We left Chinatown and grabbed a bus this time heading way out of the city. Again disabled travelers are well looked after the bus is lowered, a ramp on the middle door is dropped and the driver loaded me on first, locking me in place before loading any other passengers.
The downside I had to face rearward for the whole journey, cue travel sickness so after ten minutes I went a little quiet, after twenty I needed to close my eyes and concentrate. Just be aware if you do suffer it might be an idea to take travel sickness pills before you use a bus!
After a thirty minute ride we got to the Zoo, according to the others it was a really hot and humid day. The sun was beating down, I was loving that!
We went to purchase tickets and I had read on the website that Singapore residents if they provided proof of disability would get in for free and two carers get 20% discount. Therefore assumed this would be the same for all visitors, nope, sadly they seem to treat visitors unfairly. We had to pay full price no concession. I was unwilling to argue so paid, even though I had my expensive wheelchair and blue badge! I was sick of “proving” or “arguing” about my disability on this holiday.
We went in and it was just amazing, that word just doesn’t seem good enough but the enclosures are barely that. The animals are almost within touching distance. There were orangutans swinging in trees above our heads, baby ones hanging off their mothers necks, it was a delight to watch.
Then the feeding of the giraffes well Helen and I just had to have a go at that, for S$5, which is £2.50, this was something I would never do again. I went in and these two magnificent creatures were just there waiting for there tea. We handed them their food stick by stick, as the boys snapped away. Their long swirly tongues tickled but it was great fun and both Helen and I loved it.
We found the Zebras which made me happy, you all know why 😉
And we just kept going, Helen and Rob rode an elephant, I would have loved to but there was no way I could have got on it. We found a polar bear at feeding time, meerkats that we all gave voices to, it was just an adventure and we had a great time. The time was rushing by and we knew we needed to leave the park to head for the Night Zoo so we headed for the main gate and took the short hop to the Park next door.
In the half hour we entered the Night Zoo and by the time you watch a bit of the show at the front entrance, grab a bite to eat, the sun has gone down.
First stop the Creatures of the Night Show, this was your typical trained animal show. It was very good and quite enjoyable, as we went to one of the early ones it was extremely busy, so be warned!
We headed back to the main entrance to get the tram so we could head round the whole park and see all the animals. Now the queue was huge, they broke me and one carer off to wait separately and I would meet up with the rest of my party when they had queued.
After ten minutes they got to the front, by which time I had noticed not every tram had a disabled ramp. How was I going to be put on the tram? The first tram arrived no disabled position we let it go without us. Next tram arrived still no disabled position, by now we’d been waiting twenty minutes we needed to leave by 10pm, our clock was ticking and I was getting frustrated.
I called over a member of staff and asked them when a tram with a disabled position would be available he explained at least another ten minutes. I said that wasn’t good enough. I wanted a supervisor, they were wasting our evening, we would have been there over 45 minutes by then. The supervisor came at that point, I stayed as calm as I could, I wanted to cry, I was tired and frustrated.
I told him that at the beginning of the day having been charged full price had been unfair to begin with. Now to be made to wait over 45 minutes purely because of my disability is unacceptable, especially when I had seen a VIP family get on a tram with a disabled space just before my group got to me, when they didn’t need it! That should not have happened. I told him I felt discriminated against and my day had been ruined. He went away and came back and said he had arrange for a VIP buggy to take my party around the Night Safari for the evening, he was sorry for any inconvenience, that was not the zoo’s intention. I accepted the apology and we got the Buggy ride.
The buggy arrived and the helped me onto it, well it was brilliant fun, our own VIP experience around the park, however half way round the heavens opened and we had a monsoon downpour, similar to the night of the Robbie concert. It was so funny, Andrew and Andy were at the back you could hear them laughing and I couldn’t stop giggling at them, then the driver started giggling at me. In the end the whole buggy was in fits of laughter.
We did see lots of amazing animals before the rain started though, so thank you Night Safari for the Buggy Ride, I’m still not impressed with the lack of concessions or lack of buses for disabled visitors (I was told by one staff member there were three in the whole park)
As we left that night we took the City Coach back it was S$6 per person and dropped us back to our hotel which was brilliant, but the rain didn’t follow us back to the city during the journey. By the time we got back it was dry. We said our good nights and for some that would be their last full day in Singapore.
We however would have until the weekend.