Safaripark Beekse Bergen

City: Hilvarenbeek
Country: Netherlands
Province: North Brabant
Opend 1968



Species 150



Safaripark Beekse Bergen is the largest Wildlife Zoo of the Benelux region and provides a home to approximately 1.250 animals from over 150 species. These species vary from small mammals to large birds. The visitors can for instance watch zebras and giraffes on the spacious savannahs. Safaripark Beekse Bergen offers te possibility to explore the park on numerous safaris: walksafari, carsafari, bussafari and boatsafari.

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Safaripark Beekse Bergen
Beekse Bergen 31
5081 NJ Hilvarenbeek

Phone number 0900-2335732



Opened minimum 10am - 4 pm

Entrance fee

  • Adult 26,- Euros
  • Child 3-9 years 22,50 Euros
Annual cards
  • Adult 62,50 Euro
  • Child 62,50 Euro

For kids there is a petting area and several playgrounds. The Safari bus and the Safari boat are free for ticket holders - but only drive few times a day in low season (the boat is suspended november-march)


In 1968 the “Lion Park Beekse Bergen” was opened, in which visitors could observe lions from their car. Because this idea was new for the Netherlands it became a major success. Two years later two extra terrains were opened, in which cheetahs and baboons could be seen.The cheetah's bred 1972, a first for the Netherlands. In the next four years seven more types of animals were added to the park, for instance zebras, giraffes and an elephant. Because the park did now not only concern lions anymore, the name was changed in 1974 into Safaripark Beekse Bergen.

In 1980 the total size of the park had grown to 120 hectares and six more types of animal had been added. Until that point there had only been a car safari, but in 1982 a walking safari was opened. This was only at a small part of the park, but it gave the visitors a chance to observe various sorts of animals which were too small to be shown in the open car safari areas. Furthermore, a bird show was opened in 1984, which was another unique experience for the Netherlands.

In the years that followed the park became less popular and it looked like the Safaripark would go bankrupt. The municipalities decided to close the Beekse Bergen or search for a new owner. In 1985 the Friends Beekse Bergen was called into life, who was committed to the preservation of the park. Two years later, in 1987, there have been two giant pandas to visit. That same year, the park turned into private hands, and the park underwent major changes. The new owner Libéma B.V. made a walking safari that crossed the park and began a boat safari. The park became increasingly elaborate and presented an increasing array of animals. This innovation continued still further. In early 2007 two large chimpanzee and a gorilla islands opened. The chimpanzees in this stay have been collected from an experimental animal center in Rijswijk, because of the prohibition of the great apes as laboratory animals. In 2008 followed by two groups of chimpanzees. Also some aviaries along the trail were added. In 2011 the park underwent major renovations. A new terrace at the African Village which overlooks the renovated elephant and baboon enclosure came. 2013 okapi's arrived. By public demand for many years the Safri Park added Hippos and crocodiles to its collection in 2014. 2015 the Elephant house was enlarged to enable a breeding groupe of African elephants and the first calf was born in 2016. It was the first African Eleant born in the Netherlands. The same year secretary birds bred for the first time.

Today Libéma is still the owner and the Safaripark Beekse Bergen has become the fourth most visited zoo of the Netherlands.

Since a few years Libéma is also the owner of Speelland Beekse Bergen, which is an amusement park for families with children. This park is located adjacent to the Safaripark Beekse Bergen and therefore these two parks are working together more and more. For instance, the park manager of the Safaripark is also the park manager of Speelland and also the shops are working as one. The idea is to let the two parks become in line with each other more, so that a day-trip to the Beekse Bergen really becomes a day-trip to Africa.

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After paying the entrance fee we have the ape house in front of us. Taking the path to the left we see the Chimpanzee. Opposite are leopards. After a while we then cross the first savannah with blue wilderbeests, plain zebras and ostriches. Following theire enclosure for quite a while keeping right we meet the mighty lion and soon after the gorilla. Going back to the crossing we take path to the right to see african wild dogd and striped hyenas. At the cheetahts we follow the path to the left and go through an african village to we stand in front of the enclosure for Afriacan Elephants and hamadryas baboons. Her we turn left to go behind the elephant enclosure to meet banded mongoose and red river hogs. Keeping on the path we have a Savannah with giraffes, grevy zebras and cape buffalo's. Following this savannah to its end and turning right we have another ape house with gorillas and chimpanzees. Crossing the bridge we have an aviary for flamingos and the third savannah for white rhinos and ankole watussi. Heading back we follow the aviaries opposie the ape house and meet birds like the secretary bird and meerkats. Following the path to the right then we meet the spotted hyena, okapi and South American tapir. On the left hand we then see the small-clawed otters and the northern white-cheeked gibbon. On the right side we then meet the sloth bear followed by islands with monkeys. Going through the zoo store we then follow the hippo enclosure to the right and enter there house to meet Nile crocodiles. Following the path to the right we meet the cheetal and the Amur tiger. Going back to the hippos we go in to an area with several smaller lakes, here we find the squirrel monleys. In this area we also find thw guanaco and African penguins. We can take the boat back to the main entrance, on the way we meet the yak, ringtailed lemurs and many of the animals we have seen. Heading then for the safari train we meet bantengs, red forest buffalo, adax antilopes and a lot of other animals we only have seen from the distance. These you also can see from your own car.

DE: Dieser Safaripark zeigt insbesonders Afrikanische Tiere wie Afrikanische Elefanten, Löwen und Gorillas. Hat aber auch Seltenheiten wie das Okapi.

DK: Denne safaripark viser især afrikanske dyr som afrikanske elefanter, løver og gorillaer. Men der er også sjældenheder som Okapien
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