What is the structure of the Park?
Parco Natura Viva is an important natural zoological garden situated in Bussolengo, halfway between Verona and Garda Lake. It covers about 40 hectares of land and it’s the house of 1.500 animals belong to over 150 species from all the world.
Parco Natura Viva has one of the most powerful zoological collections in Italy and, today, it’s an important Centre of conservation of endangered animal species and a Centre of environmental education.
You can observe the great bio-diversity of our planet just in one day!
The Park is divided in two sections:
• Fauna Park, an extended pedestrian area, where You can walk near the animal’s paddock originating in the 5 continents of the world; here You can also visit the Animals' Farm and the Extinction Park. In Fauna Park You could see 90% of the species that live at Parco Natura Viva; the duration of the visit is different for every visitor, but we suggest you to take at least 4 or 5 hours. We offer different services and You can take a break at one of the many rest stops.
• Safari Park is a fascinating route that you visit on board of your own vehicle. There is a different entrance for the Safari (inside Parco Natura Viva area). You’ll discover the habitat of African animals, and You could imagine being in a real safari. The duration is about 40 minutes – there aren’t rest stops in it.
Parco Natura Viva’s ticket is unique, it includes both sections (Fauna Park and Safari Park), and You can buy it or at the Safari Park entrance or at Fauna Park ticket office. It’s a daily ticket.
You could choose what section You’ll want to visit first, but we suggest You to start from Fauna Park (pedestrian area) when there are too many people (You’ll see the long car’s tail at Safari Park entrance during holiday or weekend).
The parking area for visitors are P2 and P3 section. Parking P1 is reserved to disabled peolple, bikes and buses.
Your visit step by step
You can find the Park’s entrance at the roundabout in Località Quercia, along the Bussolengo’s Provincial Street 27. After the entrance’s flags, You’ll find a fork in the road: on the left, You’ll reach the parking area and the Fauna Park; on the right, You’ll arrive at the entry and ticket-office of the Safari Park.
FAUNA PARK – PEDESTRIAN AREA
Once You parked your car, walk up to Fauna Park ticket-office: You could buy your ticket here (there’s only one ticket for both section of the Park-Fauna & Safari) or You could subscribe to the annual membership.
In the square, in front of the ticket-office, You can see the Pippo’s statue: this hippopotamus was the first animal of the Park, since 1969, when Parco Natura Viva opened.
In front of the statue there’s the Natura Bazar Shop, that sells all stuff You need to visit the Park and also funny gadgets.
FAUNA’S ENTRY toward SENTIERI D’AFRICA
Once You enter into the Park, the first step is to reach Sentieri d’Africa. At the first fork in the road, turn right
, pass Flamingo’s paddock, the toilette and some rest stops (Simba restaurant). In front of You, You’ll see the Sentieri d’Africa
is like a pedestrian safari. Here You’ll admire different species of African animals. In the first big paddock live together: hippos, rhino and some nyala antelopes. You could also glimpse cheetahs in the background.
Keeping on, You’ll find the lions and chimpanzees paddocks and then You’ll reach the Oasi Gombe
, a rest stop in African style near the meerkats' area.
Proceed the visit walking on a little hill toward the paddocks of L'Hoest's monkeys, Barbary macaques, springbok and sitatunga antelopes, and also the African giant tortoises.
After these paddocks, You’ll arrive at Madagascar
’s entry. Here You could admire different species of lemur, including ring-tailed lemurs and the red-bellied lemurs.
At halfway road, You’ll find a circle path, Oceania
’s area, where live the particular Kea parrot, the cassowary, the emu, the eastern grey kangaroo, the wallaby, the black swan and other animals originating in Oceania.
When You’ll end Oceania, You’ll return on Madagascar
’s path, and You’ll see the fossa, the vasa parrots and the area dedicated to Indri, the rare lemur that can’t live in zoos and this is why the Park works on the distant conservation’s and donation’s projects.
At the end of this path, You’ll arrive, again, at Oasi Gombe: You’ll have to walk back through Sentieri d’Africa, passing in front of chimpanzees, lions and hippos paddocks.
When You’ll exit from Sentieri d’Africa, You could have a rest at the pic-nic area Animaliadi
, here there’s also a playground for your kids. You could also have a lunch break at Simba self
, the self-service restaurant of the Park. Now you’re ready to continue the visit to Asia
area (walk towards camels paddock).
ASIA – SOUTH AMERICA – EXTINCTION PARK
The first animals You’ll see, once You’ll arrive in the Asian area, are: Bactrian camels, red-crowned Cranes and then, walking on the wood’s bridge, red pandas and muntjak deers. After the Przewalski’s horses, walk towards yurts and on the right, you’ll find the first observatory (of three) to admire the Siberian tigers.
