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Indonesia’s Taman Safari

If you are ever in Indonesia near Jakarta I recommend visiting the Taman Safari.  You’ll drive through big cat enclosures.  It’s pretty amazing.

My husband worked in Indonesia the first 10 years of our marriage, he rotated working 28 days on and 28 days off, but he had to travel on his days off.  In the years he worked there, I went and visited Indonesia three times.  The first time I went I was seven months pregnant with daughter #3 and took daughter #2 with me, she was 11 months old at the time.  Our oldest stayed in California with my mom.

On my second trip to Indonesia, I flew to Jakarta with all four of our kids.  We used my husband’s frequent flyer miles, so we basically flew for free.  The trip was a blast, we stayed three days in Singapore before heading over to Jakarta.  While in Indonesia, we visited the Taman Safari.  The safari is a drive-through, you stay in your own car and drive through all the exhibits.  At the end of the drive, you have the chance to interact with animals.

Taman Safari Indonesia

These pictures are from my second trip to Indonesia when I took all four kids with me.

Taman Safari Indonesia Tiger Cub

My son with a real tiger cub.

Rodney Taman Safari

Taman Safari Indonesia Leopard

Daughter #3 with a leopard.

Kristi with a Leopard

Taman Safari Indonesia Elephant

Daughter #2 with an elephant.

Ashley with an Elephant

Taman Safari Indonesia Oranguatan

Daughter #1 with a baby orangutan.

Alyssa with an Orangutan


Taman Safari Indonesia Video

My husband had a short-term consulting job in Jakarta in 2012.  He was staying in a really nice hotel apartment so I went over and stayed with him.  We got the chance to go to the Taman Safari again.

Taman Safari Indonesia Lions

My husband and I sound like total dorks in these videos.

Taman Safari Indonesia Hippo

This hippo was hanging out in the road begging for carrots.

Hippo Taman Safari Indonesia

Hippo Taman Safari

I’m not sure what this guy is.

Cow Like Creature Taman Safari

Animal Taman Safari

What is This? Taman Safari

Baby Elephant Taman Safari Indonesia

Below looks like a display but these animals were real.  I’m not sure what they are called.
Taman Safari Indonesia

Taman Safari Indonesia Bears

Bears Taman Safari Indonesia

Wildebeast Taman Safari Indonesia


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Mary Burris

Tuesday 12th of April 2016

Such Beautiful creatures! And a lifetime of memories. It's neat that you got to experience this.


Tuesday 12th of April 2016

I agree Mary! We were very fortunate to get the opportunity to have this adventure.


Tuesday 12th of April 2016

This is a great one Shelly.I love the photos,they fed my eyes to an adventure. i felt like I was there.


Tuesday 12th of April 2016

Thank you Aisha! If you ever find yourself in Indonesia, it's worth the drive to the Taman Safari. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

Abby Clabough

Monday 11th of April 2016

It's tough having someone you love so far away, but the perk of visiting someplace you'd have never gone otherwise is pretty cool. My son has lived in Vietnam for over 6 years, and I visited for almost a month. It was awesome.



Monday 11th of April 2016

Oh wow Vietnam? How awesome that you got to go visit him for a whole month! Thanks for visiting and commenting Abby!

Ellen Pilch

Monday 11th of April 2016

Excellent photos. Such a great education for your kids to travel and learn about the wildlife.


Monday 11th of April 2016

Thanks Ellen! We had so much fun on this trip. I hope to go again some day.

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