We've actually visited African Lion Safari every year since the boys were born, and let me tell you, if you haven't been yet this year, you need to go, because they have made some amazing updates! A completely updated splash pad area, new ball pit play structure, the outdoor food area has been set up differently, we were very happy with the updates. Along with the old favourites like the safari itself, elephants, shows and more!
The staff was very friendly from the moment we pulled up, once you go through the gates the parking lot is large and easily accessible (which I LOVE, especially with the baby). We hopped on the first bus with it's huge windows, air conditioning and informative driver that gives you awesome facts and info about each animal in the park. You can also drive your car through, which is nice for being able to stop as long as you want at each section. Just be aware you may end up with a baboon sitting on top of your car!
The boys had a great time examining the map and guide book, and the animals were amazing! The boys LOVED seeing a giraffe up close and seeing just how tall they really are. The cheetah, zebras and lions were also big hits. The baboons were the most exciting though, a couple jumped on top of the bus, they were on cars beside us, there was a Mama with a sweet baby, so much fun!
(do you see the Mama holding the baby baboon? Sooooo cute!!)
After the bus ride we rode on the boat tour and hit up the splash pad, it was so much fun for the whole family. A toddler area the little man could hang out in without getting splashed too much, the boys LOVED the new water slides and I loved how closely watched they were by staff, they organize the children in line, allow only 1 at a time on a slide and have them hop out of the way as soon as they splash down. There's also a misty area, some fun bucket drops, and a little deeper area for the bigger kids. This is an awesome way for everyone to cool down, including allowing mom to stick her feet in while holding everyone's stuff!
We stopped for a yummy pizza lunch in the air conditioned food area - lots of choices for everyone including the pizza we had, salads, hot dogs, chicken and more.
After lunch one of my big guys had to get his face painted as spider-boy! The staff member applying the paint was friendly, got it done quick and easy, it was fun!
The boys were very excited to see the new play structure, they went through it countless times!
There was also lots of cool birds to see, the elephants, the petting zoo, the bird shows, the train rain, it was amazing! A very full day, and the kiddos were tired and happy at the end of the afternoon.
If you haven't been you are missing out on an amazing experience for the whole family, I really recommend it and look forward to our visit again next year! We are so excited to offer a giveaway from African Lion Safari, one lucky Canadian family will be heading there soon! Enter below for your chance to win a family pass - 2 adults and 2 children, a $133 value!!!
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