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Go Wild: 6 Safari Parks in the UK you must visit

By Lisa O'Keeffe
Posted 5 October 2018
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Walk on the Wild Side with our Safari Park UK guide

Ever fancied heading off on an authentic African safari? Luckily, you can get the experience a lot closer to home and without a plane in sight, with a visit to one of the amazing safari parks we have right here in the UK! We’ve rounded up the best places in the UK to see popular safari sights, including lions, tigers, rhinos and giraffes where you can take your own family car on its wildest adventure yet.

So, get ready to take a walk on the wild side, with our guide to the top 6 UK safari parks: 

  1. West Midland Safari Park, Worcestershire

    West Midland Safari Park is our most-searched safari on the site, allowing visitors to come face to face with some of the fastest, tallest and cutest animals around. Spot rhinos and giraffe in African Plains, before driving into Wild Asia to see buffalo, blackbuck and deer. Then it’s time to see some of the world’s greatest hunters, including lions and tigers, before heading to Elephant Valley.

    Back in the walk-through area, you’ll find even more animals to explore in the African Village, as well as the UK’s largest animatronic dinosaur attraction, resulting in a roarsome day out from start to finish. 
  1. Woburn Safari Park, Buckinghamshire

    There’s plenty of bang for your buck at Woburn Safari Park, with two safaris included in your ticket price. Start by taking a wild drive and adventure by car, seeing a range of animals including African lions, rhinos, tigers and even American black bears!

    After parking up, it’s time to start your next adventure, with an on-foot safari! Starting with meerkats in Desert Springs, and finishing with some popular farmyard friends, expect to see Asian elephants, sea lions, penguins, lemurs and more along the way.

    See giraffes at West Midland Safari Park UK
  1. Knowsley Safari Park, Merseyside

    There’s even more to explore at Knowsley, as this park boasts the longest safari drive in the UK. Covering a whopping five miles, you’ll see everything from the magnificent lion pride and mischievous meerkats, to buffalo, wildebeest and zebra. Don’t forget the best bit - you can go around as many times as you like!

    On weekends and throughout the school holidays, there’s also the Baboon Bus which is ready and waiting to take you on safari. Perfect for seeing the baboons without risking your own car, plus all the other animals too, you’ll need to ring on the morning of your visit to book your seats.
  1. Longleat Safari and Adventure Park, Wiltshire

    Let your car earn its safari stripes at the longest-established safari park in the UK, as you experience Longleat’s famous safari drive-through. Wind up your windows and keep your snacks out of sight, as you go on your very own tour, from Tiger Territory and the Big Game Park, don’t miss the aptly named Monkey Mayhem, where cheeky macaques will make themselves at home on your car roof.

    If you’d rather sit back and enjoy the ride, hop on board the iconic double decker Safari Bus for an additional £5 and enjoy a guided tour, complete with exciting commentary about the wide variety of animals – just make sure you’re quick, as there’s a limited bus service each day.

    Blair Drummond Safari Park UK
  1. Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park, Stirling

    Explore four wildlife reserves with Scotland’s only drive-through safari park: Blair Drummond Safari Park. See if you can spot animals such as rhinos, zebras, lions, camels and more, as you wind your way through the reserve.

    Don’t forget to swap your safari car for the park’s boat tour, as you take to the water to explore Chimp Island. Watch the cheeky chimpanzees as they scale the climbing frame and explore the undergrowth – it’s a different kind of safari experience!
  1. Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Kent

    Visit the home of the UK’s original and authentic safari experience at Port Lympne wildlife park, where you can experience a taste of savannah life, right here in Kent. Over 88 species and 700 animals roam across the incredible 600 acres, and the opportunity to hop on board a safari truck and get right to the heart of the action is included within your ticket.

    If you’re keen to explore even more, then a range of unique safari experiences can be booked for an additional cost. Come face to face with one of Africa’s ‘big five’, including the black rhino or Rothschild giraffe or even pay a behind the scenes visit to see the lions, which are not normally accessible to visitors. With incredible accommodation options too, it’s a must for animal lovers.

We hope this guide inspires you to go on safari, UK style! Take a look at one of the locations below to find your local safari park or check out one of these great kids farm parks.

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Already been on safari and looking for more days out the kids will love? How about a visit to the best aquariums and best zoos in the UK, or maybe check out one of these UK dinosaur-themed attractions. Speaking of attractions your little ones are bound to have a great time at, these  theme parks and indoor water parks near you should definitely make the list!