Pairi Daiza will take you around the world in just one day. It gives you the opportunity to see the flora, fauna and architecture from all continents in one park! You get to see Buddhistic temples and Pandas in China and Kangaroos in Australia. Africa will show you its stilt villages and predators. No, Pairi Daiza is not just a zoo, its so much more. This post will show you the highlights of my day in this beautiful park near Brussels.
Africa, La Terre des Origines
There are two different villages in the park that show african architecture. A stilt village, which brings you in Francophone West-Africa and the Tamberma village, which can be found in the North of Togo.
Besides the architecture, Africa has got a lot more to offer. The land of the big five: the lion, the elephant, the leopard, the rhino and the hippo(potamus). All these animals can be found in this part of the park. What surprised me was the amount of space they get –i usually leave the zoo feeling mad about the small residences– the park really tries to give as much space as possible to the animals and they do their best to reconstruct their natural habitats.
China, La Cité des Immortels
For me this was definitely the most beautiful part of Pairi Daiza. Not only because there is an amazing Chinese garden, but most of all because of the temples. The temples are built the traditional way by construction workers from Shanghai and they’re very, very beautiful.
There are only 17 parks in the entire world where you can see giant pandas, Pairi Daiza is one of them. The 2nd of June there was even a baby panda born! This is quite special because pandas don’t propagate easily which is part of the reason why the species is threatened with extinction. Unfortunately we weren’t able to see the baby because he and his mother are currently in the nursery, but we did see his father, papa panda! Besides the giant pandas there are also red pandas.
The underwater world, La Porte des Profondeurs
The depths of the sea have always fascinated me and i’m hoping to get PADI diving certified next year, so i can go see it with my own eyes. Pairi Daiza mimicked this beautiful world: The coral reef with its colorful fishes –I found Dory and Nemo! -, seahorses, jelly fishes and its dangerous looking sharks. At the end of the Aquarium there are seals, alligators and even penguins.
South-East Asia, Le Royaume de Ganesha
In this world the Elephants are the main characters, their thick skin dries out easily in the sun and that’s why they need to bath a few times a day. The park allows you to see this spectacle! The bath of the Holy Elephants. –You can only see them bath in the spring and summer if the water and air temperature is high enough, the well-being of the elephants is a priority– The biggest building in Pairi Daiza is the Tiger Temple. It is an honor to Cambodja and the home of two white tigers! There is also a flower temple and a large balinese temple.
There’s so much more to see in this wonderful park, such as giraffes, exotic birds, kangaroos, bats, turtles and raptors. For kids there are great playgrounds and they can even cuddle with goats! A day ticket costs €29,80, toddlers can get in for free and a children’s ticket from 3 to 11 years old costs €24,80. More info can be found on their website.
What do you think of the park?