A few weeks ago, both of my parents decided to take me and my sisters on a caravan holiday in our grandparents caravan for a few days. We decided to go on day trips everyday, and South Lakes Safari Zoo was the first thing we thought of. As soon as I found out we would get the chance to feed giraffes, I was so excited.
We set off early morning for the 1 hour 30 minute drive to Cumbria in the Lakes District, from the Caravan park we were staying in. It was a long journey, so I kept myself entertained by reading… It was such a good book and I couldn’t recommend it enough. Once we arrived at the Zoo, we headed straight to the entrance to purchase our tickets. We included the giraffe feeding experience in with our tickets and my little sister also include Lemur feeding with hers. The tickets are £14 for adults and £7 for children, however they do kids and adult deals which we managed to get with my little sister being 9.
We were first greeted by Rhinos and Ostriches once we entered the park. The Rhino was absolutely huge and kept walking away as soon as we headed to the fence. We then walked through some metal gates into an enclosure that had loads of animals roaming around such as Kangaroos, Peacocks and Lemurs. This was the first time I had actually seen a Kangaroo in person and up close. It was so cool and I was a little scared they would come and attack us as, but they were pretty chill and just laid asleep the whole time.
We then headed to the Lemur enclosure as the feeding was about to start and on the way managed to see some Lemurs sitting on a fence fighting and playing. As well as Meercats!! They are just so cute, and I am a little biased seen as though we share the same name. I love the way they stand. My sister loved feeding the Lemurs, even though she kept dropping the food as she was scared they were gonna bite her.
We then ended up wandering through the bird enclosure, that had parrots and other tropical birds flying around. They also must have just been fed as they were eating carrots when we walked through. I am not the biggest bird fan, as I am always scared they are gonna fly onto my head or poop on me. So this was pretty much quickly take a snap and shuffle away fast. By this point we began to get hungry as it was dinner time, so we headed to this cute Jungle themed cafe nearby. I went for a hot dog and chips, it was so big but sooo good!!
After we had eaten and were so full, we headed to the Monkeys. The 2 little black monkeys seen on the first picture, got quite the audience as they kept playing fighting and one of them kept chasing the other when they had got sick of playing. It was quite an unintentional show they put on. Can we also talk about how cute the baby grey and yellow monkey is, so adorable!! As soon as I got my phone out to take a picture it stared at the camera so confused for ages, which was really hard to get a picture of.
We then saw Tigers, Penguins, Flamingos, Lions, Wolves and Jaguars before heading to feed the Giraffes. The Jaguar enclosure had a massive audience waiting when we arrived, which we were so confused about as it was empty at this point. Some lovely people informed us that they were going to let the Jaguars out for feeding time for everyone to witness. It was so cool watching them race out and run up the pole to fetch their bait.
I was so excited to finally be able to feed the giraffes and by this point it was 4pm so we had spent a lot of time exploring and waiting for the chance. We headed for the line and just as we reached the line, the heavens opened and it began to start chucking it down, typical! It was still such a fun experience, even if it didn’t last as long as hoped because of the weather. But after feeding the giraffe a handful carrots and squirming at the feel of the tongue (it was so rough), we raced back to the entrance, which was at the other end of the zoo of course. We were absolutely soaked by the time we made it to the gift shop and I totally regretted not wearing waterproof mascara, as black streaks had ran down my face, making me look like a panda. I could have fit right into the zoo by this point with this makeup disaster.
It was such a fun day out despite the torrential rain at the end of the day. I would totally recommend visiting this zoo if you live nearby. It has activities for all the family and the feeding experiences are so much fun.
Have you ever been to South Lakes Safari Zoo, or fed Giraffes before?
Thanks for reading!