We finally made it to Taman Safari! For two years I had been wanting to take the kids there and the traffic seemed daunting, which is why we decided to make it into a 2 day mini holiday:
- Day 1: left central Jakarta after breakfast and spent half day at Kuntum Nurseries (1h30 drive), + checked into Pesona Alam Resort (about an hour away from Kuntum Farmfield and less than 10min away from Taman Safari)
- Day 2: half day at Taman Safari, left around 3, back home at 5 (which is probably quite lucky)
Taman Safari was great, much nicer than I had expected. The safari itself is set in the lush mountains of Puncak, the animals seemed healthy and mostly had a decent amount of space. The kids loved feeding the animals and being so close to them (the lions and tigers roam freely and some were standing only 2m away from the car) and the safari was really empty when we went, allowing us to move freely and stop whenever we wanted to feed animals (carrots and bananas can be bought before entering into the park). The park is huge, with many different parts: the safari, the waterpark, a traditional zoo with caged animals, and many live animal shows. Although we arrived at 9 and left at 3, we didn’t have time to see everything. We ended the day with a swim with dolphins (#notproud), which is probably forbidden anywhere else in the world but is possible at Taman Safari for Rp600,000/pax (for 30 minutes)
Here are a few tips to plan your next visit to Taman Safari:
- It can be done in one day, leaving very early (friends say 5am) and coming back before 3pm
- Pack sweaters and umbrellas, the weather up in Puncak is cooler and very humid and it often rains (the safari is in the car and there are many parts indoor).
- If you’re an expat, bring your KITAS in order to enjoy the domestic rate (Rp180,000/pax instead of Rp300,000!)
- Pack bathing suits (for Taman Safari’s waterpark and swimming with the dolphins)
- Snacks if you are specific (there are restaurants inside Taman Safari)
- Keep the bill as it will be checked upon exit.
For those looking for accommodation, I can highly recommend staying at Pesona Alam, which is very family friendly and strategically located. The views from the hotel onto the green mountains of Puncak were very soothing and the kids loved the playground and the mini-zoo (which is a small garden with rabbits and turtles).