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Wildlife: 3 things to do with family and kids in Hannover Germany
1. Serengeti Park
The first thing to do with family and kids in Hannover is to visit The Serengeti Park, an amusement park with a safari theme, located in the municipality of Hodenhagen, not far from Hannover, North Germany.
It has 200 hectares and is divided into four areas:
- Animal World (Tierland);
- Water World (Wasserland);
- Monkey World (Affenland);
- Leisure World (Freizeitland).
The main attraction of the park, on the Animal World, is the Serengeti Safari. A tour of ten kilometres, where you see 1500 exotic and wild animals, like lions, tigers, rhinos, antelopes and bears, from different countries, in their natural environment.
Pet and feed the wild animals from your carClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Tierland or Animal World covers an area of 110 hectares. It is the home of about 1500 wild animals that can be visited by car. If you are not coming by car, you can use a Serengeti Bus. Make sure you bring bread, because some animals, like the giraffe, are going to put their heads inside your window, asking for food.
This part of the park is divided into 13 sections that can be found on this map:
- Afrika 1: eland, giraffe, blue wildebeest, waterbuck, oryx, sable antelope, flamingo and nyala, as well as enclosures for spider monkeys and siamang.
- Scandinavia: reindeer and moose.
- Europa: fallow deer, moufflon, goats, sheep, ducks and geese, dwarf donkeys and mini ponies. Here visitors may leave their cars and feed and pet the animals.
- Amerika: rhea, elk, bison and guanacos.
- Russland: sika deer, blackbuck, alpaca and amur leopards.
- Asien: chital, yaks and Père David's deer. It also has a gibbon island.
- Indian: wild dogs.
- Section 10 is home to animals from several continents, including American black bear, baboons, ostriches, onagers, Bactrian camels and Barbary sheep.
- Australien: emus and kangaroos.
- Afrika 2: white rhino, watusi cattle, zebra, lechwe and dromedaries.
- African elephants.
Play with wild animalsClick thumbnail to view full-size
After exploring the Tierland, you can spend the rest of the day at the theme park, the “Adventure-Safari” at the Water World (Wasserland). It has more than 40 attractions including rides on the water, playgrounds, trampolines, the Jambo kids’ paradise and Jambo toddler games.
Another attraction is the “Jungle-Safari” in the Monkey World. I haven't been to this one yet since it is a new attraction (I had been to the park in 2013). The tour takes you to a 15 hectare island, where more than 200 monkeys live.
Watch wild animals like a safariClick thumbnail to view full-size
2. Wisentgehege Springe
The Wisentgehege Springe is another thing you have to do with your family and kids in Hannover. An animal reserve with around 100 different species of wild animals like wolf, brown bear and bison. Wisentgehege means bison reserve and has more than 90 hectares of meadows and old trees.
The park is in a circular trail, what guarantees that you see all the species. You are allowed to go back and forward if, for example, the brown bear is sleeping on the first time you pass by. That was what happened to me and I'm glad that I came back to see him because he is super cute. You won't be disappointed, I had a great day at the park and plan to come back. Next time, I want to make a picnic since the park has almost 10 picnic areas.
One excited moment was in the wolf area when the wolves started to howl-bark. I felt like in a movie. It was at the same time cool and scary because they all started at the same time. The park has the largest natural range of wolves in the world.
What I loved most is that you can get really close to the deer. Sorry, they won't let you touch them, but they are not that afraid of people.
I really liked the falcon show too. And I was luck on being at the right place at the right time, otherwise, I was going to miss it. So, if you want to plan in advance, the show takes place daily from April to October (except Monday) at 11.30 am and 3.00 pm, and in March and November at 2.00 pm. I've seen shows like this before, but it still is a nice thing.
The website is in German, but you can also find a pdf with information in English and a map of the park.
Plan your visit
Opening time: Daily from 8.30 am until the sunset
Admission: Adult: €11.00 | Student, trainees and impaired people: €7.50 | Children from 3 to 14 years old: €7.00 | Student children with 15 years old: €8.50 | Family (two adults and two children): €30.00
Address: Wisentgehege 2, 31832 Springe
Contact: +49 5041 5828 | firstname.lastname@example.org | http://www.wisentgehege-springe.de
3. Tiergarten Hannover
My last recommendation of things to do with family and kids in Hannover is this. The Tiergarten is a recreational wildlife park with 112 hectares in the city of Hannover. The forest is inhabited by animals like: deer (Reh), red deer (Rothirsch), fallow deer (Damhirsch), squirrel (Eichhörnchen), rabbit (Kaninchen), hare (Feldhase), hedgehog (Igel), fox (Fuchs), wild pig (Wildschwein) and mole (Maulwurf). There are approximately 120 fallow deer living there today. It also has a population of very old trees, numerous species of birds and rare bats.
The park was created during 1678 and 1679 by its owner Duke Johan Friedrich to be a hunting area. The first hunting was organised for 1680, but the Duke died before it, during a trip to Italy.
A special highlight, especially for families with children, is the Tiergarten Festival (Tiergartenfest Hannover), which takes place every year on the second weekend of October. During the festival, the kids are rewarded for collecting acorns and chestnuts, which are going to feed the animals during the winter.
Plan your visit
Opening time: Daily from 7.00 am up to sunset | November and December: Daily from 11.30 am up to sunset
Address: Tiergartenstraße 149, 30559 Hannover
Contact: email@example.com | +49 511 526653
Distance of the parks from Hannover
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