19 Apr Into the Wild
Hi there! What are you up to on this sunny days? In Belgium, we got many of those, for the past two weeks. Not a usually thing for this country (most of the time is cloudy) but I’m enjoying every sunbeam. Seeing there an opportunity, I packed my things and decided it’s time for an adventure. Where? Into the wild, willing to have an African Safari Experience.
But wait… isn’t Africa thousands of kilometres far away?! I looked up on internet and I found a place where you can experience Africa dangerously close in Hilvarenbeek, Holland. The place is called Beekse Bergen Safari Park and you can enjoy a safari on foot, by boat, bus and even with your own car and view more than 1,250 animals!
Wildness is a dangerous place, therefore don’t think I went alone, I had my family with me to keep me safe. Or not! :))
Even animals that you wouldn’t expect can be dangerous, so we began the adventures with a car route, traveling through the park at our own pace, enjoying the beautiful views across the plains alive with African animals. There were curious giraffes approaching us and zebras crossing! There are some rules to bear in mind when you visit by car: keep the windows locked, don’t feed the animals and above all don’t get out of your car. Isn’t this exciting enough?
Half way around car route, we arrived at the Kongo restaurant at the back of the park. There you can get out of your car, and have a snack and a drink while you savour the fresh memories of the zebras, wildebeests, cheetahs and rhinoceros for example, that you’ve met on the way.
Afterwards we chose the exciting walking safari. The kilometres long route winds past chimpanzees and elephants, to lions and penguins. We made a nice trek in the African village and stand face-to-face with hyenas, rhinoceros and gorillas. Spot to remember: the savannah with zebras, giraffes and buffalos.
The most relaxing way to travel on safari is by safari boat. On our last journey, we board in one of the boats and let the captain sail us through African waters. During the journey on water, of approximately 30 minutes, the ranger on board pointed out all sorts of animals which can be seen on the shore: rhinoceros, ring-tailed lemurs and monkeys.
Do you have more adventurous tendencies? There’s a ranger camp, where you can sleep in a tent in the middle of the park, right next to the elephants and hamadryas baboons. An unforgettable night where you can imagine you are really in Africa and where you are woken in the morning by a roaring lion.
What do you think? Are you willing to try an adventure like this?