Taman Safari Wildlife Adventure
Taman Safari Indonesia is a wildlife park built in 1981 at Cisarua district, Bogor. The park is situated in a wild forest on the slope of Mount Gede-Pangrango and covers an area of 170 hectares. It is the first wildlife park in Indonesia and one of the best safari park in the world. In the park, you will see thousands animals from all over the world live in their habitat. Most of the animals are live freely outside the cage. At the park, you will also get an amazing experience by feeding animals from inside your car while driving thru. Mostly they were not shy to come to you and look for a carrot. Even, some animals like zebra, deer, and eland will aggressively look for some carrots by inserting their head into the car window.
It is highly recommended for you to explore the park by car. With car, you can interact with many animals by feeding them or touching them, except for wild animals like Lion and Tiger. It is impossible to interact with animals if you take the Safari vehicle.
By car, you can also stop everywhere for a while to take some photos of the animals. Put down the car window, choose the best angle, and take some great photos!
Need a car with an experienced driver? Contact us via WhatsApp: +6285226126069. Our driver will pick you up from your location in Jakarta or Bogor city to go to Taman Safari.
Before reaching Safari Park, there are many stalls selling carrots and bananas. Stop at one of the stalls for buying some carrots and bananas. Normally they sell fresh carrots in tied bunch. You can purchase 6-8 bunches of carrot for IDR 20,000. Animals that like to eat carrots and bananas in the park are deers, antelope, elephant, llama, hippopotamus, zebra, etc.
How Long It Takes From Jakarta
It takes about 2 hours driving from Jakarta city in normal condition (with few traffics) and weekday. It can be longer on weekend because traffic is busier in the weekend. It is advisable to start morning before 9am (earlier is better) from Jakarta in weekday to beat traffic and enjoy everything inside the park. The less traffic, the better, because you can feed animals on the road in the park without being rushed by other cars behind you. They want to feed too.
The entrance ticket is IDR 350,000 for adult foreigner and IDR 300,000 for foreigner below 5 years old including Panda house. The park charge driver as domestic visitor with the price IDR 180,000 and the car entrance fee is IDR 20,000 excluding Panda house. The ticket price includes the safari journey, baby zoo, animals exhibits, bird aviary, some children rides, and animal shows.
The ticket fee does not include: waterpark, photo with animals (lion, tiger, and orang utan) at Baby Zoo, Safari tram, cable car, animal rides, and 4D rider.
Put down your car window, breathe the fresh clean air, then be ready to meet the wildlife animals as part of your Safari adventure at the jungle. Prepare your carrots and bananas. Some animals will come to you, stuck out their heads onto your window to ask for their lunches. Few animals are shy, while the others are aggressively reaching the carrots by their mouths from your hands.
Entering the wild animal areas, you must close your car windows. Follow the sign. Our driver will warn you to put up your window. It is forbidden to open the window. There are some animals in this wild areas: Bengal Tigers, Sumatran Tigers, Lion, and Brown Bear. They are wild, dangerous, some of them live outside the cages! Sometime they will walk around the car you are in. Sometimes they sit in the middle of the road. You must close your window, watching the animals from inside the car without feeding the animals. If you want to take few pictures, just shoot them from the car with window closed.
Animals in Taman Safari
There are more than 2,500 animals in the Safari Park. They were brought from all over the world. You will find animals from Indonesia, Asia, Africa, Australia, and America. Here is few of them:
Wildebeest is a herbivore animal from Africa which eat short grasses and foliage. They live in savanna. This animal has two species: the black wildebeest which has white tail, and the blue wildebeest which has white beard, brindled skin, and has horns go out to the side, then curving up. Both species are native to Africa, wide-spreaded in South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, etc. In Taman Safari, you will meet the blue one only.
Wildebeest is well-known for its big migration. Each year, in East Africa, the are many Gnus migrating from dry area to wet area depend on the seasons, accompanied by Zebra and Gazelle. They are constantly seeking fresh grazing and good water supplies. Daily, they can travel around 30 miles, and approximately 1K miles a year to follow the rains in order to seek them. Every one upto two days, the blue wildebeest drinks 9 to 12 litres of water.
Cassowary is a flightless bird species which has a very large body size and beautiful head. It is native to North Australia and Papua New Guinea. Behind its beauty, the bird is aggressive and tend to attack if disturbed. Their legs are very long and strong, and become the main weapon that can kick and knock down his enemies.
Cassowary is the heaviest bird next only to ostrich. It weighs about 50 Kg. It is also the third tallest bird after ostrich and emu. Adult cassowaries are 1.5 to 1.8 M tall.
Cassowary is also known as a reliable runner because it can run up to 50 Km/hour.
The name cassowary comes from Papuan words: “Kasu” means horned, and “weri” means head, referring to the bird’s horned head.
