This summer I had the opportunity to visit African Lion Safari in Canada. It was by far the highlight of my trip. You get to experience wildlife in its natural environment. African Lion Safari is a massive conservation project that aims to breed declining wildlife and introducing them back into the wild. At the same time, spectators have the opportunity to observe wildlife from the windows of their vehicles driving through the game reserve.
I watched lions roaming free, herds of different animals going about their day in open air and space oblivious to my presence. Just watching the lions walk across and around my car caused me to have an adrenaline rush, a feeling that even roller coasters can’t compete with. Baboons actually walked to my car and climb up on the roof. They are very aggressive and I got to see them at their wildest! Watching giraffes peering through my window and zebras sticking their tongues out at me was all very thrilling. I watched cheetahs sleeping on top of each other without a worry in the world. Rhinos were taking a bath in the shallow lake along with antelopes and other animals. I saw a flock of deer and elk running together. It was all truly breathtaking.
After driving through the reserve, I discovered there was a walk-through path as well. There, I was allowed to observe elephants marching in single file to a lake for a drink. I was also able to pet the llamas and watch kids take pony rides. A small water park was also there for visitors to take a splash, play games, and cool off. After which I choose to take a cruise on a boat to view waterfowl and other land-based primates. There is also a parrot paradise that inhabits the most beautiful colored birds. These birds participate in live performances and their trainers possess a wealth of knowledge about how these birds are unique and precious. Other live performances are also scheduled on certain days. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take part in this. I’m sure it would have been quite entertaining.
The park participates in conserving animals both in the wild and in captivity. So, you can walk through a zoo-like atmosphere and take a safari through the wild. Whatever the case, African Lion Safari is filled with loads of things to do and learn. Every spectator helps support the conservation projects that have been successful in breeding endangered and threatened animals just by visiting. Golden eagles, white rhinos, barn owls, cheetahs, ruffed lemurs are just a few on the threatened and endangered species list. A trip to the African Lion Safari would serve as a rare opportunity to get to see these creatures live. So, when in Ontario, this is a must see attraction!