Once you’ll exit from this first observatory, turn right, and walking up, you’ll find the other two observatories for tigers (on the right) and the snow leopards area (on the left).
At the end of the little climb, there are the great aviaries where live some raptors: the bearded vulture and the Egyptian Vulture. After the wood’s bridge, on the right You’ll see the Edward's pheasant and, on the left, You’ll find the Red-headed vultures' aviary.
SOUTH AMERICA - EXTINCTION PARK
The next step, upon the hill, is the South America area. Here live many species of little monkeys.
In front of Extinction Park entry, You could have a break at the picnic area (there are toilettes and vending machines).
When You see the Extinction Park’s sign, stay on the right: You’ll see the models in chronological order, from the first animal surfaced on the Earth, to first dinosaurs, until the “giants”, like Spinosaurus and T-Rex. The next models are the great mammals of the past, and, after the Indricotherium, You’ll find a little climb on the left that leads to Chelonia, the area of the Park dedicated to turtles and tortoises conservation. Walking down You’ll arrive to the most recent extinctions and to the end of Extinction Park.
Once You’ll exit the Extinction Park, You will be in South America, again. Stay on the right e walk down from the hill, You’ll find the two-toed sloth, the ocelots and, straight on at the crossroads, prairie dogs. At the end of this short path, go back and, at the crossroads, turn right: You’ll arrive at a corridor which You’ll admire the scarlet ibis and small monkeys. On the right, there’s the giant anteater!
The next area is Amazonas: the huge aviary of Macaws. Here live different species: Red-and-green macaw, blue-and-yellow macaw, military macaw, the great green macaw, the Scarlet macaw...
The path goes down and, at the turn, there’s the Manas Fast Food area: here You can find toilettes, playground and Manas Fast Food.
HOUSE OF GIANTS
At the base of the hill is the tropical greenhouse: House of Giants. Dedicated to gigantism and dwarfism in the animal kingdom, House of Giants includes some models of giant species extinct in the past, and hosts many live specimens of rare species! The dangerous Komodo dragons, the poison-dart frogs, the dwarf crocodiles swimming in the midst of many colorful fishes, the huge giant Seychelles tortoises (if they are not in the greenhouse, it means that they went for a walk in the front lawn!), the long green anaconda, dozens of colorful giant butterflies, the mysterious leaf-cutting ants and finally, behind the aquarium of the pacu fish, the fast and funny giant otters!
Then the Farm awaits you: an area where you can enter, and meet up close, goats, and many other pets such as guinea pigs, alpacas, sheep ... If you do not want to enter the Farm, you can overcome it through the uphill path on the right After crossing the farm towards the hill, on the left, take a small detour to see the maned wolf.
EUROPE – BOREALIA
Now You will see the directions to the Europe’s path: a way that permits You to see, in a wonderful oak’s wood context, the areas of: Eurasian lynx, grey wolf, wild cat, Mouflon and Mesopotamian Fallow Deer.
At the end of the path stay on the right at the crossroads: You will enter Borealia, the area dedicated to the animals from cold countries. Here You could see the Snowy Owl, the Siberian eagle owl, reindeers, and a picnic area under olive trees. Going down on the path You will find the European bison’s area. This species is important for the Park because we are involved, personally, in the Conservation Project to reintroduce it into nature.
You can also see the aviary of the Ural Owl, the griffon vulture, and the northern Bald ibis.
Returning on the entrance of the Fauna Park You could admire the Greater Flamingos and, if You want, proceed to the Fauna Park’s exit, on the right.
END OF FAUNA PARK
LET'S VISIT THE SAFARI PARK
Once you've finished the visit to the pedestrian area, go back to the parking and pick up your car and go to the entrance of the Safari park
(take the right at the crossroads). Show your ticket at the entrance, read with attention the rules that you'll receive and.. enjoy your visit: you will admire antelopes, zebras, gelada baboons, wildebeests, giraffes, lemurs, and the saddle-billed stork... when the road climbs up on the hill you'll find other antelopes' species, Cameroon sheep, the Somali wild ass and then you'll arrive in the carnivores area: spotted hyaena, lion, and cheetah and then the exit.
If you don't have your own card, JEEP SAFARI SERVICE
REMINDER FOR YOUR VISIT
We suggest checking prices, hours of the Park (they can be changed due to weather conditions), promos, and events calendar, before your visit!
ENJOY YOUR VISIT!