With an area of 60ha., Norway's largest animal collection (more than 100) and various attractions such as Cardamom Town, pirate village Abra Havn, Captain Sabertooth and the Badelandet Aqua Park, it is not surprising that Dyreparken Kristiansand is Norway's most visited attraction. The park welcomes more than 1 million visitors every year! In addition to the zoo and the amusement park, you will find various restaurants, shops and accommodation options in the park.
Dyreparken Kristiansand houses more than 100 different animal species. Tropical animals like crocodiles, reptiles and various monkeys, African animals like lions, giraffes, zebras and cheetahs, Asian animals like gibbons, red pandas, orangutans and Siberian tigers, Nordic animals like moose, arctic foxes, lynxes and wolves and there is also a farm (KuToppen) with Norwegian farm animals. What is striking is that the animals have relatively large spaces to move around.
Cardamom Town is a theme park consisting of a picturesque town that has its origins in the children's story of Thorbjorn Egner. In the town you will find various shops, a bakery, a police station with prison, a weather forecast tower and a tram line with a singing driver. In the high season there are various theater performances.
Captain Sabertooth World is also a theme park. A pirate village theme, with various shops, restaurants and various attractions such as Captain Sabertooths Skattkammer, the Smokkariumet in the Captain Sabertooth castle, Grusomme Gabriel's gang, Spøkelseshuset (haunted house attraction) and the daily event Sjoslag pa Grashavet (fight between The Black Lady and the Countess)
The pirate village Abra Havn is a beautiful picturesque pirate village surrounded by high walls. Badelandet Aqua Park is a huge water park that is only open from mid-May to mid-September. Here you will find various swimming pools, a beautiful beach and countless slides. For the Aqua Park a separate ticket must be purchased.
Dyreparken is approx. 11 km. north east of Kristiansand along the E18, which runs from Kristiansand to Oslo. Kristiansand has an airport, a train station and a port, so whether you come by plane, train, boat or car ... the park is easily accessible. In the vicinity of Dyreparken Kristiansand there are some nice campsites:
1. Kristiansand Feriesenter in Kristiansand: www.mt-campingsnorway.com/campsites-in-kristiansand
2. Hamre Familiecamping in Hamresanden, Kristiansand: www.mt-campingsnorway.com/campsites-in-hamresanden-kristiansand
3. Skottevik Feriesenter in Hovag, Kristiansand: www.mt-campingsnorway.com/campsites-in-hovag-kristiansand