Another stop on the map of attractions in the province of Alicante, which will appeal to both older and younger, is Río Safari Elche, a zoological park located in a huge palm grove with more than 4,500 trees, located near the road CV 865, between Elche and Santa Pola .
After arriving at the place, you can leave the car at the free car park and then go to the cash registers, where you can buy tickets at a price of 22.50 euros for adults (from 13 to 65 years old), 17 euros for children and retirees, 15.75 euro for students and 11.90 for disabled people. Before you arrive, it is also worth getting know about the promotions, because there are often offers like two entrances for the price of one. In addition, when you buy a ticket online, you will save 4 euros from the regular price.
Río Safari is a zoo in which live colorful and diverse species of animals, ranging from monkeys – orangutans, chimpanzees, through large cats, such as tigers, lions, jaguars and foxes, giraffes, elephants, zebras, water mammals, which are represented by lions sea animals and dolphins, reptiles – crocodiles and turtles, ending with birds, including parrots.
To see the whole, extraordinary mixture of this animal world, you can take advantage of the opportunities offered by the park and go on a tram ride, or rather a roller coaster attached to an off-road car. From the cars, at a faster or slower pace, you can admire the charms of the entire complex. However, if you prefer a more traditional form of sightseeing, or a walk, you will certainly not let down. You can move around the park comfortably with prams and wheelchairs. Strolling around the ZOO, you can direct your steps towards the kingdom of peace Cueva de los Reptiles, or the Cave of Reptiles, which turtles and similar animals wield power without unnecessary haste. Templo de los Tigres, or the Tigers’ Temple, or Isla de los Primates, the Island of the Primates, where predatory cats and monkeys will absorb your attention, throws us at once ominous glances.
A very interesting element of the park are various exhibitions and activities taking place throughout the day. Among them are birds of the world at 11:30 and 15:00, sea lions at 13:30 and 17:00, feeding of orangutans and chimps at 12:30 and meeting with lemurs at 1:00 PM and 4:30 PM. During all the shows you will be able to admire the skills and professionalism of animators who work with animals. At the youngest there is an educational farm here, where one can stroke and feed typically breeding animals, ie rabbits, goats, piglets or donkeys.
Other entertainment activities popular among tourists are rides on camels and donkeys as well as climbing on the back of an elephant. However, the queen among all available attractions is swimming with sea lions, which certainly becomes an unforgettable experience – unfortunately, it is not included in the ticket price. To make use of this option, you must make a phone reservation at 966638288, due to the limited space available. Río Safari directs this unusual offer above all for people with health problems, both physically and mentally, because swimming with sea lion is a form of innovative therapy, that influences the increase of self-esteem and improvement of social behavior.
The Río de Safari Park has an important function, which certainly can not be considered as unambiguous. Above all, one should emphasize the huge contribution, that this place brings to the protection of endangered species. The complex has special installations and meets all conditions for the protection of species such as Borneo orangutan or giraffe from Angola, which may soon disappear from our planet. Thanks to these activities, Río de Safari is part of an international network of zoological parks, whose task is to provide the best conditions for the survival, maintenance and life of animals, in order to increase their reproduction and thus avoid the real threat of their extinction.
Returning to the entertainment, it is worth adding, that the complex also has a water park with swimming pools, slides and waterfalls, where for an additional 4 euros you can take a break in the hot summer days. Another attraction is the kart track, where you can test your racing skills for a price starting at 9 euros. In addition, there are fun games typical for amusement parks, electric cars and trampolines (price about 2 euros).
In the gastronomic section, you can find a restaurant, that offers a set consisting of two dishes, bread, drink and dessert at the price of 13.50 euros. If you want to eat something quickly, you can go to a box of hamburgers, whereas if you brought your food to the park, a cozy and shaded picnic zone with tables and chairs is waiting for you. In addition, you can visit a souvenir shop or take photos of animals. When planning a visit to this interesting place, it is worth remembering that in the winter season, ie from October to March, the park is open from 10:00 to 18:00. In turn, from April to June and September, on weekdays, it opens at 10:00 and closes at 18:00, and on weekends at 19:00. In summer (July and August), the hotel opens its gates to guests from 10:00 to 20:00.
However, we have nothing to do but encourage you to visit the Río Safari Elche with your children, where you will surely all spend a nice day full of attractions.