Where To Find The Best Safari Parks In The UK

Christine Peasnell
30th August 2022

Britain isn’t the most obvious place to experience exotic wildlife, but there are plenty of great safari parks in the UK if you know where to look! Enjoy meeting animals in a much more natural setting and learn more about wildlife from all around the world with our pick of these top UK safari parks to visit.

The UK’s Best 15 Safari Parks

Port Lympne Hotel and Safari Reserve

If you want to experience the Savannah but don’t want to deal with the African heat, then Port Lympne Safari Reserve might be the best place for you. This 600-acre wildlife reserve focusing on savannah animals such as lions, rhinos, giraffes, and monkeys to name a few -  is perfect for adults and children alike. What’s even better is you can spend a whole day there, and when you’re feeling like the days are done - head into their amazing hotel to relax.

Port Lympne UK safari park

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West Midland Safari and Leisure Park

Safaris are not super common here in the UK because of our climate, but West Midland Safari and Leisure Park make sure that you can experience life in the Savannah from the UK. Featuring several amazing animal retreats as well as all kinds of settings and scenes, we’re sure that you and your family will enjoy seeing all the animals you wouldn’t normally get to see. Take a look over it, just like a giraffe - we promise it won’t let you down.

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Woburn Safari Park

Woburn Safari Park is another top-tier safari park here in the UK and offers several stunning animals that you would never normally find there. Walk, drive, or be driven through the expansive safari packed with the most exotic animals you can imagine, and experience what it’s like to drive through the savannahs. Be sure to put plenty of sun cream on if it’s hot, just so you wo-burn.

Woburn Safari Park in the UK

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Knowsley's Safari 

Who’s calling? Adventure’s on the phone! Knowsley Safari in the heart of Prescot is one of the smaller safari parks in the UK, but still offers all the main animals and experiences of the bigger safaris on the list. Not only this, but Knowsley's safari experience lets you get up close and personal with certain animals, and in some cases hold them (just not the lions…)!

Knowsley's Safari park in the UK

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Longleat Safari Park

Longleat is one of the most well-known safari parks in the UK and has every exotic animal you can think of. Situated right in the middle of Wiltshire, Longleat has everything from land animals, to air animals, and even aquatic animals for you to look at and enjoy. Experience the animal kingdom like never before, and stay overnight if you want to spread your love for animals over a few days. We strongly suggest you visit Longleat if you’re stopping nearby.

Longleat Safari Park in the UK

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Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park

If you’re not into all the more exotic fauna from around the world, but still want to treat yourself to a close-up with some more local animals, then Avon Valley may be the safari for you. Featuring multiple trails with animals from around the UK, as well as having some of the nicest gardens and walks around - Avon Valley is not one to miss if you want a more heavily British-flavoured safari.

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Peak Wildlife Park 

If you want to take a “peek” into some exotic animals such as lemurs, zebras, penguins and stunning deer from around the world, then Peak Wildlife park is the one for you. With many animals dotted all over their lovely park, you can walk around at your own pace and experience animals from around the world. Not to mention their endless peaceful trails and walks with amenities on every corner, there’s a strong reason why this park is on our list. 

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Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park

Lions, Tigers, Giraffes and Rhinos, you name it - they have it. Blair Drummond Safari and adventure park are one of the biggest and most packed safaris in the UK. Specifically in Scotland, Blair Drummond is one of the biggest and best safaris you can visit, especially with your children who will love to experience the exotic and exquisite animals on display. We strongly suggest you visit Blair Drummond if you are heading up to Scotland.

Blair Drummond Safari Park in the UK

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South Lake Safari Zoo

Based in Cumbria, South Lake Safari Zoo is another amazing zoo and safari that you and your family can visit for an exceptional day out. Featuring all the savannah, aquatic, and flying creatures, South Lake Safari Zoo is one to visit when you have some free time. Not to mention, that you can become a zoo keeper for a day, with their very own keeper experiences that will be sure to amaze you.

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Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Another well-known wildlife safari is in the Cotswolds, more specifically the Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens. This amazing wildlife park features all kinds of exotic animals such as lions, and giraffes, not to mention their freezing friends such as penguins. Whether you’re going by yourself, with friends, or with family - we’re sure that you’ll enjoy your time exploring the world of nature in this lovely green space. 

Cotswold Wildlife & Gardens UK safari park

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Knepp Safaris

Safaris in themselves are a great way to get in touch with nature and see what nature can do with stunning animals and greenery. Why not take it one step further with Knepp Safaris, where you can explore but also camp in a beautiful location, or even a luxurious tree house. Don’t worry, the animals are kept separately, but let the Knepp experts take you on a perfect tour. We’re sure that you’ll love this hyper-local Sussex safari.

Knepp Safari park in the UK

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Shepreth Wildlife Park

Shepreth Wildlife Park is another stunning wildlife and safari park here in the UK. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this relatively new safari features many types of animals from around the world, each with its enclosures and personalities. We’re sure that if you want to see a vast amount of both local and exotic animals, then Shepreth Wildlife Park is ideal for you and your family. 

Shepreth Safari Park in the UK

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Manor Wildlife Park

Want to experience some of the cutest animals up close and personal? We think that you’ll love Manor Wildlife Park. This safari and wildlife park is not only amazing due to the vast array of animals you’ll get to see, as well as some amazing food and drink options, but their keeper experiences are some of the best possible. Get up close and personal with your favourite cuties such as red pandas, rhinos, and even tigers. We strongly suggest you visit Manor Wildlife Park in Pembrokeshire, even if it’s just for half a day. 

Manor Wildlife UK safari park

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Lincolnshire Wildlife Park

Last but certainly not least on our list is one of the biggest safari and wildlife parks in the UK. Covering 16.5 acres, Lincolnshire Wildlife Park is filled to the brim with exquisite animals and facilities, you can experience life from under the sea, in the air, and the savannah, with a range of tours, you can take to visit all the animals in the park. We’re sure that if you were to stop by, you would love what you see - be sure to try to find the rarest parrot species!

Lincolnshire Wildlife safari park in the UK

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Whether you want an old-fashioned drive-through safari, a walking trail or just a more wild and open wildlife park that lets you see animals in a natural setting, the best safari parks in the UK have something to offer. Fancy something a bit more traditional? Take a look at our picks of the best zoo hotels in the UK instead, and once you know where you want to go... just hoo it!


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