It’s been years since I’ve visited Knowsley Safari Park. In fact I don’t think I’ve been since I was a kid. I seem to remember my dad driving the old cat-sick-yellow car we had and the monkeys struggling to find anything to pull of that hadn’t already fallen off of its own accord. And after my recent visit there I can tell you that’s the exact sort of car you want to take.
That or a tank.
Thankfully the park provides free parking and a bus that goes around the safari park so you don’t have to lose bits of your own precious vehicle. There is also a car safe route that doesn’t go in to the monkey enclosure at all for those that prefer to drive but want their car in one piece.
But, since we weren’t in my car when we went to the Jungle Dogs event last week, it wasn’t really a problem. For me.
It was really lovely to see the animals out in such large spaces mixing with other animals as they would in the wild.
We saw zebras, rhinos, deer, llamas, emus and all sorts of horned creatures that I couldn’t even begin to guess the name of. And then we entered the lions enclosure midst a wealth of signs warning us to close windows, doors and sunroofs.
And they were magnificent. There were so many of them.
And then it was time for the star attraction: the baboons.
Yes, that baboon is eating the windscreen wiper. He also pulled the water sprayers for the windscreen wash out of the bonnet and chewed on them whilst a whole host of his brothers and sisters climbed all over the car. And one friend made it all the way home before she noticed that a baboon had ripped half her number plate off her car.
As I said at the beginning, they do a lovely bus that goes around the park called the baboon bus to save your poor car.
Knowsley isn’t just about driving through the safari park though, there’s a large children’s play area, fairground rides – at extra cost – a bug house, bat house, elephants, seals, giraffes and meerkats to look at on foot.
Knowsley Safari Park costs £16 per adult and £13 per child, children under 3 are free. A family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children is £53.
The baboon bus runs during school holidays and weekends and cost £5 pp. See their website to see when it’s running.