Accommodation on an African safari near Nantes

VIDEO – South of Nantes, a zoo covering 85 hectares and home to more than 1,100 animals of 120 species, will open ten family wooden houses with a roof in late June to early July. Stiltus for a submerged, “reminiscent of a large reserve in Africa”.

You dream of a safari in the African savannah among the wild animals. But you are one of those passengers who no longer wants to fly and prefers trains for environmental reasons. It is impossible for you to go to Kenya, Tanzania or South Africa. Visit Port Saint-Père! 15 minutes south of Nantes, Planète Sauvage, France’s largest safari – dedicated to more than 1,100 animals of 85 hectares and 120 species – is preparing to open ten high-end family lodges between late June and early July. Designed by Dinard’s Bachmann Architectural Firm, these 50 m² wooden houses will have large bay windows and a 20 m² terrace for panoramic views of the African plains. There will be African-themed dinner and breakfast served.

“The concept of safari, which we have been offering since we opened in 1992 to be covered by a 10 km track car or bush truck, allows for an immersive experience like the one in Kenya or South Africa. Over ten years, we have come a long way with “Vivax Tanzania” and “Mongolia”. This time around, we’re taking the plunge with top-of-the-range lodges to observe the animals as closely as possible, “said Philip Vignaud, the park’s 14-year-old general manager.

The new construction represents a 6 2.6 million investment for the Looping Group, which, in addition to owning the zoo, also owns the historic zoo de la Fletche (it was founded in 1946), whose lodges inspired Planet Savage and, in England, near West Midland Safari Park, Burma. Open since 1973.

Terrace of Planet Savage Lodge (synthetic photo). Wild planets

“Large space, large group, and a top-of-the-range hotel service”

Seven giraffes, twenty wattuses, many guinea fowl, ten pelicans, eleven skimmer-horned orcs, seven cape elk and fourteen white-fronted damalisks will be visible from the 5-hectare lodge. “It will be an experience like a safari in Africa: spacious open space, large groups and a top-of-the-range hotel service”, continued Philip Vignaud.

Some animals have disappeared from their natural habitat. “Species conservation is one of the essential missions of the zoo,” the director recalled. Before emphasizing: “More than fifteen species in the park are included in the European breeding program for individuals who need to reproduce, avoid breeding as much as possible, and study the possibility of reproduction in the environment. Natural.” Planète Sauvage is proud to give birth to two black barbaric bear cubs on February 2, the first in the park since 2014 and one of the only ones in France and Europe in 2019. Their natural habitat is located in northern Mexico and Canada.

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“But the real problem today is that the natural environment is disappearing,” said Philip Vignaud. He pointed to deforestation, “sewers flowing into the sea.” “While the threat to the species continues to grow, our animal parks are far more conservative than ever,” he said.

Creating a lodge, but the new possibilities of being a one-day caretaker with dolphins and a VIP safari with an animal guide in the park, are part of this desire to “better understand better protection.” In all, wooden houses can accommodate up to fifty people at a time. Planet is a “quality product” for Safari that welcomes 270,000 visitors a year.

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A lodge room (synthetic image) in Planète Sauvage. Wild planets

Lodge stay: € 153 to জনপ্র 220 per person, with 2 entries to the park, one night at the lodge, serving an African-inspired dinner on the terrace, having breakfast and feeding lemurs with an animal caretaker.

Safari Day: 27 €, 21 € 3 – For 12 year olds

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