Stretching itself on 250 acres of land, Ramat Gan Safari is actually an African Park located in the center of Ramat Gan – one of the towns surrounding Tel Aviv. The park was founded in 1951 as part of a larger plan aimed at building a green belt around this Israeli town whose name can be translated into English as "Garden Heights".
Pelicans at Ramat Gan Safari
After overcoming an impressive number of milestones along the years, Ramat Gan Safari is currently home to over 1500 animals of different species. Adjacent to the African safari area, there is a zoo that is particularly interesting for its rich collection of birds, reptiles and monkey species. The zoo is dotted with information stations, where you can learn about the animals, their natural habitat, their eating habits, etc.
The gift shop located within the park's premises has an animals theme. Here you can find different sorts of toys, stuffed animals and small pieces of jewelry, but the prices are rather high.
Tours of the Safari
Guided tours of the open air African Park can be taken at different moments of the day and night. The midnight safari tours are particularly interesting as they allow visitors to contemplate wildlife at its quietest. Night is also the rhinos' most active time. At twilight you can have some great views over the lake.
Rhino at Ramat Gan Safari
If you are traveling with kids and want to combine this trip with a valuable zoology lesson, you might consider taking a special tour. You can choose between an educational tours focused on topics like the animals living in Israel, the animals featuring the Bible, maturity in the animal kingdom, endangered species, dietary adjustments, wild roaming habits, reproduction, pollution, etc.
Alternatively, you can take a tour of the safari on your own, but this is possible only if you are driving a car. Personal guided tours can also be organized upon request and they can take a general form, or they can focus on a topic of your interest.
Ostrich at Ramat Gan Safari
We toured the safari on our car and took the time to watch the animals and to take lots of pictures. As we missed the signs to the lions' section on our first round, we took a second one. To our delight, the hippos were at this time out of the water and we could admire their grandiose beauty. The part we enjoyed most was the show given by a stubborn ostrich that would not step out of the paved path to let the car in front of us pass. As a kid was waving at it from inside the car, the tall and graciously looking bird started knocking on the car's windscreen with its beak.
Ramat Gan Safari being home to several endangered species, there are special rules concerning the animals' health. Therefore, feeding the animals is strictly forgotten. No matter how nicely the intelligent apes would mimic the demand for food, visitors are asked to refrain from sharing their lunch with them. We succeeded to resist their charm.
Elephant feeding at Ramat Gan Safari
Instead, if this particular side of wildlife interests you, get to the respective area of the park on time to watch a ranger feeding the animals. For little monkeys you have to be there at 11.30, for apes at 12. The pelicans are fed at 13.45, the penguins at 14, and the bears at 11.00. We visited the safari in the afternoon and were the witnesses of the elephants' feeding time. Opening hours
The safari opens its doors daily at 9 AM. Closing times change depending on the month of the year. Thus, from October to February, the park closes at 16.30. In March, it is open till 17.30, in April and September till 18.00, while during the summer months the closing time is 19.00 and even 19.30 (the first part of August). As mentioned before, you can also visit the park during the dark hours, but this requires booking your tour in advance.
If you want a special environment, a unique atmosphere and a wild décor for a private or business event, Ramat Gan Safari can be the venue you are looking for. The park's administrators provide those who choose to celebrate their wedding or birthday with fun activities targeted at your guests' age. Meeting, touching and feeding the animals are the main focus, but any other suggestions are welcomed as long as they do not disturb the animals' safety and comfort. Moreover, you will have some out of the box pictures as memories.