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A safari park
This time we decided it was time to break free from the walls of our house, this was still during the pandemic. Our destination? The Safari Park in Portugal, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. The first thing that struck us was how quiet it was. Seriously, I could barely spot anyone around. Perfect for a relaxed afternoon with Lukas, especially since his birthday was just around the corner. This trip? It was his early birthday present.
Now, about that safari park – I have a vague memory of our last visit we had been there before at least twice with family members but never with Lukas. The park is quite large with different areas, ranging from birds to farm animals and the safari area. The safari itself is a guided tour around the complex, and we got to see several animals in the “wild”, including some rather nice and friendly giraffes. Lukas was over the moon about this.
Good thing we prepared some food in the house because Lukas becomes hungry out of nothing and he needs to eat like, that instance, so having some snacks and sandwiches was a great idea.
A large area
The place is huge! And it’s a world away from those tiny cages you find in zoos. Plus, it’s a hit with the kids. You can get right up close to some of the animals. We had a fascinating encounter with a giraffe, totally unphased by our presence. She was raised there since she was a baby, so she’s quite the people giraffe :). Ostriches, though? Yeah, they gave me the jitters, but luckily, they kept their distance.
One thing Aiste kept thinking was about some little mountain goats and their short legs, which she thinks are perfect for navigating the mountain terrain. It’s all about stability, I suppose.
Bird exhibition, a hit
We also checked out the bird exhibition, and let me tell you, the eagles and falcons were a sight to behold. And then there was this humongous Marabou stork – massive!
Oh, and let’s not forget the Suricatas! Those little critters are just too cute, like baby versions of their adult selves.
Close to the beach
This was been one heck of an enjoyable day. We still saw a few other animals and walked around a couple more exhibitions, but headed to the beach for an hour or so before going back home. All in all, the Safari Park in Portugal has been an absolute treat. It’s not just a break from the norm, but a reminder of the beauty and wonder that nature has to offer. This is the spot if you’re looking for a laid-back day surrounded by incredible wildlife. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
Where is the Safari Park located in Portugal?
The Safari Park is located in Portugal, specifically in the Alentejo region, Vila Nova de Santo André, in the municipality of Santiago do Cacém
Is the Safari Park suitable for families with young children?
Yes, the Safari Park is very family-friendly. The park is spacious and offers a range of areas, including ones with birds, farm animals, and a safari area. Our son really liked it
How large is the Safari Park?
It has an area of 90 hectares, quite large, although a big part of the area is visited using a tractor, still expect to walk a bit to be able to visit everything.
Are there guided tours available in the Safari Park?
Yes, the Safari Park offers guided tours around the complex, allowing visitors to get up close to some of the animals in their natural habitats.
Are there food options available in the Safari Park?
While food options do exist we recommend bringing your own snacks and sandwiches.
Tips for Visiting the Safari Park:
- Bring Your Own Food: Consider packing snacks and sandwiches, especially if you have young children who may get hungry during the visit.
- Arrive Early: Getting to the Safari Park early can help you make the most of your day and avoid potential crowds, especially during weekends.
- Camera Ready: Don’t forget to bring your camera or smartphone to capture the memorable moments with the animals.
- Appropriate Footwear: Since the park is quite large and has varying terrain, wearing comfortable and sturdy footwear is recommended for a comfortable experience.
- Consider the Beach: If you have some extra time, take advantage of the park’s proximity to the beach for a relaxing end to your day.
- Interact with the Animals: Encounters with animals like giraffes, eagles, falcons, and suricatas can be a highlight of your visit.
- Respect any guidelines provided by the park for interaction.
- Be Mindful of Wildlife: While some animals may be accustomed to human presence, it’s important to remember that they are still wild creatures. Keep a safe distance and follow any guidelines provided by the park.
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