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“Safari with a difference!”
Review of African Safari

African Safari
Ranked #2 of 35 things to do in Usa
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 December 2013

We bought the set ticket consisting of bus ride, safari entrance and jungle bus which was value for money. The narration is in Japanese only, so it is better to visit with someone who can translate for you so that you can better enjoy the experience. It was a cold and rainy day and the jungle bus guide cautioned that we may not get to see the animals. We were given a tray of raw meat, dried food pellets, oranges, etc. to feed the lions, giraffes, camels, and deers as the jungle bus moved around the safari park, We were lucky as we saw many animals despite the rain, and were able to feed them in the safe confines of the jungle bus. It was fun but scary to see the animals up close. The poor lions had their food snatched from under their nose by the crows (or hawks?) which swopped down to grab the meat from our feeding thongs as we stick it out of the grills of the jungle bus to feed the lions. After the jungle bus tour, we could walk around the park to look at horses and other small animals kept in open pens and enclosures. There is also an indoor dog "studio" where you can pay to enter and play with the cute dogs. A highly recommended experience if you want to try your hands at feeding the animals up close and personal.

1  Thank Karen C
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Reviewed 7 December 2013 via mobile

The jungle bus was great fun. You can opt to self drive but, will not be able to feed the animal. One thing to remember, only when the bus drive into the side road, you can then feed the animals.

Great experience though a bit short.

1  Thank Cheong O
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Reviewed 23 November 2013

Both of my kids! 9 and 12 yrs. Loved it. This visit became their life time experiende. You must take a jungle bus!

3  Thank jsksy
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Reviewed 20 July 2013

Our favorite place, African Safari Zoo.

Right after we arrived we took a jungle bus, per adult is 1,000yen (admission fee 2,300yen per adult is not included). On the bus we could feed Lion, Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, American Black Bear, Ovis Musimon, American Bison, Blackbuck, Japanese Deer...rarely see and feed those wild animals so close, very excited!

And we had a chance to hug and take a photo with a lion cub! We hug her, kissed her, played with her, we were melted... totally totally melted our heart... One shooting by own camera is 500yen. Kids under the age 4 or 5 might not be allowed.

We also played with adorable dogs at Dog Salon (per adult is 300yen for 20mins), fed mealworms to hungry squirrel monkeys (per tiny container of mealworms is 100yen), petted cute guinea pigs on our lap (FOC) and touched and fed friendly Kangaroos (some were like old men lying down and relaxing on their couch!!!).

The animals just made us HAPPY, they really made our day!! We love this place!

10  Thank kyushugal
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Reviewed 6 January 2013

This place was more fun than I thought. I went in December and thought the place would be deserted. But once the announcement was made to board the jungle bus, people came crawling out of the woodwork from nowhere and the bus was packed. One tip: the fee includes a tray of food to feed the animals such as meat, sweet potatoes, tangerines, and pellet feed. Use up all the meat when you feed the lions. I saved some of mine and it went unused. I wish they gave more tangerines and potatoes (two of each) as it was a blast to feed the giraffes (with their long tongues) and the elephants (amazing how agile and tactile their trunks are). Also use up all your pellet feed on the reindeer and camel since many people had a lot leftover when we exited the bus. Also don't stick the meat out of the bus using the tongs as the hawks will swoop down and get it. As for the rest of the safari park, the miniature ponys for the kids to ride were really cute. One thing people seem to miss is the kangaroo section. It is located way at the back of the park near the German restaurant. Check the map of the grounds. You can hand feed and pet the kangaroos. This is only one of two places in Japan I know you can do this (the other is the Biopark near Nagasaki).

5  Thank DanL917
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