Once the female lays her eggs, she will leave the male to incubate the eggs. Yes, the male will incubate the eggs, look after them, and protect them for about 60 days from their predators: dogs, cats, and foxes. The maturity age of the bird is four years and its life span is 25 years.
This bird is protected in Indonesia and has endangered status in Queensland, Australia.
Zebra (Equus Quagga)
Zebra is an African wild horse known for their unique black-and-white stripes and mohawk hair. The stripes come in different patterns. It is unique to each individual, just like a fingerprint. These unique stripes make them one of the famous animals in the world to people. They are fast-moving animals, aggressive and can reach speeds of up to 65 kmph when running, and can easily escape from their predators by running in a zigzag style.
Zebra is part of the equidae family (horse family) along with horse and donkey. Like horse, zebra sleep standing up and eat grasses. But unlike horse, zebra is not willing to cooperate with people. They like to bite and kick in self-defense. Zebra’s body is also not suitable for riding.
Ankole-Watusi, also has name Ankole Longhorn, is a medium sized cow with huge distinctive horns. It is an ancient animals, found in pictographs of Egyptian pyramids. Watusi can be found widespread in Africa. In Uganda, the Nkole tribe’s cattle variety is known as the Ankole. In Rwanda and Burundi, the Tutsi tribe’s cattle variety is called the Watusi. In the late 19th, the cattle were imported by European zoos from Africa. In early 2oth centuries, American zoos imported the cattle from European zoos.
Watusi are able to adapt to climates with poor quality forage and limited water. People breed them for their milk and meat. Normally they have red color and can grow their horns until 2 meters in length. Their horns are used for defense and help them cool the temperature of their body.
After Safari journey is finished, you will arrived at a huge amusement park. This recreational park features baby zoo, bird aviary, panda house, children rides, waterpark, cable car, animals exhibits, swimming with dolphins, animals shows, waterfalls, and restaurants.
In the Baby Zoo, visitors are allowed to touch lion, snake, tiger, and orangutan, and are allowed to take picture with them with small fees. The entrance for Baby Zoo itself is free. Here you can also see kangaroos from Australian outback, lemurs from Madagascar, and leopard.
In Bird Aviary, you can see thousands beautiful birds from all over the world live freely in a giant aviary netting such us parrot, julang mas, owl, peacock, cendrawasih, pelican, etc for free! Walk around the aviary and see colorful birds flying around you.
There are two pandas live on their house on the top of the hill in Taman Safari. They are Cai Tao and Hu Chun. Both of them were born in China in 2010. They were brought to Taman Safari in 2017 and will live here for about 10 years according to the breeding-loan agreement between Taman Safari, Indonesia government, and China. The park management is optimistic that Cai Tao and Hu Chun will be married and have children here. We hope so. Let see!
There are some educational shows for family. All of the shows are free. Check the shows schedule first, before you come to the location of the shows, because shows locations were spread in the park. If you don’t have enough to see all the shows, you can make a priority. Most popular shows are Cowboy Show, Dolphin Show, Tiger Show, and Various Animals. See the below image to know their shows schedule.
Restaurants in the Recreational Park
Hungry in the park? Don’t worry, there are several restaurants inside the park. All of them are located in the amusement area after Safari journey. Here them are:
- Rain Forest Restaurant. Located at Parking A in front of Plaza Gajah (Elephant Show) and near Bird Aviary. The interior and exterior were decorated naturally with beautiful parrot bird, tree, wood, and animals-motif chairs. This restaurant selling traditional, chinese, and western food.
- Cafe Onta Coffee & Bakery. Near the Rain Forest restaurant, there is a Cafe selling bread, cakes, and coffee. It is Cafe Onta. Located in front of Bird Aviary and beside camel ride station. That is why it is called Cafe Onta. Onta is Indonesia word for Camel.
- Safari Bento. It is a local Japanese food restaurant located in front of Waterpark. Selling shrimp roll, chicken roll, ebi katsu, salad, rice, etc.
- Rimba Foodcourt. Do you want to see various menu? Come to parking B, there is a foodcourt here with many small restaurants.
- Safari Kuring Restaurant. Located at Parking C, near Penguin exhibit and Primate Center. Offers local food, such as sayur asam, empal, bandrek (ginger tea), nasi timbel, and other rice set menu.
- Rodeo Cafe. Small cafe located at Cowboy show parking area. Also near to Dolphin show and Globe of Death show. Offers hotdog, burger, instant noodle, coffee, and soft drinks.
- Safari Fried Chicken. Similar to KFC, it is the only fried chicken restaurant at Taman Safari. Located inside Baby Zoo, next to a tiger cage and orangutan photo booth.
- And few stalls selling otak-otak (fish cake), pop mie (instant noodle in a cup), snacks, steamed corn, coffee, and bread.