2 reviews of Knowsley Safari Park in English
This is an absolutely fantastic place for a family day out! You start with the drive around the safari park where you can see all the animals roaming around. My favourites are the lions, but there are lots of cute and fascinating animals to see, including tigers, camels, rhinos, baboons etc. You can buy a CD at the entrance which you play in the car as you go around. The CD is of the Park Manager talking you through each of the animal sections and explaining about them and things like why one appears to have a limp, and why one has to be separated from the rest. It’s really interesting, and I recommend getting the CD if you can.
There is a separate route you can take if you don’t care about your car - you can go through the baboon enclosure! Personally, I always take the safe route, but this takes you alongside the baboon route so you can see the other cars being climbed on. The baboons have no fear at all, and climb on moving vehicles all the time.
After the safari drive, you come to a picnic area, where you can walk to see the elephants, giraffes, and meerkats. We never get to stay long in this part because the children are always so keen to move on the the fairground. This is a really good little fairground, you can buy a wristband which then gives unlimited rides. I would say the fairground rides on the whole are more suited to children aged about 10 and under. My son was 12 last time we went, and he only bothered with one ride, the massive swinging boat.
Several times a day they put on a show with sea lions, where they jump through hoops and balance balls etc. I don’t really approve but have to admit they are very impressive to watch.
There’s a large cafe, and plenty of stalls selling ice creams. There’s also a gift shop, selling lots of really nice, but over-priced items like cuddly toys and ornaments.
Overall this is a brilliant day out and you could easily spend a whole day here.
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