Knowsley Safari Park

ksfBritain’s best loved safari park was opened to the public in July 1971 by the 18th Earl of Derby; at a time when the ‘safari park’ concept of having the visitors in cages (cars) and the animals roaming free, based on the drive through game reserves of East Africa, was totally unique.

Now one of the most impressive and popular visitor attractions in the North West, Knowsley Safari Park allows families, friends, schools and businesses to encounter dozens of breathtaking wild animal species in free roaming habitats. A few modifications to the original safari park design have been made for safety and display reasons, making the park now perfect for any kind of day out. Our tigers and lions are now majestically displayed in enclosures within the game reserves, and our elephants have their own paddock in the walk around section at the end of the safari drive. We also have a car friendly route around the outside of the monkey jungle for visitors who do not wish to have a close encounter with our fun-loving baboons.

Knowsley Safari Park has become one of Merseyside’s premier leisure attractions, winning several awards for tourism and animal husbandry work. Wherever you are in the UK, head to the North West for a walk on the really wild side. Get up close and personal with exotic animals from all over the world, and experience the thrill of a safari experience, just minutes from the big city.

School trips can be educated, families will be entertained and everybody will be blown away by Knowsley Safari Park.

In the first two years of opening, the route through Knowsley Safari Park consisted of a 3½ mile (5.6 km) drive, and the main attractions were lions, cheetahs, monkeys, giraffes, zebra, elephants and various antelopes. The park proved immensely popular, so in 1973 an extension, including a further 1½ miles (2.4km) of road, was built and opened. This allowed more animals to be added to the collection on display along the now 5-mile- (8 km) long route, including herds of camels, buffalo and white rhino as well as a group of tigers. A few modifications to the original design have had to be made for safety and display reasons. The tigers and lions are now displayed in enclosures within the game reserves, and the elephants have their own paddock in the walk around section at the end of the safari drive. We also have a car friendly route around the outside of the monkey jungle for visitors who do not wish to have a close encounter with our baboons. Knowsley Safari Park has become one of Merseyside’s premier leisure attractions, winning several awards for tourism and it’s animal husbandry.