One of my favourite things to do as a family is to take day trips to places that provide an endless amount of entertainment, fun and adventure that will thrill the kids and especially teach them more about the animals they love, but don’t get the opportunity to see in person every day.
We have been to African Lion Safari before and I have to say, it’s one of our favourite places to go! The kids couldn’t wait to go back this year and as soon as school was done for the summer, it was their first request to return there. We absolutely love all of the beautiful animals that we can see (and even sometimes touch!), the amazing splash pad that is fun for the whole family and cools us down on a hot day, the fabulous shows that are put on that feature different animals, and the adventure of the boat ride, train ride and play areas.
African Lion Safari is a drive through wildlife park dedicated to the conservation of declining wildlife species.
Whether you choose to enjoy the safari adventure in the comfort of your own vehicle, or on the tour bus with other excited safari goers, the drive through the game reserve is quite a sight! Everything you would love to see on a safari is surrounding you as you slowly cruise through and take pictures. I love that the animals are seemingly out in the open and have lots of area to roam around. It’s obvious that the animals are well taken care of, and there’s so many that are dwindling in the wild that it’s reassuring to know they are in a safe place to help increase their numbers.
The kids loved seeing the baboons jump and hitch a ride on the vehicles around us. It was so funny to see, and it was so adorable seeing a baboon family with little babies! We took the tour bus, which has large windows that allowed us to snap pictures and have a clear view of everything happening. The rhinos are fascinating, and the tour bus driver was so informative on all the animals. We learned SO much during the tour!
What was exciting this year, was seeing the new baby giraffe that was born at the safari not too long ago on December 31, 2013. This is the first giraffe, named “Safari”, to be born by artificial insemination in Canada and only the 2nd one to be born this way in the WORLD! She’s beautiful!
One of my favourite parts of the safari is always the elephants. We made sure to catch the Elephant Round Up Show which was hilarious and so adorable. “Chuck”, the youngest Asian elephant in the round up crew, was by far our favourite with his silly antics. They do such a great job with the shows and engaging the audience. We did something extra special this year though…the elephant ride!! The kids and I were so excited and could barely wait to ride an elephant ourselves. It was a memorable experience and one that I recommend everyone try. Amazing! The kids still talk about it and it was our favourite part of the day. How often do you get to RIDE an elephant?!
We enjoyed lunch at Mombasa Market Restaurant which has lots of food options. We had a great pizza lunch and the kid’s meals came with cute African Lion Safari souvenir lunch boxes that had animal cookies inside. I love that you can eat indoors or outdoors, and that they have a place where you can enjoy your own food as well if you choose. There’s a picnic area that allows you to bring your own food and even BBQ.
The Nature Boy scenic railway tour and African Queen Boat Cruise offer another chance to experience even more animals and a view of the safari from another perspective. It was so nice and relaxing, and a great way to enhance the experience for the kids. We had fun going through the Pet’s Corner, which had some cute animals waiting for some attention. This is your chance to feed and pet some of the animals! After we finished our tours, we headed over to the Jungle Playground, which the kids always love, and finally made our way to the splash pad.
African Lion Safari has one of the best splash pads we have ever been to. Misumu Bay Wet Play is SO much fun for all ages, but especially for kids 12 and under. With slides, sprinklers, interactive play, stream jets, tumble buckets and so much more, the kids could stay there all day if we let them. It was a great way to end our day.
We can’t wait to go back again, as it has become a family favourite each year. Seeing these wild animals up close is such a remarkable experience, but it’s even more remarkable knowing that African Lion Safari is home to these 1000 exotic birds and animals comprised of 100 different species because they want to help provide an environment for self-sustaining populations of declining wildlife species.
Thank you to African Lion Safari for a wonderful time!
wOpen daily from Saturday May 3 – October 13th. Located on Highway #8 between Hamilton & Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.
Disclosure: I received admission for purpose of review. However, all views and opinions are honest, genuine and from my own personal experience.
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Admission includes 2 adult passes and 2 children passes.
Approximate value of $100. Passes to be used before October 13th (safari year end close date).
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