On safari to Crimea
The word “safari” in the absolute majority of people is associated with hot Africa and the hunt for large animals. However, this is correct, because the word “safari” of Arabic origin and its meaning is precisely “hunting.” However, recently the meaning of this word has changed and now under safari understand quite peaceful and relatively inexpensive excursions into the wild, where you can admire the predators and take pictures of animals in their natural habitat.
However, the epithet “relatively inexpensive” is not quite appropriate. Not every family with children can afford to travel to African countries.And it’s not just about the money. Visas, long-haul flights, vaccinations against exotic viruses, a tropical climate – all this makes you wonder about whether you need to carry children to such a distance.
But! Attention! To see lions and tigers not in cages, but in their natural habitat, now you don’t need to go to distant Africa. You can simply visit the park of lions “Taigan”, which recently opened in the Crimea. Not far from Simferopol in the city with the poetic name Belogorsk on an area of 30 hectares freely live about 50 African lions. Therefore, it is quite possible to combine the traditional family vacation by the sea and a visit to the first safari park in Ukraine, and, perhaps, in Europe. What we did.
Let’s go to rest on the southwest coast of Crimea, in Peschanoye. These places are much more suitable for families with children than the southern coast of Crimea. It’s not for nothing that most of the children’s sanatoriums and health resorts are located on the west bank. In Sandy settled in the guest house Birlik – a great choice for couples who come to the sea with children. We were in our car, so we didn’t need excursions and buses, but for those who want to see the sights of Crimea, Birlik regularly organizes excursions, and at a very reasonable price.
Now more about the safari park. It is desirable to arrive there early – to the opening. The park is open to visitors from 9-00 in the morning and until 19-00 in the evening. First you need to walk along the bridges, admiring the lions. The total length of all observation bridges over the safari park is more than 1 km. True, we must bear in mind that lions, whatever one may say, but still just big cats, and, like any representatives of this breed, sleep most of the time. They are active at dawn and evening times. So it does not make sense to come here for an hour or two, it is advisable to spend the whole day in the park.
Be sure to take a picture with the cubs and tiger cubs. These little girls are posing with pleasure and they allow themselves to be scratched behind the ear like ordinary kittens. There is another attraction in the safari park, or rather, as many as three. This is a giraffe family. They have a replenishment this year, a baby was born in spring, who was named Zanzibar.
In addition to lion safaris and giraffes, there is a children’s mini-zoo in the park of lions, as well as a real large stationary zoo inhabited by representatives of the animal and bird world from all corners of the world. And you just can not pass by and do not ride on the Ferris wheel. After all, it offers unforgettable views of the nature of the steppe Crimea, on the Taigan reservoir, in whose honor the safari park is named, on Belaya Gora, which gave its name to the city of Belogorsk.