Sunday, 15 June 2014

A drive on the wild side....

Yesterday we were lucky enough to be one of the lucky winners to get free entry into Knowsley safari park, as part of the 'Great Day out Event'. Daddy M was working, so I bagged 2 extra seats to make the car completely full. A and S from over at the 'Life in the white house' joined us for this 'great day out'. For those of you not local, Knowsley Safari park, is exactly that.... a safari.... in your own car you drive around and see all the animals in their habitat, no cages. With a small amusement fairground after and park etc.
We were running late as we discovered the girls had 'bugs' yet again... grrrr.... they were only treated 2 weeks ago, but I couldn't let them share a car with clean heads, so running late it was to be. We reached A and S around 11, and then set off straight away. When we arrived there were no queues, which surprised us due to this event being on, and our ticket number being in the 500's, we proceeded to the loo's then straight onto to the safari... we let the kids not have their seat belts on, and we armed them with their own cameras.... many people had the children on the laps in the front, but as we were in Daddys car... mummy needed the seat high, so I couldn't drive safely with any of the kiddies on my lap, and to save arguments we tried to keep them in the back for as long as possible....



J was soon getting like her mummy.... snap happy... and she bagged a few good shots out of the hundreds she did. SW was snapping away like a trooper too.
I remembered to bring my HUGE lens with me so grabbed a lot of good shots, but as some animals were so close, had to use my phone camera for some on car action. It was amazing to see the animals so happy and close.

Deer kisses....

who you looking at??

We were soon approaching the lion enclosure, and we found the queue. The lion enclosure had its special gate where you were in your 'cage' and as the back gate was shut the front would then open. This was a great idea, but took a while to get the 10 cars or so through at each time.
 But we were soon greeted by the lions that were sleepy in the mid day heat...
 ...to get close up to the lions there were more queues, but if you didn't want to get as close, you could drive past... we decided to wait....
We entertained the kiddies by seeing who could roar the loudest.... the sure could roar very loud, and it soon started to change into screaming.. which I'm sure a lion heard as its head popped up....
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 ...we were soon up along side the beautiful cats... and its amazing for an animal that is so destructive how calm and peaceful they look.... they really do just like big pussy cats....
'sleeping lions'
 

We then drove through more areas, and found more animals....



 
 ... but we found more giggles at the monkey enclosure... I was under strict instructions NOT to enter this bit, and I am so glad we didn't. When we went in the past, we did go through once, and our wiper blades and black water jets didn't thank us for it.... this time we watched all the other unsuspecting safari goers have their cars ripped apart... we set up camp here for a good 10-15 minutes....




...it was crazy to see how bold these animals were, but some weren't interested in the cars... and we soon spotted lots of babies...







 
After the 15 minutes, the kiddies started to get restless so we moved on.... we were soon stopped by an emu, who was eyeing up the bird poo on the car.....
...he had a good go at it, but then started to eye me up, so the window soon got closed....  the children were loving all the animals so close...

.... but then we came to the rhino bit.... two rhinos were playing/charging around, and the park intervened to stop them getting too close...phew I was getting a little worried as I was at the front of a line of cars, and they could do a lot of damage if they wanted to...






 Looking up the road we saw an ostrich racing a car....

And then we proceeded to see the rest of the animals....
 ...one cheeky camel liked the look of my phone.... so I had to escape behind the window again...


wink, wink!




It was then time for lunch... S wanted to sit on the picnic blanket after falling of the picnic bench... but then the peacocks were eyeing up her sarnies...


 ...after lunch it was time to see some of the animals on foot....
 ...and the kids explored the telescope....
 ...and found entertainment running around poles... simple things ey kiddies??....
 ...the giraffes were playing hide and seek... when we went on the platforms they would go inside, and when we were inside, they went outside.... then out of nowhere surprised us with an appearance...
 ...J soon started her tantrum as she wanted a go on a fairground ride... we was going to get a wristband for £10 with unlimited rides, but this tantrum confirmed that time was getting on, and the children were getting tired in the heat, but if she bucked her ideas up she could choose just ONE ride instead.... mwhahha evil mummy....
 S found a painting in the bird of prey house, and was more interested in this than the birds of prey...
 ...and mummy got to practice her manual camera skills... they still need practice, but at least you can see the bird and not just the fence, which the point and shoot mode wanted....
 ...after the bat house with the bats flying around our head in pitch black, it was time for the park...



 ...after the park it was time for the ride... S saw a giraffe balloon enroute, and got very excited, so she choose the balloon instead of the ride.... (S is bonkers about giraffes as her comfort blanket is giraffes)
 ...S finally got her ride she was tantruming long and hard for...
 ...and S refused to let go of her balloon... after it was reacquainted.... she got scared as the wind made it come 'alive' so had to be taken away for a little bit...
 A and SW also enjoyed the ride....
 
We then went back around the safari, one last time before leaving for home... and this time the older kiddies took it in turns to share A's lap...

 
 
Here is some of J's photos...this is the first time she has had free roam with a 'proper' camera (not a kiddie zoom camera'.. I think she did very well for a 4 year old...







 
 


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22 comments:

  1. Great pics, it sounds very similar to west midlands safari park x

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    1. Thank you. I think they are all very similar.

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  2. That looks like a fab day out. I can't wait until my son is older to take hi for days like that. Lovely pics

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    1. He will love it when he can see out the window. :-) our 4 year old got so much out of it, but little S, soon got bored and started to fidget.

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  3. Looks like you had a fab day out! Great photos x

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    1. Thank you... I am slowly learning the features of my camera :-)

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  4. I've not been to this one, but I have been to Longleat several times. The last time I went, one of the tigers decided to lean on the car bonnet, which was errrrrm.... interesting.

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    1. Oh my word... I would have been locking the doors, and reversing lol!! We are off to Longleat in September with more family, so looking forward to that too. :-)

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  5. Looks like a great day out hun, J is the spit of u in these photos and her photos r fab x

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    1. it was a great day out, thank you x

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  6. Wow what a fantastic place! Great pictures - looks like you had great fun :)
    x

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    1. Thank you, we had a lovely day out, it was a nice change. :-)

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  7. This looks like an amazing place to take the family. Your pictures are fantastic! I had no idea they allow the animals, especially the rhinos get so close!

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    1. Its crazy to see them so close, but was scary when the rhinos were playing, but there are keepers on site in every enclosure so you are safe...ish! Thank you

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  8. What a brilliant day out. We had a silly insurance man in last week, who visited the safari park on my recommendation - and had the company car ripped apart by the gibbons :-)

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    1. teeheee... hope you weren't liable... ;-) watching other cars get destroyed is so much more fun, than watching your own car get ripped to pieces.

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  9. Wow this is a nice adventure! Being with the animals???!!!! The most awesome idea ever! I wish we can go here. My son would've love this place.

    Thanks for sharing your experience =) #countrykids

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    1. It is a great day out, and im sure he would love it as much as my girls did :-)

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  10. Looks like a great day, not sure hubby could cope with the thought of monkeys on his car though, in it no problem ;) #countrykids

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    1. teehee... I don't think I could cope either, much more fun watching them on others :-)

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  11. Great photos of a fun day out visiting all the wonderful and entertaining animals. Love the monkey antics on the car and not sure I'd be brave enough to sit with my window open while an ostrich pecked at the car! Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

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    1. Thank you for hosting again... I was amazed at how brave I was with it that close.. Was all good fun, and the children loved it. :-)

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