After living in Ontario for over 20 years, I finally visited African Lion Safari. It was wonderful and worth the drive to get there. The bus toured close to wild animals. We had very close encounters while in the safety of the bus. For me, the bus ride highlight was having monkeys climbing onto the roof of the bus.
Lion Safari runs on a radical concept, that the visitor is caged in the car, and the animals roam in 2 to 20 hectare (5 to 50 acre) reserves. Today the park houses in excess of 1000 animals of over 100 species. After 30 years they have been successful with breeding 30 species that are considered endangered, and 20 or more species that are considered threatened.
The 9 km Safari Trail takes you through prides of lions, troops of baboons and herds of zebra. You will see big cats, baboons, white rhino, ostrich, aoudad, eland, giraffe and many other exotic and native species. You can either drive your own car or ride the Safari tour bus at an extra cost. The drive tour would take around 1hr.
You can also watch a lot of live shows here at African Lion Safari, including Birds of Prey flying demonstration, Parrot Paradise show, and Elephant Round-Up. Each show is around 20 minutes, weather permitting.
Also, you can take a cruise aboard the "African Queen" boat. You could see exotic birds and primates during your tour around Water Safari Lake. Animals of this area include the Ring-tailed lemur, Ground Horn-bills, Spider Monkeys, Celebes crested macaques and the endangered Angolan Colobus monkeys.
After, you could visit Waterfowl Lake and take a journey on the "Nature Boy" scenic railway. As you travel through this natural forest you will see some unique wildlife, but watch out for the snapping turtles!
Also, see Samson, George, & Albert (elephants) bath everyday & play by the lake.
Visit Pets' Corner and see animals and birds. Take a moment to pet and feed some baby goats. Children are encouraged to play hangout at Jungle Playground, featuring the Safari Venture, and Toddlers' Play. Then cool off in the Misumu Bay Wet Play area.
Convertibles, motorcycles and other unsuitable vehicles are not permitted to drive through the game reserves. Windshields with cracks are also not permitted to drive through the game reserves. Also, remember to not feed the animals, keep all windows closed and keep all doors locked!
African Lion Safari - For those who just want to Monkey around, this is a must for you. Over 1000 animals of over 100 species. WOW !! Hard to believe but it's true....I'm not lion!!!
African Lion Safari is different from the 'Traditional Approach' because the VISITOR is caged in the car, and the animals roam in 5 to 50 acre reserves. You can travel through the reserves in your own car or take a guided tour in an air conditioned Safari Tour Bus-(at an additional cost)
Visit the African Lion Safari Park near Hamilton. There are lots of cute animals! (See my travelogue for more)