Knowsley Safari Park Review (Beware The Baboons!)

We were very lucky on our recent family weekend break to Liverpool to be invited to Knowsley Safari for a day out. None of us had been to Knowsley Safari Park before, so this was an amazing new experience for us to share together.  Daddy didn’t even realise that safari parks even existed in this country so it really was an eye opener for him.

We arrived at the park when it opened and were given our arrangements for the day and the time we had to join the Knowsley Safari Baboon Bus by the meet and greet staff.  As we weren’t going to be joining the bus until 12pm, we decided we would drive around Knowsley Safari first to find out what it was like.  I’m so glad we did, as being one of the first cars around the park was a real advantage.

Knowsley Safari Experience ReviewMeet The Lions

If you are planning a visit to Knowsley Safari Park I really would urge you to get there as soon as the gates open and head straight to the safari.  The benefit of doing this is you get to see the lions right up close and personal, so to speak.

Before the cars start to arrive at the park the lions take advantage of this quiet time and loiter along the road side.  When we went through the park later on the Baboon Bus they had moved off the road on to the platforms they can rest on.  You still get a great view of them, but you don’t get pictures like this.
Lions at Knowsley Safari ParkThis had to be the most breath taking part to our visit, and something we would not have seen if we had not gone round the park first thing.  They are magnificent creatures aren’t they?

Lots To See

Around the park there are so many animals to see that to make the most of your visit we would recommend going around twice at least.  They have a vast collection of all different kinds of animals from zebras, giraffes, peacocks, elephants and rhinoceroses.  The park contains around 700 species of animal all together over 550 acres of safari park and I’m pretty sure we saw nearly all of them.

Knowsley Safari ExperienceSea Lions

Indie seemed to enjoy the sea lions the most, and the fact she could see them from under the water really added to her experience.  I lost count of the times she went up and down the steps to see them from all the different angles  she could in the pool.

Sea Lions At Knowsley SafariKnowsley Safari  have talks and shows on through out the day so you can learn more about the animals that live there.  We really wanted to watch the sea lion show, but didn’t make the times.  We did hear all about the meerkats though, which we really enjoyed.

Beware the Baboons

Knowsley Safari Park has a a very large collection of Baboons in residence.  When we drove round the park ourselves we decided to take the Baboon safe route.  We valued our windscreen wipers, especially as we were going to be driving 2 hours back to Nottingham after the weekend and we know baboons aren’t shy about pulling things off cars.  We knew we would get to see them when we caught the baboon bus later.

These cheeky primates have quite a reputation you see.  They are famous for stealing windscreen wipers, England flags, number plates and pretty much anything they can pull off a car.  They are also known for using the odd moving vehicle as a toilet.  We saw this in progress, so I can completely vouch for it.

They are amazing creatures, but when they see a car they think it’s playtime.  When we were about to enter their enclosure on the Baboon bus, we saw a women get out of her car, and stick her windscreen wipers down with masking tape.  Now, you remember those lions I mentioned at the beginning of the post?  Firstly, it really isn’t a good idea to get out of your car whilst at the safari, and secondly masking tape really isn’t going to make a jot of difference.

baboons at knowsley safari park

It’s definitely worth taking the Baboon bus at Knowsley Safari Park for lots of reasons.  The guide gave us lots of interesting facts about all the animals that live at Knowsley Safari, which we all really enjoyed.  You can use the guide your given on entry too, but I must say I prefer someone to point things out and talk to you, they often have stories you don’t find in the tour guide.

The main reason though is that the Baboon bus is a great way to see the Baboons and keep your car in one piece.  There are ropes hanging from the bus that the Baboons catch and climb up, but they aren’t shy about using the windscreen wipers either.

This was such a fun experience, and our 3 year old thought it was very amusing watching the baboons jump onto the bus.  She thought it was even more amusing when one wee’d down the windscreen.  These baboons know no shame.  I really can’t recommend the Baboon bus enough.

We Met Ben & Holly Too

During our visit, Ben & Holly were visiting Knowsley Safari too.  They were having meet and greets with their fans through out the day.  Now, we couldn’t miss this as Indie loves the show.  She kept reminding us that she’d seen them at the theatre, and was very excited to meet the in person.  Just look at this happy little face…

Ben & Holly Knowsley Safari ParkRecommendation

We had an amazing visit to Knowsley Safari and would recommend a visit for anyone coming to Liverpool.  It really does have something for everyone.  The have a play park for the children to enjoy, restaurants and picnic areas too.

They have a really flexible pricing structure so that you can enjoy the park in the best way that suits you.  Entry starts at just £17.50 and under 3’s are free.  Baboon Bus tickets are £5.50 per person.  It really is great value for money.

We were provided with complimentary tickets to Knowsley Safari Park in exchange for this post, but all thoughts and opinions are our own.


Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life.

Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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  1. Ema J Lowe
    July 21, 2015 / 9:36 pm

    We’ve been a couple of times. Last time was last Xmas. It was our 3yr old 1st time, she liked it until we went to see the lions and monkeys, we went. All she can remember is one of them jumping up at our door and opening our side door.

    • Zena
      July 22, 2015 / 2:53 pm

      Oops. They really are cheeky monkey’s aren’t they. Did you have the door locked? They are pretty strong aren’t they

      • Ema J Lowe
        July 22, 2015 / 7:27 pm

        We will next time!! As it opened slightly.

        • Zena
          July 22, 2015 / 8:37 pm

          That must have been pretty scary. I hope it doesn’t put you off going. We really had a great day. The Baboon bus is a great way to keep your car in tact 🙂

    • Zena
      July 22, 2015 / 2:54 pm

      Yep, you can drive around on your own. There are rangers around making sure people don’t do anything silly like open car windows for photo’s. It’s not the lions you have to worry about, it’s the baboons!

    • Zena
      July 22, 2015 / 2:59 pm

      Thanks Kim, it was amazing. We really enjoyed. It was a much better experience than going to a zoo x

  2. July 22, 2015 / 1:08 pm

    I can vouch for the Baboons liking number plates, we had ours snatched off a few years ago, not that we minded as the children loved every minute of it, but if you are worried about losing something from your car the Baboon bus sounds ideal!

    We went in early like you and saw the lions close up, a brilliant if slightly nerve wracking experience!
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  3. July 22, 2015 / 6:57 pm

    What a great price for such a good day out. It is wonderful being able to be so close to such magnificent creatures. And to meet Ben and Holly too. I’m glad you all enjoyed it.
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  4. July 22, 2015 / 10:05 pm

    I love Safari parks; it might be the only place I will get to see some of the wild animals.
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  5. A S,Edinburgh
    January 26, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    I’ve never been, it looks wonderful, and the tickets are really good value for an animal attraction. Thanks for the review and beautiful photographs!

  6. Lisa Bradburn
    July 18, 2017 / 1:57 pm

    Living in cheshire I’m looking for days out and places to go this summer! After readying this I think that Knowsley Safari Park will be on the list! Looks fab!

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