Reed Travel Features
MAUNALOA, Hawaii -- Molokai Ranch closed its wildlife safari
park, which served as one of Molokai's major attractions for the
past 20 years. A spokesman said that the safari park did not fit
"into the ranch's overall plans" and that it "was not appropriate
to Molokai's heritage or culture."
The 800-acre park, called the Molokai Ranch Wildlife
Conservation Park in recent years, contained 100 African and Asian
animals, including giraffe, zebra, barbary sheep, eland and oryx. A
two-hour van tour was held three times a day, five days a week. The
ranch will continue to care for the animals but has yet to decide
on their future.
Brierley Investments Ltd., a New Zealand-based, publicly held
international corporation, inherited the safari park when it
acquired the ranch in 1991. Some years ago, it reduced the size of
the safari park and the number of animals, which originally totaled
approximately 350. Safari park tours remained open to the public
when the ranch diversified into ecotourism with the opening of its
Great Molokai Ranch Trail last year.
The commissionable adventure vacation product includes
campground accommodations in luxury tents it calls "tentalows" and
three meals a day. The product also includes one activity a day,
with the choice ranging from kayaking, sailing excursions and beach
activities to horseback trail riding, hikes, mountain biking and
Hawaiian cultural activities.
The safari park was one of the options for guests as well as the
The ranch opened its first campground, Paniolo Camp, near its
Maunaloa headquarters, with 40 one- and two-tent units, last
November. Its second, Kolo Camp, with 20 single-tent units, opened
on the south shore on Sept. 1.
Rack rates, which are per person, double occupancy, are $185 at
Paniolo and $215 at Kolo.
For further information or to make reservations, agents can call
the ranch at (800) 254-8871.