Lonely Planet review
The former Kristiansand zoo, off the E18 10km east of Kristiansand, has gradually expanded into what is probably the favourite holiday destination for children in Norway. The prices given here are for the high season, and including all activities.
Essentially the Dyrepark is several parks rolled into one. There's a funfair portion that includes rides such as the pirate ship cruise, Captain Sabretooth's Treasure Trove and enchanted houses. Cardamom Town (Kardamomme By), named for a key ingredient in Scandinavian waffles, is a fantasy village based on the children's stories of Thorbjørn Egner. The town has been carefully laid out exactly as it appeared in the illustrated book. There's also a water park (bring your swimming things) with heated pools and water slides. The biggest attraction though is the zoo , which offers a large variety of species, including red pandas, a crocodile house, lions and tigers and an African savannah filled with giraffe, zebra and others.
The real highlight of the zoo is the Northern Wilderness (Nordisk Vilmark), where visitors are transported over the habitat of moose, wolves, lynx and wolverines on elevated boardwalks.