A day of two halves: a safari drive coupled with a zoo like experience. My 4 and 5 year old were ecstatic and bouncing off the walls when we told them we were going on safari, and they weren’t disappointed! Pulling in to the park we were greeted by a queue walker that engaged the kids with jokes and talked to them about the animals they were about to see.
It wasn’t long before our car was at the front of the queue, where we were advised about how long it would take to get complete the Safari. It takes about 2 ½ hours to complete the circuit, without getting out the car so be ready with the portable potty and snacks and drinks.
Through a series of safety gates the up-close and personal experience with the animals is incredible. Elephants just a few meters from the cars, tigers hanging out at pride rock and camels that were standing in the middle of the track refusing to move. Not forgetting the rhinos which are under strict control by the rangers!
With your feet on the ground you have the afternoon to explore the park. Penguins chilling out, sea lions taking a splash and lemurs having a snooze in the sun in the trees above. However, one of the biggest surprises was the dinosaur exhibit! I would say it’s one of the best installations we have seen in the UK (and I’ve seen a lot of dinosaurs). With life size dinos and habitats it’s easy to lose yourself in the land before time.
The park also has rides which can be included in the ticket price as an optional extra. With lots of rides for all ages, and with the wrist band system you can ride all day if that’s what takes your fancy.
There are lots of places to eat out with reasonably priced options for kids and adults alike, and lots of room. There are also lots of ice creams and drinks kiosks for treats.
West Midland Safari Park really is a fabulous, up close to nature and I would go again and again!