Parco Natura Viva is a Safari park and Zoo located in Bussolengo, Veneto (near Lake Garda), northern Italy. This wildlife resort opened as a private collection in 1969 and has an area of 240,000 square metres (59 acres).
There are 1.500 specimens belonging to over 250 wild species for you to visit in two parts included in the ticket; first safari with car and then other walking.
The visit starts in your car for the larger animals like giraffes, antelopes and monkeys. We visited the safari first. This area had a good selection of animals including giraffe, antelope, geladas and lemurs. There was also a carnivore section with hyena, lion and cheetah. You don’t drive in with the carnivores just past their enclosures so it can be a little hard to see them. However, there is a viewing area in the fauna park to see the lions again if you miss them.
Now on to the walking segment. Comfortable shoes are mandatory. The park has some speed claims.Also, lots of water because northern Italy in the Summer means more than 30 Celcius.
This area is divided into different geographical zones, Asia, Europe, Madagascar etc.. This zoning worked very effectively and gave a good route to follow around the zoo. We started off in Africa and Madagascar which included the only enclosure with both hippo and rhino together which was interesting to see, especially as the hippos had a gorgeous baby.
The collection of animals is impressive and the animals look healthy, happy and well kept. There are some restaurants and snack machines on the way, which are all alright for a quick bite and drinks. I had a tropical cocktail juice that was delicious. They charge you 2 euros to park which you pay as you leave so be careful and have some coins ready because credit cards are not accepted.
All a lovely zoo near all Lake Garda major theme parks and attractions.
By Ana Rita Mendes 30/9/2017
Location: Località Quercia, 37012 Bussolengo VR, Italy
Tickets (2017) range from 13€ (Children) to 20€ (Adults)
The park opens all yearTop Rides
Hippo and rhino together