Calauit Safari Park is a game reserve and wildlife sanctuary located in Calauit island which is home to some African animals that survives until this day. Calauit Safari Tour is one of the tour we we’re really excited when we planned our Coron travel. But on our arrival at the hotel we were advised that the tour is not available the next day. The tour was closed to tourist due to the road is difficult on rainy days and we were so glad that we were accommodated for this tour, only that side trips have been removed.
Reef and Wrecks was part of the package we originally purchased which will be taken by boat but was replaced by Conception falls. Reef and Wrecks includes Pas Island, Coral Garden and Lusong Gunboat but due to the current is still not good by that time, coast guards did not allow this tour. Pick up time for this tour is 4:00 am because the trip will be around 3-4 hours to the safari. We were the first guests picked up from the hotel so it was a sharp 4:00 am then the van drives from one hotel to another for other guests. We were 12 on the tour, couples and one family with the baby. Everyone was silent along the way. I guess we were all sleepy for the early call time.
Calauit Safari Tour
We had our first stop over for our breakfast and we had a simple Filipino food (Danggit and Egg with Coffee). From here our land trip continued and we stopped at the boat’s port. It wasn’t obviously a docking area and we have to walked a little. At the end of the plastic pathway, a small boat was waiting. All 12 of us including our guide for the tour fitted into the small boat.
Arriving at Calauit Island
It was around 15 minute boat ride to reach the Calauit Island and we were the only group by that time. We registered, freshen up a little from the long trip and put on some insect repellent. There will be an overview of the Island and strict reminders of what you can and cannot do. This is very important to note for your own safety and the animals protection too.
It rained the night before that is why the road is muddy. Giraffe is the one I am really excited to see in person that from the start of the tour I was hoping to see one. It is a 3,700 hectare island which is too wide and animals are free to roam that sometimes you can’t see one. But we were so lucky that a few minutes walks we have spotted a giraffes beside the trees. It is noticeable that the trees are shaped like umbrellas which was due to Giraffes eat the leaves that they can reach which makes the lower part of the trees flat. Also to prevent any accidents that may occurs because of the unpredictable reactions of any animals to its environment, we were repeatedly reminded not to get too close to any animals unless they allow to do so.
Just beside the giraffe are the zeal of zebra. They are more aggressive and very observant to their surroundings. A noticeable defense position of the zebras is when they are standing back to back which confuses its predators. All of us followed the guide and took picture a little farther for our safety. Up to here we have walked from the entrance of the safari until a small jeepney arrived as our service for the rest of the tour.
Our next activity that we were thrilled about was the Giraffe feeding. We rode in the small jeepney to the feeding area and lead by our guide to get inside the fence. Another calauit safari caretaker brought branches with leaves inside the fence, this is the giraffes food. Just a few moments some of the giraffes are already walking in the most graceful way you can imagine towards us. They look so elegant when they walk with their long legs and neck. So charming and fascinating with their long lashes and lined eyes. I can also feel the excitement from all of us and a little nervous maybe but no one was discouraged to try to be up close with this gentle giant.
When everyone agrees that we are satisfied with our experience on the feeding the Giraffes, we rode the jeepney again and went to the fresh water crocodiles. The crocodiles are just a foot or two long and we were encourage to hold with our guides assistance. We walked a little from the crocodile area and spotted an endangered specie which is the Calamian deer. This deer is endangered because it can only be found here in Calamian islands, Palawan.
Other animals you can see on the safari are turtles, eagle, porcupines, python, wild boars, and monkeys.
When we were all satisfied with the tour, we head back to the docks to leave Calamian island. Our next stop over is our lunch area which is the same eatery where we had our breakfast.
Conception falls can also be reached by a tricycle ride from the town which cost Php 300.00 ($6.52). Walking down the steps from the parking area, it will not take long to reach the waterfall. Upon approaching the falls we can hear the bursting water and the sound of water flowing. It was a majestic view of the falls itself.
But we were disappointed that just below the flowing water surrounds a lot of garbages. Local authorities should be more strict to protect this site and tourist to be more responsible of our own trash. It will be very depressing to lose this beautiful natural site. For those who wanted to swim, there is a small changing room here where you can change to your swim wear. We just dip into the water a little and felt it was cold but we did not swim. We only took pictures of the magnificent view of the water falls and head back to the van.
We have finished the tour early today and we were back at the hotel at around 2:00 pm. No complains and no regrets for taking this tour. Even though Reef and Wrecks was cancelled from this tour with no refund, this is just one thing you should consider when planning your travels on a low season. For us, to closely see a piece of African safari in Coron was already a great experience for this day. This is one of the tour we recommend for a family getaway.
Check out our Ultimate Travel Guide to Coron for tips, recommendations, other tours and activities we had. Let’s keep on wandering around and never stop learning and discovering.
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