We visited West Midland Safari Park during the Easter holidays and had a brilliant time. We would highly recommend it for a special day out. My kids loved hand feeding giraffes and deer and were wowed by the zebras, rhinos and elephants wandering right past our car. Once you have done the drive-through safari tour, there is also a huge area to explore on foot, including a penguin cove and lemur walk. Dino fans will love the Land Of The Living Dinosaurs with huge roaring animatronic dinosaurs. For a mega day out, there are also loads of exciting rides in the Adventure Theme Park.
West Midland Safari Park Drive Through
We would recommend arriving early and starting with the safari drive through – you are allowed to do the safari loop as many times as you like so you can to do this first, then spend some time in the walk-through and then do another safari loop if you have time. You can go at your own pace stopping to look at animals or feed them for as long as you like – we spent about 90 minutes on our safari. You can buy boxes of special animal feed at the entrance for £3.50 – this is really worthwhile as feeding the giraffes is one of the highlights. There are different zones to drive through:
- African Plains – including zebras, buffaloes and ostriches
- Wild Asia – with deer and rhinos
- Carnivores – including cheetahs, lions, tigers and dholes
- Elephant Valley – look out for the gorgeous baby elephant!
You need to keep your windows closed in the carnivores zone. In the other zones, you can open your windows, watch the animals wondering amongst the cars and enjoy the thrill of hand feeding the amazing exotic animals.
West Midland Safari Park Walk Through
After the safari drive through, you can park and enjoy stretching your legs in the walk through area.
- African Village. Here you can spot meerkats and go on a lemur walk through the trees as well as spotting hippos.
- Discovery Trail. This includes Sea Lion Theatre and Penguin Cove – you get a great view through the large glass panels and my kids loved watching the penguins dive and swim by. At Lorikeet Landing you can buy pots of nectar and let the bright parrots land on you.
- Land of the Living Dinosaurs. This is a must do for kids who like dinosaurs. You can wander around a trail weaving between huge animatronic dinosaur models which roar. Check out our mini video! My kids also enjoyed the sand pit area with brushes where you can uncover dinosaur bones.
West Midland Safari Park Adventure Theme Park
You can buy wrist bands to go on some exciting rides including pirate ships, roller coasters and dodgems. We didn’t go on the rides this time as there was so many other interesting things to do – but it would be a great option for a return visit.
West Midland Safari Park Facilities
There are lots of reasonably priced dining options at the car park and throughout the walk through area – including a burger van, food courts and a themed Dino Diner. It’s also possible to bring a picnic.
Once you set off on the drive through safari, you can’t get out of your car, so it’s worth stopping at the wash rooms before you start this loop.
There are lots of gift shops dotted around the walk through area with cuddly toys and other souvenirs.
West Midland Safari Park Tickets
Check out the Safari Park website for booking tickers and opening times. Prices vary on different days depending on the season. Your ticket entitles the vehicle and occupants to a free return visit within the season. If you’re not able to return, you can exchange the return visit voucher for a safari gift on the day of your visit.