During the school holidays, we always want to do something fun. You may have seen that we are trying to get around the UK on holidays and days out so we chose to go to Woburn Safari Park which is just a short drive away from us.
The park is open daily from 10am-5pm with it closing at 6pm – the gates to the car safari close at 5pm though so if you want to go round again, make sure you are there before then. The park is accessed in your own vehicle and you can choose to go round the road safari or head straight to the foot safari and make your way around the park. We chose to go round the road safari first, then head into the park itself , then we did one final loop of the road safari before leaving.
Tickets are reasonably priced – we didn’t have to play for Olivia as children aged 0-2 are free of charge, you only pay from ages 3 and up. If you buy online before your visit, you can get a slight discount which is what we chose to do. You just need to choose the date you will be visiting, we booked the night before. Adult tickets are £23.99 each and child tickets are £16.99 each. A great price when you consider how much you get to see.
We decided to head round the road safari first. This is a great part of the park so you definitely want to visit in a car. In the road safari wild animal reserves, you head first through the Northern Plans which contain bison, zebra and wild horses. You then head through the Savannah Grasslands where the rhinos, wildebeests, cattle, buffaloes, elands and antelopes are.
The Kingdom of the Carnivores is next – they have an eight acre enclosure with Amur Tigers. Next is perhaps Steve’s favourite part of all – the mixed exhibit with Canadian Timber Wolves (his favourite animal) and North American Black Bears – we actually had a bear walk right alongside our car! Finally, you head to the 32 acre enclosure of the beautiful African Lions.
After this, you go through Giraffe Junction which has a herd of the critically endangered Rothschild’s Giraffe. Our trip was amazing – the giraffes crossed the road right in front of us!
Finally you head through the African Forest with plenty of cheeky monkeys! We saw them jumping around and playing and saw many taking a ride on the cars in front of us which the kids found very funny!
Once we left the road safari, we headed to the foot safari and parked up before entering the park. The park is extensive with plenty to see and do. There were plenty of places to stop for food and drink and many toilet and baby changing facilities dotted across the site.
There are plenty of different sections to visit – Desert Springs with meerkats, mongoose and porcupines is just one of them. We headed into the Australian section to see emus and wallabies – Olivia was so cute and tried to act like a wallaby! We then headed over to the Elephant Meadow and were lucky to see a talk – and both Olivia and I got to touch an elephant – Jack couldn’t quite reach and was very disappointed so hopefully we can visit again soon and he will get the chance!
We went and booked tickets for the Sea Lion Cove later – this is an extra £1 per person so not exactly breaking the bank although we did not have a good experience with this. It combines an indoor sea lion pool with a 3D cinema experience. We were alerted that it was just a 2D cinema experience when we entered which was fine and we were told that they would go and get the sea lions to come in.
Now we completely understood when the member of staff came back and said that the sea lion was refusing to come in so there’d be no talk or show today and just the cinema experience but they were so uninterested and unapologetic, it left a bad taste in everyone’s mouths – many people left before the cinema experience started, I assume to get a refund because they weren’t getting what they paid for. Our kids enjoyed the cinema experience so we were okay (although disappointed with how blasé the member of staff was about the situation). There were some people who had big groups of people though who would have paid £10+ for something they weren’t getting so I totally wouldn’t have blamed them for going and asking for a refund. We headed outside to see the sea lions and only one was lazing around doing nothing – the others were all happily playing and swimming.
Penguin World was a fab place to visit – we happened to be there when it was feeding time which Olivia loved and they came up close, right up to the gate. This was perhaps Olivia’s favourite part!
We were very lucky in the Land of the Lemurs with a lemur walking right in front of us. We also managed to stumble in there just at the right time as a talk was going on – we were quite lucky on our trip as we managed to attend quite a few of the talks!
There’s a number of other sections to visit in the park although we didn’t quite manage them all – the park is so big and there is so much to see and do that we struggled to fit it all in around time to eat and drink too! We will certainly be heading back at some point though as the kids want to go on the pedalos on the lake too!
We had a fantastic day out. The tickets were affordable as were the food and drink options and the kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves. I hope to head back in the summer to discover even more of the park.
Have you ever been to Woburn Safari Park?