Our trip to African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton, Ohio seemed perfect from the very beginning.
It was less than two hours travel time from Kenton, which was perfect for traveling with toddlers and school-age children. We had checked on the Internet beforehand and printed a coupon, which saved us money on our admission price. Included with the drive-through safari was a huge cup of food pellets to attract the animals.
Picture six pairs of hands diving into the food pellets and -- you guessed it! -- ore pellets were on the floor of the van than were available for feeding the animals.
We encountered caribou, deer, moose, buffalo, llamas, alpacas, giraffes, and maybe even a yak. Not really sure about that one because the only yak I have ever come across personally was in a Dr. Seuss book. In the distance we could see zebras and lemurs.
It was pretty exciting stuff especially when the animals stuck their heads through the van windows looking for food, or when they planted themselves in front of the van and refused to move! The experience was a little chaotic at first but fun nonetheless.
After the drive-through fun, we parked the van and rode ponies and also a camel. (That's Alexa and Meyghan atop the camel.) These were included in the admission price. There also were various exotic animals to view and some tropical birds.
It was a great day trip, not that far from home but just far enough that some of the kids fell asleep on the way home. It was also a bit nostalgic for me, because I had taken my own children years ago to the safari, and now I was able to spend a day there with my grandchildren.
Submitted by Ruth Crates of Kenton