We got as close as we possibly can to lions, cheetahs, giraffes, elephants and possibly even a baboon’s pink behind… I kid you not.

In the land not too far away, tucked away in the city of Cambridge Ontario, we went wild at Canada’s Original Safari Adventure, African Lion Safari, as they celebrate their 45th Year Anniversary!

The first thing we did was drive through the Game Reserves in our own vehicle (although for an added fee you can take the Safari Tour Bus) where we discovered and came as close as we ever imagined to animals from around the world.  I much preferred driving through in our own vehicle as I find with a toddler (and how impatient and tired they easily get), it was a much smoother ride having the kids in their car seats and driving and exploring on our own pace (plus we had drinks and snacks to keep them full!). 

Am I the only one that hears the Jurassic Park theme song playing as we approach the Reserves Gate?  No dinosaurs here though.

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 I was pretty awestruck by the beautiful (and very sleepy) lion and tigers. Oooh. Aaahhh.

Baboons car-hopping.
And there’s the pink baboon behind.

Baboons were everywhere! My kids actually really enjoyed this area as there were just so many hopping about on top of cars and faces against windows.  Sadly they didn’t hop onto ours (noticed they preferred the lighter vehicles, most likely due to heat from dark cars).

I am smitten by giraffes and elephants. So this absolutely was one of the highlights of my trip to African Lion Safari.  Especially seeing the mother and child together and how protective the mother was, constantly staying by her child’s side. Absolutely beautiful.

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Fun Facts About Giraffes

  • The interesting pattern of a giraffe’s coat is likely for camouflage.
  • At one time people in Africa called them camel-leopards because they looked like a combination of a camel and a leopard.
  • When a giraffe baby is born it will fall five to six feet to the ground and typically land on its head. Wow, what a way to start things off!
  • Newborns can stand within 30 minutes of being born and can run after about 10 hours.
  • Despite their long necks, they have the same number of vertebrae as a human…seven.

My daughter was pretty thrilled to see “Santa’s Reindeer”.  She is well aware that this is where they stay while Santa is on a year-long vacation in the tropics. 

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After the drive around the reserves, we decided to visit the Asian Elephants at the Elephant Swim and then a quick train ride on the “Nature Boy” Scenic Railway where we got some fresh air, spotted some more reindeer and camels and beautiful views of the water. 

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I enjoyed the train ride as well as the kids, especially my son. He loves trains and enjoyed being in one!  With the admission fee, it includes access to all the indoor activities including: Game Reserves, Elephant Swim, “Nature Boy” Scenic Railway, “African Queen” Boat Cruise, Pets Corner, Misumu Bay Wet Play and Bird and Animal Performance.  I’d say that’s a great deal!

We were starving by this time, so thankfully they have tons to choose from for dining. We went to the Mombasa Market Restaurant — offering an extensive menu with counter service (like a big indoor food court) including hamburgers, pizza, all beef hot dogs, veggie burgers, fresh made wraps and salads.  We enjoyed some pizza and I loved their kids meal which includes a souvenir African Lion Safari little lunch box and animal cookies inside along with the pizza slice and a drink.  We chose to dine al fresco outside the Market Restaurant under large umbrellas.  

Shortly after eating and content little tummies, my kids couldn’t wait any longer… they wanted to GET WET & GO WILD!!™ at Misumu Bay Wet Play!


I have to say this is one of the best water parks I’ve been to, especially if you’ve got younger kids/toddlers.
They’ve got tons of Sprinklers, Spouts, Stream Jets, Rain Trees and Tumble Buckets! Loads of fun even the adults enjoy it!  What’s great too is there are a lot of ALS Staff in red shirts hanging around ensuring kids are safe and sound and there is order.  It gets so busy there with lots of little ones so I really liked seeing that.

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There is so much to see, do and discover at African Lion Safari and only less than an hour and a half drive from Toronto.  Head over with your family this summer and Go Wild!  

 CAC received complimentary perks + admission for a full review experience however; all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

27 Comments on Lions, Trains and Automobiles: Going Wild at African Lion Safari

  1. Wow! That is incredible! So up close and personal with the animals. Would be adventure of a lifetime to take a trip like this!

  2. We went a few years ago. My kids had a blast. We took our van through twice. A few minor scratches but it was well worth it. Cant wait to do it again

  3. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to African Lion Safari. Thank you for such a great review on it. I think I will have to take the boys, I think they would really enjoy it.

  4. Thank you for your review. We’re going to visit Safari this summer. Looks like a splash pad is a great addition to the park.

  5. I have probably not been to the African Lion Safari for about 15 years, but I think it will be time to go soon and take the little ones and my husband who does not know what it is, lol.

  6. we were hoping to go this year but couldn’t. i think we’ll wait till my daughter is a bit older. looks like fun

  7. I’ve never been to African Lion Safari, but I remember the commercial jingle from when we lived in Southern Ontario. I bet my boys would LOVE this- especially if a baboon jumped on our car!

  8. When we drove across country to Ontario, we were lucky enough to go here! The kids loved it and the baboons loved the top of our van and decided to keep a bit for themselves lol

  9. Awesome photos! We went last year and my 4 year old son LOVED it! He was going crazy for the Giraffes when they just walked in front of our car. Awesome experience!

  10. Fantastic! We have not been in a few years and it looks like we need to make another trip! We loved the elephant water play but missed the water park.

  11. You got some amazing photos! I was there like 20 years ago and it was amazing then too, I love that place. go early in the morning and leave at closing time, and yes there is so much to do there to keep the kids busy!!

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