A trip to the Canary Islands is already an adventure, but a trip to Oasis Park Fuerteventura is more like a wild, animal-filled safari. This zoo-meets-botanical garden occupies a pocket of land in the southern part of the island, and allows visitors to encounter nature in new and thrilling ways that they probably never have before.
Committed to conservation and research, Oasis Park Fuerteventura began as a plant nursery, the roots of which you can still see today in the botanical garden that features thousands of tropical plants, ranging from cacti to succulents. But it’s probably not the plants that will excite you or your family the most, but instead the park’s resident animals. Specializing in Savannah animals, Oasis Park is home to 3,000 critters of 250 species, including everything from hippos to elephants, giraffes, zebras and more.
Visitors to the park will not only see these creatures in their natural-like habitats, but will also have the opportunity to get up close with the animals. You can buy fruit and feed the giraffes, experience close encounters with the lemurs and sea lions, or even ride a camel during a proper safari. Then, you also can partake in four different shows, featuring parrots, reptiles, sea lions, and birds of prey.
Beyond just the animals, Oasis Park Fuerteventura has a play area for kids, complete with a farm and animals such as ponies, cows and goats. And if you work up a hunger, rest assured that you can find a bite to eat at one of the two on-site restaurants.
Prices vary for island residences and non-residents, and special-experience tickets (such as those for the camel safari or animal encounters) are sold separately. Note that the camel safari is only available for children 12 and up, and the sea lion encounter for those 7 and older. Children under 11 may go on the botanical garden tour for free.