Newly licensed drivers find it hard to navigate the roads without holding a fistful of birdseed out the window, as everyone knows pigeons make great friends. Relive the temptations of youth with today's side deal: for $5, you get one ticket (up to a $17.95 value) to the African Safari Wildlife Park, a drive-through interactive wildlife experience in Port Clinton about two and a half hours north of the city. Buy up to six of today's deal and bring along an entire flock of curious canaries, or every Snow White dwarf excluding Sneezy, for obvious reasons.
Despite being nowhere near Africa, the African Safari Wildlife Park simulates the feel of traversing the plains of Tanzania by providing a vast expanse of drive-through safari, plentifully stocked with friendly animals. Possibly peer up at fan-favorite giraffes, across at the white zebras and the more expected black-and-white Grant's zebras, up and down the ridged humps of Bactrian camels, and wonder at the African majesty of the Scottish highlander bull. The cost of admission includes one free cup of animal food to feed the animals as you drive through the park, a feat sure to delight everyone from small children to jaded adults. You'll also have full access to the park's walk-through areas, which may include pony and camel rides, pig races, and ever-changing animal shows. Whether an animal lover or an animal existence-doubter, a visit to the wildlife park will provide a constant stream of delights and surprises.
The expanse of the park means visitors should plan to make a day of it; pack a picnic or enjoy the burgers, hot dogs, and other comestibles from the Mombasa Café & Grill. Be sure to bring a camera for photo ops, which can include the frequently born baby animals, wee bairns clambering over the Jungle Junction play area, or giraffes developing self-awareness and subsequent insecurity over their lack of alpaca fur.
For safety and health reasons, animals should only be fed the grain provided by the park. Feed the animals at your own risk.
More than 50 TripAdvisors give African Safari Wildlife Park an average of four owl eyes, five Insider Pagers give it an average of four stars and four Yelpers give it a 3.5-star average. More than 750 Facebookers like it.
- It was a real treat to have the giraffes' putting their heads in our van to eat carrots. ─ Mystena M., Insider Pages
- The animals were so much fun to be around and they weren't shy about asking for attention either. They'd come right up to your car and stick their heads right in. – TammyinOhio, TripAdvisor
African Safari Wildlife Park
Vehicles leisurely roll across African Safari Wildlife Park's landscape, yielding to a host of friendly creatures. Camels, giraffes, zebras, forest-dwelling bongos, Asian sika deer, and Scottish highland cows await you. Guests can hold cups filled with feed, which exotic muzzles devour, and a walking area provides an up-close look at enclosed species such as the rare white alligator. Warm-weather months bring out additional activities, including educational animal programs and a pigs of the world experience. Food and beverages from African Safari's ice-cream shop and snack bar help sate midday hungers caused by watching a guanaco sneeze.