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Safari Parks & Wildlife Parks

Safari Parks enable you to get up-close and personal with wild animals that are normally in cages or enclosures. Nothing is more exciting to young children than travelling through the Safari Park in your own car or ride in vehicles provided by the safari park. The main attractions are frequently large animals such as giraffes, lions, rhinoceros, elephants, zebras, and antelope that are left to roam free. Many safari parks include troops of monkeys that may bounce and jump onto the vehicles. Can you imagine how you and your family will react if a monkey jumps on the car?

North

Curraghs Wildlife Park - Douglas, Isle of Man
Harewood Bird Garden - Leeds, Yorkshire
Knowsley Safari Park - Merseyside
South Lakes Wild Animal Park - Dalton-in-Furness

Midlands

Cotswold Wildlife Park - Oxfordshire
West Midlands Safari Park - Bewdley
Africa Alive - Lowestoft
Paradise Wildlife Park - Broxbourne, Hertfordshire
Shepreth Wildlife Park - Shepreth Royston, Herts
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens - Great Yarmouth
Whipsnade Wild Animal Park - Bedfordshire
Woburn Safari Park - Milton Keynes, Bucks

Wales

Manor House Wildlife Park - Tenby, Dyfed
Welsh Hawking Centre - West Glam.




South

Birdworld - Farnham, Surrey
Wildwood (Brambles Wildlife Park) - Herne Common, Kent
Howletts Wild Animal Park - Canterbury, Kent
Port Lympne Wildlife Park - Hythe, Kent
Longleat Safari Park - Warminster, Wiltshire
Marwell Zoological Park - Winchester, Hampshire
Beale Park - Reading, Berkshire
Bristol Zoo Gardens - Bristol
Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park - Devon
Exmoor Zoological Park - Devon
Monkey Sanctuary - Looe, Cornwall

Scotland

Blair Drummond Safari Park - Stirling
Highland Wildlife Park - Kincraig
Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park - Kickcudbright

If you are worried about damage to your car then consider using transport laid on by the safari park. This will eliminate the risk to windscreen wipers and wing mirrors but the downside is that you have little control over the speed that you drive through the park.


Some Wildlife parks have areas where you can can walk amongst the less ferocious wild animals. Our family visited the South Lakes Wildlife park and enjoyed having close encounters with several different animals (see photos above). It is possible to organise gift certificate for birthdays and special treats. These can include VIP tours in Safari vehicles that travel to areas not normally available to the general public and often show behind the scenes activities. Imagine turning up at the safari park and then producing a gift certificate for a VIP tour?