During a visit to Bali I spent one of my most enjoyable days in the Safari and Marine Park, a well kept, clean and most entertaining venue to learn about Balinese traditions and observe some exotic creatures from neighboring and distant countries.
The Balinese people are renowned for their love and respect for nature, so it should come as no surprise that they realised the importance of preserving some near extinct species.
The vast and breathtaking setting of 40 acres provide a variety of interesting observation points and activities that will keep the whole family entertained all day.
You can choose from an introduction to the Balinese culture and traditional dancing, or watch/help staff feed the elephants. Enjoy a very entertaining display by the rescue elephants from Sumatra, or join the Safari journey where you will be introduced to animals from Africa, Sumatra, India, and Australia.
My "brave" elephant ride provided an elevated view of some of these wild beasts, but the highlight of the day was an opportunity to cuddle a young orangutang. She was just adorable.
For the more adventurous there is the fun zone and water-park, while the one of a kind aquarium has many collections of fish from Africa, South America and Indonesia.
The Tsavo Lion restaurant reminds one of the tragic but legendary man-eating pare of lions who killed and ate more than one hundred railway workers on the Kenya-Uganda railway in 1898 - interesting facts, but it feels a bit awkward having your own very nice meal with some curious (calculating?) lions watching the patrons.....
I did not explore the facility but the Mara River Safari Lodge is situated within the reservation, so if you want to fall asleep listening to the animal sounds, or observe a lovely sunset from a luxurious treetop lodge, there is an opportunity to do so!
At the Bali theatre one can enjoy the epic story of Bali Agung in a 1200 seating facility with state of the art sound and lighting.
Prepare for a long day: wear comfortable shoes and a hat (although one will be provided as memento during your elephant ride!) and bring enough drinking water.
The park is situated near Lebih beach and a shuttle bus runs from most locations.
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