On safari with kids around Vättern

A common request of the families is of course a visit to the zoo. As a parent, it happens that one sighs a little when it comes to speech. It takes at least a full day, it is expensive, you should have lunch with them or eating substandard junk food after having queued for half an hour and the children's blood sugar drops never as fast as in that queue… But there are alternatives! Plenty, also.

Around Lake Vättern have a look at all the animals that can betittas and / or stroked in the spreading area. We start off Hjo, where Simon Althaus and his partner Jennie Johansson runs Bison Farm in Gate. Here you can go with out of the pastures, and see real live bison, just like they look in the Lucky Luke, solid pälsigare. And, you need of course not go out in the pasture on their own, but Simon runs out with the tractor and a trailer with benches. It is almost fully in the wagon when we bump off the hills. In the distance you can see large, brown heaps lying on the ground. When the tractor is approaching they rise up curiously. Simon, of course, with the goodies out, they know it. The tractor stops. We sit very still and watch the huge animals. A bison can weigh up to a ton. The height of the farm's largest ox, Teddy bear, almost 2 meter. The cows are a little less… In the pastures of the gate time between 100 and 140 bisondjur, divided into several flocks. Born every year 30-40 calves, and some of them we see from the cart. A suckling and stay close to their mother.

Occasionally curious
The idea of ​​the safari is that the animals get close to the cart so you get to see them properly, but right now they seem to be moderately curious about us visitors. Simon takes out a long branch with green leaves and tries to lure them closer. That does not. We go further down a hill and up another. There is another group of animals. Maybe they can think of to get close enough? Oh yes, they are attracted by the green branch jutting out between the slats in the sides of the trolley. 7-year-old gets a little scared when the big animal protruding muzzle and tugging at branches. Even so, he looks carefully at the animal. It has large chunks of the old coat hanging from the side of the chest. The shed is still his winter coat, everything has not fallen off yet.

Simon Althaus says that all animals are personalities. Some of them are more interested in people than others, some keeps preferably spaced. So this is the American bison, that never existed in the wild in Sweden. It has, however, the European bison, known as bison. It is a much smaller animal that is now in several central European countries are trying to return to the wild. There are discussions about it here in Sweden, but so far they are seen only in zoos and captivity. Safari tour is exciting in many ways. Partly because we get to see rare animals up close, partly because we get to go for a tractor. Sometimes no pretensions greater! On the bison farm, you can also try the bison tastes: there is a saloon that serves bison burgers and other tasty and a small shop, where you can buy with it a piece of bison meat home.

Wild West
Wild West theme continues a little longer than the animals. You can also stay in the "teepee" of Bison Farm in Gate. The tents are furnished with throw rugs and inflatable beds. It is also possible to make fire in the tent, smoke rises straight up and out through the tent opening at the top. Just as you have seen in westerns.

Around Lake Vättern are many opportunities to see the animals. A place with a similar concept as the Bison Farm in Gate is Tumbäcks farm near Habo. The Habo Camping can be there to follow with a similar vehicle to see the moose. This requires silence and a certain patience, but Rob Lenting at Habo Camping asserts that he has always seen moose safaris, and he believes he has been in all the past years.

On Visingsö is an alpaca farm visit. - It is hard to miss, says Jan-Erik and Karin Eskilsby owning animals. People cross rivets by bike or car and shout "look a lamaaa!!"Alpaca is, liksom page, a camel animals usually found in South America but thrives here. In Sweden, however, the alpaca most coherent for its fine wool, and even the family Eskilsby Visingsö's wool. On the farm you can participate in an alpaca safari where you get information about the animals, and get to feed them. One can also go for trekking with an alpaca for company, or just hanging at the fence and watch. - Actually, they are very cautious animals, but our very safe and some of them can pat, assures Karin Eskilsby.

If the moose, alpacas and bison feels a little too big, you are welcome to watch and even pet such as goats and rabbits at several places, among others in Jönköping City Park, where it has a mini zoo with child-friendly animal smaller size. Even in Askersund is a similar plant adjacent to Askersunds Hembygdsgård.

hens Release
Even less, but not quite so pat friendly, the hens in Happy Loose äggbod outside Skänninge. Each morning let Eva Danielsson their 13500 poultry. Every morning, they will be just as glad to get out and run and flapping against the "forest", the birch grove which lies between the road 206 and hens stables. It is a demand-poultry farm for some years and who passes by can see the chickens trippa, BOB and pecking in the grass. One and another sits perched in the birch trees. You are also welcome to stay and watch the hens or buy eggs in äggboden next.