Sigean wildlife reserve
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Sigean wildlife reserve

Where is the Sigean African Reserve located?

Only 15 minutes from the campsite, the African Reserve of Sigean is a unique place in the south of France that you should not miss during your stay at La Palme. Situated on the edge of the Bages-Sigean ponds, the site's mission is to conserve mainly African animal species and to preserve the natural environment in which this wildlife lives. In all, more than 3800 animals live in the immense 300-hectare reserve, which looks like an African plain.

Open every day all year round, the Sigean African Reserve is open from 8.30am to 7.30pm in summer. The zoo is composed of a large animal park to visit on foot, including enclosures and vivariums, but also of 8 large parks to visit by car in the manner of a safari. The species live in these large spaces in semi-liberty: in bush or savannah landscapes, you can observe Tibetan bears, rhinoceroses, emus, zebras, monkeys, elephants, reptiles or giraffes evolving in a preserved natural environment and, with a little luck, you can even witness births.

A family walk close to the animals

 Chimpanzees, lions, meerkats, warthogs, dromedaries, zebras and giraffes live in the Sigean African Reserve alongside many other species. Wild animals to observe during a 7.5 km walk or drive through 8 different parks. The Reserve offers you a unique adventure, to be experienced over a whole day to fully enjoy it. VIP tours are also available, with a guide for the car tour or the entire park.

You will board the reserve's mini-bus and benefit from the expert explanations of your guide who is in direct contact with the caretakers. Definitely in the top 10 of things to do in the Aude! For lunch, you can have a picnic on the picnic areas near the animals or enjoy the food in the restaurant-cafeteria. There are also snack points throughout the park. In the heart of the pedestrian park, a pond is home to over a thousand birds that are fascinating to watch: ibises, pelicans, flamingos, among many other local and exotic species.