You dream of a safari in the african savannah in the middle of wild animals. But you’re one of those travelers who no longer want to take the plane and prefer the train for the sake of ecology. Impossible for you to go to Kenya, Tanzania or South Africa. Head to the Port Saint-Père! 15 minutes south of Nantes, Planète Sauvage, the largest safari in France – 85 hectares dedicated to more than 1100 animals of 120 species – is about to open ten lodges family top of the range between the end of June and beginning of July. Designed by the architectural firm Bachmann, Dinard, these wooden houses of 50 m2 with large bay windows and terraces of 20 m2 for a panoramic view on the african plain. There will be served a dinner to the dominant african and breakfasts.
“The concept of the safari, we offer since opening in 1992 with a track of 10 km to go by car or truck bush, allows for immersive experiences as we can to live in Kenya, or in south Africa. For the past ten years, we go further with the “Camp Tanzania” and “Mongolia”. This time, we push further the immersion with lodges top of the range, to observe more closely the animals,” says Philippe Vignaud, director-general for the past 14 years of the park.
These new buildings represent an investment of 2.6 million euros for the group Loop that has, in addition to this wildlife park, the historic Zoo of the Arrow in the Sarthe (it was founded in 1946), whose lodges have inspired those of the Planet Wild and, in England, West Midland Safari Park, opened in 1973, near Birmingham.
Terrace of a lodge from Planet Savage (photo synthesis). Planet Wild “large areas, large groups, and hotel service top of the line”
Seven giraffes, twenty watussis, as many guinea-fowls, ten pelicans, eleven oryx algazelles, seven impulses of the cap and the fourteen-topis to white face will be visible from the lodges located in an enclosure of 5 hectares. “It will be an experience similar to that experienced on a safari in Africa: big spaces, large groups, and hotel service top of the line”, continues Philippe Vignaud.
Some animals have disappeared from their natural habitat. “The conservation of the species is one of the essential missions of zoological parks,” recalls the director. Before pointing out: “More than a dozen of species in the park are in breeding programs, european managing individuals who need to reproduce, avoiding inbreeding as much as possible, and investigating the feasibility of a reintroduction in the natural environment.” Planet Wild boasts of the birth on February 2, two bear cubs black baribal, the first in the park since 2014 and one of the only in France and in Europe in 2019. Their natural habitat is, to him, to the north of Mexico and in Canada.
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“But the real problem today is that the natural environments are disappearing”, is concerned Philippe Vignaud. It is pointing to the deforestation, “the sewage flowing into the oceans”. “While the level of threat to the species continues to increase, our wildlife parks are more than ever of conservatories”, says this passionate.
The creation of the lodges, but also the new ability to become a keeper for a day with the dolphins, and the safari VIP, with a guide to the wildlife of the park, partake of this desire to “better understand to better protect”. In total, up to fifty people can be hosted simultaneously in the houses of wood. A “qualitative” for Planet Safari that welcomes 270,000 visitors per year.
Practice Room of a lodge from Planet Savage (photo synthesis). Planet Wild
Stay in lodge: from 153 € to 220 € per person, with 2 entrances to the park, a night in the lodge, a dinner of african-inspired served on the terrace, a breakfast, and the feeding of the lemurs with a an animal carer.
Safari day: 27 €, 21 € for 3 – 12 years
Tel.: 02.40.04.82.82 and planetesauvage.com