After a brief tender ride to Belize City, you'll board a motor launch for a guided tour of the Old Belize River. On this scenic waterway, look out for crocodiles, howler monkeys, iguanas and other wildlife. Some 20 miles upstream, you'll disembark at The Olde River Tavern for a tasty Belizean lunch and refreshments. From here you'll then travel by road to Belize's famous wildlife habitat, the Belize Zoo. This facility is home to the endemic species of the region that are cared for in their natural environment behind protective fencing. Note: Animals in the zoo are not in cages but protected by fences. The zoo is not recommended for wheelchairs, walkers or canes, as it has loose gravel paths. Boats are exposed to the elements.
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3 of 3(100%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
My husband and I very much enjoyed this trip; we are in our 60s, and wildlife enthusiasts so this was right up our alley. The zoo is as described by others,but we found it very interesting. However, it is NOT a place I would bring small children, they would be bored listening to the guide's description of the animals (we found it fascinating). I certainly enjoyed the lunch of rice and beans and chicken and found it perfectly adequate, but we are modest eaters, if you are the sort of person who needs to pile their plate up high, then by all means take snacks with you. The reason I say "not for the elderly" is because the last part of the boat ride goes VERY fast, over the estuary, and there were no cushions on the seats so you get a bumpy ride. This is not good for someone with back problems. I would recommend that you do as I did, sit on top of the life vest (this is found on the back of the seat in front of you). On the river, we much enjoyed seeing bats, iguanas, spider monkeys, egrets, crocodiles, and other birds. Also, at the place where you stop for lunch, there are stalls with items for sale, some of which are quite nice. (Feb-Mar, 2012)
Do not expect a zoo as we know it. It is a reserve for the orphaned and. rehabilitated. Only a handful of animals, some of which we could not see in their spaces. The river ride was fine, we did see a crocodile, howler monkeys and iguanas but the trip was very fast not leisurely.
Bring your own food. The tavern is fun to try local food, but I was glad we packed a lunch. Your regular camera will probably be fine with a little protection, no need for full time water cover. If you are very adventurous, you can feed a jaguar at the zoo. You might want to think about how to do that without exposing your fingers thru the cage. I watched. Bring sunscreen and bug repellant.