the UK's No. 1 safari just got even better
Opened in 1966, Longleat was the first ever Safari Park outside Africa. Your drive-through safari adventure will take you unbelievably close to creatures you’ve only dreamed about. So mind the zebras crossing, give the rhinos right of way, watch out for the wolves and beware of the meddling monkeys.
Ever wondered what it would be like to be a Deadly Explorer? Well now’s your chance! It’s time to embark on the planet’s deadliest safari with a brand new guide, voiced by the star off BBC’s Deadly TV series, Steve Backshall who is coming with you every step of the way.
Hand feed the giraffes at the african village
Ever come face-to-face with a giraffe? It’s one of life’s must-do experiences! You may wonder how a small child can reach to hand feed such a tall creature. Get down to the African Village in the Safari Park and you’ll see! Before you know it, you’ll find yourself looking a giraffe in the eye while it takes food direct from your hand. One of our Longleat Safari Rangers will be there to show you how.
For the first time ever, you’ll be able to see the world’s fastest land animal - the cheetah – at Longleat. When they’re running they can get up to speeds of 70 miles an hour!
Our famous Monkey ‘Drive-Thru’ is always full of amusement!. Love them or hate them, the Longleat monkeys have always been one of the Safari Park’s most memorable experiences with their cheeky antics!
Watch the Monkey Mayhem video. See what our monkeys got up to when we gave them their very own car!
Anne the Elephant arrives at Longleat
We're delighted to announce that Anne the elephant has settled very well into her surroundings at Longleat since arriving back in April 2011. As well as her own special team of keepers dedicated to her wellbeing she has the freedom of her very own paddock to play in as and when she likes.
Welcome our Pride of Lions
Everyone loves Longleat's famous lions! The Safari Park boasts two prides of lions to drive through and if you're lucky enough you may even spot some lion cubs closely following their parents! Check out photos of our last litter of lion cubs when they first ventured out into the parkland.
And if that's not enough...
Don't forget to check out all the other animals that call Longleat home! With over 100 species to discover, from Rhino to Warthog and Wildebeest to Tiger the Safari Park has a new surprise around every bend!
Need To Know
- Embarking on a safari? Remember you cannot take soft top cars and motorbikes etc., into the Safari Park - you’ll need to take the Safari Bus.
- To book the Safari Bus, go straight to Tickets & Information (in the Main Square) on arrival. There’s no advance booking (bookings are taken on a first come first served basis) and capacity is limited. The Safari Bus service is not available for groups and is unsuitable for wheelchairs. The Safari Bus service is subject to a per person surcharge (3yrs +) in addition to standard entry tickets.
- Want to steer clear of the Monkey ‘Drive-Thru’? Use the bypass lane.
- Dogs can stay in the free kennelling facilities at the entrance to the Safari Park for the duration of the day; they are not allowed in the Safari Park or attractions. No pre booking is required; this service operates on a first come first served basis.
- The kennels at the Safari Park entrance are basic - we are happy for you to bring a blanket or something that reminds them of home. Dogs are not supervised whilst in the kennels and are left at your own risk.
- Last entry to the Safari Park is 1 hour before the listed closing times for the Adventure Park.
- Find out more about accessibility
- When a giraffe sticks its tongue out at you, you know about it, the average length of a giraffe’s tongue is 45.6cm (almost 0.5m).
- Longleat’s lions eat around 40-tonnes of meat a year. That’s the equivalent of 2 nine-stone people every day.