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Caged in the car while the animals run free
Knowsley Safari Park (Merseyside)
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Knowsley Safari Park (Merseyside)
Advantages: Great day out
Disadvantages: Long way from newcastle!
Knowsley Safari Park
During the summer holidays we decided to book a hotel close to the safari park and spend a couple of days having a look at some of the attractions in the area.
We have taken Little Miss to zoos but thought that this would be more interesting and a chance to see animals out of cages.
With the sat nav set, the safari park was easy to find and not far from the motorway. To pay, simply drive the car to one of the boots, pay the entrance fee and receive a rather nice glossy booklet about the park. Once paid, we parked the car in the large and free car park which also features toilets so that the there is no issue on the safari journey.
It's a bit confusing finding the actual safari drive as its not especially well sign posted but find it we did. It is a five mile safari drive along a normal looking road, with animals roaming freely in the large fields. Different areas are enclosed obviously so animals such as the lions don't wander into the fields with the deer etc. There are also signs warning visitors to keep their windows closed in certain areas although to be safe I think its best to keep the windows up at all times. We saw animals such as lions, tigers, hunting dogs, bison, wildebeest, and white rhino. Some of these animals were really close to the road and some were actually walking along the road and having a good look into the cars.
The animal we had gone to see more than any others were the infamous baboons. I remember years ago going to Lambton Lion Park and distinctly remember the baboons jumping on the car- this is what we hoped to re enact! There are plenty of warnings about the baboons, and because they can damage the car, there is a viewing area and also a drive through area. Visitors looking through the fencing at the viewing area were obviously having a look at the baboons jumping on other peoples cars but we decided to brave it. The baboons didn't disappoint and within minutes of going into their area we had them jumping onto the car walking along the roof and terrifying small grandson when one walked right along the side of his window barring its teeth; he soon recovered and still enjoys telling the story! For obvious reasons, soft top cars are not allowed in the lion or baboon sections of the park although in the lion area we saw very little action- they were all basking in the sunshine.
THE WALKAROUND AREA...
After the safari we drove to the walkaround area but before our walkaround, we decided to have our picnic. The place was ideal for a picnic, because we parked the car in a very large grassed area (the designated parking space) and dotted around here were tables in the trees and plenty of run around space. It wasn't like a normal car park as there was so much space that cars weren't parked next to each other, and it was safe for the children to stretch their legs.
This is just large enough to interest children but not so big that they start to get bored. The elephants and giraffe enclosures have viewing spots and we were righ up close and personal for the giraffe feeding- Little Miss was fascinated by the black tongues! There are also meerkats, otters, farm animals in the Lake Farm, the Bug House, and a bird of prey display. Its all nicely set out with plenty of space to move around without being herded along with crowds of people.
THE SEA LION SHOW...
The sea lion shows run daily and is included in the entrance price. Visitors sit on stepped seats and the stage is decorated ready for the entrance of the sea lions.
All three Sea lions, Biffo, Max and Arthur take part in the show where they perform different behaviours such as ball balancing, ring catching, seal and shark impressions and the big high ball jump finale.
At the end of the show, people can meet the presenters and ask them questions about the animals.
After the show, the sea lions can be viewed in their pool via the viewing area.
FOOD AND DRINK...
We had taken a picnic but when the inevitable rain started we took shelter in the Oasis restaurant. This was clean and had tvs showing the antics of the animals, and served a selection of reasonably priced food and drinks.
We didn't try it but there is also Aerial Extreme, which is a high ropes course, and was clearly visible from the sea lion pool; this again didn't look too busy
There is also a shop selling the usual gifts which you never knew you wanted
There are different opening times for summer and winter.
Summer Opening Times (1st March to 31st Oct) 10:00am to 4:00pm daily and in the winter, the attraction is open only at weekends, 10.30am till 3pm
Adults (16 years and over) £15.00
Children (3-15 years) £11
OAP's (60 years and over) £11
Amusement Rides are £2.00 per ticket and £10 per wrist band
Address: Prescot, Merseyside L34 4AN
Telephone: 0151 430 9009
It was quite a long journey for us from Newcastle but easy to find and so there were no arguments! Apart from being unable to find the actual safari once we had entered the park, it was an easy journey.
The actual safari is good fun and the children (and adults) thoroughly enjoyed seeing the animals at close quarters and uncaged. Safety seemed to be paramount and there were plenty of employees willing to talk to visitors and answer any questions.
There is plenty to do for all ages and it really is a full day out.
Recommended- glad we went.
Thanks for reading
Summary: safari park
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