The Ramat Gan Safari Park is the main zoo of the Tel Aviv area and is home to the largest collection of animals in the Middle East. Arranged as a 250 acre African Safari Park, unique in the world as the African animals who live here are able to roam around the park, and visitors are able to have an African safari experience, just minutes from the center of downtown Tel Aviv. There is also a zoo within the park.
The Ramat Gan Safari Park is located just outside the official borders of the city of Tel Aviv, in the neighboring city of Ramat Gan. Its 250 acres of parkland are right in the center of one of the most densely populated areas of the world, making the phenomenal entrance and transition from modern city to African safari park even more stark and impressive. Together, the African Safari Park and zoo house over 1,600 species of animals including 68 species of mammals, 130 species of fowl and 25 species of reptiles. The zoo contains animals from Africa and beyond, notably home to breeding herds of African and Asian elephants, the gorilla, chimpanzee, and orangutan families, the hippo herd, and the pride of lions. The Park takes place in a large number of international projects cooperating with other zoos across the Middle East and beyond.
Visiting the Ramat Gan Safari Park
Visiting the Ramat Gan Safari Park, you can explore in your own car, by joining a tour, or even by segway tour.
Tickets cost NIS57 per person, or NIS50 for students, soldiers, Tel Aviv/Ramat Gan residents, handicapped, seniors, or people visiting in a group of 20 or more in one vehicle. (As of Feb 2012). More information can be found on the Ramat Gan Safari Park website.
Directions to the Ramat Gan Safari Park
The Ramat Gan Safari Park is located less than five miles from downtown Tel Aviv.
If driving from Tel Aviv, head south out of the city on Road 20 (Ayalon Freeway) continuing onto Road 1 (toward Jerusalem and Ben Gurion Airport). Pass Kibbutz Galuyot Interchange continuing for 2/3 miles before reaching the Ganot Interchange, where you should head north on Road 4. Continue north for a short while, passing straight over the first interchange, and the entrance will be on your left.
If driving from Jerusalem, head towards Tel Aviv on Road 1, leaving at the Ganot Interchange, where you should head north on Road 4. Continue north for a short while, passing straight over the first interchange, and the entrance will be on your left.