There are lots of wildlife parks in France including safari parks and zoos. Here is a list of some of the most famous safari parks in France.
Cerza Safari Park, Lisieux, Normandy
The park is located an hour from Caen ferry port or three hours from Calais. There are more than 800 animals here which live on the 12 acres of natural surroundings. There’s a safari train and you will have the possibility to see lions, tigers, giraffes, bears, monkeys, kangaroos, zebras and panthers and many other species. If you stay at the hotel here you can also book some time with the animals, working alongside the keepers to prepare the meals and feed the animals – at a cost of around €70 per family or €5 each to feed the wolves at night – always accompanied English speaking guides.
Location: Departementale 143, 14100 Hermival-les-Vaux
Nearby sights: Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, Pointe du Hoc , Notre Dame Cathedral
Nearby hotels: Novotel Bayeux, Villa Lara Hotel, La Maison de Lucie
Tel.: +33 800 50 40 04
Réserve Africaine de Sigean, near Narbonne in the Languedoc
There are 3800 (around 2000 birds, 900 mammals and 900 reptiles) animals in a huge area of 300 hectares in natural Mediterranean environment. It is one of Europe’s oldest safari parks and the biggest tourist attractions in the area. The park manages a successful conservation program and since opening more than 10,000 births have been registered here, some of which are rare including the pink-backed pelican, Grevy’s zebra and Hartmann’s mountain zebra, cheetah, African elephant, wild dog and chimpanzee. Visiting the park includes a drive through area or you can hire a minibus and guide for up to 15 people at a cost of around €100.
Location: RD 6009, 1113 Sigean
Nearby sights: Lac Lieu d’Art Contemporain, Windclub Corbieres Mediterranee, Serrencia
Nearby hotels: Hotel-Residence Andemar, Shqiperia, La Maison Bleue
Tel.: +33 4 68 48 20 20
Thoiry Safari Park
It is located not far from Paris, the only safari park in this area. One thousand animals live here, in the park of the 1564 Thoiry Castle. Giraffes, elephants, lions, tigers and bears will amaze you and your children as you ride in your car through the park. The park offers a walk through a glass tunnel surrounded by tigers.
Location: Rue du Pavillon de Montreuil, 78770 Thoiry
Nearby sights: Chateau de Versailles, The Hall of Mirrors , The Royal Opera (L’Opera Royal)
Nearby hotels: BEST WESTERN PLUS Paris Velizy, Novotel Chateau de Versailles, Hotel Le Versailles
Tel.: +33 1 34 87 40 67
Parc de Branfere
Branféré is a safari park with more than 1,000 animals roaming freely, including giraffes, zebras, hippos, wolves and monkeys. Something that makes Branféré different is a high-level walkway which gives visitors a birds-eye view of many of the animals. The park is located just to the north of Le Guerno in the south east of Brittany, around 20km south east of Vannes.
Location: Ecole Nicolas Hulot pour la Nature et l’Homme, 56190 Le Guerno
Nearby sights: Les Aiguilles de Port Coton, Centre Historique de Vannes , Port De St Goustan
Nearby hotels: Hotel de la Plage, La Gree des Landes, Hotel Port Haliguen
Tel.: +33 2 97 42 94 66