Last month, after a long bout of ma kidz' illness session, we decided to take them to Dubai Safari that had newly opened to replace the old zoo that had been closed for quite sometime.
The day we chose to go happened to be the one, the Safari chose to close it's doors to more visitors just after noon. However, we had our share of adventure until then.
The timing coincided with the school year end vacation. There was a huge rush understandably. Also, since the first few days since it opened were complimentary and the word "free entry" is enough to lure anyone !
It was a decent crowd, mainly because it was a family day. Firstly, parking was at a place from where instead of taking the longer road to the entrance, everyone preferred climbing a hillock (much like a little trek) to get there...
Kids' started having a time right then.
Circa childhood: Despite being an active participant in any dance and singing related programs at school, I was never athletic as such and would always think of alternatives to not participate in physical sports. So, on those Annual sports days, you'd find me volunteering around the ground more than being on field.
Coming back to the Safari: and the climb, you can imagine it was no less than a trek to me ! 'twas all huff n puff whilst reaching the top, then the comical part was going along the zig-zag patterned line-up designed for the long queues, reaching upto the main gate. A pleasant sight were the Safari personnel, with all smiles and ushering everyone with: “You've made this far, Congratulations! that was a good morning exercise, your digestive system would bless you, it's time to have your grub now..." And we all got into the entrance chuckling…
They have created a rather contrary version to what a zoo normally is. It's quite spacious, spreads far across until where your sight can reach. Restaurants in abundance and "happy" attractions for the little ones, to the parents relief. A l'l disappointing part was that we really have to pass all these to be able to get to "see" the zoo-ed inmates. The few animals we did see were in the glass cased enclosures, sadly, though quite spaciously built, yet I’d prefer them in their natural surroundings out in the open with a barrier, of course.
The queue was endless for the train ride. We decided to skip that instead utilizing the same time to visit the African Village. Avoiding the reptile house, we peaked around sighting monkeys, a flock of flamingos, a lone bear and Lemurs, the boys discussing whether they were the same from Madagascar movie.
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