Do a Safari in Bali? Are you kidding me?
No, I am not. However, what I mean by a safari here isn’t like a safari you can find in Africa, camping in a tent, trekking through the wilderness, trying to capture a moment with the wildlife. Nope. It’s far from it. However, we do have things like safaris in certain areas, on certain islands such as Komodo Island, East Java and so forth. Here, we won’t talk about these safaris, but a man-made safari, which is located on one of the most visited islands in Indonesia, Bali.
As usual, Bali has much to offer. With an overwhelming number of things to see and to do, you will certainly never have a boring stay here. Want a beach? They have it. Read my post about the beach: (link), nightclubs and bars, mountains, temples, paddy terraces… they have everything you need to enjoy your vacation.
After stopping at almost all the main destinations in Bali, laying around on the balmy white sand, and soaking up the sun, we decided to visit something that later became one of the must visit destinations on every vacation we take: the zoo park. As with any other region in Indonesia, Bali has more than one zoo park, each with different concepts.
Location: Singapadu, Sukawati, Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia
This zoo park is an ordinary zoo park that mostly shows you the fauna world of Indonesia. The animals vary and the area is divided into sections, for example “Kampung Sumatra” for animals come from Sumatra, Gibbon Island, and of course a petting zoo for kids + a photo booth if you really need to update your status, along with take a picture for your Instagram or Facebook.
To get around the zoo, a car is unnecessary because you can simply walk on the footpath. Even on a real scorcher of a day, you won’t get sun-baked, as the area is really green and full of trees.
PLUS: You can set your own journey, with no need to dash around. With a map in your hand and a bottle of fresh local mineral water, you can do things on your own time without any need to be in a hurry. Stop at the orangutan cage for an hour? Nobody will be mad at you. Taking as many selfies as you can with a giraffe? No one will tell you to leave.
MINUS: Your journey depends on the weather. If it rains or is too hot, I don't think it will be enjoyable to walk around the zoo.
Bali Safari Park
Location: Jalan Bypass Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra Km. 19,8 Kec. Gianyar, Bali 80551, Indonesia
The Safari Park is quite popular among Indonesians. The two biggest Safari Parks are located on West Java and on Bali. The concept is different from a normal zoo. Here you need to join a group in a full covered car that will take you around the area. Simply speaking, it’s almost like a real safari, but here the habitat is man-made instead of a real one like in Africa. But I think this is good enough to give it a try, especially if you want to see how the animals behave in an open space without cages.
PLUS: you don’t need to feel bad for the animals, because they are free from cages. They can walk anywhere around the area. If you are a lazybones and have no power to walk in the unpleasant humidity, this kind of trip is a big plus. They will take you around inside a car with full air conditioning.
If you have kids, this safari won’t make you sweat chasing your enthusiastic kids around.
MINUS: You can't set your own pace. You are in a group of unknown people and the time you spend with each animal normally depends on the driver's or guide's generosity.