When you think safari, Denmark certainly isn’t the first place that comes to mind. Little did I know, the Knuthenborg Safaripark is just a 1.5 hour drive away from Copenhagen – where we could get up-close with animals like zebras, donkeys, even camels (protected by our car windows of course hahaha).
LARGEST WILD ANIMAL PARK IN NORTHERN EUROPE
The largest wild animal park in Northern Europe, the Knuthenborg Safaripark is a wildlife drive-through, where you get to drive your car within the various zones, where you get to interact with the free-roaming animals!
Probably not the most iconic tourist attraction in Denmark, but it was our first stop upon touching down and getting our rental car. We were on our way to Öland, and my mum decided to take us on a longer route to visit the Safaripark before that!
The park is divided according to the continents the animals originated from: South America, Australia, Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America. Most of the animals can be found free-roaming in the open areas, where you can park your car by the side of the paths and get out.
SIBERIAN TIGERS & ARCTIC WOLVES
For certain animals (Siberian tigers & arctic wolves) though, you can only drive through the caged enclosures. Because the animals are considered dangerous, they belong in that restricted area, where you have to keep your doors closed and locked AT ALL TIMES.
For these enclosed parts though, you have to follow a queue of cars because there’s only ONE road. That means you can’t stop the car for too long and have to keep moving, giving you only a limited amount of time to try to spot the animals. It was a pity that the tigers weren’t really out of their shelter while we were in there, we were barely able to spot them – caught a little glimpse though!
Other than seeing the animals, you can also find a BBQ and picnic areas that’ll make a perfect family outing location! When you’re in the open areas, you are also free to roam around and explore the wide space. For us though, we spent majority of the time in our car, because we weren’t too bothered to rub faces with the animals hahaha. I did however, snap a quick selfie with a camel!
I haven’t been to a safari park before, nor have I seen/interacted with animals that are free-roaming, so this was quite an eye-opener! To see horses, donkeys, or even zebras being just within an arm’s reach from you, was pretty amazing. I’m not that big an animal lover to go out for free hugs though. But I’m sure animal lovers will truly love Knuthenborg Safaripark!
10/10 would recommend!
Knuthenborg Alle, 4930 Maribo, Denmark (1.5h drive from copenhagen)
Opening hours: 1000 – 1700 (Timings vary based on season)
Admission Fees: 220KR (Adult); 130KR (Aged 3-11)
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