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posted on June 22, 2022

You don’t need to head to Africa to get the thrill of a safari drive. The UK has drive-through safari parks to get up close to some ferocious beasts and gentle giants without leaving your car. Here’s our pick of the best places to take a drive on the wild side.

Woburn Safari

A drive-round circuit of Woburn Safari Park takes around an hour, but it’s not unusual to see cars taking more than one lap when there are different animal antics to see every time. Watch as ostriches trot across the road, zebras cause a jam when they pause for a snack, or elephants take a bath. Woburn is also home to a herd of giraffes with their own nine-acre parkland playground.

Getting there
Woburn Safari Park is easily accessible from London, Oxford, Cambridge, and Birmingham — it’s about an hour away from each city.

Knowsley Safari

Knowsley Safari

Knowsley Safari’s five-mile route through incredible animal enclosures is the longest safari drive in the UK, where a pride of lions roam freely in the Africa zone. You might find yourself braking for giraffes as they stride gracefully across the road that bisects their expansive paddock. Take the car-friendly route to watch the antics of the playful baboon troop from a safe distance. Or hop out of your car and onto the Baboon Bus to experience the cheeky tricks of these pesky primates up close.

Getting there
Knowsley Safari is around 30 minutes from Liverpool and 45 minutes from Manchester.

Longleat

Keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle! Longleat has some ferocious mammals on their drive-through route. Tigers, lions, and wolves prowl these parts. Use the bypass lane and skip the monkey route – these mischievous macaques have been known to swipe windscreen wipers. Instead, opt for the Bronze VIP Safari Tour for a guided tour in Longleat’s zebra-print Land Rover. You can also upgrade your experience to take part in tiger feeding or meet the lions face-to-face.

Getting there
Longleat is in Wiltshire, about 30 minutes south of Bath.

West Midland Safari & Leisure Park

West Midland Safari & Leisure Park

Take an adventurous safari drive through West Midland Safari and Leisure Park. You’ll hop around the world’s continents, seeing the giraffes of Africa and the rhinos of Asia before winding up your windows and paying a visit to the lions and cheetahs. If it’s an extra dino fix you need, West Midland is home to the UK’s largest collection of animatronic dinosaurs. It’s not exactly Jurassic World (and there are certainly no gyrospheres around sigh) but a bit of fun, nevertheless

Getting there
West Midland Safari Park is in Worcestershire, around 45 minutes southwest of Birmingham.

Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park

Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park

There’s plenty to see on foot at Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park. But an unmissable part of the experience is the drive-through safari, where there are rhinos, antelopes, camels, and lions to spot. And if you’re fresh from watching Jurassic World Dominion, don’t miss the 20 life-size dinosaurs lurking in the prehistoric forest and see if you can name them all

Getting there
Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park is around 40 minutes north of Glasgow.


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