The Safari Experience in Europe
Have you always wanted to go on a safari holiday and take a walk on the wild side? Imagine being meters away from rhinos, tigers, lions, and giraffes without having to leave Europe! We have highlighted some of the best wildlife holidays Europe has to offer.
The Netherlands: The Wild Side
We start the list off with Safari Resort Beekse Bergen, a large safari park situated in the Netherlands with its own resort that you can stay in. The safari park is home to fierce lions, beautiful zebras, lofty giraffes, and much more so make sure to always have your camera ready! Eagles, falcons, vultures, and other birds of prey can be seen in action at the bird’s safari where you can also learn more about them. Entrance to the safari and a number of other fun activities is free when you stay at the resort, which is why we highly recommend it. You can also book your accommodation with them from our website which comes with different specials, simply click here!
You can choose from different types of safaris to spice up your animal holidays and get up close and personal with the animals such as boat, bus, walking, and car. Have you ever fed a tiger? How about an African elephant? Safari Resort Beekse Bergen makes this possible during special feeding times that are instructed by a ranger who also explains the eating habits and diets of the animals.
There is also plenty to do for the little guests at this family-friendly resort, they can swim in the indoor jungle pool, or run around the playground. On a relaxed evening you can also decide to go fishing in the designated fishing areas which include over 70 hectares of clear water. Bikes can also be rented from the reception, so you can explore the resort from the paved-out cycle path.
Germany: The Big Five
The Serengeti Park in Hodenhagen is not one to miss for the ultimate African safari experience with over 1000 wild animals. Here you will also find the Big Five family which includes lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, and the Indian buffalo which is just as majestic as the African buffalo, perfect for wildlife watching holidays!
Serengeti Park is split up into four major parts which each give you a unique experience. The Animal World is the largest zone and offers an exciting adventure which you can discover with the guided bus tours or even with your own car! The Water World can be explored by foot and is mainly based on water animals such as swans, ducks, and geese. There are also other fun attractions such as a giant pirate ship and a log flume. The Monkey World presents twenty monkey species including gorillas, chimpanzees, and squirrel monkeys. The final section is the leisure world which is Serengeti Park’s very own amusement park. The park has different rides as well as shows making it the perfect vacation with unlimited family fun.
To top it all off, the park has different African themed accommodation, each with something different to offer. For instance, the Masai Mara lodges let you safely observe the animals from the terrace of your accommodation.
France: From Birds to Reptiles
Any nature-loving family would enjoy a trip to the Réserve Africaine in Sigean which is home to over 3000 animals including wild birds and reptiles. A visit through the entire park takes approximately 4 hours, making it ideal for a day trip with the family. The safari begins by car which roughly takes an hour to drive past the buffalos, zebras, lions, giraffe, and other well-known wild mammals. This then brings you through the salt lakes where you will find flamingos, pelicans, and storks. A look closer will also reveal the alligators, turtles, and other members of the reptilian family.
Curious as to what buffalos eat for breakfast? The park has a schedule with daily events that you can view and partake in such as watching the animals during their feeding times. The little explorers can also interact with baby goats under the supervision of an adult. You can also have a picnic with your own food during the lunch hour at a safe distance yet still close to the animals.
Spain: The Animal Kingdom
Selwo Aventura in Estepona lets you experience and interact with animals from all over the world without stepping out of Europe. Over 2000 animals including cheetahs, buffaloes, hyena, and even bats have made this park their habitat. The park offers wildlife tours that take place in an all-terrain vehicle with open tops to give you a personal experience with the animals. The vehicles are accompanied by tour guides who lead you through the experience and leave you having gained more knowledge about your favourite animals.
The park is divided into different sections such as the Bird Canyon which houses storks, ibises, hornbill, and other wild bird species. The Central Village which hosts some of the great African mammals such as giraffes and wildebeest, and Nature’s Portico which offers tropical vegetation to provide a habitat for lemurs, meerkats, gazelles, and others.
The park also has different adventure activities that you can partake in when you are not out on safari. How about walking through a 65-metre bridge which crosses over beautiful vegetation as well as the Iberian Lynx habitat. You can practice your archery skills at the special archery field or hop around the trampolines which have facilities that let you jump up to eight metres high! Experience the ultimate thrill by zip-lining over the lake next to the primate park and flamingo area.
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