So, do the kids want to go to a safari park? We feel sorry for your wing mirrors, but it’ll certainly be an experience! It’s the next best thing to flying over to Africa for a week of money-draining safari. A safari is a great way to financially support conservation and teach your kids about the wider world. And let’s face it; you need something to do with them during the school holidays.
West Midland Safari and Leisure Park
With four miles of animal-packed parkland, this is a great day out in Worcestershire. You’ll get to see the stunning White Lions and muse over the largest group of Cheetahs in the country. Once you’ve bought a ticket, you can drive around the animal circuit as many times as you like…as long as your car can withstand it.
Ditch the car to poke around Mark O’Shea’s Reptile World, Creepy Crawlies, Seaquarium, Twilight Cave, and Sea Lion Theatre. If you want, you can even feed the sheep and goats with special animal food. To finish the day off, you can have fun at the Theme Park, which includes some great rapids and rollercoasters.
Longleat Safari Park
The first safari park to open outside of Africa, Longleat has an extensive history of working with animals. If you really don’t want to risk your windscreen wipers, you can actually bypass the monkey area. Once you’ve enjoyed the many species of animals on offer, you can move over to Longleat House for a little history.
This stunning Elizabethan house is still home to the 7th Marquess of Bath and 900 acres of Capability Brown landscaped parkland. There are priceless antiques throughout the house and the ceilings are covered in ornate paintings. Literature lovers will adore the library, which contains the largest private collection of books in Europe.
Knowsley Safari Park
Knowsley Safari Park has more than 700 exotic animals, but should definitely go and see some baboons! Once you’re done getting up close to some of the most powerful creatures in the world, there are amusement rides, including Jungle Dodgems and Pirate Ships. Don’t miss the Birds of Prey Experience and the Bat Forest!
For the daring, there is the high ropes adventure course. Unlock your inner monkey and beat the tree-high obstacles. There are different levels, so the more vertigo-prone can choose something more suited to their ability.
The Sea Lion show is a wonderful opportunity to have a little rest and enjoy the amazing sea lion performers. They all have amazing talents, including catching rings and balancing balls on their noses. Find out what Knowsley Safari Park has been up to with their honey bee project!
If you have time, go visit the honey bee area to learn about these fascinating insects. Seeing as they are so crucial to growing crops and biodiversity, this is a really interesting part of the Safari Park to visit.
(post provided by Knowsley Safari Park)