Woburn Safari Park, Bedfordshire

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Woburn Safari Park, Bedfordshire

Zoo/Wildlife Park/Centre - Address: Woburn Park, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, MK17 9QN, United Kingdom

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Review of "Woburn Safari Park, Bedfordshire"

published 12/09/2017 | Essexgirl2006
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Pro Good way to see some well cared for animals, good facilities
Cons Queues by some areas, expensive
Is it worth visiting?
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"Wonderful Woburn"

Lions having a scratch

Lions having a scratch

Woburn Safari Park

Attending a wedding in the area (with the evening Reception at Woburn Safari Park Lodge) my friend and I decided to have a mooch around Woburn Safari Park in the time between the wedding ceremony and the evening do. There are two aspects to the Safari Park: a foot safari and a vehicle safari and we did both.

How to Get Here

Woburn Safari Park
Woburn Park
MK17 9QN
Tel: 01525 290407
Fax: 01525 290489

The Safari Park isn’t far from the M1, and you need to come in your own car. There is no public transport here. I believe you can arrange your own coach trip but it would be tricky to see things on the other side of the vehicle.

Opening Times & Prices

It is £22.99 on the gate for the safari park for adults, £15.99 for a child and £19.99 for a senior. This is discounted by £1 each if booked online in advance. They do All Inclusive packages including meals, or family tickets which may allow for a small saving on what will ultimately be an expensive day out.

The Park accepts admissions from 10am – 5pm, closing at 6pm. It is closed for three months in the winter.

Other Stuff

There are a few common sense restrictions about access to certain parts of the park in open or soft top vehicles. Within the vehicle safari you mustn’t get out or wind down your windows, and travel no more than 15 mph. In emergencies stay in the car and sound your horn, there are keepers in vehicles around the park keeping an eye on things . Of course, don’t feed the animals as human food is bad for them.
Drive one way only, but there are space for two cars so you can pass by cars that are stationary.

There is a Go Ape climbing adventure here (book in advance and you get discount safari park tickets.

Road Safari

Once you have purchased your tickets you can drive through the park as many times as you want. It says one circuit takes an hour, but ours took more than this, and I will explain why a bit later.

We received a map after we got our admission which showed we had driven past some camels, Chapman’s Zebra and Bison. Plainly we were not that observant as we didn’t spot any of these animals.

Keep your eyes peeled for signs so you know where you are supposed to be going (you won’t get lost but don’t want to miss anything). We hung a left as we drove in and saw some Wildebeest, Antelope, Buffalo and White Rhino (allegedly also a Ostrich but we didn’t spot any). You can pull over to take photos or have a longer look, you don’t have to keep moving. It was at this point that we discovered that animals like to show us their bottoms…

After driving this section you get a fork in the road, go left for the Kingdom of the Carnivores (basically anything that could kill you) or straight on if you have a soft top or convertible. We went inside through double gates and saw an Amur Tiger in an enclosure. It’s companion was outside (I think they only allow one at a time) having a lie down. You do have to keep your eyes peeled as they may be dozing under a bush or like one of the American Black Bears (beyond another gate from the tigers, in case you were wondering) in a little wooden hut. We could see two massive paws hanging out the window. The other bear was wandering about under some trees. There was also a Canadian Timber Wolf in this part. Another gate takes us to the lions who were also asleep, all cuddled up. There was a bit of congestion here as cars queued on one side of the road to see get a good view and some photos.

Exiting the Kingdom of the Carnivores in one piece we then proceeded to queue for 25 minutes to see some giraffes. The junction by the giraffe enclose included cars that had missed the carnivores out and those that had looped around to see the elephants and were re-joining the route. We queued up on one side of the road but cars over-taking us then basically cut into the queue to see the giraffes basically causing gridlock. It wasn’t a particularly well placed enclosure. However we look down onto their space so could see them at a good height. Plus they had babies who were lovely. We were glad we had seen them but wish something could be done to keep cars moving and stop other cars jumping the queue.

