We were not intending to go in the Safari side for two reasons; monkeys on our hire car and our experience of safari's in the UK - animals bored brainless in the distance hidden under trees.
It opens at 9.30am in summer, and we arrived first thing for the coolest part of the day. It wasn't clear where to park if you only want to do the amusement park area, all cars were queuing so we joined them (as one does), at the kiosk we didn't have a choice not to do the safari so we held our breath and went in (83 Euros). In the first section there were herds of deer, a mixture of goats and very small ponies. Most of which were coming up to windows expecting food - nuts were for sale outside the park. It was all lovely; up close and personal. The car behind had food so we happily watched the goats go up on two legs to reach the window knocking their front hooves against the paintwork. We went into the lion enclosure and there were plenty, lying quite close to the cars and walking around generally. Same with the tiger enclosure, who were separate to the lions.
The giraffes were beautiful. The best bit was near the end of the drive thru' where zebras, hippos, wild horses, goats all shared an area. There were two zebras having a biting session on each other and they started running around chasing each other, next thing all the zebras and wild horses were having stampede's around the park area darting in and around the cars - it was very exciting.
Afterwards we paid a further 2 Euros to park and walked into the amusement side. The safari ticket said we were entitled to six free rides but quickly realised that this was only for the sections which involved looking at more animals and reptiles. We went on the Log Flume which the kids absolutely loved and was only an additional 2E each. Also saw the dolphin show for 10 Euros for adults and 8 Euros for kids between 1m and 1.4m in height, free under 1m. The children loved it but I am not comfortable seeing dolphins in captivity flipping, diving, jumping and squawking for our enjoyment.
Food was as you would imagine, abismal. Take a picnic if you can. You can leave the park and go back in as long as you keep your tickets with you. Cars in the car park are shaded by rows and rows of solar panels.
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