As the jungle gate opened, our safari jeep, filled with excited and daunting screams, slowly entered the forest. Moonlight guided us and when it looked like the wild was empty, the tigers just suddenly appeared from somewhere. I saw those glowing eyes, looking straight back to me as if asking me, “What in the world are you doing here?!”. In split seconds, they all began chasing our ride, jumping in our window like wanting to stop us. This was the closest encounter I had with these creatures and I had Zoobic Night Safari to thank for this roaring experience.
Zoobic Night Safari
Located at the Subic Bay Freeport’s Forest Adventure, the entire Zoobic Safari covers a twenty-five hectare land serving as natural habitat for a wide array of animals. For the Tiger Safari, a two-hectare enclosed area was dedicated where nine fierce but beautiful tiger creatures wander. And guess what, to add twist to the usual tiger safari tour they have, they are bringing back Zoobic Night Safari for summer!
Zoobic Night Safari Tour Experience
An enclosed safari jeep with a capacity for about 12 visitors where a maximum of three people can sit in a row was used for the tour. The narrow space of the customized safari jeep made it much thrilling because you’d definitely feel the aggressive presence of the tigers.
If you’re a bit afraid, better take the middle seat because the tigers will come jumping the window grill. And yes, they even climb at the top of the safari jeep!
It was my first safari tour experience at night and it was just differently awesome and unforgettable! The roaring sound the tigers made was like music to my ears – scaring and thrilling me at the same time.
Feeding the Tigers
For around PHP200, visitors can buy a raw chicken that will be fed to the tigers. But a designated trainer/guide will be the one to actually feed the them. Buying the tigers some food will entice them to come near and play around your safari jeep.
“How old are they?”, I interestingly asked. “Three!”, exclaimed our tour guide. The tigers can survive around 25 years in captivity with proper care and an estimate of a shorter 20 years into the wild.
Before our Zoobic Night Safari tour, we walked around Zoobic Park. It was like a short trek where we saw a combination of exotic, wild and semi-domesticated animals in their simulated natural habitat.
I’ve been to a number of animal parks already but I’ve never done it during the night. I never actually imagined myself walking in a forest at night! This was another first for me. It was definitely amusing with me being paranoid at times with the peculiar nature’s sound competing with my slightly faster heartbeat (Yeah, I am not that brave, hmp!).
By the way, you’re allowed to take selfies with the animals (they won’t mind, haha).
Serpentarium is also one of the attractions of Zoobic Safari. We saw here various species of reptiles including snakes and lizards. There were turtles, too!
Additionally, there were two caves we visited. The first one houses a rare collection of preserved dead animal bodies. I can say it’s one of the most interesting caves I had ever seen.
The second cave required us to cross short, wooden bridges where crocodiles can be found at the bottom.
Animal Photo Op
Another cool thing you can try at Zoobic Safari is a photo op with animals – specifically snake and tiger! Just remember to bring extra courage with you.
Zoobic Night Safari Fire Show
Also especially offered with the Zoobic Night Safari is the Fire Show. The entire program is actually composed of a combination of different performances.
My personal favorites (and I think the rest of the crowd as well) are the Animal Parade and the Fire Dance.
- Zoobic Safari is roughly a four-hour drive from Manila and you can opt for a day trip to visit it.
- There are other attractions that Zooobic Safari has that were not mentioned in this article, you can refer here for a complete list.
- You can choose to avail their EZ card so you can earn points and get discounts. The card is valid in all Zoomanity Group parks including Zoocobia Fun Zoo and Clarkzilla in Clark, Residence Inn in Tagaytay and Zoocolate Thrills in Bohol.
- Get 10% discount when you purchase tickets online.
- If you’re going as a group (10-15 persons), you can avail Zoobic Safari’s day tour package which includes transportation and lunch (please visit their website for complete details).
Zoobic Night Safari 2016
Zoobic Night Safari tour is available from March 19 – May 28, 2016, 5PM onwards. Fee is PHP695 for adults and PHP595 for kids.
How to Get There
Disclosure: I attended the Zoobic Night Safari Press Conference and Tour courtesy of Zoobic Safari. Nevertheless, I wrote this article with my own insights influenced by my personal experience.
Admission Fee: PHP545 (Adult) | PHP445 (Kids)
Contact Details: (02) 895-7142 | 898-3695 | 899-9824