It is hard to say when someone asks you about the top must-visit place in Bali. There are so many things to see and do on the island, but when you are in Gianyar regency, Bali Marine and Safari Park is the must-visit destination. A safari park in Bali? When you came to Bali in 2005, you wouldn’t find the park as this park was just open in 2007. This is one of the many reasons why you should revisit Bali! This park has many packages and each has its own uniqueness. However, if you have already been to a safari park during the day and want a very unique and close encounter with the wildlife at night, you should buy a night safari package!
Visit nocturnal creatures in their natural habitat
In the night safari, you will see many nocturnal creatures like owls, bats, porcupines and turtles and you will be able to see how they behave at night. Since most zoos and safari parks are closed for visitors during the night, this is a very rare chance to learn the behaviors of nocturnal animals. These animals look lazy during the day, but are active at night.
Take owls for an example. When you see the exotic birds in a day safari or a zoo, you will see them perch somewhere on a tree. However, don’t be mistaken as birds don’t lay their body when sleeping. The birds close its eyes and they don’t make a sound nor move. They are sleeping! In the night safari, it’s different. You will hear the owls hooting (making ‘hooo’ sounds) more than you may hear in the afternoon (in the afternoon they may sometimes be awaken by humans) and move and play more aggressively in their sanctuary.
So, big cats are nocturnal too!
What about big cats? Are they nocturnal too? Surprisingly yes, they are! In the day safari or in a zoo, do you notice that most of them are actually asleep or if they are awake, they seem to be too lazy to move around? No wonder! These cats aren’t sedated at all. They are nocturnal! When you see them awake, it must be because they are having insomnia due to the noisy humans. Haha! This is what make night safari so interesting. You will see the big cats during the day safari, but not as active as what you can see during the night safari. If you have never sounds made by a lion, you won’t be disappointed at the night safari. The lions will play around (sometimes aggressively) and you can hear them roar!
Welcome to Jurassic World
How do things normally work in a zoo? In a zoo, the wilds are confined in their cages so that you can safely view them from a closer distance. How do you feel when this is reversed? What if you became the ‘caged’ among the free roaming wild animals?
This is the highlight of the night safari. You and your group will have a 30-minute ride inside a 2m x 2m cubical trellis cage that is moved by truck. The cats may be happy to approach your cage, ‘watch’ you and others snapping cameras and listen to our languages!
However, there is something else these cats are interested in. Remember these animals are nocturnal, which also means they feed mostly at night. When they like to get close to you, food is their main intention! That’s the fun of the show! Your rangers understand this and they carry raw beef and feed the cats during the ride. The meat your rangers carry will attract both lions and tigers. Some will jump on top of the 2-meter-tall cage! Don’t you worry too much, as the cage is strong enough to hold the tiger’s body weight. For safety reasons, only the rangers can feed the tigers and lions and you aren’t allowed to stick your hands or fingers out from inside the cage. You can do the feeding on non-predatory animals such as elephants and zebras (with carrots provided by the rangers) in another part of the park.
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Had enough of the animals? At the end of the journey, you will see a 15-minute fire show called ‘Afrika! Rhythm of Fire Show’. It’s an African dance. See several fire performances (e.g. fire breathing) and expect to hear loud and fast rhythm of the drumming and voices. They perform in an open stage, so you will see all of these performances under the moon and stars in the sky!
Tsavo Lion restaurant
There are some restaurants to choose in the park area, but none is like what Tsavo restaurant can offer you. Here you will be able to see roaming lions while you are eating! More than that, you will be entertained by witnessing other caged tourists (you have been caged too, right?) surrounded by hungry lions and how the ranger feeds the animals! These tigers might also like to have some of your orange juice or yummy and chewy beef tenderloin (this restaurant’s favorite dish!), but unfortunately you can’t share even a bit of it as you are barricaded by thick glassed walls.
Bali Safari and Marine Park is worth the money
The package to the safari park costs 75 USD per adult (65 USD for children under 12). The price is steep, but what you will get is worth the money. The tour begins at 5.30pm and ends at 8pm and booking is required at least 3 days prior to your visit. So, book now and have fun!
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