African Safari Wildlife Park

African Safari Wildlife Park

African Safari Wildlife Park
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Have you ever fed a Camel? Been nose-to-nose with a Bison? If not, you will at African Safari Wildlife Park! From Alpaca to Zebra, we have hundreds of exotic animals awaiting your arrival. The Park is celebrating its 56th WILD Season in 2024. We can’t wait to see you at THE Ohio Safari Park!
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Walt R
Detroit, MI1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
I've been to this park three times. The first two times, a few years ago, were very fun. They sold pellets and carrots to feed the animals. Instructions were to feed food from an open hand, fingers together, or from the cup. They warned about holding the food with fingers since the animals might mistake them for carrot sticks. It was a lot of fun having the animals eat out of your hand. Also the animals would stick their snouts into your car looking for food, which was also a lot of fun. At this last visit, feeding rules changed. You have to feed the animals at arms length away from your car. Also, it is no longer allowed to feed the animals by hand. I was told it's an FDA rule. It's not as much fun having the animals feed from the large plastic cups. The pellets go quickly since the animals have access to your entire supply. The supplied lettuce can be made to last a little longer by putting only one piece at a time in the cup. I don't know if that violates FDA rules. The park rangers monitoring the cars will threaten to throw you out of the park if they see you violating FDA mandates. Maybe read up on FDA mandates before you go to avoid fines or ejection from park. After the cup of pellets is half empty, the animals can no longer reach them, so you just end up dumping the rest of the pellets out into the road. The food is $15. There's a separate food stand for the giraffes, which you see after the main safari drive is finished. I was out of money by then, so not sure about the price. The entire ride through lasted about 20 minutes, since the food doesn't last long. Unlike the first two visits, the last visit wasn't fun enough to justify a 4 hour round trip, so I won't be back.
Written May 26, 2024
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octar
Lancaster, OH1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Save your money and go to a Zoo or small petting farm. They say the animals are their number one concern, but it sure seems like money is their top priority. Several animals had open wounds. I would not go back if they paid me. A total waste of time and money.
Written August 27, 2023
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Hello. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your visit to the Park. We would like to talk more about your experience, please send us an email at info@africansafariwildlifepark.com.
Written August 28, 2023
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JMJ_Ohio
Bay Village, OH55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This was our 2nd time hear, the first being about 10 years ago. It was better this time than we remembered the previous time. For one, they had a significant "family" of animatronic dinosaurs which were quite a spectacle, and no doubt a significant investment for the park. The highlight of the trip for us was the Aviary Adventure, with the budgies / small parakeets. It was very similar to a Butterfly House, where the butterflies land on you, but with colorful birds instead! We spent over an hour there and the kids would have stayed much longer if we had the time. Great photo opp and memorable experience!

The Drive Thru is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with the animals as well, however, it is strongly suggested that you take seriously the chance that your vehicle will be scratched - in spite of whatever you may do. With all due respect , holding your cup as far from the vehicle as you can will not keep horned animals from scratching your car. In our case, we had minor scratches that pretty much buffed out, but we drove a van that is already imperfect, We saw some people dealing with scratches in the parking lot. The risk is real! If there were any way to ride through the drive through in a bus or another vehicle, even at an additional cost, it would be a great addition for the park.

