Africanarium ZOO Wroclaw

Immerse yourself in the underwater world of Wroclaw Africanarium! This unique complex of 19 corridor-shaped aquaria and pools, having the capacity of 1,500,000 liters, was opened in Wroclaw as part of the largest and top-visited zoo of Poland. Devoted to the water flora and fauna of the Dark Continent, Wroclaw Africanarium flabbergasts with the natural diversity of species enjoying the vast spaces of African-like conditions meticulously transplanted there.

Tour Overview

Join thousands of daily visitors to the piece of Africa recreated in Wroclaw! Join a competent guide to meet 4,500 plant and over 300 exotic animal species of Africanarium eye to eye. During your 1,5 tour along the 2-kilometre long route leading through the breathtakingly transplanted 6 ecosystems of Africa, you will not only watch such well-known animals as the Nile crocodile, the hippopotamus or shark, but also learn of the existence of really rare creatures that originally inhabit sunburnt Africa.

The Africanarium of Wroclaw Zoo became an instant must-see of the city upon its opening in 2014. In order to experience an African adventure in the heart of Central Europe, you need to travel to Wroclaw – the capital of Lower Silesia, situated 270 kilometres north-west from Krakow. Africanarium occupies a pavilion built in the central part of Wroclaw Zoo – the most famous zoo of Poland, operating since 1865 and currently encompassing nearly 33 hectares of land. The zoo of Wroclaw was purportedly established in a real oasis of greenery at the bank of Oder river, less than 4 kilometres away from the Old Market Square. Having such notable attractions as the Centennial Hall or Japanese Garden in its vicinity, the zoo area has been the most popular recreational spot of Wroclaw residents for over a century.

The impressive venue of Africanarium has the length of 160 metres, 12 to 15 metres of height and additional 7,500 square metres of outdoor exhibitions adjoined to its three-storey structure. The originators of Wroclaw Africanarium provided its visitors with a really surprising design of the interior. As you enter, the Red Sea part of Africanarium will give you a chance to see the stunning environment of red coral reef enclosed within its artificially-salted pool. Observing hundreds of extraordinary organisms (such as beautiful crayfish) from behind tall glass panels  will be something provided throughout the whole length of your walking tour of Africanarium. The overground part of the basin will be where some desert tortoises or other curious species are available for watching. The installations covering the walls of this section alone are something to make you forget that you are still in Europe at all! After proceeding to the part related to Eastern Africa, there will be three beautiful pools left for you to see from behind the scenes. These are the separate basins devoted to the waters of Malawi, Lake Tanganyika and the river Nile. Surrounded by high walls of clay, the elevated parts will let you eyehunt for some hippos, antelopes or dassies lazying around on an extensive overground beach laid out all around it. As if you have not had enough sensations so far, the planners of Africanarium will further invite you to pass through the corridor-like glassed Mozambique tunnel where sharks will freely roam their waters just over your heads! The most extensive pool of Africanarium (Northern fur seal pool – 3,600 square metres) will also have an overground restaurant opened in a central part of it. Watching the feeding of jackass penguins or the seals of Namibia while having a meal yourself is a real pleasure to every visitor, now convinced how great care these animals are treated with by the zoo employees! Many visitors point at the Congo River Jungle part as one of the most exciting places of Africanarium. The crocodiles, manatees and otters, whose sight may be caught between the jungle and  brink of the pool, are particularly enjoyed by child visitors.

Ready to visit Wroclaw Africanarium – the most faithful representation of Africa to be found on any other continent? Contact us to have your trip to the most exciting part of Wroclaw Zoo arranged!

Tour Details

  • It is possible for you to visit Wroclaw Africanarium regardless of your place of stay in Poland - simply, inform us where you are, what the date of your intended visit is and we will do the rest!
  • The price includes: transport (pre-arranged hotel pick-up an drop-off), admission fee to Wroclaw Zoo and Africanarium, a guide for individual tourists / small groups of visitors.
  • Africanarium is open to the public 7 days a week, between 9 am (Mondays: 10 am) and 4 pm. The last group of visitors is admitted inside at 3 pm.
  • Please, do not open any drinks or packets with food inside Africanarium so that no parts of them may contaminate the pools.
  • The volumes of particular pools of Africanarium are as follows:
  1. The Red Sea pool - c. 900 m3
  2. Shark pool - 3,100 m3
  3. Hippo pool - c. 715 m3
  4. Manatee pool - c. 1250 m3
  5. Crocodile pool - 260 m3
  6. Northern fur seal pool - 3,600 m3
  7. Penguin pool - 2,460 m3

 

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