Rainforest Wild Africa also offers aerial adventures through its afro-tropical landscape, where you will see animals like Pygmy hippos and Okapi (also known as forest giraffes).

Illustration of Curiosity Cove
Photograph: Mandai Wildlife GroupIllustration of Curiosity Cove

More indoor experiences and nature-based experiences will launch over the next few years. There’s Exploria, an immersive edutainment space; Green Canvas, a site for exhibitions and nature-themed events; Mandai Gallery, showcasing the history of Singapore’s wildlife parks; and Curiosity Cove, an indoor multi-sensory playground for kids. There will also be ZooSchool, Singapore’s first zoo-based adventure school for young kids, and two campsites that will operate all year round.

If you can hardly contain your excitement – there’s one more attraction opening very soon. It’s a 3.3-kilometre boardwalk along the perimeter of River Wonders and Singapore Zoo. It’s free to access and offers sweeping views across Upper Seletar Reservoir. This is set to launch later this year. In the meantime, get your nature and wildlife fix at Mandai Wildlife Reserve’s existing parks: Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, River Wonders, and Bird Paradise.  


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