Today was an awesome Bank Holiday Monday. After an “eventful” day yesterday we decided to take a day trip La Pequena Africa, a zoo in Spain. We’d seen it advertised in a local flower shop when picking out our wedding flowers over a year ago. We love visiting wildlife parks but we didn’t feel drawn to this one. From memory the advert showed a little girl riding a horse on barren land and it didn’t look worth a visit. The leaflet truly didn’t do this wildlife park any justice. It was absolutely amazing and the kids loved it.
LA PEQUENA AFRICA, A HIDDEN GEM…..
It is situated in the little Spanish town Jimena de la Frontera. It’s fairly close to Gibraltar and we have been there hundreds of times. Never did we know this little gem was tucked away down a little lane off one of the main roads. I was expecting a small zoo however its fairly large with lots of activities for the kids. It was very clean and well kept. The staff were friendly and really helped make the experience what it was.
WELL WORTH THE MONEY…..
As a family of 4 we paid €48 including food we purchased for the kids to feed the animals. Aside from being cheaper than all of the other zoos we visit regularly, the additional activities were completely free. Tyler got to ride a camel and ride a beautiful black horse. Jesse was too small to ride the animals hut he seemed to have fun watching his brother enjoying himself. They both had lots of fun feeding the free roaming baby goats, peacocks and birds. Both were in their elements pointing out all of the animals and they were amazed at how close they could get to them. Their eyes and smiles were so full of joy.
As an adult it is also a great place to visit if you enjoy wildlife and scenery. We love the outdoors and so this was right up our street. We were truly surprised. La Pequena Africa had just about everything we look for when we visit a wildlife park.
ENJOYING THE MOMENT…..
The best part was being pulled in a trailer by a tractor. Jesse and Tyler were laughing as they bumped along the road. They both made loud noises to hear their voices judder in time to tractor. In true kid like fashion they were enjoying every single moment of the experience. We saw so many animals including tigers, kangaroos and antelopes. There were so many different species of birds including some stunning white peacocks and cute little ducklings following their mother around.
There were so many other little things hidden in the nocks and crannies of the park – a little tree house, picnic spots and a children’s play area. Right where the tractor dropped us off there was gorgeous lake where you could ride man powered boats and canoes. Every now and again you could hear the laughter of the children who were taking horse and carriage rides. When they whizzed by you could see in their faces just how much fun they were having.
The only downside to the visit, if I had to pick one, was that the restaurant/cafeteria. We saw what we thought was a restaurant but it was set up fora group of children who were on their school trip. It wasn’t clear whether we could eat there or not and we probably should have asked but we decided to go and get lunch elsewhere. By time we left the kids were exhausted and hungry. Jesse didn’t last 5 minutes into the car ride home before he feel fast asleep. Tyler on the other hand was full of beans and sang all the way home.
AN ADDED BONUS…..
Before we left we were given free tickets to return to La Pequena Africa. It wasn’t one of these buy one get one free tickets but free tickets for the whole family. The only criteria to use the free tickets is that we have to visit on the weekend and it’s only valid for June 2018. We will definitely be returning to take full advantage of the free tickets. If you’re local and you’ve been thinking of visiting La Pequena Africa you won’t be disappointed and your kids will have an amazing day out. We certainly did.