I was sitting down after we arrived back from West Midlands Safari Park last weekend, and I couldn’t work out how many times we had been there, but I’m guessing this was about the fifth time, which will then tell you that as a family it’s our favourite day out and that’s a fact without a doubt, and it gets better with every visit.
There is something very special about a visit to West Midlands Safari Park and I’m pretty sure that I’m now on first name terms with the lions. Well, not quite but I guess you know what I mean haha! However those giraffes always come over to say hello! Of course that has nothing to do with the food we have for them haha!
West Midlands Safari Park is about a 90 minute drive from our home in Cardiff. We always aim to arrive about 20 to 30 minutes before the barrier goes up for the drive through safari. Our reasoning behind this is due to the traffic flow. If you get there just before opening it’s quicker to get through the drive through safari and it means we get to spend the whole afternoon at the theme park which my twin girls absolutely love. If you get there after 10am, you’ll find there are more cars in the drive through which can mean it takes a little longer to get around.
We started our drive through the safari and instantly came across some zebras and deer. Moving through the first gates we saw some dholes, and they were definitely more lively than normal. They were running around chasing each other. The girls loved watching them play.
We then moved onto the Rhino’s enclosure which I have to say is one of my favourites! They are awesome creatures. They’re so powerful and majestic. It was very funny watching one trying to nudge the other who was sleeping as if he wanted to play.
Now on to the big cat enclosures. First up is the tigers who were taking it very easily. They were happily sleeping in the long grass and then the lions were sitting on their big rock watching the world go by without a care in the world. Next up was the white lions and there was a male just sitting there looking over his family looking incredibly proud of all of them.
We moved on and saw some more tigers including a Bengal tiger and then came past some camels who quite often just stop in the middle of road and don’t move at all! We drove past the family of elephants and onto my wife’s favourite part of the Safari, the giraffes. I’m sure this is only reason she comes, so that she can feed the giraffes and our twin girls love to feed them as well. They are so gentle the way they take the food out of your hand although you’re hand is always left very wet!
The safari is always interesting and I love that we get to see wild animals in vast enclosures which gives you a sense of what it would be like to see them in the wild. Every time we go through the safari it’s always different and there is always something new to see.
We stopped in the car park and had a little bit of lunch before we headed off to the theme park for an afternoon of rides and lots of fun. The theme park is brilliant because there are rides for all ages of children, and as the girls grow up we are beginning to go on bigger rides every time we visit. This year was no different as we went on the pirate ship, a rollercoaster and jumbo the elephant ride to name a few. There are also two water rides. A log flume and a water raft ride, but we decided to leave these to the end of our trip.
As you enter the theme park there are penguins. They are always amazing to watch especially under water. Moving along you come across the Ice Age exhibit and the dinosaur exhibit. These are not only fun but very educational to learn all about those times in the earths history.
We made our way down to the rides area and spent about 2 hours going on different rides and then headed towards the end where the meerkats are. I could watch them for hours. They are absolutely fascinating and I caught this awesome photo one on top of a tree.
Our twin girls always love going into the Boj park and run around like maniacs! Of course once they’re in there it is very hard work to get them back out again, but we had a plan this time! The water rides would tempt them out.
As I said the girls are now able to go on bigger rides and the first water ride was Zambezi Watersplash. It was fantastic and the girls loved it. As you can see by the photo we just had to buy as a memory, although I think three of us have our eyes closed! Then onto the water raft ride which was rapids all the way and yes, by the time we got off we were all pretty wet, but who cares! We were loving our day at West Midlands Safari Park.
Our day was nearly at an end, but on the way out we went into see the LoriKeets. You can buy some nectar and they will land on your hands to to eat it and as you can see I became the Birdman of Cardiff with three of them on me! It was a very strange experience to say the least, but lots of fun.
So that was it. Another day trip to West Midlands Safari Park was over. It is without doubt our favourite day trip anywhere. You get to see lots of wild animals roaming around and then have fun in the theme park. It’s brilliantly organised and the rangers cannot do enough to help. I would highly recommend West Midlands Safari Park for families with children of all ages. It’s the perfect way to spend the day. Check our my IGTV below.
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This post is in collaboration with West Midlands Safari Park and we were gifted tickets to the safari and the theme park. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.