Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Woburn Safari Park

Today, I went to the Woburn Safari Park, and was very surprised at how much fun it was. It was an awesome experience and I would recommend it to all!

The day started off with the "in car" safari, where the animals are free to roam. We saw zebra, rhinoceros and a range of African deer that came very near to our car, which was immensely thrilling. The rhinoceros did a wee whilst we were watching it; last time apparently my cousin saw an elephant poo; unfortunately I wasn't there. There are also some enclosures that we drove in to see the lions, bears and wolves (which was less exciting as they didn't move about that much); another one to see the monkeys (one climbed onto our car) which was exciting (scary for my child cousin though!). You can drive around the park again and again with no limitation.

After the "car" safari, we parked and went into the "on foot safari". We stopped off for lunch at the restaurant, which was an utter rip off (£8 for fish and chips!?) and tasted rather bad. I would not recommend buying food here unless you are utterly desperate and starving! There were limited seating and during lunchtimes would get extremely busy. There are toilets near the restaurant which is placed well. Next to the restaurant, there is also a small stall selling ice cream.

At different times of the day, there are feeds and talks that go on in the different enclosures, and we managed to visit three of these feeds, including the Australian area, where wallabies and ostriches were fed. This was sooo cool as they all ran to eat the carrots and cabbage; they got so close we could touch them, and many people grabbed their food to feed them... Unfortunately, we didn't get a talk about the animals, but the feeding in itself was thrilling enough.

Next, we went to see the squirrel monkeys being fed. They were really small and cute, and the one that stuck was this one carrying its baby on its back. This had an alright talk, but the microphone was really not clear. I didn't pay too much attention to the talk, as the monkeys themselves demanded attention!

The lemur talk and feed was much more animated, although the lemurs themselves were less jumpy and lazier; before the feed, they did jump right past us, which was surprising and made us jump.

There were other animals around the safari, including penguins, lynx (which we didn't get to see), goats and water hogs. Most of these had their own feeding times but we didn't get to see them. Instead, we spent some time playing their adventure playground in the ark, as well as the bob cat slide. They also have swan paddling boats that we played on for about ten minutes.

All tickets cost under £20, with vouchers and coupons constantly available online which gives free child tickets, cheaper family tickets and discounts, making the experience even more worthwhile! Booking online will get you a 10% discount.

Overall, Woburn Safari Park is an exciting day out, and has just enough that you can spend one whole day there. The unlimited circuit of "in car" safari you could take means you can see the animals again and again, and for the price, it is a good deal that will give you a lasting enjoyment, an exciting experience and a yearning to return.

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