A few days ago, on a dreary and grey Wednesday morning, we threw some sandwiches and soft drinks into our backpack and drove down South to go ‘on safari” in a place called Beekse Bergen—supposedly the largest wildlife zoo of the Benelux.
Well, I’m not sure you can call a handful of zebras, a sleepy leopard, a few lions behind bars, a bunch of drooling kangaroos and a whole lot of deer a safari, but it was a fun experience.
Must admit that I was duly unimpressed and honestly? I didn’t think it was worth all the money. But the kid had a blast, and that’s what matters, right?
Let me take you on a mini tour with us. Hold on to your seats, people, it will be a bumpy ride through the Dutch wildlife.
We drove on expecting a wild trail with various animals. Some dangerous and others not so much.
“Where are all those lions they promised us?”, J-man openly wondered.
We had no idea that right around the corner was the highlight of the safari waiting for us. Ambushing us.
At this point we were laughing so hard we had tears rolling down our face. Even J-man laughed, while he was pretty disappointed and told us he would have gotten a better look had we gone to the ‘normal’ zoo.
That was the moment we decided to just ditch the car and continue the safari in the park, by foot. Maybe we’d see a few animals that way.
As we gazed around we mainly found empty cages with notes outside explaining where these animals liked to hide. For all we knew it could have been an empty space with a few bushes to throw us off.
We saw a mini goat farm, where I bought him some of the dried peas they kept in an old candy machine, so he could go inside and feed them.
He’s such a hero. I cracked up. What can I say? I have a cruel streak and a camera. It justifies a lot.
All in all we had a fun day. But the best part? Trying to find the countless cards explaining why animals wouldn’t be visible, why they were gone, or that the island was uninhabited at the moment, as we were standing before yet another empty place. Wish I would have taken more of these.