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Longleat Safari and Adventure Park

As well as the world famous drive through Safari Park, Longleat boasts an adventure park that contains a whole host of attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Cruise, animal encounters and shows, fantastic play areas, mazes, exhibitions and of course the wonderful House and Gardens.

 

Longleat Safari and Adventure Park, in Wiltshire, England was first opened in 1966. The Safari Park was the first of its kind anywhere in the world, and was considered to be a massive breakthrough in the way in which captive animals were kept, with the animals roaming freely across hundreds of acres of land, able to interact naturally with each other, while the visitors are restricted (in their cars). Longleat Safari Park and the concept of safari parks were the brainchild of Jimmy Chipperfield, who was the former co-director of Chipperfield's Circus. The park is situated in the grounds of Longleat House, an unbelievably beautiful stately home that is a huge tourist attraction in its own right, and is the current home of the 7th Marquess of Bath.

Today Longleat's collection comprises over 500 animals, and the whole estate is situated on 9,000 acres of stunning countryside. The house is set in 1,000 acres of parkland landscaped by Capability Brown, with 4,000 acres of let farmland and 4,000 acres of woodland, which includes a Center Parcs holiday village. As well as the world famous drive through Safari Park, Longleat boasts an adventure park that contains a whole host of attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Cruise, animal encounters and shows, fantastic play areas, mazes, exhibitions and of course the wonderful House and Gardens.

As well as the world famous drive through Safari Park, Longleat boasts an adventure park that contains a whole host of attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Cruise, animal encounters and shows, fantastic play areas, mazes, exhibitions and of course the wonderful House and Gardens.

As well as the world famous drive through Safari Park, Longleat boasts an adventure park that contains a whole host of attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Cruise, animal encounters and shows, fantastic play areas, mazes, exhibitions and of course the wonderful House and Gardens.

As well as the world famous drive through Safari Park, Longleat boasts an adventure park that contains a whole host of attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Cruise, animal encounters and shows, fantastic play areas, mazes, exhibitions and of course the wonderful House and Gardens.

We have visited the Longleat Estate a few times before, and while we have never managed to see it all in a single visit, we've picked up a few tricks which work really well for us. Firstly, most visitors head straight for the Safari Park when they arrive. Consequently, as I understand it, morning is the Safari's busiest time. As well as driving through the Safari in your own car, it is possible to buy a ticket for the Safari Bus Tour, that leaves from the Adventure Park that surrounds the house. This is the option we have gone for on the last couple of visits. It means we can park by the house, check out the other attractions, but know we have the tour booked for later in the day. It is also a great option if you are visiting with friends, as it means you can all enjoy the Safari together, rather than all being in separate cars.

As well as the world famous drive through Safari Park, Longleat boasts an adventure park that contains a whole host of attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Cruise, animal encounters and shows, fantastic play areas, mazes, exhibitions and of course the wonderful House and Gardens.

As well as the world famous drive through Safari Park, Longleat boasts an adventure park that contains a whole host of attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Cruise, animal encounters and shows, fantastic play areas, mazes, exhibitions and of course the wonderful House and Gardens.

As well as the world famous drive through Safari Park, Longleat boasts an adventure park that contains a whole host of attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Cruise, animal encounters and shows, fantastic play areas, mazes, exhibitions and of course the wonderful House and Gardens.

Once we had our tour booked this time, there were another couple of experiences that I knew we didn't want to miss. Firstly, we headed for the Jungle Kingdom and Animal Adventures, which is all about getting up close and in many cases among the animals.

As well as the world famous drive through Safari Park, Longleat boasts an adventure park that contains a whole host of attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Cruise, animal encounters and shows, fantastic play areas, mazes, exhibitions and of course the wonderful House and Gardens.

As well as the world famous drive through Safari Park, Longleat boasts an adventure park that contains a whole host of attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Cruise, animal encounters and shows, fantastic play areas, mazes, exhibitions and of course the wonderful House and Gardens.

As well as the world famous drive through Safari Park, Longleat boasts an adventure park that contains a whole host of attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Cruise, animal encounters and shows, fantastic play areas, mazes, exhibitions and of course the wonderful House and Gardens.

We watched the highly entertaining parrot show, held snakes and tarantulas, and fed nectar to the beautiful Rainbow Lorikeets.

As well as the world famous drive through Safari Park, Longleat boasts an adventure park that contains a whole host of attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Cruise, animal encounters and shows, fantastic play areas, mazes, exhibitions and of course the wonderful House and Gardens.

As well as the world famous drive through Safari Park, Longleat boasts an adventure park that contains a whole host of attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Cruise, animal encounters and shows, fantastic play areas, mazes, exhibitions and of course the wonderful House and Gardens.

As well as the world famous drive through Safari Park, Longleat boasts an adventure park that contains a whole host of attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Cruise, animal encounters and shows, fantastic play areas, mazes, exhibitions and of course the wonderful House and Gardens.

We also knew we didn't want to miss the Jungle Cruise on the lake, which gives you an opportunity to see the Gorillas, Hippos and feed the Sea-Lions from the boat, while the guide tells you all about them.

As well as the world famous drive through Safari Park, Longleat boasts an adventure park that contains a whole host of attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Cruise, animal encounters and shows, fantastic play areas, mazes, exhibitions and of course the wonderful House and Gardens.

