Just a short drive away from my home town is one of Ontario’s treasures, African Lion Safari. I have had the pleasure of visiting African Lion Safari a few times in my life but it had been several years since my last visit and my youngest child had never had the chance, so we finished our summer off with a day trip to see the animals.
At African Lion Safari you can take your own vehicle on a safari through the Large Game Reserves. I have done this in the past and it’s a fun way to get a good look at the animals. There is also a risk of some minor damage to your vehicle from monkeys who find your windshield wipers, antenna or mirrors to be great for climbing and playing with. With that in mind, we chose to take the Safari Tour Bus through the large game reserves. This was a great choice for us because we were able to all sit back and relax while we enjoyed a great view of the animals. The bus is air conditioned and has large tinted windows, and of course it’s a little higher up than the average vehicle, so we could see the animals even when we were beside other vehicles. Our tour guide also shared information about the animals we were seeing, which is worth the extra cost of the safari tour bus. Take a look at some of the animals we saw on our tour…
During our tour we realized that there is a detour around the monkey area of the safari, so if you want to drive your vehicle through without the risk of damage, this is another option.
One of the highlights for me at African Lion Safari is the Elephant Swim. I love elephants and getting to watch them swim and play in the water is priceless. The kids were thrilled to watch them hold onto each other’s tails as they left the swimming area too.
Once the elephants had departed, we grabbed a snack at Jungle Junction before heading into the park. The kids were all ready to move around a bit by then, so we let them play in two of the parks we encountered along the way. They particularly liked the obstacle course play area where they climbed rope ladders, waded through a ball pit and slid down big slides.
From there we enjoyed a leisurely cruise aboard the “African Queen” boat. This is a short boat tour that showcases a few more animals including spider monkeys and lemurs. It was a nice relaxing boat ride that began with a relatively short wait in line. I thwarted the kids’ attempts to head straight to the splash pad by telling them we would go on a train ride. The “Nature Boy” Scenic Railway took us on a ride around the area where we spotted some interesting birds.
After all of the fun we had looking at animals and playing in the parks, it was time to grab some pizza at the Mombasa Market Restaurant. While I was hoping to visit the Birds of Prey Flying Demonstration and the Parrot Paradise Show, my kids were set on heading to Misumu Bay Wet Play. It was the last day for this water area to be open and it was a scorching hot day so we were glad it was there.
The kids played in this area the longest, but they also enjoyed the water slides for quite awhile. It was the highlight to their day and they talked about how fun it was on the entire drive home. It will be a definite on next summer’s itinerary.