I always see the African Lion Safari commercials on TV and always wanted to go! My friend and I decided to make the trip on the Labour day long weekend in 2013. It was not as packed as I thought it would be - especially for a long weekend so I was grateful for that!
Once we arrived, we decided to park my vehicle and pay the $5 fee for the Safari Tour Bus. Our tour guide was very friendly and patient. He pointed out all the animals with a brief description and background of each and stopped the bus for us to take pictures.
The bus ride wasn't as enjoyable as I thought it would be because it was filled with screaming kids. Of course, you really can't blame their excitement but if you're like me and you enjoy a little quietness, your best bet is to take the tour in your own vehicle. If you are really determined to get great pictures on the bus tour, forget it! Everyone is trying to take the same picture you are and your photos will consist of everyone in the shot with no great view of the animals.
After the bus tour ended, we decided to take my own vehicle through the park and do the tour without screaming kids and at our own pace. It was much more enjoyable on our own. Although I was a little nervous taking my car through the park because I didn't want monkeys jumping on it and damaging it, there is a sign that says you can bypass the monkey section and continue on the tour.
We decided to keep going and continued through the monkey section. Based on our experience during the tour, the monkeys did not charge our car or jump all over it. Most of the time, they were walking around on the ground and playing. If you stop your vehicle and sit there, they will eventually come over and jump on your car - especially if they notice you eating, they will attempt to grab your food. This happened to some people in a Mercedes and BMW.
After we finished the tour, we decided to check out some attractions. Our first stop was at the Birds of Prey Flying demonstration. We got to see hawks, eagles, owls, vultures and falcons soar above our heads while learning about their flying habits from their trainers. The next show we saw was the elephant show. It was incredible to see their strength, agility and intelligence. We even got to ride on an elephant! That was so much fun and I personally think, it was the best part of the African Lion Safari adventure.
Our last tour was the "African Queen" Boat Cruise. It was a very quiet and peaceful tour around the Water Safari Lake. The captain took us around the islands and we got to see some exotic animals like the black and white lemur, spider monkey and some bird dwellers included storks and pelicans. We loved it so much, we did the tour twice!
Although this Safari adventure is mainly for children, we did have fun as adults. There were some rides obviously for children like the pony ride but overall it was a great experience and would definitely do it again with or without kids!