Take an exclusive Safari Journey, a behind the scenes tour, or even see the park like a Dubai Safari Park animal keeper — just a few of the new ways to experience the newly-reopened Dubai Safari Park. The 119 hectare, new-look wildlife reserve is home to 3,000 animals, including African elephants and giraffes, 84 species of mammals – including 15 different carnivores and 18 primates – 60 types of reptiles, as well as 115 kinds of birds plus amphibians and invertebrates.
A simplified 'hop-on, hop-off' bus service will take visitors to each area of the park, including the Asian, African, and Arabian Villages, and along the banks of the Wadi river that stretches the length of the park. The villages can be visited in any order as you get up close with the animals including stunning lions, rhinoceroses, elephants and giraffes.
Visitors who choose to book the Safari Journey have access to a private guide and driver who will bring the wonders of Dubai Safari Park to life in the most vivid way. There is also VIP interaction sessions, special access to shows and ambassador animals in private vehicles.
The park closed in May 2018, only five months after a grand opening, following a change in management and to allow extensive work to be completed to animal enclosures. In 2019, as part of the park’s rebranding strategy, Dubai Municipality launched a plan to revitalise the way the park operates, with an emphasis on customer experience, educational projects and promoting animal welfare and conservation strategies.
The new-look, wildlife reserve consists of five villages — African, Asian, Explorer, Adventure and Arabian Desert Safari, all home to animals from those regions. The park also features a wide variety of food and beverage options, with everything from convenient kiosks to high-end restaurants.
Unique encounters will allow guests to have once-in-a-lifetime experiences and discover animals from around the world. Explore the free-roaming areas and experience standout attractions, including the Safari Journey, Kid's Farm and the VIP Trek.
In addition to the customer experience, the physiological and psychological well-being of the animals at Dubai Safari Park is of the upmost importance and the park is committed to creating an environment where the animals in its care can thrive. Staff will also be involved in a range of welfare, behaviour, and veterinary research programmes. Through Dubai Safari Park, Dubai Municipality aims to boost conservation and breeding projects for endangered local species.
Dubai Safari Park is open daily from 9am-5pm, and an online reservation is required for entry. General admission is Dh50 for adults and Dhs20 for kids. The Safari Journey is Dhs85 for adults and Dhs30 for children. For more information about the park and the animals visit www.dubaisafari.ae