A well laid out Zoo and worth the effort to get there
This visit included a person who uses: Wheelchair
Before going to Cyprus, friends warned us that the Zoo would be too hilly to get the wheelchair about. Nonsense. Although there are a few hills within the zoo, they were not bad at all. We got the public service bus from the bus station at Paphos Harbour upto Coral Bay and then the zoos shuttle bus. I managed this as I could transfer from my wheelchair, which was stowed in the back of the bus. Tickets bought and armed with a map, off we went to explore the zoo. As mentioned, we found the gradients quitter manageable and that the different animal enclosures within easy distance from each other meaning we had viewing stops as we went. We took in the bird show which appeared to be the same as ones we have seen in other countries, including the UK. Indeed, the two people doing the show were British. It was a pity that some of the audience did not adhere to the request to remain seated but no fault of those doing the show. We enjoyed seeing most of the animals, We especially enjoyed watching the rapport the ‘keeper’ had with the elephant whilst hosing it down. We noticed a few bits where one paid an extra 10 euros, such as feeding giraffes. We were slightly surprised to see small children doing this whilst the ‘zoo person’ sat and reads a book. Although we are not really ‘Zoo people’ we did enjoy the numerous animals on display and appreciate the layout of the zoo. Other ‘non animal attractions included Cactus Gardens, a Keepers House, Natural History museum, Art Museum, Traditional Cypriots house. Lots of attractions to spend a couple of hours at least. All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Paphos Zoo and shall do so again should we get back to Cyprus.
Transport & Parking
There appeared to be a number of disabled parking bays. The Zoo 'Bus' dropped us off right at the entrance
We found all paths to be wide and smooth. There were a number of gradients but my wife pushed my chair up these with relative easy, only adoption the 'zig zag' approach once
Sorry, I did not use the loo but we did see one with a wheelchair symbol on it.. Entrance was certainly on the level.
Other than at the Parrot show and cafe, we did not really have any interaction with the staff. Also at thge ticket office. There are no concessions for carers here
Anything else you wish to tell us?
Before we went to Cyprus, we were warned that it would be too hilly. Nonsense. Compared with Rancho Texas in Lanzarote, this place was flat! We really enjoyed the layout. The Parrot show was a bit much but that was down to a party of school childfren and their teachers ignoring them If you are using public transport and the Zoo mini bus, as long as you can get from your wheelchair into the minibus, it is quite 'doable'.
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