Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Knowsley Safari Park Review

On Sunday we were invited to Knowsley Safari Park. We all woke up and got dressed, packed the picnic, and then got really excited for the fun day ahead. It was the first time that the girls had been to Knowsley Safari Park and we had picked the perfect day to go, it was lovely weather outside.

We arrived just as it was opening at 10am. We picked up our tickets along with a go pro, we then pulled up to one side to set the go pro up.

All set up and ready to go. 

There was already a queue to get into the safari park, but didn't last long, we soon got in to see the first animals, with it being an absolutely beautiful day a lot of the animals were in the shade. 




As we were going around spotting the animals, Kacy was looking through the book we got making sure we were getting the names correct.

The main animals the girls wanted to see were the Lions and the Baboons. The girls got their wish, we drove into a cage to get into the lion pen. While we waiting for the gates to close behind us and open in front of us, we took selfies.

A family Selfie.

Love this one of the girls. 

As soon as we drove through there were 3 male lions in a separate pen, which we found out the reason why later on. The lionesses and lion were so close, they weren't bothered by us driving around them.

The male lions in the separate pen

Warming up in the morning sun

Never going to get closer to a lion as we did that day.


3 Lionesses Sleeping in the sun, 
we spent a while just watching the lions, they are such beautiful animals, but it was soon time to go the next animal which was the donkeys and Zebra where Kacy made the worst joke.

The Buffalo
They had 2 lots of white Rhinos, where 2 of them were pregnant.  Rhinos are pregnant for 16 months.

Rhinos 

Rhinos, 2 of these Rhinos are pregnant 


Look a Zebra Crossing! By Kacy

The safari was a massive circuit it took us 45 minutes to an hour to go round, you could go round as many times as you like, we went past the animals we had seen at the beginning, but we hadn't missed the best part out, we were heading for the Baboon bus which is in the main carpark at the pink hut and runs at different times of the day.

We got on the Baboon Bus we were the last people to get on ops, meaning I was sat with the older two and Daddy was sat with Summer. The Baboon bus didn't just go round the Baboons it took you round the whole safari and they tell you information regarding the animals, like the 3 male lions being separated due to there age and they didn't want lots of fights, that's when we also found out about the Rhinos being pregnant.  We are very glad we had been around already with all the people on the bus you sometimes couldn't see the animals.

Then it was time to go into the Baboon area, the excitement from inside the bus was fantastic, as soon as we entered the Baboons were all over the bus, climbing up the rope that they had attached for them to get onto the roof throwing themselves off, you could see them ripping other peoples windscreen wipers off, and all sorts of other bits from the other peoples car. We must of spent a good 20 minutes in the Baboon area the atmosphere was fantastic.







We were on the Baboon bus for over an hour, but definitely worth going on and you can pre book the bus before hand, £5 per person under 3 free if sat on adults lap you can book them here.

We got off the bus and went to have lunch, we managed to find a picnic table right next to the toddler park, when the girls had finished their lunch they went and played, we then realised that the Sealion show started at 1pm and people were already queueing up so while the girls played and Daddy watched Summer I queued up, I was only queueing up for 5 minutes before they started letting people in, so got Kacy to go and get Daddy.

We had the perfect seats 3 rows up from the front meaning the girls could see everything. The show was long enough to learn a lot about the difference between sea lions and Seals and for them to show us some tricks, but short enough to keep the girls entertained and not bored. I took so many photos so I have picked my favourite ones





After the show we went to explore the rest of the park, we decided to go into the bat room, which wasn't massive but big enough to see the bats, I missed all the babies ones with carrying Summer around and not really liking Bats.

Then we had a wander round, we found the bird of prey and had a quick watch of the show, but the girls weren't really interested in that.  We found a lovely walk which we were going to do but the girls wanted to find the giraffes and go on the rides.

We started walking around to the Giraffes and Elephants and came across the meerkats, Tortoise, warthogs and other hoof animals.

They were so active it was lovely 

The two male giraffes have come from chester zoo and part of a bigger project that Knowsley are working on.

Best photo I could get. 
The Elephants were to far away for me to take pictures of them, but they had three Elephants they had just magnificent animals. 

Then it was time to go on some rides, prices for the rides were £2 per ride or £10 an all day ticket, Adults are free on selected rides if they are accompanying a child which I thought was really good.  a lot of the rides were over the 1.1 meter range meaning Summer couldn't go on many but that didn't stop her, We let the girls choose 2 rides to go on and ended up being handed 2 tickets from another family who weren't going to use them which was so kind of them.  Kacy didn't want to go on any.


We had a fantastic day out, we got to Knowsley at 10am and didn't leave till 3.30ish and the only reason we left was due to it getting cold and not having jackets with us.

The prices to get in to Knowsley Safari park are all on there website  and if you book online you can save 20%, Adults are £16.50 and children aged 3-15 are £12.50 under 3 are free.

All the girls would love to go again soon.

*we got given free entry for my own honest photos and opinion* 


2 comments:

  1. That sounds like such a great day out. We recently visited Whipsnade and our favourite part was driving inside the enclosure to see the larger animals.

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  2. Looks like you had a great time! I love safari parks but you can't get as close to the lions at the one near me!

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