African Safari Wildlife Park {Review}

African Safari Wildlife Park {Review}

We love to visit our local zoo when the weather is nice and public school is in session. But besides from a few of the birds, I don’t think we’ve ever really fed any of the animals. So my family was thrilled when we visited the African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton, Ohio!

The Midwest’s only drive-thru safari. View more than 400 beautiful and exotic animals on a 100-acre preserve while feeding them from the comfort of your vehicle. Also see educational and entertaining animal shows and pig races. Get souvenirs from the gift shop or visit the snack bar and ice cream shop for a treat. Free camel rides for children under 100 lbs. Admission includes the drive-thru safari and walk-thru safari. Open Feb 28-Nov 30.

So this is a drive-thru safari. You actually feed the animals from the car window! And they know why you’re there and that you bring food!

They ain’t scared, either. LOL


The process works like this; you park at the gift shop and after tearing your kids away from their awesome toys and souvenirs and ice cream, you pay for your ticket and purchase any extra food you may want to take with you.

No, you can’t bring your own food and you have to use the cups they provide. Honestly, this was fine with me because I didn’t want to get slobbered on or bit, thank you very much.

Anyways, you take your ticket back to the car and get in line for the gate. They check your ticket and give you the food you’ve purchased and go over the rules with you, which are as follows:

  • Keep car doors closed at all times
  • Do not hang out of your car
  • Feed only from cup provided
  • No feeding animals from your hands
  • Outside food is not permitted
  • Obey feeding and NO feeding zone signs
  • Do not touch the animals
  • Stay in your car
  • Feed right, pass left

Then as you drive through the different pens, the various animals rush hurry to your car to get fed. Some are more aggressive than others. We quickly started making up dialogue and personalities based on their appearance. The whole car was cracking up, squealing, complaining about scratches wet fingers, and such.

Your ticket allows you to go through as many times as you want, but you will have to purchase more food for each trip. We made it almost halfway around with what we had bought and then we just took a bunch of pictures and talked to them like we were Doctor Doolittle.

You will need to have your car cleaned when you’re done. Both outside because of the snot and dust and the inside from the food crumbs, animal hair, you know…whatever else found it’s way inside your vehicle on the tour.

Then you can also check out the walk-thru safari; you can’t feed these animals, but you do get fairly close to them to watch them interact with you and each other. The gibbons were definitely the big hit as they swung, jumped and called to each other just like a bunch of kids!

African Safari Wildlife Park {Review}

A bit of advice to parents of young or easily frightened children: I’m not kidding when I say these animals know why you’re there. They can/will stick their heads inside the car if they can, while they are looking for food! This startled one of our little guys who then sat in the third row without open windows and cheered the rest of us on LOL! They weren’t trying to hurt us or anything, but they were hungry.

And if that’s not enough, you can also check out the educational classes they offer daily plus pig races on site! Then there’s also the gift shop and snack shack, ice cream shop, and cafe for when your crew gets hungry.

Be sure to check out the African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton/Sandusky area the next time you’re nearby. You can even order your tickets online to save some time during the busy season! And get the latest information on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclaimer: I visited here as part of a media tour through Lake Erie Shores & Islands. Make sure you visit their webpage if you’re visiting for wonderful ideas and savings! Thank you Lake Erie Shores & Islands!


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