South Lakes Safari Zoo, Dalton-in-Furness

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Billed as one of the best conservation zoos in England, the wild inhabitants of South Lakes Safari Zoo reside on 6.9 hectares (17 acres) of land designed to help them feel right at home. The highlight is the African section, which is split into different enclosures. A pair of pygmy hippopotamuses and a slue of mandrills occupy one. In another, you'll see white rhinoceroses, baboons, and giraffes. Hundreds of other species populate other enclosures spread throughout the park. Pay a visit to Maki Restaurant for a bite to eat, and grab a seat on the restaurant's deck for a view of the rhinos, giraffes, and baboons. Add South Lakes Safari Zoo and other attractions to your Dalton-in-Furness trip itinerary using our Dalton-in-Furness route planner .
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  • August 21, 2017
    Brilliant day out. The most natural zoo I've seen.better than Chester and blackpool zoos.would definitely go again  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    We went with great grandmother, grandmother, grandad, dad, mum and 6 children from 20 months to 12 years old. The zoo reminded me of the Valencia bio park. Animals free to roam behind glass or in moat...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Visited at beginning of August with young family and they loved it, helped with good weather too. We went 2 years ago and the zoo was great then, but seemingly all wasn't well in the background and an...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    I haven't been for while, and it has improved immensely, starting with not having to go through Dalton to find it. There is now a great play park for the kids. The site seems much more open and well looked after. No picnics allowed but this is understandable. At the moment only £5 per adult and kids free. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable. The only animal we didn't see up close was the rhino.
  • July 16, 2017
    Take physical cash! Firstly it's been around 8-9 years since I was last here, and have been consistently put off travelling due to its original reputation. However now that it is under new management I felt it time to give this place a try! As said take physical cash, they have card but there is a minimum payment of £5.00 otherwise there's a .50p surcharge. Not the end of the world but, there's many events such as the feeding where you pay the keeper and they only take money itself. After that there's been a large amount of expansion and upgrading, with many old and inadequate enclosure's removed and upgraded with some fantastic walk around area's. However do be aware there's still some enclosure's that need to be worked on which will happen over time. He entrance is also free except during kids summer holidays which is then £5.00 per adult, check their website for full details. Overall this is a fun experience, with good parts and area's. As a couple travelling we managed 4-5 hours here with no money. We didn't try the restaurant as the low prices did out us off a bit as we've had experiences with low priced diners. But if you have a family that needs feeding I'm sure it will suite your tastes :)
  • July 27, 2017
    A bit apprehensive after reading some reviews, but we went as a large group and really enjoyed the day. The admission fee has no bearing on what is actually available to see. The animals all looked well cared for and were a great variety. I have paid much more to see far less at other 'so called' animal attractions. The food was well priced and able to feed 4 adults for £20. I would recommend this attraction for value for money as we spent over 5 hours here and could easily have been here longer.
  • July 30, 2017
    Absolutely brilliant! So glad we came and we'll come back again. Despite the pouring rain we got to see lots of animals and were really impressed with the layout and chance to walk among the animals. The mix of safari and zoo is a great idea and at only £5 per adult and kids free, if you're in the area you should definitely go and see. They have turned it right around and we wish all the animals and staff lots of love and luck for the future.
  • August 16, 2017
    A day out with daughter and 3 children. We all enjoyed ourselves. We had packed lunches and ate before going in as signs say no food to be taken in. No problem. The kids enjoyed the animals, the compulsory ice cream and then a good play on the play area while we had a sit down and coffee. The only downside was there had been a lot of rain before we got there so very muddy in some areas. Overall the place is much improved since our last visit and some parts are still "work in progress " but excellent value.

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