Across the road was an Oryx and Grevy’s Zebra (we missed the latter) as well as Kudo and a East African Bongo (also missing). We also spotted the Somali Wild Ass (basically a donkey) whose name was the source of great amusement. The next gated section was the monkeys in the African Forest. You could skip this as there are reports of monkeys damaging cars. Residents include the Patas Monkey and the Barbary Macaque. There was quite a bit of a queue to get through here as people waited for monkeys to get off their cars, or stopped to photograph a monkey on another person’s car, or perhaps one at the side of the road. I was quite relived that the monkeys didn’t like my car, leaping across some in front of us to get to wherever they needed to be. My friend saw someone’s’ aerial be pulled out and one seemed quite content to pull the rubber seal off another car. They don’t care if the car is moving either and because it was quite busy (a Saturday afternoon) you couldn’t go far anyway. One monkey family basically set up home on the roof of a Mercedes and started to groom each other. The (human) family inside just sat tight and waited for them to finish, possibly they are still there... There was an amusing sign in the enclosure saying that Monkey’s don’t eat crisps! I am pretty sure they would eat them if you gave them some, but I understand that the park don’t want us feeding them or encouraging them with human food and as they can bite, it is an idea to keep your window up.

This is pretty much all there is to the road safari other than elephants which you saw on your repeat loop (we saw them at a distance across from the Wildebeest and rhino) but as we stopped to do some of the foot safari we ran out of time as it was past 5pm and I don’t think they let you go around again after that time.

Foot Safari

There is quite a bit to see here and we only did a small part of it due to lack of time. We visited the Australian Walkabout and saw a Great Rhea (not actually Australian) and red-necked wallabies. We couldn’t walk right through at this time, as they were separated into two groups for breeding. It seemed that a couple of the wallabies fancied ones on the other side of the fence. We only went into one side before fast tracking past Farmyard Friends (a children’s petting area as far as I could tell) and the Sea lions to the Land of Lemurs Feed and Talk.

We found the lemur talk quite informative and there was something for adults as well as children. The lemurs were happy to leap onto posts and plinths and their enclosure was well laid out so you could see them from various directions. We also took time to watch the penguins for a bit too, as they are always entertaining. We also saw tortoises, a red panda in a tree and bush dogs (a lot smaller then I expected). There is more than this here, but as previously explained we were tight for time and needed to get to our hotel to freshen up before the evening event at the park. Things we missed out on included meerkats and otters.

As well an animals this area is where you will be able to purchase food and drink, gifts and toys as well as outdoor and indoor play areas and little swan boats (pedal boats). There are two restaurants which seem to be family friendly and a few picnic areas. The loos and first aid station is also here and there seems to be plenty of parking but do note that some of it is on grass should it be muddy. Most of the paths here are suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs but there are some exceptions.

When you arrive you are given a list of talks and demonstrations and there are about thirty scheduled throughout the day in the Foot Safari so you should be able to catch one or two. They start with a Meerkat feed at 10.30 (they are often repeated) and then there is also a wallaby feed at 5.30pm with chances to learn more about the bush dogs, parrots, penguins, sea lions and other residents throughout the day. You may have to pay extra for the Sea Lion 3D cinema experience. There is also a miniature train ride.

My Thoughts

I enjoyed it here and would have liked to have arrived earlier so that we could have gone around again and seen a bit more than we did in the two and a half hours or so that we were here. The park seemed clean and well maintained but I would have liked to have seen better organisation around the giraffe enclosure.

It is an expensive day out for families, but I think you can make it work with picnic areas and allowing enough time to go around again that you can get more value from it.

If you have an automatic car then this would be good, my clutch foot was getting achy from all the stopping and starting!

All animals seemed happy and healthy, no animal that we saw was listless or cross. They all seemed content whether dozing in the sunshine, de-fleaing each other on the roof of your car or munching in their enclosures. For this reason I would recommend a visit here as a chance to see some lovely animals.

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  • SnowSurprise published 28/11/2017
    You should have an E here but I have none sorry
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    Well reviewed!
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Zoo/Wildlife Park/Centre - Address: Woburn Park, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, MK17 9QN, United Kingdom

Product Details

Type: Zoo/Wildlife Park/Centre

Address: Woburn Park, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, MK17 9QN, United Kingdom

Street: Woburn Park

County: Buckinghamshire

Region: East Anglia

Post Code: MK17 9QN

City: Bedfordshire

Country: United Kingdom

Continent: Europe

Telephone: +44 1525 29040

Fax: +44 1525 290489

Internet / Email: info@woburnsafari.co.uk

Website: www.woburnsafari.co.uk


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