Looking for a fun filled day with the family? Why not venture outside of the city to the African Lion Safari. Did you know that The African Lion Safari opened it’s doors in 1969. In the year 2009 the safari celebrated it’s 40th year and is still going strong today. Driving through the game reserve is a great adventure. Some of the animals to see on your travels are the rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes, and lions. You may choose one of two options: use your own vehicle or take the Safari Tour Bus (extra charge). Keep in mind when driving your own vehicle it can be quite costly if by chance one or more of the monkeys decided to hop on your vehicle. They have been known to remove moulding or even your wiper blades. You may feel a little uncomfortable sitting in your car in the middle of the lions but not to worry as there is always staff from the safari sitting in a lookout building. Each of the areas has a large gate to protect the animals from entering into another domain. as well as safari staff if someone runs into problems. I’ve personally entered both ways and had no problems. Probably just lucky I think. The safari holds over 1000 exotic birds and animals and is located on the outskirts of Hamilton, Ontario.
Having a newer vehicle and my young nieces with us we decided the bus was a much better option. On our bus ride there were many giraffes roaming about and grazing at the tall feeders. Over the years many babies have been born here at the safari. The African Lion Safari is recognized internationally for it’s breeding program.
The buffalo and deer roam grazing in the grasslands. A cute little baby buffalo sits amongst the adults.
The mighty rhinos
During the hot afternoon you will find many of the lions lazing around on the rocks. Pictured to the left is a giant male.
The zebras sure have beautiful stripes
Watch in the afternoon as the elephants parade to their bathing pond for a swim. You can definitely follow along. There is usually a baby or two amongst the group.
Here we took an adventure ride on “Lily”. She is rather tall so you have a set of stairs to climb with a platform so you enter onto her back. We enjoyed our ride on Lily and it was truly an experience for my two nieces who joined me.
The birds of pray show
Sit back in the stands and watch the birds of pray show. Many different birds show off their flight skills to the crowds. Be sure to check your brochure so you don’t miss out on any of the shows. I think they are very educational and interesting.
There are many restaurants serving up hamburgers, chicken and pizza in the park. If you’ve never experienced a funnel cake this might be your chance besides visiting a local fair. You can take home a souvenir from your fabulous day at the safari or have your kids faces painted. If your happen to be visiting on a hot day don’t forget to throw in your swimsuits and play in the Wet Park.
A baby giraffe born at the safari
What we like about the safari?
- the free parking
- the animals look well cared for
- the variety of animals to see
- group rates & packages
- privately owned
- our elephant ride
Find your directions to The African Lion Safari
Open May – October (seasonal)
Spring (May 7-June 24):
Monday to Friday: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Summer (June 25- September 5):
Monday to Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Fall (September 6-October 10):
Monday to Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Have your been to the safari? What did you think of it?
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