Hong Kong is not the first place many people turn to when they think of safaris. Hong Kong is skyscrapers and busy streets. It’s not somewhere to spot wildlife. But there is some life beyond the concrete and neon in Hong Kong, with unusual animals and birds to see in around the city as only 25% of Hong Kong’s land is urban. So a Hong Kong safari could be more worthwhile than you think.
Much of the area around Hong Kong is made up of protected parkland. While its huge urban population means that not many of the creatures that live in it could really be described as wild, there is plenty of animal life to be found around the city.
There are monkeys in many areas, especially where there is food, such as in Shing Mun Country Park. They can be cheeky, bordering on aggressive, when it comes to grabbing food – so beware. The wilder and less visited areas of Hong Kong are the best place to see wildlife in its natural habitat. Head to the Hong Kong Wetland Park. There, you’ll find a diverse wetland ecosystem, with a wide range of birds, mammals and reptiles. The Mai Po Nature Reserve is another wetland area, with hundreds of bird species living in its mud flats and marshes. Then there is the Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park, where you’ll find protected coral reefs and snorkel gear for hire.
You can see a surprisingly diverse range of wildlife on a Hong Kong safari. The subtropical climate and protected parkland areas mean that many species can thrive just a short distance from one of the world’s most densely populated cities. Why not see it for yourself?