The Badoca Safari Park is a theme park located in Vila Nova de Santo André, Portugal, between Santiago do Cacém and Sines on the IC33 road (just one hour from Lisbon). The park exists since 1999and has an area of 1000m2 where visitors can directly contact with nature and animal life.
Badoca currently has more than 450 wild animals of 69 different species and a themed area “African Village”, dedicated to primates endemic to Madagascar (“lemurs”) with a very good ride called African Rafting, which is an artificial river that can be traveled on board a boat with capacity for 9 people. Safari ride is the major attraction and consists of a train ride pushed by a tractor that will help you to catch a glance of wide variety of animals like giraffes, tigers, onixs, deers and zebras. Besides the safari that provides direct contact with wild animals, in full freedom, Badoca Safari Park also has various recreational and educational infrastructure as part of an important preservation and educational project to preserve wildlife, including a Kangaroo Park, a Lake for the Flamingos, a Garden of Exotic Birds and children’s playground.
In our last visit in March 2012 the park had an interesting bird of prey show. The eagles and falcons flew only a few meters above our heads and landed on our shoulders. Also fantastic is the interaction with Madagascar lemurs, but you need a separate (7€) ticket to do that. Apart these thematic spaces and events, the Badoca Safari Park also offers a savanna, a self-service snacks and an area of 90 hectares inserted in the middle of pine forest to picnic. The restaurant and the snacks area are a little pricey. But the entry in the park is reasonable (17,50€).
The park is opened from February to October and since 2013 partnered with local hotels in the municipality of Santiago. On the downside sometimes there are long queues for the Safari Ride and for African Rafting (in the past was only opened for one hour!). In sun, Badoca is fun and educational for both families and kids and a relaxing day out away from the city in the beautiful Alentejo, but not recommended for thrill seekers.
By Sandra Nunes. Updated: 07/04/2017
Location: Herdade da Badoca, 7501-909 Vila Nova de Stº André
Tickets (2017): Adults 17,90€ (plus 2,5€ for the Safari ride).
Opens from February to NovemberTop Rides
Safari ride, African Rafting
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