For Harlym’s birthday, we went up north to Out of Africa. We had been wanting to visit the wildlife park for a long time now, but didn’t want to make the hour and fifteen minute drive. BOY, how I wish we had gone sooner!!! We had the BEST time. I can’t even put into words what an indescribable experience it was. From feeding tigers, to kissing giraffes, to being two feet away from zebra… It was unreal. Being so close and personal with these ginormous animals makes you view them in a different light. I couldn’t believe how big the bears and tigers were!
Unlike many zoos, this wildlife park has a fence in between you and the animal. It’s 100% safe, but you are able to get soooo close to the animals, you feel like you really are in Africa. Our favorite part of the day was the African Bush Safari. We got to feed giraffes, see zebras up close, learn about many different animals and take a tour INSIDE one of the huge exhibits in a safari bus!
The first thing we did when we got to the park was the “Feed A Tiger” exhibit. We fed a gorgeous bengal tiger raw meat on a stick. I was amazed at how big this cat was. My daughters were terrified (I’m not going to lie, when he hopped up on the fence and proved to be twice as tall as me, I was a little scared, too)! But they quickly got over their fear when we explained that we were safe because of the fence!
After we fed the tiger, we explored and met some new animal friends. People thought it was hilarious that I was wearing a “Mama Bear” shirt and laughed when I took a selfie with a bear! Deuce was matching me in a “Baby Bear” onesie but pooped all over it on the drive up… I mean, come on, dude. #bloggerfail
After walking around for a little bit, we headed to the “Giant Snake Show.” Anyone who knows me, knows that snakes star in my nightmares and I have an Indiana Jones level of fear when it comes to them. My husband, on the other hand, is afraid of nothing and loves snakes! He got to hold a 90lb python. There were little kids holding it, too! I was amazed at how peaceful and sweet the snake was. He reminded me of a lap dog that wanted to be held! I definitely realized that there is a unfair stigma around snakes. At the end of the show, I went in the arena and got super close to it (I was really proud of myself LOL) and Deuce even pet it!!
After the snake show, we headed to the “Predator Feed.” It was INSANE. The Zookeepers have almost 800lbs of meat in barrels and they drive around to each exhibit and enclosure, with everyone following behind. Meat is flung over the fence and anxious lions, tigers, hyena, jaguars, and more jump in the air and sprint to get their food. It was absolutely incredible to watch and be a part of their feedings!
After the Predator Feed, we went on an “African Bush Safari.” We hopped in a school bus with no windows or doors and drove into the Serengeti preserve. We got to feed camels, giraffes, see zebras, hippos, antelopes, water buffalo and more UP CLOSE. Like, within a few feet. It was breathtaking and humbling. These creatures are the epitome of beautiful and wild.
I still cannot believe we were this close to zebras. How amazing?! The zebras were by far Brooklynn and Harlym’s favorite part. But they loved the entire trip. They can’t stop talking about how much fun they had in “Africa” and how cool the tigers were.
To say Harlym had an amazing birthday would be a vast understatement. I can’t believe it’s taken us so long to make the short trip up to Out of Africa. It’s a new family favorite.
Another cool thing about Out of Africa is you can get in FREE your entire birthday month! My mom, Brooklynn and Harlym all have September birthdays so they were all FREE!
Out of Africa has so much more to offer that we didn’t even get to see, including a Zip Line that goes over the entire park, Tiger Splash show and Reptile Resort! So, we are definitely going back this month (also, because it’s my birthday month so I will get in free)!
Learn more about Out of Africa Wildlife Park HERE!