Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Our Travels to Lion Country Safari

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Lion Country Safari, Loxahatchee, FL
Well today we went on a Safari.  No, not as magnificent as going to Africa itself, but to Loxahatchee, Florida, to a place called Lion Country Safari Adventure Park.  It is Florida’s only drive through Safari.  There is also a Lion Country Safari KOA, in which you are supposed to wake up in the morning to the lions roaring!  We did not camp there at this time.  This was just a day trip on the Weekend.  My co-worker, Lu-Anne came a long for the ride, since her husband did not want to go and she has always wanted to see the park.

Rhino - Lion Country Safari, Loxahatchee, FL - ouroutdoortravels.blogspot.com
Rhino in the Road
I remember when I was a kid and my parents took my sister and I here for the first time in our orangeish brown station wagon.  I remember being scared straight when one of the rhinos turned and was facing our car.  My Dad was like; “this is so cool are you getting this on video?”  To my Mom.  I was ready to cry thinking to myself.  “Hello! Did you not watch that episode of Tarzan where the Rhino charges after people??? We are going to die!!!”  As you can see we lived.  These are White Rhinoceros and they are peaceful and do not charge.

Rhino in the Road at Lion Country Safari, Loxahatchee, FL - ouroutdoortravels.blogspot.com
History Repeating itself
We started out early in the morning, and only had to drive through one small little rainstorm that luckily did not last long.  When we got to the park, you drive straight the admissions gate, check the website for coupons.  Nadia had good coupon she received with her last report card; she was free!  Lu-Anne and I were able to use the coupon on the website :) After you pay, they hand you a CD to play while you drive.
Please Note: You cannot drive through the Safari in a convertible or motorcycle.  They have vehicles for rent, if you need one.  You cannot go through with your windows down either.  Also your pet has to stay in one of their kennels.
When we got to the entrance of the safari itself, we popped in the CD.  We all three had our cameras.  The weather was still overcast.  Here are some pictures:

Lion Country Safari, Loxahatchee, FL - ouroutdoortravels.blogspot.com

Lion Country Safari, Loxahatchee, FL - ouroutdoortravels.blogspot.com

Lion Country Safari, Loxahatchee, FL - ouroutdoortravels.blogspot.com

Lion Country Safari, Loxahatchee, FL - ouroutdoortravels.blogspot.com

When we got to the next section, it was the lion section.  There is a fence around them now.  It was not always like that, but people are people and some do not follow rules and therefore got hurt.  There are also Rangers in zebra colored trucks driving around inside with the lions patrolling.

Lion Country Safari, Loxahatchee, FL - ouroutdoortravels.blogspot.com

Lion Country Safari, Loxahatchee, FL - ouroutdoortravels.blogspot.com


 I seemed to have caught this lion’s attention.  I did not realize that my flash was going off every time I took a picture of him.  Oooops, sorry lion. Here is what we saw next:

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Lion Country Safari, Loxahatchee, FL - ouroutdoortravels.blogspot.com

There was also a Monkey Section.

Lion Country Safari, Loxahatchee, FL - ouroutdoortravels.blogspot.com

Then last but not least the Giraffes. 

Lion Country Safari, Loxahatchee, FL - ouroutdoortravels.blogspot.com

After the end, you hand in your CD and go to the Adventure Park.  This is a small park with various activities like, miniature golfing, boat rides, kiddie rides, Ferris wheel that even the adults can ride, petting zoo and water area. 

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The water area was nice.  Nadia brought her bathing suit.  They have changing rooms.  There was a covered area where we sat and watched.  I think if I had my suit, I may have run through the water jets to cool down.  Although overcast, it was still hot out. 

Water Park at Lion Country Safari, Loxahatchee, FL - ouroutdoortravels.blogspot.com
Water Park
Afterwards we all ate lunch in the quick service restaurant.  Looked through the gift shop, of course. We then headed over to the petting zoo and other animal exhibits.  Nadia and Lu-Anne fed some goats and then we went over to feed the Giraffes.  I love this part.  They are just down right magnificent, especially when you are up so close.  They were so gentle and cute.  I believe it cost like $2 or $2.75 to feed them. 
Giraffe Feeding at Lion Country Safari, Loxahatchee, FL - ouroutdoortravels.blogspot.com

Giraffe at Lion Country Safari, Loxahatchee, FL - ouroutdoortravels.blogspot.com


We then headed over to the Camel Rides.  These were $5 a rider.  You just went once around a large circle and once around a small circle. We decided to give it a try.  Nadia and I rode together, she was in front and I was on the hump.  It was definitely different from being on a horse, a bit wobbly.  The camel was really gentle and he let us take pictures of him and pet him afterwards. 

Camel Ride at Lion Country Safari, Loxahatchee, FL - ouroutdoortravels.blogspot.com
After we were done with the park, we decided to drive through the Safari one more time before we left.  You can drive through however many times you want without having to pay extra. 

As we drove home, Nadia fell asleep in the car.  We all had a GREAT day :)
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