A4 toll motorway (Milan-Turin), Novara Est exit, continue in the direction of Lake Maggiore for about 20 km and A26 toll motorway, Castelletto Ticino exit, continue in the direction of Novara for about 10 km
How to get
Going on safari is an idea that excites both children and parents. The chance is offered by the Pombia Zoo Safari Park near Novara.
The park is located not far from Lake Maggiore and, within the limits of local “nature” lets you drive for kilometres across a sunny hillside where animals roam in total freedom. Fearless and curious, the park animals frequently wander up to inspect the passing columns of cars. Close contact is an everyday occurrence, especially in the first section of the park, in the herbivore area.
Ostriches, gnus, zebras, camels, dromedaries and a beautiful giraffe go about their business quite unperturbed by the fact that they are being observed by curious visitors. The ostriches in particular take every chance to roam among the lines of cars, hoping for titbits to eat. Feeding the animals is of course strictly forbidden and potentially dangerous.
As you drive up the hill you enter the realm of the immense hippopotami, followed by an area inhabited by antelopes and huge rhinos. This is followed by two carefully fenced in areas, the first inhabited by "tranquil" lions and the second by magnificent tigers. Leaving these areas and the woodland behind you, you descend to the section that contains the park’s pride and joy: a pair of superb white lions!
The way down is also populated by a variety of animals, including impressively large buffaloes. After a final glance at the monkey cage you finally reach the car park from where you can go on to visit various areas on foot. You are almost spoiled for choice: there is a reptile house, children’s amusement areas, various shops and an entertainment area with a cycle of daily shows.
The Zoo Safari Park provides a unique and fascinating experience in many ways, thanks also to the efforts of its management to develop an attractive idea in the most effective way possible.
- From 15 March to 31 March, open all day form 10,00 to 16,00 (park closes at 18.00)
- From 1 April to 10 September, open all day from 10,00 to 17,00 (park closes at 19,00)
- From 11 September to 15 October, open all day from 10,00 to 16,00 (park closes at 18.00)
- From 16 October to 14 March, open only on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays
- From 26 December to 6 January, from 10,00 to 16,00
- 25 December: closed
- Easter, Lunedì di Pasqua, 25 April, 1 May, 2 June, 15 August: ientrance from 08,00 to 18,00 (park closes at 20,00). On these days coupons aren't valid.
Adult € 17 Children € 12. Under 4: free.
Reservation: only for guided tours