Matt and I invited my brother, Sam, and his girlfriend, Rosie to join us on a trip to Longleat as I had great memories of the place, however I was slightly apprehensive that it was going to be a bit childish (probably because I was around 8 years old the last time I went). Turns out I haven’t really grown up and it is still AMAZING!!!
We left Bristol at around 12pm (not 10am like we planned) and arrived at Longleat at around 1:30pm, it probably would have been quicker, however the sign posts are slightly confusing and we tried to enter through the caravan park which was a no go.
Just a quick heads up – it is not cheap. £32.95 per adult, but if you order your tickets online more than 24 hours before you go you can get them for £28 (£5 more towards animal food in the park). There are various family tickets and one year pass options see here.
Before you head in to the Safari you get given a CD which is definitely for kids, but is really informative about the animals that you see. The first part of the safari is on foot, which was a huge relief as it was boiling hot and Matts car does not have air conditioning (by the end of the day my make up was pretty much an exact copy of the baboons arse).
We were slightly unfortunate as we paid £6 to feed the Giraffe’s, however when we got to the bridge they were no longer interested in food (these animals are spoilt).
After we were reimbursed for the leaves we went on a walk to see the Wallabies, Leemurs and finally came across two turtle’s who were ‘making love’. The noise the male was making was pretty disturbing and Matt has a video, click on the link if you are intrigued (you sicko).
Video 04-07-2015 15 03 18 – This is the video if you really want the full experience!
Anyway back in the car and on to the main Safari we went. I have included a few pictures below of some of the amazing animals that we saw, but I have to say my highlights were most definitely the monkeys and feeding the deer.
Despite the heat, as we drove in to the monkey enclosure, I was definitely pleased that we brought Matt’s car. The monkeys were very active and stole Matts aerial. We made one special monkey friend who I think might have smelt the peanuts that may or may not have been strategically placed by the window.
We also made a huge number of friends in the deer enclosure. £1 worth of food went a long way and was so worth it although at one point I thought they were going to jump in to the car.
Due to our late arrival we only had one hour in the main park once we left the safari, but I have to say I think we saw all the main attractions. We jumped straight on the boat which was brilliant as we were introduced to the Hippos, Seals and the 52 year old Gorilla who lives on his own island in the middle of the Lake (he was my absolute favourite probably because he reminded me of my dad – sorry dad).
We had 20 minutes to spare as we jumped off the boat and we went straight to the Penguins…..and straight back out again as the smell of fish was slightly overpowering. We then went to see the sting rays and to finish off we visited the birds. I do not even like birds so god knows why I agreed to buy some nectar – within seconds I had about 4 of them perched on my head and my arm.
If we had more time I would had loved to have seen some of the shows they put on in the park and taken a look round the beautiful house. Worth mentioning that Centre Parcs Longleat is just around the corner and we all said how great it would be to combine the two places over a weeks holiday.
My favourite thing about Longleat is the space that all of the animals are given and how happy and healthy they all look. If you are at a loss for things to do this summer, I really recommend Longleat as it is something different and a really fun day out!
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