Pairi Daiza is a massive 65 hectare zoo and is located on the former site of the Cistercian Abbey of Cambron, featuring ancient trees and numerous historic buildings. It houses more than 4,000 animals from around the world. Pairi Daiza won the best zoo award at the 2018 Diamond Theme Park Awards, also known as the Oscars for theme parks and zoos in Benelux.
This place is definitely a must see in Belgium. It is the biggest and most beautiful zoo I have ever visited. It is almost like a theme park (the cost of the food & drinks inside are as expensive as those in Disneyland) and it every aspect is very beautifully designed.
The zoo is divided into 8 "worlds":
1.) La Porte du Ciel (The Door of Heaven) | This is the first world you will find upon entering the zoo. There is a a mini farm for children and adults alike where they can pet goats, donkeys, ponies, poultry, sheep, pot bellied pigs, rabbits, and more.
2.) La Lagune (The Lagoon) | Welcome to the Australian Outback! Here you can meet Tasmanian devils, koalas, and kangaroos.
3.) La Vallée de la Source (The Valley of the Source) | Here you can step on the train for a journey across the continents. You can board the Pinnawala (for €5 per person) at the Brasserie to take you on a trip through the continents. At the Brasserie, you can also enjoy Cambron abbey beer. It is produced in accordance to an ancient process by a master brewer, using the same basic ingredients and yeast as in the past, under the responsibility of the world renowned Hainaut brewery, Dubuisson.
4.) La Terre des Origines (The Land of Origins) | This is the land of the "Big Five" symbolic animals of Africa: the lion, elephant, rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, and leopard. Here giraffes, gorillas, antelopes, and cheetahs are in close contact with warthogs, hyenas, and many other animal species.
5.) La Porte des Profondeurs (The Door of the Depths) | Step inside The Nautilus, an aquarium based on the theme of Jules Verne's novel, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. It contains several marine species such as sharks, seahorses, barracuda, and jellyfish.
6.) Le Royaume de Ganesha (The Kingdom of Ganesha) | This is definitely one of the most impressive worlds in Pairi Daiza. It is a 4-hectare Indonesian garden (the biggest in Europe) and reproduces the plant life and feel of the Indonesian archipelago, particularly Bali. There are miniature replicas of the Borobudur and Prambanan temples. The elephants and orangutans are definitely the stars of this world.
7.) La Cité des Immortels (The City of Immortals) | Even more spectacular than the Kingdom of Ganesha is Pairi Daiza's wonderful world of China. The traditional Chinese garden is the largest ever built outside of China. Everything is authentic: the temples, pavilions, the paths of gemstones, the scholarly garden, the jade, the bronze... and the fascinating Giant pandas.
8.) La Terre du Froid (The Land of the Cold) | Mostly still under construction, this world will be 18 hectares. It is inspired by the flora & fauna of the great American plains, Siberia, Lapland, and Canada. It will be inhabited by wolves, bears, reindeer, and more.
- Buy tickets online, it is a few Euros cheaper
- Buy tickets 2 days in advance when the weather forecast is more reliable
- Get there at 10 am (when it opens), as it is a huuuuge park and you will need plenty of time to see all the attractions
- Wear your most comfy shoes
- Pack snacks & water. The food inside will cost you an arm and a leg.
- If you are going with a child, bring a stroller
- < 3 yo: free
- 3 to 11 yo: €29 (€27 on line)
- Above 11 yo: €34 (€32 on line)
On Fridays & Saturdays of July & August:
- 3 to 11 yo: €33 (€29 on line)
- Above 11 yo: €38 (€34 on line)
Pairi Daiza is open from April 6 until November 11, 2019 and from December 14 until January 05, 2020. Gates open at 10am. Closing times varies, but generally they close at 6pm on weekdays and 9pm on weekends.
Click here for more info on opening hours.
- By train | The zoo is located near the Cambron-Casteau train station. Follow the clearly marked pedestrian path to the park, which is only 10 minutes away. B The Belgian rail has special rates for the Pairi Daiza park, click here for more info.
- By car | The zoo is easily accessible by car. Parking at Pairi Daiza costs € 7 per vehicle.