Go Wild! African Lion Safari

When I was a child every summer we would go away for the week. Our holiday would include camping, Niagara Falls and African Lion Safari. It was a tradition.  When I became mom it was important to me to share these places with my family. We have been a few times to African Lion Safari over the years but our last visit was 5 years ago. I can not believe how fast time flies. With my youngest being almost five I had been planning on visiting this summer. I am happy we had the opportunity. African Lion Safari is located in South western Ontario Canada just outside of Cambridge and Hamilton.

My children had a blast!

We went last week, mid week. The day was a bit cool but a lot of fun. There have been many changes to African Lion Safari over the years. Many additions and many new animals. I have so many great memories there I am happy they still have the drive through safari you can navigate on your own. 

YES, there is a the air conditioned bus you can take through for a small fee. However my kids insisted we drive through ourselves. I wanted to bypass the monkeys but they were not having it. As I saw baboons jumping out of trees onto peoples cars I got a bit nervous. But it was all good. we were safe in our car with the windows up and locked . We loved it so much we drove through three times on our own. Each time the animals were doing something different, located somewhere new and often hanging out around the cars. 


We spent the day watching shows, seeing the elephants swim, letting DD ride the pony, kids went for an elephant ride. As well we had lunch and went on the boat, train and hung out in the splash pad. It was a great day. The Splash pad and huge ball pit and climber are new additions since we were there last. As a redhead I really appreciated the shade. So many huge umbrellas and trees giving shade as it was needed. 

DD’s favourite part was the petting zoo. we live in the country and my children love animals. I accidentally let one of the stubborn goats out and the lady was really sweet and wrangled her back in. Many of them had just had babies too!


 Things to do

  • Take a guided, air-conditioned Safari Tour Bus through Large Game Reserves or a self guided tour in your own car. See majestic lions, graceful giraffe, rhino, and many more animals from around the world!
  • A leisurely cruise aboard the “African Queen” boat
  • A journey on the “Nature Boy” Scenic Railway
  • Exciting and educational bird and animal shows featuring:
          Birds of Prey Flying Demonstration
          Elephant Round Up Show
    Parrot Paradise Show
  • Pets’ Corner

We had lunch there (pizza) as well as some fair foods, yum! It was a blast! We stayed until the park closed and enjoyed every minute of it. even though it was a cooler day we still enjoyed the splash pad. we brought home our Safari Guide book so DD can look back and read about the animals she saw. 

PicMonkey Collage

There is still lots of time to visit African Lion Safari. The park is open daily until Oct 14 Take your family and Go Wild! You will be glad you did. 


Visit African Lion Safari for more information and to start planning your visit now. 


  1. So glad you had a blast! Our kids love it and keep asking to go back, even though we've already been twice this summer lol. There's so much to do there 🙂 My son enjoys reading the safari guide book and remembering what we saw there 🙂

  2. I've never actually been to African Lion Safari, even thought it is less than half an hour from my house. Is that sad or what? lol!

  3. aliceatthemoon says

    Glad to hear you enjoyed your time at the Safari! I haven't been in years, but one of my very best friends works there as a tour guide 🙂
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  4. I am going to have to take my little guy here if we ever make it out that way!
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  5. mommykatandkids says

    We don't have this anywhere near us but I've heard such good things, I'd love to check it out someday!
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  6. This would be such an amazing adventure. Someday if I get the chance to visit with both kids, I will definitely be checking it out! Looks like a lot of fun and what neat animals to see.
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  7. I love African Lion Safari and I always have. I have pictures of me there when I was about three years old. It's so much fun to take my kids there now that they have the splash area too.
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  8. Kerrie @ FFT says

    It looks so great! I haven't been since I was a kid but definitely going to look into it for next summer – my boys would love it!
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  9. So glad that you and your family had such a fabulous time Kim! Being in Alberta, I have never been, but it looks like so much fun. My Daughter would absolutely love the petting zoo for sure. One thing I really love that you mentioned in your post was the fact you locked your doors. So many people don't do this and it is a must! Unless however, they WANT the monkey climbing in the car with them…hehe

  10. Nena Sinclair says

    This looks like a place I would love to visit! I'm a huge animal lover, so I would enjoy it as much as the kids! 🙂

  11. The thing I like about African Lion Safari is all the things to do! Its got something for everyone!
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  12. seems kids enjoyed a lot! Nice photos and a nice place to visit….
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  13. Our teenage daughter wanted to visit a zoo that was a little unique- this place hit the mark. The highlight of the zoo, for us, was driving thru the safari in our truck. Monkeys jumped on our car and sat on the roof, ostriches pecked at the windows and we were able to get great close up pictures.


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