The 7 Best Safari Parks in Europe

It is an incredible and unforgettable experience to go on a safari where it offers a thrilling mix of adventure, wildlife, remarkable experience of different culture and amazing scenery. Safari parks allow you to take a break from the daily hustle and bustle of the modern life and enable you to refresh and enjoy the exciting trip to wildlife. It’s exhilarating to watch the wild animals roaming freely on a vast land, the joy of tracking wild animals on foot and keeping an eye for nocturnal animals. That is why in order to help you to immerse yourself in the amazing wilderness of the safari parks, we have listed some of the best safari parks in Europe.

Howletts Wild Animal Park

Best Safari Parks Europe Howletts Rhino. Photo by Marie Hale
Eastern Black Rhino at Howletts. Photo by Marie Hale

Located in Canterbury, Kent, U.K, it was established on 1957 by John Aspinall. The park has been breeding endangered animals since it started and has also taken the time to replicate the habitats of the animals as closely as possible. The park is home to several wild animals that includes African elephant, honey badger, Eastern black rhino, Sumatran tiger, Eastern bongo, Clouded leopards, Giant anteater, European gray wolves, Gelada baboons, Sulawesi macaque, Western lowland gorilla and much more. You can book the tickets online and it also provides a 10 percent discount when you book a single adult and child visit online. There are also various refreshment points in the park which include the Pavilion Restaurant, the Coffee House café and various kiosks that sell cold drinks, ice-cream, hot dogs etc.

Polar Park

Best Safari Parks Europe Polar Park Norway

The Park is known to have the largest area in the world per animal ratio. Established in 18th of June, 1994, it is located in the municipality of Bardi, Troms County, Norway. It is an Arctic wildlife center where various animals are bred which includes bears, wolves, lynx, wolverines and foxes, along with their prey such as deer, elk, reindeer and musk ox. The park is open all year round but it is best to visit during the winter when the animals are more active and you will get to watch them roaming around in their thick winter coat. A family park where you can even stay for many days in the campers and caravans. You can enjoy the daily meals in the restaurant inside the park.

Knuthenborg Safaripark

Photo by EHRENBERG Kommunikation

Located on the island of Lolland in the southwest of Denmark, it is the largest safari park in Denmark. Every year the park welcomes more than 220,000 visitors including adults and children. The park includes a drive-through safari park, arboretums, a monkey forest with lemurs, baboons, and tamarins, aviaries and a tiger and wolf enclosure. The park also offers you to book holiday homes to extend you stay in the island. It has various holiday homes such as Lalandia, Novasol, Dansommer, Sol, Strand and much more. In order to ensure the best safari park experience, the park takes extreme safety measures, especially in the tiger and wolf enclosures.

Paradise Wildlife Park

Best Safari Parks Europe Paradise Park
Photo by Charlie Marshall

Previously known as Broxbourne Zoo, the name as changed after it was bought by the Sampson Family in 1986. It is located in the Broxbourne in Hertfordshire, England. A team of members at the park have been continuously researching on different animals, expanding the population and improving the habitat. The park provides one of the best wildlife experiences where you can meet various animals that include meerkats, Brazilian tapirs, otters, European gray wolves, red pandas and much more. The park also includes an animal resource center, food, and refreshments for the visitors, and also allows you to book the place for weddings and other occasions.

Parco Natura Viva

Best Safari Parks Europe Parco Natura Viva
Photo by Spencer Wright

It is a wildlife safari park located in Bussolengo, Veneto in the northern Italy. Established in 1969, the park is home to more than 250 wild animals and welcomes about 40,000 visitors every year. The park was created to conserve biodiversity and protect the endangered wild animals. You can enjoy the amazing wildlife from all over the world which includes hippopotamus, Vasa Maggiore, Marmoset, Nyala, Chimpanzees from Africa; Red panda, blackbuck, pelican, Snow leopard, Siberian tiger from Asia; Canadian goose, Aldabra giant tortoise, Southern Tamandua, parakeet Monaco from America and various reptiles such as Boa constrictor, Milk snake, Rhinoceros Iguana, Python of Indian Rocks and much more.

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens

Best Safari Parks Europe Cotswold Wildlife Park
Photo by Marie Hale

The largest privately owned zoological park in the United Kingdom, it is home to more than 260 different species. It is located in Burford in Oxfordshire and welcomes more than 300,000 visitors every year. The park has various wildlife exhibits. Walled Garden includes aviaries, penguin enclosure, sloths and various tropical birds. There are also various mammals such as prairie dogs, oriental small-clawed otters, and yellow mongooses. The Madagascar exhibit is home to endangered species of lemurs that includes ring-tailed lemurs, collared lemurs, mongoose lemurs, crowned sifaka, Madagascar teal and much more. The Woodland Walk is home various species from South America such as Brazilian tapir, capybara, Visayan warty pigs, Patagonian maras and giant anteaters. The Reptile House, Bat House, and Insect House exhibit black mambas, crocodile monitors, bearded dragons, poison dart frogs, leaf-cutter ants, scorpions and tarantulas Seba’s short-tailed bats, Egyptian fruit bats and Turkish spiny mice.

West Midland Safari and Leisure Park

Best Safari Parks Europe West Midland Safari
Photo by Daniel Shaw

Established in 1973, the park is located in Bewdley in Worcestershire, England. The park is home to more than 150 different species and welcomes more than 650,000 visitors every year. The park contains some of the exotic animals from all over the world. The park provides both walk-through and drive-through tours. It has various exhibits which includes White Tiger Ridge, Realms of the Lions, African Wild Dog Reserve, Penguin Cove, Land of the Living Dinosaurs, Lorikeet Landing, Reptile World, SeaQuarium, Elephant Valley, Cheetah Plains and much more. You can also visit the Amusement Theme park which includes more than a dozen rides, from roller coasters to pirate ship. The park provides an amazing experience to both adults and children.

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Izak Van Heerden
Izak is a writer, photographer and wildlife enthusiast. When he moves on from this world, he does not want to leave his grandchildren a planet without lions, rhinos and elephants.