The Réserve Africaine de Sigean Safari Park

The Réserve Africaine de Sigean Safari Park 

 

The Réserve Africaine de Sigean safari park is situated between Narbonne and Perpignan; the park houses more than 3,800 animals on more than 300 hectares of land. 

We had heard so many positive things about this safari park after moving to Spain, so we decided to take a road trip to Southern France from Barcelona during the spring break, as there would be fewer visitors at this time of year. We wanted to avoid August or high season if possible because of the long queues.

The Réserve Africaine de Sigean Safari Park
We started the 7.5km circuit Safari drive with our own car, and got to see animals close up. The first park of the African bush is where you find dwarf buffaloes, zebras, ostriches, springbok, and giraffes.

The route takes you to the second part where the bears of Tibet and lions are located. You finish the tour driving by the African Savannah park, where we discovered white rhinos, sitatungas, warthogs, and Somali donkeys.

After that, there is a pedestrian-only area with many other animals and attractions for children. The animals seem to have a lots of space to their disposal, the enclosures are large and well kept. Animals wander free in the safari park.
​​The whole route takes four-to-five hours to complete. The drive-through safari area takes about one-and-a-half hours, as you enjoy the views of the animals from the savannah—which is even more impressive with the ears. The remaining part, which is accessible on foot only, may take another two hours to see all the animals, and we were able to watch the feeding of the flamingos. Add the final hour for a picnic, or to enjoy the food.

The only con I would mention is the snack bars and restaurant do not have many options, and the souvenir ship is incredibly expensive—something like 25 euros for a small animal toy! There are many picnic zones in the open air where it’s better to prepare your own delicious snacks and lunch to enjoy.

Last but not least, it is dog friendly. There are many taps with drinkable water at about 30cm above the ground suitable for small dogs.

Overall, it was a very pleasant experience for family especially with young kids. Totally worth it.

The Réserve Africaine de Sigean Safari Park

Plan Your Visit

The Réserve Africaine de Sigean safari park was inaugurated in 1974. Over the years, it has grown steadily, and is now home to more and more species that benefit from European breeding programs (EEP). Today it breeds about 900 mammals, 600 reptiles and 2,000 birds. 

Book Your Tickets

An online purchase is required before your visit. Book your date and arrival time slot here.

  • Adult full access: 33 euros
  • Children aged 4–14: 24 euros
  • Disabled: 14.50 euros
  • Family package (two adults and three children in one car): 51 euros

 As of 2023: these prices may change.

Opening Times

 The safari park is open every day, all year round, from 9 am to 5:30 pm (last admission 4 pm).

Contact Information

 Address: RD 6009 -19 ch. Hameau du lac , 11130 Sigean France

Phone number: (00 33) 4 68 48 20 20

E-mail:[email protected] 

 

Where to Stay

Choose a sustainable hotel that is designed to respect the environment, and which takes extra measures to implement their facilities with efficient lighting systems, low-pressure water installations, and generate their own energy. In addition to the environment, eco-friendly hotels also try to help the local community through their service. 

Related Article: 5 Reasons Why Responsible Travel Matters

Below are a few sustainable properties for you to consider: 

  1. Camping Le PAVILLON: The perfect stay for a small family with dogs. It is a very cozy and quiet chalet, and kids have games to entertain themselves with. A beautiful river is close by, and there is easy parking right in front of the chalet with a nice outside seating area. 
  2. Maison de Pecheur: A magnificent stay in a natural paradise with easy access to explore wildlife. Plenty of outdoor space to spend your free time. It is a perfect location in which to rest, affording serenity, relaxation, and total disconnection. 
  3. La Casa del Arti: A lovely big, clean, and stylish property with a pool and friendly owners. Located just 7 km from Reserve Africaine de Sigean in Sigean.

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