Zoo Safari Borysew is a zoo in the Lodz province, near Poddębice. It is the only zoo in Poland where you can meet the White African lions and white Bengal tigers, and it is these that generate the most interest among visitors. In this post, we’ll show you what animals and attractions await visitors in Borysewo, as well as its pros and cons…
Zoo Safari Borysew is a unique place on the map of Lodz voivodeship, one of the most popular when it comes to attractions for families with children. No wonder, it is well known that children love animals, and the zoo is a place not only to see animals but also to learn about them.
The Borysew Safari Zoo was established in 2008, and since 2011 it has been granted the status of a zoo by the General Director of Environmental Protection [source]. Since its inception, the zoo’s territory has been expanded almost twice, and from 30 species that inhabited the Borishev Zoo in the beginning, it has become as many as 90. The garden has grown significantly, with many new animals and attractions for visitors adding variety to their visit to the zoo. In addition to families, many school and summer camp excursions come here, and the place has already become a permanent fixture as one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Lodz region (the facility has been decorated, among other things. Certified by the Polish Tourist Organization as the Best Tourist Product 2017).
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What animals can be seen at the Borishev Safari Zoo?
Borysewo Zoo is primarily famous for its white lions and tigers – it is the only place in Poland where you can see them. What’s more, these animals manage to reproduce, so the facility has witnessed the birth of baby African lions and Bengal tigers on more than one occasion (which is not easy in conditions unnatural for these animals). Currently, representatives of the same species can be seen in different enclosures (they are separated).
What other animals can be seen in Borysewo? Giraffes, llamas, pumas, alpacas, camels, antelopes, buffaloes, tamarins, zebras, ostriches, kangaroos, watusses, peacocks, lemurs await visitors. In a separate section we will meet an alligator and a python, and of the animals that inhabit the aquatic environment, we should mention seals, turtles, and by them we will see pelicans.
Particularly noteworthy is the Water World section – it is an artificial body of water with islands, bridges, waterfalls and fountains, which can be walked on foot or cruised by a water bike rented for a fee. The islands are home to lemurs, peacocks, pelicans and alligators.
The youngest visitors are sure to enjoy entering the mini zoo to pet the goats, sheep and alpacas.
When planning a walk through the zoo, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself in advance with the feeding times so you can be at least at a few (there are as many as 21 per day). It is not just a simple feeding, but the caretakers tell interesting facts about the animals on the occasion.
We mentioned above the possibility of taking a pedal boat through part of the zoo and a mini zoo, but are there any other attractions on the premises? As much as possible, however, it should be noted right away that there are additional fees.
For children there is the Figlarnia – a large room with inflatables, a ball pool and trampolines (in season the inflatables are also outside). For those who crave extra thrills, there is a 3D cinema with additional effects (Emotion Accelerator).
You can also visit the garden by riding a special train that transports you around the Zoo Safari grounds and the guide in between tells many interesting facts about the animals and the garden itself. There is a fee for the ride, but in case of inclement weather (when it rains) the train is free.
Practical advice Zoo Safari Borysew
The walking area is quite large and you should wear comfortable footwear and head protection. Unfortunately, as there are not many shady places here, so especially on sunny days you need to take baseball caps or hats with you and use cosmetics with sun protection. In our opinion, there is also a lack of rest areas (although this has hopefully already changed since our last visit).
What can you eat locally?
On the premises, at the entrance, is the Grill Bar, where you can eat something nutritious and warm.
Adaptation for families with smaller children
The area of the facility is rather suitable for movement with a baby stroller. Walking with only a toddler on a hot day, there was not enough room to hide in the shade.
There is a special hut where you can feed your toddler in peace.
Prices – how much does a ticket to Zoo Safari Borysew cost?
The ticket price depends on the day of the week. In the price list below, we show the prices for entry during the week and at the weekend.
- Normal ticket – 49/59 PLN (week/weekend price),
- Discounted ticket – 39/49 PLN (week/weekend price),
- Family ticket 1+2 – 115/140 PLN (week/weekend price),
- Family ticket 2+1 – 124/150 PLN (week/weekend price),
- Family ticket 2+2 – 159/183 PLN (week/weekend price),
- Family ticket 2+3 – 193/225 PLN (week/weekend price),
- Children under 3 years of age enter for free.
The current price list with prices for additional attractions is available at this link.
Zoo Safari Borysew opening hours
Zoo Safari Borysew is open during the following hours:
- Monday through Friday – from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm,
- Saturday and Sunday – from 10 am to 5 pm.
Getting to Zoo Safari Borysew
Zoo Safari Borysew is located in the western part of Lodz province, near Poddębice. Road number 72 (to Poddębice) leads here from Lodz, and the journey should take less than an hour. There is a large paid parking lot on site (15 PLN/day).
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What can you see around Zoo Safari Borysew?
While at the Zoo Safari Borysew, you can see two more recommended attractions that are located right next door. We are talking about the Garden of the Senses in Poddębice, as a perfect and light-hearted end to the day to take a break from the hustle and bustle. The second option is to bathe in the thermal waters at the Uniejów Thermal Baths.
We also recommend more attractions in Lodz voivodeship for kids.
Where to spend the night near Zoo Safari Borysew?
There are several apartments/rooms that can be rented in Poddębice, but you might as well look for accommodations in nearby Uniejow. Here are some of our suggestions for accommodations with very good reviews.
- Acodomo Apartments
Address: 76 Lodzka, 99-200 Poddębice
Prices: from 260 PLN for a double room (breakfast included)
- Guesthouse “By the Warta River”
Address: ul. Sienkiewicza 137, 99-210 Uniejów
Prices: from 190 PLN for a double room (breakfast included)
- Thermal Hotel
Address: Zamkowa 1, 99-210 Uniejów
Prices: from 485 PLN for a double room (breakfast included)
- Lavender Baths
Address: Abp. Jakub Świnka 10, 99-210 Uniejów
Prices: from 560 PLN for a double room (breakfast included)
Our opinion about Zoo Safari Borysew
Boris Safari Zoo will definitely appeal to families with children, it is the only place in Poland where you can meet such rare species as white lions and tigers!
However, you should know that coming here is quite a cost and you should be prepared to spend extra on paid attractions (inflatables, water biking, cinema, train rides).
Nevertheless, a visit to the Zoo Safari Borysew is an idea for at least a few hours of time well spent outdoors.