Saturday, 5 September 2015

Lifestyle | Longleat Safari Park


Hi blog friends!!

Now, if you follow me on twitter you will have seen that me and my boyfriend travelled up to Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire for Bob's 23rd birthday on Friday. We left on Thursday evening and drove half way, stayed in a Travelodge and carried on to the park early Friday morning! 
This post is likely to be very long and full of pictures, so grab a cup of tea and continue reading!



We arrived at the park 1 minute after it opened so we were definitely within the first 100 people into the park, eager beavers. 
As it was so early we grabbed a Costa for breakfast and afterwards my first port of call was to buy a wolf, a toy not a real one although I would LOVE a real one! 
As soon as I saw this little guy I knew I had to have him, his name is Artemis. 

This picture is basically me in heaven!

So we walked around for a bit as it was still pretty early and we wanted to do the Safari around midday. 
Longleat had a Dinosaur exhibit running called Dinosaurs Alive and there were Dinosaurs literally everywhere, so we had to take a few pics with them!



Afterwards we decided it was Safari time! 
The first place you come to on the Safari is the 'African Village' where you can feed the Giraffes for £2, which obviously we HAD to do, I mean how many opportunities are you going to get to feed a Giraffe! The experience was amazing and I found out a Giraffe's tongue is extremely rough and really gross haha!





In this last picture the Giraffe I am standing with was called Kate so I had to take a pic with the Giraffe version of me!

After feeding the Giraffes we hopped back in the car and set off on the Safari!! There aren't many pictures of the animals though as 1. I was too excited and kept forgetting and 2. It was SO hot so most of the animals were quite far away either sunning themselves or finding shade, but here are a few!



Monkey on the car...F**k off!

This was so funny, a Monkey was on top of the car and it kept stroking the back windscreen, the people in the car behind us were wetting themselves laughing and so were Bob and I! Just occasionally a little Monkey hand would come down and stroke the window, then disappear again haha!



Obviously the one thing I was looking forward too was seeing the Wolves, however because it was so hot and they have such thick coats they were hiding and we didn't see them (CRYING ENSUED).

After finishing the Safari, we parked up and explored the rest of the park, first we went to Jungle Kingdom (which was Pets Corner) and saw Meerkats and Otters etc. 

Next we took the Jungle Cruise, a boat trip to see the Gorillas, Hippos and Sea Lions. There was a baby Sea Lion and she was SO cute and SO small!



After that we went and saw the Penguins and Sting Rays in the new section which was amazing! 
The Penguin we met was called Peaches and she was very intrigued by my ankles and Bob's shoe laces haha!



We also caught the Tropical Bird show which was so funny and as we were leaving Jungle Kingdom, I was super brave and held a Python called Abracadabra haha!


We also went into the 'Batcave' and the mirror maze before heading into Longleat House.


As it was getting late in the day when we finished walking around the house, we got a bit of lunch in the cutest little cafe called 'The Orangery' inside the house gardens.


After lunch we decided that we would give the Safari another go, because I didn't get to see my beloved Wolves and Bob wanted to see the Lions again. 
So we set off again and it was the BEST decision we have ever made! 
We were practically the only people in the Safari and basically all of the animals were right by the road, we got to see the Zebra and the little baby one and also the Rhino were so close to the car I could have touched them, it was absolutely incredible!




As we approached the end of the Safari again, my heart started beating so fast, I was so desperate to see at least one Wolf! 
As we entered the enclosure we saw that all the other cars in front of us were parked up at the side (instantly giving me hope) so we drove up and just as I hoped, the Wolves were right by the side of the road! 
I was the grin emoji from that moment on, I was so happy.



After that we made the 2 hour trip home. We both had the most amazing day and will be returning very soon I imagine! 
I also picked up another little Wolf toy who I have named Moro after Moro from Princess Mononoke, a Wolf pen and a Wolf key ring (okay Katy we get it, you love Wolves!)

Phew that was pretty much a marathon haha! 
Have you ever been to Longleat? What is your favourite animal?

Lots of love
Katy xxx
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8 comments

  1. This looks like an amazing day, insanely jealous of the penguin! I've never been but would love to go.

    Favourite animal is a Tiger or a Penguin! Great post.

    thatthoughtfulgirl.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. If you get the chance you must go, it's such a fantastic day out! Tigers are my second favourite animals so good choice haha! Thank you so much lovely xxx

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  2. Looks like you had a fab day. So jealous of you feeding the giraffe! They are one of my fave animals xx

    Talia // Floral Anchors

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    1. It was amazing! I know this sounds silly but I didn't realise just how big Giraffes actually are! xxx

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    1. Thank you! It is the best day out! Can't believe how close you can get to the animals! xxx

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  4. Great post and photos, I love safaris, this one looks amazing, especially because you can interact with some of the animals like feeding them!! I love animals, looks like you had a great day out!
    Becky Shannon xx - Life-by-Becky

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    1. Yeah Longleat is amazing at being really interactive and letting guests get close to animals you wouldn't have the chance to otherwise, which I really love! We had a lovely day thank you xxx

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