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“Versatile day out”
Review of Knowsley Safari

Knowsley Safari
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Prescot
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Knowsley Safari Park was opened to the public in July 1971 by the 18th Earl of Derby. Then, the `safari park' concept of having visitors in cages (cars) and the animals roaming free based on the drive-through game reserves of East Africa was unique. In 1994, Edward Stanley, the 19th Earl, succeeded to the title. The estate being only 8 miles (13 km) from Liverpool city centre, Knowsley was the first safari park to be built close to a large city. In spite of some understandable apprehension about the possible problems associated with large numbers of animals (including lions) roaming about close to the city, the then County and District councils approved the proposals.In the first two years of opening, the route through Knowsley Safari Park consisted of a 3½ mile (5.6 km) drive, and the main attractions were lions, cheetahs, monkeys, giraffes, zebra, elephants and various antelopes. The park proved immensely popular, so in 1973 an extension, including a further 1½ miles (2.4km) of road, was built and opened. This allowed more animals to be added to the collection on display along the now 5-mile- (8 km) long route, including herds of camels, buffalo and white rhino as well as a group of tigers.A few modifications to the original design have had to be made for safety and display reasons. The tigers and lions are now displayed in enclosures within the game reserves, and the elephants have their own paddock in the walk around section at the end of the safari drive. We also have a car friendly route around the outside of the monkey jungle for visitors who do not wish to have a close encounter with our baboons. Knowsley Safari Park has become one of Merseyside's premier leisure attractions, winning several awards for tourism and it's animal husbandry.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking, Activities for older children
Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

Really good for the summer and winter months. You can sit in the warmth of your car in the winter and watch the animals or have a walk around the foot safari, woodland area and more if it's hot.

You can do both either way but it means you can go in any season and have a great time. Baboons are scary though and be prepared to replace you window wipers!

Thank Dean D
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Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

The title says it all really... when we visited there were hardly any ‘safari’ animals to be seen. What we did see though was plenty of empty fields!

We saw some cattle dotted about but, we didn’t travel for an hour to see that! not really that interesting. They need to invest in more animals as there wasn’t enough to look at.

Secondly, the road around the exhibits needs some serious improvement, it’s full of pot holes, which frankly isn’t great for your car suspension.

Finally, after driving around the safari drive we parked up to take the kids on the fare ground rides they have there. You can buy individual tickets for each ride or, a wristband that gets you on to all of them. We opted for the wristband. Two of the 10 rides were shut (but they’d not reduced the price of the wristband!) and, from previous visits, they’ve also removed a number of rides so there’s now even less... they need to invest in more rides.

The place feels very tired and is in need of some serious investment. West Midlands Safari is a far better safari drive and theme park, would recommend there over Knowsley.

6  Thank Simon F
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Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

you do appreciate that baboons will jump on your car and maybe loose a windscreen wiper, but in the past I've always had some sort of keeper on hand to stop the damage getting too much. Not so at Knowsley. Restricted routes mean you are a stationary target, and there is no assistance. Car trims are expensive, and while there are warning signs, to allow cars to be torn apart is simply not on. There were over 100 cars in the enclosure, and one warden. It's not the wardens fault, but the parks for not putting enough staff on duty. With over £500 of damage done to the car, telling me that other cars have been worse damaged just indicates this is out of control.

3  Thank Seaside304021
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Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

It was my daughters first visit. But disappointed as a lot of the animals were similar, horned cattle etc. The exciting animals were too far away to see. Best part the monkeys, she was laughing for ages at their antics, plus the fair at the end was fun spent nearly 2 hours here enjoying the rides

1  Thank Jayfish
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Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

We’ve been coming here since my daughter was born 7 years ago and for 3 years had memberships. We didn’t bother renewing last year as things have got steadily worse. They have been making building improvements etc and new things at popping up but they are not necessarily for the benefit of the animals. The sea lion space is very small, the safari is mainly hooves animals, you may see a couple of deer and pigs from the little train ride, the tiger enclosure is small with very minimal enrichment or design to it, the shop is woeful for kids toys and staff are hard to find. The bat house is still amazing though and previous bird shows have been very enjoyable both inside and out. But the most disappointing part is the lack of lions free ranging. This was always our highlight and it has been 4 consecutive visits now that they have been absent. Completely missing and the gates wide open. The males can be seen behind fences near the tigers but the females have been nowhere to be seen. No communication as we arrive either so the disappointment can not be managed early. The rides are ok and you can see the giraffes up close but I don’t think we will be returning soon as there’s just not enough to see anymore. The £15 per car offer is very reasonable though.

Thank NorthStarRed
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