Again, overall, a great experience. Staff were friendly and available. My son fell on the playground, the staff made sure he was OK and gave him a treat that made his day. The animal programs were a nice addition, and there are ample opportunities to feed and interact with various animals based on your interest level. The parking lot was full, but the place did not feel too crowded, and it was obvious that people were enjoying themselves. This a great place for families, a nice break from the action at Cedar Point, great experience to ground children in what is real. Highly recommend!
Written August 19, 2023
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Hello! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are very glad to hear you had a WILD time at the Park! We hope to see you again!
Written August 21, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Cassie
Sandusky, OH656 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
First time here. You can buy cups of lettuce, carrots & grab. With the drive thru make sure you save food for the animals at the end. The ones at the beginning will surround you demand food. Feed who you want then choose windows to move on. The animals were all very sweet. You can pay $20 to feed the animals on the walk thru. There were several. We only choose to feed the giraffes which cost $6. To feed the birds or cost $2 for 1 stick or $5 for 3. Camel rides are $10 per person. They do accept cash & credit. We got to see the live animal show. They brought out three animals to look at. We could only touch the snake. Then if you paid $6 per family you could sit with the snake on your lap. Overall it was a good visit. Spent about 2.5 hours.
Written August 17, 2023
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Hello! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are very glad to hear you had a WILD time at the Park! We hope to see you again!
Written August 18, 2023
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kadinger
Necedah, WI221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Family
Workers were very friendly and helpful. So much fun feeding the animals through the drive through. Just beware they can damage your vehicle.
Written August 16, 2023
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Hello! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are very glad to hear you had a WILD time at the Park! We hope to see you again!
Written August 16, 2023
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lee c
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
It’s cruel what they have done to these animals. Trained them to stand on a dusty road, begging for food. Cars trying to avoid hitting them because so many animals converge on the cars. I am sorrow I ever saw this.
Written July 30, 2023
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Hello. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your visit to the Park. We would like to talk more about your experience, please send us an email at info@africansafariwildlifepark.com.
Written August 1, 2023
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Lynn W
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
The park itself is pretty good. Definitely a good, if small, variety of animals. Driving through and feeding the animals is super fun (prepare for a car wash later!). It's a nice setup and not too big. However a few things left us less than thrilled. For one thing, do not plan on eating here. Eat somewhere else beforehand. This place is very seriously not set up for even a simple lunch. We just wanted a couple hot dogs for ourselves and 2 kids, and there wasn't enough. We made do with a pretzel and 2 hotdogs for a family of 4, because that is literally all there was. So take snacks and eat before you go. Also, there are nearly no bathrooms. This is an entire large park, and there is one male and one female bathroom for the entire park, with 3 stalls each. That in no way possible, makes any sense. Every time we stood in line we chatted with others complaining about the same thing. So other than these two issues, the park itself is pretty good and we did enjoy that part. They have a neat educational area too, where you can pet a snake and touch a tarantula.
Written May 19, 2023
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Written May 23, 2023
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Cari M
182 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
A total waste of money. The per person price of $22.95 for the off season (compared to the regular $29.95 charge) is ridiculous. In the off-season, the walk-through safari is closed (which we knew) and we also knew the giraffes probably wouldn't be able to be seen. But even at this reduced price, I felt enormously ripped off.

You get one cup of food for the whole car (why wouldn't everyone get one when we are all charged individual admission??) and you have to buy more for $5 each. Do the owners really think that a family with a bunch of kids in the car are going to get by with just ONE cup of food? Truly, at this price EVERYONE who paid admission should get a cup if he or she wants it.

We were told there were over 400 animals. Be that as it may, but the vast majority of animals we saw were different types of deer, alpacas and llamas. I didn't need to drive 90 miles to see that -- I could have gone to the local petting zoo. The few "exotic" animals we saw, like the zebras, were relatively far away, separated by a wired fence.

Even stopping to feed the animals, we went through the whole drive -- TWICE -- in less than 45 minutes. With the 2 extra cups of food we bought we spent almost $80 TOTAL (there were three of us). In comparison, we could have all gone to the Columbus Zoo for a day and spent less money in admission.

I tried to justify this waste of money by telling myself it helps the animals. But honestly, it seems to me more like a money-making place than one committed to animals.
Written November 6, 2022
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Hello. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your visit to the Park. We would like to talk more about your experience, please send us an email at info@africansafariwildlifepark.com.
Written November 7, 2022
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Catra710
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Family
I won tickets so 4 of us piled in the car and drove 4 1/2 hours to check it out. It was chilly that day so quite a few of the animals in the walk thru park weren't out. The drive thru part was so much fun, I think we laughed almost the entire time. The car vacuum at the end is a game changer! Our ticket only included 1 cup of food so we bought extra (I think it was about $25) so everyone had a cup. All the staff members were friendly. Everyone got a ride on the camel and fed the giraffes which was cool. The aviary was closed due to bird flu concerns.
Written September 27, 2022
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Hello! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are very glad to hear you had a WILD time at the Park! We hope to see you again!
Written September 28, 2022
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Pathfinder532026
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
This was absolutely amazing. The animals were very pushy it was a lot of fun. The walk around through the gift store was very nice I really like the Canary house it was a lot of fun
Written September 12, 2022
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Hello! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are glad to hear you had a great time at the park! We look forward to seeing you again soon for another WILD time! :)
Written September 13, 2022
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