costa blanca days out

Rio Safari – Elche – a wonderful family day out on the Costa Blanca

We visited Rio Safari Park in Elche on Harvey’s 9th Birthday and we had such a great day, you really do need a whole day here as there is so much to do with the water area here too.

When you arrive a Rio Safari Elche, you will be pleasantly surprised by the easy parking and entrance into the park, there were no big ques and accessibility was really easy.

We bought our tickets at the park on the day we visited but you can buy them online too before your visit and there is currently a downloadable voucher ticket available on their website for a € 4 discount, click here to go straight to it, its valid until the end of August 2019.

There are so many things to do at Rio Safari, there are plenty of interesting animals to see, you can join in with feeding activities on at set times throughout the day, there are daily shows too and there is a great splash area with water slides open from June till September and if you are feeling really adventurous you can also swim with sea lions.

On arrival you are given a ticket for the safari train, on at a sets time throughout the day but you are given a time slot on your ticket, don’t lose your ticket!!!

We were given an afternoon time slot so we decided to do a walk around the park first at our own leisure to take in all the sights and check out all the animals.

You can tell the animals are very well looked after, they have lots of space to roam as well as shelter from the heat and regular feeding times.

The monkeys are as cheeky as monkeys can be with orangutans, chimpanzees and gibbons to name a few. We also saw reptiles, crocodiles, lions, jaguars, tigers and some beautiful giraffes.

We decided to watch one of the many shows available throughout the day, we chose the bird show and it didn’t disappoint. The shows are compared in Spanish and English so we actually understood what was going on with our minimal Spanish and the talks were extremely informative. We saw some amazing birds including this beauty below.

Feeding time at the zoo, I meant the children!!!

We decided to have some lunch next, I must say the food at Spanish attraction parks is so much more appetizing than we have in the UK. The kids all had hot dogs or nuggets and chips but Sim and I went for the chicken Paella and it was really tasty and very good value too.

There are 2 restaurants at the safari park, we used the one situated by the splash zone as this was to be our next activity.

Splash Park

Don’t forget your swimsuits and towels!!! Check out this youTube below showing how cool the splash park is!

The splash Park was great fun, it was a lot bigger than we expected

We could easily have spent a lot longer here then we did……. but we had a safari train to catch!

Safari train

The train was such good fun, we got to see the park from a whole other another angle. The train takes about 15 – 20 minutes to get around the park and we were able to drink slush puppies on the way round to cool down, i’m glad we had the late afternoon slot as the sun wasn’t quite so hot and it gave us a chance to chill out after all the walking during the morning and fun in the splash park.

Ticket prices

  • €22.50 – adults
  • €17.00 children – 3-12 years old
  • €17.00 seniors
  • Children under 3 are free
  • There is a € 6.00 supplement to be paid on the day to use the splash zone

Opening hours

  • March 10am – 6pm
  • April 10am – 6pm
  • May 10am – 7pm
  • June 10am – 7pm
  • July 10am – 8pm
  • August 10am – 8pm
  • September 10am -6pm
  • October 10am – 6pm

You can check out the website for Rio Safari by clicking here , available in Spanish & English.

Rio Safari Park – Map

We hope you have a fab day out at Rio Safari if you decide to visit after reading our blog x

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