A Drive through Safari at African Safari Wild Life Review

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I’ve heard of Drive through Safari’s but I had no idea that it was an adventure that awaited us practically in our own backyard. I was contacted by the wonderful Jaime from Ghostly Manor to take my family on vacation to Ohio this summer. Since Ohio is about 5 hour drive from our home town here in Chicago we were excited to take the drive and head there for a 3 day summer vacation after the kids were out of school.   First stop – Drive through Safari!! The African Safari Wild Life in located in Port Clinton, Oh.  A 4 hr and 45 minute drive from our front door. The closest my children ever got to animals was Brookfield Zoo so this certainly was going to be an adventure! Our adventure began in our Ford Explorer Sport we drove for the week on a loaner review from Ford.


We loved the open feel of the walk through Safari. Seeing the animals walking around in the barn like atmosphere was just the beginning. It was a beautiful day and after a almost 5 hour ride its just what our bodies needed was a nice little walk. My niece loves animals and hopes to work with them one day so she was in all her glory watching and touching the animals as well walked around.  We were able to sit in on one of the shows where the young ladies brought the animals out one at a time, introduced them, asked a few questions then they let the kids touch them. It was very educational. You can see the amazement and wonder on the boys faces as they reached out to put the turtle’s shell above.


In addition to the show the kids were allowed to get up close and personal with the animals. My boys were too chicken but my niece and nephew were in for the challenge. First a Free ride on the Camel and then you can have your photo taken with the snake for a small  fee.riding-a-camel

Glad it was her cause I don’t go any where near snakes. I’ve watch way too many scary movies.  They did inform us that snake has been handled by people all it’s life and that it’s very safe. The trainers stayed close and you even get a picture of you holding the snake for you payment, too.

We even came across this very RARE white Alligator. Isn’t he cool?


The real adventure began when we drove through the African Wild Life Safari.  Little did we know what we were in for.


We were given 1 free cup of feed with our admission and we also purchased carrots, too. We wanted to make sure we supported the Wild life reserve and getting to feed the animals was a bonus.

Once we entered the gated area the animals ran toward the car to greet us. The kids were so excited.


Even when the goat or whatever the animal was snatched the carrot out of my son’s hand they were all laughing and loved every minute.


My youngest son even wanted to feed them. He was so excited. I loved seeing the look on their faces and the smiles as they interacted with the animals.


These creatures were also in the gated drive through Safari and thankfully they stayed far away from the vehicle as they enjoyed the sun and drank from the little pond of water they had.


Now when the Buffalo came over to visit us in the car it was a whole other story!! These animals are massive and when they are slimming up next to the car looking for food trying to eat of the cup your holding and snatch it out of your hand as cute as it may seem the kids were laughing and screaming “close the window MOM!!” at the same time. Thinking about it now it’s actually quite comical.


He was right outside the driver window. I could reach out and touch him, but when he turned his head his mouth opened. I was not interested in being lunch. So we drove up a bit. Looking back in my review view mirror I saw this. Objects may be closer than they appear! That’s was an understatement. They were chasing the car hoping to get more food.


They were so adorable. The kids loved seeing them, but it was the big one’s they weren’t too fond of.  You know even though they were startled by the large animals they still loved every second of the drive through Safari along with feeding the animals.

Driving along the dirt road you followed other vehicles. You can see as the animals would go up to the cars looking for food. You can see that it was totally safe and that even other’s were enjoying the drive through as much as we were.


One of the most sweetest moments of our drive was when we had the pleasure to witness nature at it’s best. A newborn fawn. The fawn was getting a drink from it’s mother when were first drove up. The kids were so excited. The fawn could barely stand. Legs were so wobbly. I really wish I video taped our drive through but being the driver of the car it would of been difficult.


Our trip wasn’t over yet. As we drove a bit more we came upon some larger stables before exiting the Drive through Safari at African Wild Life Safari. These beautiful tall Giraffe’s! We never have even been more than 20 feet close to a Giraffe at our our zoo, but here we were so close we could reach out and touch the top of their heads. We really wished we saved carrots for them. Unfortunately the other animals had already emptied our carrots and container of food.

He practically stuck his head right in the car. (there was no zoom on my lens he was really this close to the car)


We absolutely loved the drive through African Safari Wild Life tour and have a ton more photos of our experience.  We enjoyed it so much I know we’ll be making another trip back there really soon.

Plan your next summer vacation to Ohio there’s so much to do and see.  Be sure to make this a priority stop on your trip, you’ll be glad you did.

African Safari Wild Life Drive Through and Walk Through Safari’s
with animal shows, pig races and much more.
267 S Lightner Rd Port Clinton, OH 43452
(419) 732-3606

Be sure to print out your discount tickets for African Safari Wild Life before heading out to the Park

Disclosure: We were provided with tickets to walk around the Safari and drive through Safari for the purpose of sharing our honest thoughts and opinion about our experience.

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29 Responses

  1. Melissa says:

    We love seeing the animals up close!

  2. Toni says:

    We don’t have those here but we had one when I lived in ARkansas. It was the neatest thing.

  3. Tom Cavalli says:

    So many animals – looks so fun!

  4. Dawn Sterner says:

    We have gone here a couple of times before & we all had a great time! The kids especially love how the animals can come up & they feed them!

  5. JR Frugalmom says:

    A free ride on a camel? My kids definitely would not refuse that:) It sounds like a great place to take the kids, perhaps even the grandparents as well…

  6. Chris says:

    I can’t decide if that looks scary, awesome, or bothersome. I think I’d like it, though.

  7. Georgia Beckman says:

    This is HYSTERICAL! I think this was not open on our trip through that area because I distinctly remember talking about it. Or perhaps it was too far out of the way. My grandchildren would really enjoy this. It has the WOW factor as well as the FEAR factor. That makes for a great & memorable combo. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Manda Marie says:

    I would love to go there!

  9. Sherry Lykins says:

    My daughter would LOVE this place!!

  10. Wonderful pictures! Your daughter is very brave. I refuse to go anywhere near a snake, even if it has been trained. There’s a first time for everything, lol.

  11. I had no idea this was even in Ohio and I’ve lived here for 8 years! Looks like a blast.

  12. hollowsins says:

    They have added several things since we were there! Loved this place!!

  13. Holly Mitkowski says:

    I love the picture of it licking the window!!! priceless!

  14. Jennifer Marie says:

    those smiles are priceless. I am sure my kids would love this.

  15. Elaine Lund says:

    Thanks for the review! I never knew such a place existed. I love the photos, esp. the one of the newborn fawn.

  16. vickie couturier says:

    there is no way I could have driven thru that,,,an there isnt enought money printed to have me put that snake on my neck!

  17. Shannon F. says:

    We drive past that place on my way to my in-law’s all the time. We live in Detroit and they live near Sandusky. We’ve been talking about going forever and I think your post officially added it to our bucket list this summer. It looks like such a great time! I’ll be sure to save some carrots or something for the giraffes!

  18. Stefanie says:

    Looks like you had an awesome time! Great pictures.

  19. How much fun, We love see animals. Oh my gosh I was totally shocked the first this we feed a giraffe. Looks like the perfect day, great pics.

  20. Liz says:

    Great post, Tricia!! The giraffes didn’t stick their heads in our car but we got buffalo, deer, etc. It was a crazy but cool experience!

    • Tricia says:

      lol I agree. I think I just pulled up a little tooo close to that gate. The long purple tongue is what scared me lol