Saturday, 22 June 2019

Whipsnade Safari Park Sunset Session

A trip to our favourite safari park was made even more special by attending the Sunset session at Whipsnade Safari Park.

We arrived just before 6 and after a short queue we parked up and made our way to the entrance.  Whilst there were a lot of people milling around it didn't seem crowded at all.

Once we were booked in everyone dispersed to different parts of the park.  We made our way to the chimpanzees who unfortunately didn't make an appearance so we set off in search of brown bears and weren't disappointed.  They were out and very playful.  This seemed to be the theme for most of the animals.  The lion enclosure is fabulous and we got to see the pack up close, personal and very active. 
Daddy and daughter time at Whipsnade Wildlife Park

Next we made our way to the tigers who were very active and playful tumbling about with each other.  Each animal we visited was active and it was a pleasure to witness them at a different time of day than normal.

There were refreshment kiosks all round the park serving light refreshments but unfortunately we chose the wrong way when entering the park and completely missed the enormous food court serving lots of different types of hot food in trucks - oops!

We had pre booked and paid for a behind the scenes elephant care tour.  It was really educational and informative.  The keeper was really friendly and explained lots of unusual details.  Who knew that elephants on average sleep only 4 hours in a 24 hour period - not us!  We got to see the way care has changed over the decades and the latest most modern building in use.  Of course we got to see the elephants up close as well especially the youngest 'Sam' who was adorable and very playful.
Sam the elephant
We managed a trip round on the steam train which was fun even though I've been riding that train for 40 years.  Lots of information from the driver.  This is an extra cost as well but only a few pounds.

The evening session is only 4 hours so is a bit of a whistle stop tour but we shall definitely be returning next year although we'll probably book to stay somewhere overnight as we didn't arrive back in Gloucester until the small hours with a very fast asleep 10 year old mind you we slept pretty well that night.