Summer Day Trip: African Lion Safari
A few weekends ago our family ventured worlds away and set foot on an African safari. Well, it wasn’t actually worlds away, in fact it was just over a one hour drive (from London) but it felt like a whole different world.
The African Lion Safari, in Cambridge, Ontario, is the perfect spot for a fun, summer day-trip. In the past, Little S has not been a fan of “theme parks” with large animals, but since she is approaching six years old, we thought it was the perfect time to try again, and we’re so glad we did!
SAFARI BUS TOUR
The highlight of our adventure was most definitely the Safari Tour Bus that travels through the big game reserve. I love the fact that you can choose to drive your own car through the seven wild animal reserves, or if you’re like my husband, you can save your car and take the organized bus tour.
There is also a third option, which allows you to drive your own car, but bypass the baboons section to prevent scratches to your car. And speaking of baboons, this was definitely Little S’ favourite part. We had a number of good belly laughs watching the four-legged animals helping themselves to the roofs and side mirrors of guest’s vehicles.
In the game reserves we got to see (close up) all sorts of animals from Zebras and lions to rhinos and ostriches. Little S has studied these animals in great detail at school but she has never seen them in real life. It was so much fun to watch her awe at seeing them close up. It was a truly fun and educational experience for all of us.
OTHER FUN ATTRACTIONS
After our safari we headed over to the “Nature Boy” scenic railway, and while this attraction isn’t designed to see a lot of wildlife, we did get a rare look at many reindeer. This was another highlight of our trip as we imaged that is what Santa’s reindeer must look like too.
We visited the African Lion Safari on a very hot day, so it was such a relief to cool off at Misumu Bay Wet Play area. There are water slides, water guns and splash pads for all ages. It was very busy but we had plenty of room to enjoy. There are also dry areas within this attraction so that those who do not want to get wet can enjoy too.
Little S also really enjoyed the Jungle Playground and I was pleasantly surprised that there were a variety of activities to participate in other than animal viewing. Some of the lines for the more popular attractions were pretty long, so it was nice to be able to just “play”.
We chose to watch the Elephant Round-Up show which was really cute and entertaining and a favourite for the kids and adult alike. There are also other shows offered including Parrot Paradise, Birds of Prey Flying Demonstration and Elephant Swim.
TIME TO EAT
It’s not just the animals that get treated to delicious meals, we too enjoyed lunch at the Mombasa Market Restaurant which is nicely air-conditioned and serves a variety of foods. We had pizza and salads but you can also choose from hotdogs, hamburgers and fresh-made wraps…and guess what? This restaurant is even licensed so if you’re in the mood to grab a “cold one” you can!
There are nine other food stops that you can make for refreshments from ice cream to coffee and everything in between!
TIME TO SAY GOOD BYE
Of course, all good things must come to an end but not without a stop at the souvenir shop. There are so many great items to choose from for your memorabilia needs and very well priced too.
The African Lion Safari is well suited for the entire family. Depending on your child’s interests my recommendation is that it is best suited for children from the ages of four to ten. But of course there is so much to do for all ages.
PIN IT TO WIN IT
Right now, until August 1, 2013, you can enter to win a family VIP pass to the African Lion Safari. Check out lionsafari.com/promotions for more details and contest rules. Note that you must have a Pinterest account to enter.
Disclosure: we received complimentary admission in exchange for sharing our experience on City Mom. All opinions are my own.
Have a wild time!