It’s been many years since I set eyes on a Lions tonsils or the “presents” that the monkeys left on our car hood, however, I remember our visit and their catchy jingle like it was only yesterday.
Even after all those years, it was a favourite attraction of mine and now The Kids love it too. I’m referring to…
Canada’s Original Safari Adventure: African Lion Safari!
Located in Cambridge, Ontario, African Lion Safari covers 620 acres and highlights 1,000 animals, representing over 100 species of mammals and birds. Seeing as we were vacationing at The Farm near Blue Mountain, it was a less than two hour drive and well worth the trip!
Opened in 1969, the park has worked toward the conservation and preservation of many endangered and threatened species. In 2001, they welcomed their first cheetah cub and by 2011, they had welcomed their 40th.
First on our itinerary was the Bus Tour. The park appeared to be very large and the animals were active and alert. We got to watch the Lions/Lionesses playing and everyone definitely acted like they owned the park walking right out in the middle of the road with not even looking!
Something that I learned was that many of the animals go inside to sleep at night. Since so many of them are nocturnal, they don’t want them getting out while no one is watching. Speaking of which, ranger trucks (painted to look like Zebras!) were everywhere.
The Kids enjoyed their birds eye view and we got to learn the names, sexes and history of almost every animal. Andrea, our tour guide was even able to spot some off in the brush that others were just passing by. While we didn’t have a chance to tune into their dedicated radio channel (neat!), there’s no way that they could have provided us with the same detailed information. If my pass had enabled me to and I’d had the time, I would have done it a second time. Even though it was an additional $4.95 on top of the general admission price, it was worth every single penny!
The park has a definite family feel to it with picnic tables that you could sit and eat your own lunch or purchase a variety of fast foods (with wrap and salad options) at the Mombasa Market restaurant. We were fortunate enough to enjoy a pizza meal and for $35, there was enough food to feed three adults, two kids and take a slice of pizza with us to go. The Kids loved the fact that they got lunch boxes with a special treat inside (animal cookies) to take with them.
The Kids enjoyed watching the elephants swim, the train ride, boat tour and an endangered bird performance. Once Max and Artemis found the jungle gyms and water park we didn’t get a chance to go to the petting zoo or ride the elephants, amongst other things. Besides, Artemis wasn’t interested as she wanted to ride a giraffe. While the park stays open for another two hours, the safari gates were closed and we didn’t get a chance to go through again in our own vehicle. Oh well, next time.
Overall, we loved this great opportunity to spend time with Family and learn about endangered species. The Kids haven’t stopped talking about our visit and they even got to take home a souvenir, an Official Guide Book containing tons of additional information and beautiful pictures. Speaking of which, they had a great gift shop with tons of unique items such as wooden walking sticks with painted carved heads.
The park will stay open until October 14, 2013 so there is still tons of time to add African Lion Safari to your families annual list of “Must Attend Attractions”! I know that we’ll be back next year! Are you singing what I’m singing…
Have you Ever Been to African Lion Safari?
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Disclosure: Journeys of The Zoo was provided with general admission passes, bus tour tickets and food for the family that enabled us to complete this review.
Love the photos – looks like fun!
OMG!! How fun is that! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see elephants in the water! Must be so entertaining!
WE loved the African Lion Safari!!
I have never been to African Lion Safari, after seeing your pics and all the fun, I want to go NOW!
What an amazing experience! I have never been before. Would be a great opportunity for my kids to see animals they don’t get to ever see.
We are going there this weekend – I cannot wait!!!
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I went here 2 or 3 times as a kid and before my dad passed, he took our family in 2001, my daughtrr was just a baby but my son still remembers the monkeys climbing on the car! I love this place and hope to go back again someday!
I would have to say that the climbing monkeys on the car is what makes this a unique experience better than most zoos.
love this place, great for kids 😀 and adults as well 😀
We hope to go back one day, but we loved the elephant swim so much two years ago!
I would love to bring my boys there!
this must be a wonderful place to take children, so many animals they would otherwise only ever see in books. It’s quite different when they see an actual elephant or tiger.
We took the toddler this year he was so excited to see all the animals! We went a bit late in the year when the splash pad was closed but we had lots of fun anyway!
haven’t been since I was a young kid. I think anyone who has gone here, has a story about the monkey’s leaving “gifts” lol
A nifty attraction for those big city folks…
I went once when I was a young child. I wish we lived closer…I think my daughter would love it!
Thank you for your post on this very interesting animal park. I did not even know of its existence. I would certainly go to this Zoo if I ever had a chance. Thank you for telling us about it.
Great news for you, I’ll be giving away tickets to African Lion Safari in July! Hopefully you’ll get a chance to go.
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its nice but i do not think animals should be caged
I appreciate your comment. I’ve spoken to the staff a lot about conservation and care. While not ideal, the reality is that if some of these species were left to their own in the wild, they would be extinct (at the hands of humans once again).
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Yes Sarah,its a shame that some humans have no respect for our amazing wildlife and I can understand their reason for trying to save a species.