The original concept of zoos was to bring city dwellers into contact with wild animals to broaden their understanding of the wonders of nature. Of course this was great fun for the urban populations who had probably only seen cats and dogs and the occasional horse (probably pulling a delivery cart around the streets!) as their only animal interactions, but was certainly not fun for the poor animals who in those early constructions, were confined to tiny concrete spaces behind heavy iron bars. This probably describes the old Solo Zoo very well until the enlightened Mayor of the city called upon Taman Safari Indonesia and private donors to radically change it.
Now relaunched as a modern and desirable tourist destination in Solo Raya, with a new face, Solo Safari presents a much more attractive environment not only for the visitors, but the animals too! The concept is not a drive-through Safari similar to Taman Safari in Puncak but a “walking safari” where visitors can not only see animals more closely, but can also interact with some of them.
Accessed through a marvellous sustainably built bamboo structure which houses the reception area, visitors centre and a modern café. The park is set out in well-organised paths that take you through the broad and spacious enclosures that now house the (much happier and healthier) animals. The design is such that the animals seem just an arm’s length away, but due to carefully measured ditches and water features they are completely safe. It is a very enjoyable, fresh and inspiring way to come up close to the wildlife who are housed in compatible groups in each enclosure, allowing them social interaction.
With affordable ticket prices and complete facilities, visitors are served with an educational and fun animal encounter. Not only that, visitors are also presented with a different experience, namely eating accompanied by animals at Makunde Bistro, which is a restaurant located in the Solo Safari area. Serving Indonesian & Western food, Makunde Bistro provides delicious dishes and at the same time visitors can also see some a host of African animals just outside the venue, including lions and meerkats.
Solo Safari also has other alternatives for visitors who want to make their visit a culinary tour! One of these is the Kedaton Foodcourt. With an Indonesian menu, Kedaton Foodcourt is an alternative choice for visitors to enjoy culinary delights and refreshing drinks inside the park area, maybe much needed after a long walk.
Solo Safari also packs interesting and attractive animal shows which again are designed to give the animals as much fun as the visitors. It is hoped that visitors will get new experiences through interacting with the animals and discussing all the activities with their family and friends.
Since its inauguration on 27 January 2023, Solo Safari has been operating every day, from 08.30 – 16.30 on weekdays, and 08.00 – 16.30 on weekends.
Solo Safari offers ticket prices & ticket types which varies. Regular and premium tickets have different benefits, for regular tickets, visitors can watch animal shows, interact with animals, and the safari journey. As well as regular tickets, premium tickets also include the benefits mentioned above, however, Premium ticket buyers don’t need to queue when they enter the exhibit areaand are provided with welcome drinks, get priority seats in the animal show area and in the area Makunde Bistro. Not only that, visitors also get buggy car facilities to go to the exit when they are finished their safari.
• Week-Day: Regular: Adult: IDR 45,000 Children: IDR 30,000
Premium: Adult: IDR 75,000 Children: IDR 60,000
• Week-End: Regular: Adult: IDR 60,000 Children: IDR 45,000
Premium: Adults: IDR 110,000. Children: IDR 75,000
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