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Planning to visit Cebu Safari and Adventure Park soon? Check our experience and tips below!
With all the buzz about Cebu’s latest and most popular destination, I got really excited to bring my family to see the wild animals in Cebu Safari in Carmen. Both my kids are big animal lovers; we already have a pet cat and my son is still asking for a pet dog! This is in addition to the Koi and iridescent sharks that we already have! A 170-hectare premier safari park with animals from around the world would be the perfect family day outing for us!
I just have to say one very important thing before we talk about the safari. My LA Girl eyebrow gel passed the safari test with flying colors. I did my eyebrows at 4am and my eyebrows were still on-fleek when we got home late in the afternoon. Ha!
Now that we got that very important thing is out-of-the-way, here are some other important things you need to keep in mind if you re planning to go there too. 😉
Tips for families
- It is a walking trail so if you are planning on going, wear comfortable shoes!
- WATER! Bring reusable containers and refill them in the pavilions
- Don’t forget to apply sunblock to protect your skin
- Wear loose and comfortable clothing
- Be early! Park opens at 8am, last call for entry is 2pm and the park closes at 5pm
Items/things that are strictly NOT ALLOWED inside the park:
- Plastic bottles/mineral water bottles
- Selfie sticks
- Plastic drinking straws
- Snacks in foil and plastic packs
- petting/feeding of certain animals like the cheetah because, duh. You don’t wanna go home missing a limb.
- Touching/picking flowers/plants
Violation of rules can mean you will be escorted out of the premises.
How to get to there from Cebu City
If you are coming from Cebu City, Take a bus from the North Bus Terminal and ask the driver to drop you off at the Carmen Public Market or Carmen Gaisano Metro.
From there, you can take a habal-habal going up to the park. Fare is PhP50 per person (max of 2 pax), but if you are travelling alone, pay the driver PhP100. You can give a tip or extra if you wish.
Cebu Safari does not offer transportation services as of the moment, so if you are not going via a private vehicle, prepare for an adventurous motorcycle ride. The road going to the park is relatively safe, most are cemented with a few rough patches along the way.
Here’s the map that they emailed me.
Find accommodation near the adventure park
I have heard that there will be a hotel that’s soon to rise within the safari but until that happens, your best option for accommodations will be in the neighboring areas. Check for hotels nearby using the search box below:
Since the park is not open to the public yet, we paid the PhP800 per person VIP Preview rate and this already includes lunch buffet. You need to book a VIP Preview in advance by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From what I’ve heard, as soon as the safari becomes open to the public, entrance fee will be Php500 per person. I will update this once official rate is published.
Rate for Kids
Kids below 2-feet in height get in for free. Kids from 2-3 feet tall get 50% discount.
To fully maximize your time, I suggest that you save this map to your device so you can plan your tour ahead and see as many attractions as you can. No gadget? No worries, they can give you a copy at the park. Just ask for one!
They can also give you a copy of suggested routes. I encourage you to get one so you can check off areas that you have already seen/visited to make sure you cover the entire place.
And oh, there’s no signal in most places in the park but there’s intermittent Globe signal at the Welcome Pavilion.
Excited for the virtual tour? Then follow along!
We were the earliest birds! We arrived in Carmen at 6am and had coffee at the market. By 7am, we were already at the Welcome Pavilion at the Safari.
After a quick orientation, we were ready to see the wild!
First stop, we went to Michel’s Garden to see the orchids and the mayana plants.
Then we went to the Tiger Turf. Along the way, we saw the peafowls, deers, and blackbucks.
The kids and I were too excited when we finally saw the white Bengal Tiger! This magnificent beast was one of the reasons why I wanted to go to the Cebu Safari.
Isn’t he magnificent?
Although the orange tiger was not available for viewing at the time we went to the Tiger Turf, we did get a glimpse of him from afar.
On the way to Orangutown we saw lemurs, gibbons, and the celebes macaque.
We then went to see the turtles and to feed the Crocodiles! Feeding is PhP50.
We also saw the tortoise and the Giraffes. They were huge!
There were snakes and my daughter’s favorite, the pony!
We also saw and carried a baby crocodile! Which my daughter wanted to bring home, by the way.
On the way to the Safari Outpost, we saw the meerkats, aquatic birds, cassowaries, macaw, emu, javan rusa and the lamas.
The capybaras were a little shy when we went there. Although they were visible from where we were, they just stayed in one corner.
And the most awaited part was the African Savannah Adventure Ride!
After the Savannah Ride, we went back to Orangutown for our buffet lunch. Everything was yummy especially the Humba!
Last stop before we headed home was the Cheetah enclosure.
It was one for the books! We all enjoyed Cebu Safari and Adventure Park!
Final tips and reminders
If you are planning to go with your kids, I suggest you go there as early as you can so that you’re done with the tour by mid-afternoon. This will give you plenty of time to travel back to town while there is still daylight.
Catching a bus ride back to Cebu in the late afternoon can be a drag. Last trip according to the locals is 9pm.
Highly recommended! You and the kids (young and old!) will enjoy the place. Awesome customer service on-site, too!
For bookings and inquiries, contact:
Cebu Safari and Adventure Park
Toril, Barangay, Carmen, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 995 835 3460
Other attractions in Carmen, Cebu:
Durano Eco Farm & Spring Resort
Our Lady of Manaoag Church
Uragay Mountain Resort
Have you been to Cebu Safari? How was your experience? Share them with me in the comments!
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