A visit to one of the nature parks in the local area in rural Nouvelle-Aquitaine is a brilliant day out for the family. Below are three that we would recommend:

Haute-Saintonge Safari Park – Guizengeard (2km)

Relay Buissonnet, 16480 Guizengeard  +33(0)5 45 98 99 31  www.safari-parc.fr

The safari park is very close to the gite and well worth a visit. The 650 hectare park has woods, meadows and ponds where you can see deer, big horn sheep and wild boar in their natural environment. The park is open daily from April until October for two hour tours that can be taken at dawn and dusk. Minimum age is 6 years old. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance. The prices are as follows:

Adults (Over 12 years) - €12.50

Children 6-12 years old - €7.50


Arbor Adventure Park - Saint-Aulaye (30km)

16480 Beach Saint-Aulaye  +33 (0)6 01 49 41 45  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  www.arbor-aventure.fr

The Arbor Adventure Nature Park at Saint-Aulaye has something for all of the family. They have a number of exciting ropes courses through the trees, ranging from an 80 metre long zip line, to an 8 metre high ropes course, to a 1 metre high course for small children. The park also offers canoeing/kayaking, climbing – tree climbing and small walls, Skywalker trampolines and archery. The park is open 10am until 7pm every day during July and August, and 2pm until 6pm at weekend in May, June and September.

The prices for entry (unlimited time) are as follows:

Adult (18 years and older) - €17

Children 11 years and older - €16

Children 7-10 years - €12

Children 3-6 years - €6


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Poltrot Adventure Park – Nabinaud (35km)

Poltrot 16390 Nabinaud +33 (0)7 85 39 52 39 or +33 (0)5 45 98 56 31 poltrot.wix.com/poltrot

An adventure Nature Park on the site of an old mill, which is perfect for a family day out. The park has a high ropes course for ages 7 years and older, canoeing/kayaking, a nature trail, a labyrinth, fishing (you must bring your own day fishing licence, which you can buy from tabacs) and lots of open areas for walking, picnicking and barbecuing. The park is open 2pm until 7pm every day except Mondays throughout July and August.

The prices for the high ropes course are as follows:

Adults (over 16 years) - €12

Children 9-16 years - €9

Children 7-8 years - €6


The prices for the labyrinth are as follows:

Adults (over 16 years) - €15

Children 9-16 years - €10

Children 7-8 years - €8