One of the most anticipated events in the year for us is our annual trip to West Midland Safari Park. We first went in September 2017. You can read all about our first trip here. We then returned in November 2017 for their Santa Safari which you can read about here, and then we were lucky enough to return again earlier this year for their Ice Age Exhibition which you can read about here.
Last Saturday we returned again for their Santa Safari. The Santa Safari is a magical festive day out for all the family. It combines a 4-mile self drive safari and a visit to Santa to make a truly memorable experience.
When we arrived we were greeted by a friendly elf who confirmed our booking, handed us a map of the safari drive through and walk through, and also allowed us to buy some animal feed.
The self drive safari is always a favourite of mine. In particular feeding the giraffes and seeing the elephants. This time, however, the star of the ‘safari show’ was definitely the baby rhino.
One minute we were feeding the deer through our car window when all of a sudden a fully grown rhino ran by our car chasing after her baby rhino!
It was such an amazing sight! The baby rhino was having lots of fun chasing the birds around!
Another amazing moment was hearing the white lions roaring! It was truly amazing! Here are some photos from the drive through safari.
After the drive through safari we headed into the walk-through area. In the summer, you’ll find lots of rides suitable for all ages. These are closed during the Santa Safari, but there’s still plenty to see and do! With Christmas crafts, face-painting, the BOJ playground, stalls and more!
When booking your Santa safari online you can choose a time slot to see Santa. Our time slot was 1-1.30pm. When we arrived we were greeted again by a friendly elf who talked to our twin girls whilst leading the way for us.
We boarded Santa’s sleigh and sat right at the front! We had a great view of the reindeer!
The elf talked to us about Santa whilst we rode on his magical sleigh. The walls began to move which really did give the impression that the sleigh was moving. It had me believing that we were anyway! When we arrived at the ‘North Pole’ it was like entering a magical winter wonderland! There was lots of snow, twinkly lights, Christmas music and polar bears!
After a short queue a friendly elf asked our girls for their names and talked to them about Christmas, and Santa. She even complimented our girls on their Christmas jumpers and said that Santa would love them!
Before we knew it, it was time to meet Santa! My husband and I were really impressed. Santa really took the time to talk to our girls about what they’d like for Christmas before telling them all about how his elves and himself had forgotten to do the dishes that morning leaving Mrs Clause in a bit of a mood! It was very funny! Our girls then posed for a photo on their own with Santa, and then for another one with mummy and daddy too. We then headed into Santa’s workshop where our girls were able to choose a special gift each from Santa.
As always the gifts available were fantastic. There was plenty of choice for all ages from cuddly toys, board games and even a ukulele! R chose a big, yellow Power Ranger toy, and M chose a doll and horse stable set.
We then headed over to Mrs Claus’s kitchen for a nice, warm hot chocolate, cookie and a mince pie!
After our hot chocolate we wandered over to the BOJ park for the girls to have a play before seeing the meerkats and feeding some of the goats!
Lastly we went through the Ice Age Exhibition and the girls couldn’t resist counting some of the animals teeth!
Overall we had a wonderful time at West Midland Safari Park, in particular the Santa Safari really put us in the Christmas mood!
The Santa Safari runs daily up until the 24th December. Booking online costs £20.40 per adult, £17.00 for children aged 3-15, and under 3’s are £6.80. You can also buy animal food for £3.50 online. For more information and to book click here.
Whilst at West Midland Safari Park I filmed some of our favourite bits, including our sleigh ride and talking the elves! You can watch the video below.
My husband has also written about our trip. You can read his review here.
For the purpose of this review we received complimentary tickets for the Santa Safari. All views and opinions are 100% my own!