I’m always on the look out for things to do in and around Manchester that doesn’t necessarily involve food and drink. And it’s always nice to get out of the city from time to time and experience a bit of green grass and fresh air.
So when my friends Kate and Stu suggested a day trip to Knowsley Safari Park this weekend, I gave a hell to the yes.
I’d never been to a safari park before and whilst I’m still a little bit uneasy on the subject of zoos (visiting Berlin zoo was genuinely quite saddening) I was pleasantly surprised by the lay-out and general set-up of Knowsley.
This largely due to the fact that, for the the most part, the animals were out roaming free and didn’t seem bothered in the slightest by all the gawking humans. All the staff were very friendly and helpful and their enthusiasm for the job and the animals they care for really shone through.
Knowsley is only about 40 minutes drive from Manchester, so would make a great day trip out with the kids – or just if you’re a big kid – like me!
We were a little unlucky with the weather, as it rained for most of the day, but we still saw the majority of the animals – who didn’t seem to mind the rain!
The lions were particularly unfazed, and enjoyed a lazy Saturday morning.
A very opportunistic Emu.
Some very naughty Baboons! Be warned, if you’re very precious about your car, opt for the car friendly route that doesn’t go into the baboon enclosure. They are not shy about climbing on your car and tearing things off it!
Mr Rhino preferred to stay out of the rain.
My favourite part of the park was actually something I couldn’t take pictures of, the Bat forest! A warm, wet, dark room where you are surrounding by Egyptian fruit bats. Free to fly around as they pleased, nibbling fruit and weaving in and out of the onlookers. I’d highly recommend it if you get the chance.
Have you ever been to Knowsley Safari Park? What was your favourite part? Leave me a comment below!