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Friday, November 23, 2012 | This article is listed in the sections Holiday Parks and Magazine.

Spending holiday like Tarzan & Jane would do


A jungle is generally known for lush vegetation, exotic animals, a cosy bed, a toucan keeping humans a little company ... Hold on! A cosy bed? In the jungle? Yes, that really does exist. Where? At Center Parcs Het Heijderbos close to the German-Dutch boarder.

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Jungle Dome: Jean-Henkens (r.) in his element
Center Parcs usually stands for comfortably equipped holiday cottages surrounded by greenery, and offers a wide range of sports and entertainment activities, restaurants, shops and a central bathing paradise where guests can take a deep breath and relax. Some of these parks provide special features that exceed their own high standards. Jungle Dome, home of exotic animals and plants, does this job for Center Parcs Het Heijderbos for a couple of years now. The team of biologist and landscape architect Jean Henkens created a tropical paradise which outshines one or another zoo. When the personable Belgian narrates about his excursions to the forests of Sumatra, one can already tell that this guy loves his jobs and, above all, the Jungle Dome. With sparkling eyes he talks about how he keeps trying to create an image of the threatened fauna and flora. Here at Heijderbos he virtually delivered his masterpiece. Being a guest of original inhabitants not only thought him to appreciate their lives and treatment of nature, but also to respect the world we live in.

Impressions of the Jungle Dome
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  • Im Jungle Dome<br />
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  • Im Jungle Dome<br />
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  • Im Jungle Dome<br />

Outta civilisation – into the jungle!

The youngest guests in particular should have as much fun as possible at the indoor tropical Jungle Dome – learning is also the order of the day. To this end, it is furnished with a giant adventure playground containing climbing facilities, a rope course and much more, hands-on and experimental stations where one can learn, for example, how much force a tree must apply to make sure that water is supplied to the highest leaf at its top. All beneath this stunning glass dome roughly 15 metres in height. Irrespective of inside or outside, curious adventurers may feel free to touch and play as long as they don't break something deliberately. With a bit of luck, the cheeky but also trustful toucan – the ultimate children's star – pops in. Moreover, guests can watch bats and flying foxes in the evening hours. Particularly those dying to experience a jungle at night are very well advised to enter the new facility Jungle Lodge.

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Comfortable overnight stay in the jungle
These 18 "Cabanas” are located around Jungle Dome and provide space for one double bed, one or two chairs and a mini-porch. That's about it. Unlike "normal” accommodations, Center Parcs Het Heijderbos intentionally dispenses with consumer electronics such as TV or Radio, giving its guests the unique opportunity to experience the night-time jungle down to the ground. That also implies the renunciation of a luxurious bathroom (of course there are sanitary facilities situated in the central entrance area). In other words: Guests wishing to book one overnight stay do so knowingly. Upon booking each will get a survival package containing, among other items, a dynamo-powered torch and chocolate (just in case). The ranger, with whom guests can craft drinking vessels of bamboo or lucky charms, is always pleased to show costumers around. Before enjoying a cosy stay in bed listening to Sumatra's background sound, an adventurous barbecue evening is planned. In any case, guests have quite something to tell when they return home, and not only Jean Henkens hopes that they additionally gained more knowledge about sharing responsibility for our planet. With this in mind, thumps up Center Parcs Het Heijderbos.

More on Jean Henkens' work: www.jeanhenkens.com

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