CEBU SAFARI & ADVENTURE PARK
Commune with nature and celebrate life in a world-class facility
Siberian tigers, leopards, cheetahs, African lions, swan s , meerk a t s , o t t e r s , camels, llamas, a bird show that can rival that of the Jurong Bird Park in Singapore.
These and more of the 111 species of exotic animals that you won’t likely get to see in your lifetime can be found in one world-class facility that’s so close to home – the Cebu Safari & Adventure Park. Here you get to see not just animals, but you will also get to walk amidst over a million blooming orchids and other plants.
The Safari occupies 170 hectares of the 2000-hectare property of the Lhuillier family in Corte, a mountain barangay of Carmen, northern Cebu. Carmen is about an hour and a half from Cebu City and the Safari is about eight kilometers from the national highway.
This 10-year-in-the-making Safari started out as a dream and a flora and fauna collection of revered Cebuano businessman Michel Lhuillier but is now being supported by the entire Lhuillier family—the M. Lhuillier Group of Companies.
According to Eduard Jarque Loop, the vice president and chief operating officer of the Safari, the concept, which is patterned after the San Diego Zo o (California, USA), stemmed from Lhuillier’s love of nature.
“All throughout the making of this Safari, we are not allowed to cut trees, ” said Loop.
After years of planning and actual work, the Safari opened its doors last December—first to its employees and now to the public by booking on weekends, Friday to Sunday.
Jarque added that as of the moment, they can accommodate up to 600 guests per day during the weekends but when the Safari goes fully operational this April, they can accommodate up to 3,000 guests each day for six days. A
day will be reserved for park maintenance.
For now, the Safari is charging P800 per person inclusive of a lunch buffet. Guests will be taken on a tour on board a tram to the African Savanna wherein you will get to see zebras, wildebeests, greater kudusblesboks, waterbucks, helmeted guinea fowls, and African crowned cranes. Then to Michel’s garden and pavilion which is littered with over a million orchids, you’ll find the tiger turf, the orangutown, the safari outpost where you’ll get to feed the giraffes and get to see the meerkats, swans, ducks pelicans and geese. There’s also the macaw aviary and the aviary dome, where you’ll get a chance to feed exotic birds.
Guests can also take a cool walk along the canopy trail wherein you’ll get to view cassowaries and otters.
The price will be the same once the park fully opens but will no longer include the food. Guests will not be allowed to bring food, because the Safari will have restaurants and a cafe kiosk by then. This is to prevent guests from feeding the animals with food brought from outside.
In lieu of the food, the P800 fee will already include the bird show that will rival that of Jurong Bird Park in Singapore in an amphitheater that can sit about a thousand people. The show features birds racing the flag, spelling the names of animals, doing simple math, singing happy birthday and many other tricks.
Also set to open at the Safari this year are four adventure rides, the 1.3-kilometer zipline, the bicycle zipline, an obstacle course and a 25-meter swing.
So as summer draws near, complete your planned adventures in the sun with a visit to the Cebu Safari & Adventure Park where you can commune with nature and celebrate life in a world-class facility.