Upon its opening in 1966, Longleat Safari and Adventure Park in Wiltshire, England, was the first drive-through safari park outside of Africa. It was actually a novel concept in that it was the first park of this nature that allowed animals to roam freely, within the confines of the 9,000-acre park, while the humans were the ones confined — to their vehicles.
In addition to the safari, which is, admittedly, the main attraction at Longleat, the park itself is located on the grounds of Longleat House, which attracts its own fair share of tourists to view to the home and grounds.
Visiting Longleat Safari Park
Anyone who has ever dreamed of going on safari can turn that dream into a reality with a quick afternoon visit to Longleat Safari Park. It’s a good idea to plan your trip out ahead of time, though, as there are certain feeding times for animals, which your family might enjoy watching or even, in some cases, participating in.
The park offers various animal adventures, including the much-famed safari drive, where visitors can view lions, giraffes, and lemurs, to name just a few. Other exhibits showcase stingrays, penguins, cheetahs, gorillas, rhinos, and more.
In addition to feeding times, which are shows in themselves, there are also shows that help guests learn more about the animals that call the park home, including opportunities for families to meet the animals, parrot shows, and the ever-popular Hunters of the Sky shows, which showcase the prowess of various birds of prey.
The park features many restaurants, cafes, and snack bars to assuage the heartiest of hungers, and there is free parking available in designated areas on site as well as overflow parking available for busy days.
Pets are not allowed in the safari park or in parked cars. Longleat does provide unattended kenneling facilities on a first-come, first-served basis for a surcharge. Service dogs are allowed into the park, although they are restricted in some areas.
Longleat Safari and Adventure Park is in Warminster, Wiltshire. Visitors will need to provide their own transportation to and from the park. Book a visit today, and enter a jungle where man is no longer king.
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