|Animal Park:||Badoca Safari Park (seit 1999)|
|Address:||Herdade de Badoca|
|7501-909 Vila Nova de Santo André|
A few years ago parkscout.de reported in a message of a new Hafema rafting located in the Badoca Safari Park. Sometime later, I mercilessly missed the exit to the site, as the sand road next to the main road is actually the driveway to the park. A short time later, I turned around and followed the sandy way to the park entrance.
Arriving at the park, I was confronted with the stupid opening and show times. Basically, I should have turned around right away, as neither the just 15 minutes long opened rafting, nor the safari had been possible in my schedule. Nevertheless, I wanted to take a closer look at the park. Intressentingly, it did not bother anyone that I had half explored the park 30 minutes before the official opening.
It is not really a good omen that a safari park is hardly able to show any animals. Much worse, it looks that the generously designed enclosures were not used within the past years.. The two small aviaries can be regarded as the animal highlight, as birds are generally interesting and macaws are just great to watch and interact with. Watching the lemurs and wallabies can take some time too, but that’s basically all to see within the park.
The way across the bridge to the safari makes only sense if you actually plan to do it within the next minutes. It has a length of 45 minutes and is therefore about twice as long as Zufari in Chessington Worlds of Adventures. Whether you even get to see animals is a question that I can not answer, but certainly the safari is the most important part of a visit to this park, because there is not much more to do in the park anyway.
Despite this circumstance, the park still manages to create very long paths by, for example, placing the Ilha dos grandes primatas near the main road and thus at the other end of the park. There, two of the three large enclosures were stocked with animals in very small populations. As the nature took overhand, a gardener is obviosly missing.
The rafting is now advertising for Coca Cola and apparently not much else. The extra charge of 2€ per Person is somehow understandable, but an opening time of 14h45 – 15h00 not really. Unfortunately, most of the ride is hardly visible from the outside, but apparently you miss nothing if you would not take a ride on it.
Last but not least, I looked at the first few minutes of the bird of prey show, in which a few birds were presented. Annoyed by the bad sound quality of the show and my lack of language skills, I left the show early and relaxed on the way back to Porto Airport.
The Badoca Safari Park has certainly left its best times far behind. Lack of advertising, even just before the park, missing animals and stupidly set opening hours of the park’s attractions just do not speak for the park. Currently, it is trying to generate money from anything, e.g. from an upcharge Segwaysafari. At least the park had some potential at some point in the past, but once again it clearly shows how to not to do it.