For many years now Parc Safari has offered people of all ages a chance to get up close and personal to many different animals while educating them about these creatures at the same time. The Feline Tunnel, Deer Trail, Adventure Safari, Wildlife Observatory, Wild Rides Amusement Park, and a Water Park offer visitors at Parc Safari a range of different activities to enjoy.
Since they opened their doors in 1972, Parc Safari's motto has been to be a large natural park with a zoological focus. Each year they have added more animals, theme parks and structures to it. They aim to provide each of their animals with a high quality of life while allowing humans to see and or interact with them. Fun and education at the same place.
We arrived at Parc Safari around midday (better to go a bit later so you are not in the big line that is inevitably there for opening time at 10:00 each morning) and began with the Adventure Safari. This is a roughly 70 minute voyage in your car (make sure you fill the gas tank) through an African landscape discovering animals from 5 continents. I remember going as a kid in the 1970s and having monkeys climb all over the car and while it was exciting the primates were sometimes destructive. Now the animals are of the more docile variety. You can get up close and feed ostriches, camels, buffalos, and others. Parc Safari offers food for sale at $2 a box at the entrance or you can bring your own such as carrots or apples. The zebras can come up close, but it is recommended that you don't feed them because they can bite. Through this section you can also see giraffes, rhinos and elephants.
Next up was the Feline Tunnel. There you get to see lions and tigers, including white tigers, and if you are lucky they will climb up on the Plexiglas tunnel to allow you to see them up close.
Because it was such a hot day we next headed over to the Water Section to cool off in the many wading areas. This is a place where you don't want to forget your bathing suit! Between the Dino Wading Pool, the Cascade Lake Waterfalls, the waters of Crocodile Lake, and the option of tubing down Tiwi Beach you'll have the opportunity to cool down and splash about.
Because of time constraints we were only able to go to the childrens' park area where kids can ride a camel ($5) or climb about the different structures set up there.
We missed the Wild Rides Amusement Park where the kids (big and small) can ride on the different rides including the ferris wheel. There is also the Wildlife Observatory where you can see the apes, hyenas, wolves, bears, and chimpanzees. Ongoing throughout the day are different shows and different types of animation, starring the park's mascots, the Wittycats, Hugo, Phyllo, Lunatik, Zoe, and Balzak. Finally, there is the Deer Trail that you can walk along and feed the over 50 deer.
There are ample picnic areas so you can pack a lunch and eat outdoors, but there are also several restaurants where you can purchase a meal or snack.
-Entrance Fees: 2 and Under: Free
Family (2 Adults, 2 Children): $99.97
*Add $15 to entrance fee to make it a season pass
-Hours: July 1-18: 10:00-4:00
July 19-August 22: 10:00-7:00
August 23-27: 10:00-5:00
August 30-September 3: 10:00-5:00
September 4-6: 10:00-7:00
September 10-12, 17-19,24-26: 10:00-4:00
October 1-3, 8-11: 10:00-7:00