Rio Safari Elche
Rio Safari Elche is located behind Santa Pola's large port area and just 6 minutes drive from the town centre. This excellent safari park has been welcoming visitors since 1983 and is home to rescued animals from around the world. Being a coastal town, many of Santa Pola's attractions relate to the sea. There is a small yet well cared for and great value aquarium close to the marina. A variety of boats and water taxis offer trips to nearby Tabarca Island, another popular attraction boasting a pristine marine reserve. For a superb family day out though, head for Rio Safari Elche.
Rio Safari Elche Animal Enclosures
Throughout the well maintained park are various open air and covered animal enclosures. These have been designed to ensure as natural an environment as possible for the animals, using both regional plants and trees, and vegetation indigenous to some of the animal's countries of origin. The upkeep of these enclosures, and of course the animals themselves, is undertaken by fully trained and highly dedicated park wardens. These guys really enjoy their work and put on a variety of fun and educational shows for regular visitors, school groups and birthday parties.
Rio Safari Elche Animals
The stars of the show for younger visitors to the park are the cheeky monkeys. These come from a variety of different countries and include white handed gibbons with the acrobatic skills of trapeze artists. There are the rather shy black crested mangabey's with their chubby cheeks and Mohawk hairstyles. Then you have the large apes such as the chimpanzee and Borneo orangutan.
Rio Safari Elche would not be complete without animals from the African savanna, home to the original safari experience. Gentle giraffes, the nomad of the African plains look curiously down on gawping visitors, while majestic lions enjoy nothing more than lazing about in the warm Spanish sunshine. Other carnivorous animals include the Bengal tiger from India and the fierce jaguar from south America. Various feathered friends and scaly reptiles also call the park home.
Rio Safari Elche Leisure Facilities
A welcome addition to Rio Safari Elche during the peak summer months is the recreational area. Taking centre stage is a refreshing swimming pool. This is surrounded by sun terraces and has a fun water slide. The fun continues for younger children in the recently opened Splash Zone. This is a shallow pool area with inventive water toys, fountains and cascades for super fun in the sun.
Those with a need for speed can enjoy the thrills of the go-kart track. This is a small circuit with karts for all ages. These include child, junior and adult karts as well as dual karts for adult and child, and little electric cars for younger children. Close to this is the Jump Zone with trampolines and not to forget, the Safari Train. The train is really handy to get around the park. Visitors can hop on or off at the various enclosures, and the train actually enters the tame animal enclosures.
Rio Safari Elche Dining Facilities
A variety of dining options are available at Rio Safari Elche. The main restaurant has a pleasant outdoor dining terrace. This is handily located next to a children's mini-adventure park. It is multi-tiered and has a great selection of fun obstacles for the young ones to play on, safely overlooked by their parents. The well selected menu offers both Mediterranean and international cuisine in addition to hot and cold drinks. A snack shack offers lighter bites. This includes the usual favourites such as sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs as well as delicious combo platters. Finally, for those wishing to bring their own food & drink, there is a large covered picnic area.