Who said there are not many places to visit in Jakarta? Technically Taman Safari Indonesia is not in Jakarta, but it’s close from Jakarta for tourists to go visit. It is about 1.5 hour drive from South Jakarta. (Since my driver got lost, it took us something like 3.5 hours. Have I told you that my driver has the worst sense of directions…?)
It is the best zoo I’ve ever visited in terms of the interaction you get with animals. I’ve been to a Safari in Windhoek, Namibia and in Dakar, Senegal, the zoo in Singapore, in San Diego, California, Washington, D.C. and in Tokyo. The zoo in Tokyo is a bit sad as it is a typical zoo in a big city. I must say that the Taman Safari Indonesia is a MUST visit when you visit Jakarta.
This is a type of safari where you drive through your car or get on a bus.
We got 4 bunches of carrots for Rp. 20,000 at the beginning. I bet they are cheaper towards the end. There were at least 10 of them right next to each other on the same road!
How much to get?
Four bunches were not enough for us. Next time, I would buy between 8 and 12. You can also get bananas.
To view the entrance fee, click here.
This hippo looked as if he was smiling.I was a bit afraid of monkeys as I have heard about aggressive monkeys at a monkey park in Indonesia. So, I pulled up our windows a bit higher when we were passing by the monkey section.
Taman Safari Indonesia
Cisarua – Bogor
West Java – Indonesia
Tel. 62 251 8250 000
Fax. 62 251 8250 555
When To Go?
Weekday is better. I waited until my daughter’s spring break, so that I could take my girls and my daughter’s best friend to Taman Safari on a weekday when the Indonesian schools are still on. My husband was at work.
Make sure you leave early in the morning to avoid the traffic. The traffic after you get out of the toll road in Cisarua seems always congested as there is only one road with one lane each way which leads to the zoo from the toll road.
I do not recommend going to the park on Friday or weekend. The toll road could be a nightmare. This is what I saw on the other side of the highway. Cars were not moving just like in a parking lot and this continued for miles.