As well as the world famous drive through Safari Park, Longleat boasts an adventure park that contains a whole host of attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Cruise, animal encounters and shows, fantastic play areas, mazes, exhibitions and of course the wonderful House and Gardens.

There is currently a temporary exhibit called Dinosaurs Alive at Longleat, which features 20 life-size animatronic pre-historic creatures around the park, which looked totally amazing in the Longleat setting.

As well as the world famous drive through Safari Park, Longleat boasts an adventure park that contains a whole host of attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Cruise, animal encounters and shows, fantastic play areas, mazes, exhibitions and of course the wonderful House and Gardens.

As well as the world famous drive through Safari Park, Longleat boasts an adventure park that contains a whole host of attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Cruise, animal encounters and shows, fantastic play areas, mazes, exhibitions and of course the wonderful House and Gardens.

As well as the world famous drive through Safari Park, Longleat boasts an adventure park that contains a whole host of attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Cruise, animal encounters and shows, fantastic play areas, mazes, exhibitions and of course the wonderful House and Gardens.

It was then time to catch our Safari Bus. The lady driver was lovely, and gave us a really fun and informative tour around the Safari Park. Having such a knowledgeable guide, really adds to the experience for us, and the bus gave us great views across the park (we sat upstairs).

As well as the world famous drive through Safari Park, Longleat boasts an adventure park that contains a whole host of attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Cruise, animal encounters and shows, fantastic play areas, mazes, exhibitions and of course the wonderful House and Gardens.

As well as the world famous drive through Safari Park, Longleat boasts an adventure park that contains a whole host of attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Cruise, animal encounters and shows, fantastic play areas, mazes, exhibitions and of course the wonderful House and Gardens.

As well as the world famous drive through Safari Park, Longleat boasts an adventure park that contains a whole host of attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Cruise, animal encounters and shows, fantastic play areas, mazes, exhibitions and of course the wonderful House and Gardens.

The bus is also a great way to avoid having your car damaged in the monkey enclosure, and gave us a perfect view of them happily pulling bits off other visitor's vehicles, much to everyone's amusement - apparently their vandalism comes mainly from their fondness of windscreen wash which contains alcohol! The photo below shows a cute little guy who was hiding at the entrance of the enclosure waiting to ambush cars!

As well as the world famous drive through Safari Park, Longleat boasts an adventure park that contains a whole host of attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Cruise, animal encounters and shows, fantastic play areas, mazes, exhibitions and of course the wonderful House and Gardens.

As well as the world famous drive through Safari Park, Longleat boasts an adventure park that contains a whole host of attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Cruise, animal encounters and shows, fantastic play areas, mazes, exhibitions and of course the wonderful House and Gardens.

As well as the world famous drive through Safari Park, Longleat boasts an adventure park that contains a whole host of attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Cruise, animal encounters and shows, fantastic play areas, mazes, exhibitions and of course the wonderful House and Gardens.

Longleat, of course, is most famous for its Lions. It is difficult, today, to imagine the consternation aroused when Longleat’s plans for an initial 100-acre lion reserve were made public. It is reported that there were dire warnings of big cats running amok in the Wiltshire countryside, local clergymen were up in arms, and there were even questions asked in the Houses of Parliament! Our driver told us that the first lions to arrive at Longleat were 50 'extras' from the wonderful film 'Born Free' which was released the same year that the park opened.

As well as the world famous drive through Safari Park, Longleat boasts an adventure park that contains a whole host of attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Cruise, animal encounters and shows, fantastic play areas, mazes, exhibitions and of course the wonderful House and Gardens.

As well as the world famous drive through Safari Park, Longleat boasts an adventure park that contains a whole host of attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Cruise, animal encounters and shows, fantastic play areas, mazes, exhibitions and of course the wonderful House and Gardens.

As well as the world famous drive through Safari Park, Longleat boasts an adventure park that contains a whole host of attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Cruise, animal encounters and shows, fantastic play areas, mazes, exhibitions and of course the wonderful House and Gardens.

We had an amazing day out at Longleat, and although the kids were a little disappointed that we didn't make it into the mazes or house yet again, we really did pack in a lot! It really is a pleasure to see such beautiful animals in such a wonderful setting!

 

As well as the world famous drive through Safari Park, Longleat boasts an adventure park that contains a whole host of attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Cruise, animal encounters and shows, fantastic play areas, mazes, exhibitions and of course the wonderful House and Gardens.

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24 Comments

  • Reply Alexandra Paul

    This is historical and charming park. Its views are very attractive and it is an adventurous park to visit.

    August 23, 2016 at 11:37 am
  • Reply Emily dommett

    Great post, we are off next week for my daughters birthday, the lights are going to be beautiful! Can I ask how Long the safari bus took? Does it run regularly? We want to book the Santa train but can’t decide what time! Thanks
    Emily

    November 10, 2015 at 8:14 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It took about an hour and a half (that’s with a little stop by the giraffes). We caught the 2 O’clock one, but I’m not sure how frequently they run – got a feeling they have a couple of buses, but not sure if they run both all the time or just in peak season x

      November 10, 2015 at 10:55 pm
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