Giraffe at the Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach, Florida/USA

First at the beach and then on safari
Lion Country Safari" in West Palm Beach"

West Palm Beach/Florida/USA (2014) -  South Florida stands for the beautiful Keys
(Key Largo, Key West, Key Biscayne), the incredible sunsets, the adventurous Everglades,
gorgeous relaxing beaches, the exciting Miami, the chic Boca Raton and of course the elitist
Palm Beach. Tourists find themselves during their visits mostly always enjoying one of these well-known tourist attractions. Only the ones who do their homework "a bit better" while planning their travel will find the other true treasures the southern part of Florida has to offer. 
One of them is also known as one of the most popular attractions in South Florida, 
the " Lion Country Safari " in Loxahatchee/West Palm Beach. Who would have guessed that only a
few miles to the west, not too far away from the beaches and malls, it would be possible to spend a great time among more than one thousand more or less wild animals.
Animals from many parts of the world live at the Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach, Florida/USA
Exciting drive through the Safari-Park in West Palm Beach
Originally developed as an African game park in the Sixties, the Lion Country Safari Park welcomed their first guests during the official opening in 1967 as the first drive-through safari park and "Cageless Zoo" in the United States of America. Since the opening, more than 20 million visitors enjoyed the truly grand experience - the 5 miles of the drive-through preserve, "Safari World", the walk-through area of the park with the petting zoo, merry-go-round, boat rides, over 200 campsites, the animal demonstration theater, the summer day camp and much more.

Driving through the park brings the visitor really close to wild animals they normally would only see during an expensive safari in the animal’s homeland. Even though visitors are constantly reminded to stay in their cars and keep their windows closed, for animal lovers the one hour drive through still is exciting like not much else. In the carefully reproduced sections "Las Pampas" (the Grasslands), "Ruaha National Park" (African wilderness), "Kalahari Bushveldt" (Southwest Africa), "Gir Forest" (National Park in India), "The Gorongosa" (Northern Mozambique), "Serengeti Plains" (East Africa) and "Hwange National Park" (Western Zimbabwe) you'll see all sorts of animals and you'll get a good look at wildlife from other parts of the world you most likely otherwise would never see in real.

Arriving in the early morning hours is a must. Most of the animals are more active in the mornings than later on in the day, especially when the hot Floridian sun pushes the temperatures into the high 90's. Even though it is almost impossible to see all the animals in the park, the close encounters with the ones you do see make the trip exciting enough. When heavy Rhinos, for example, walk by the car and come very close. So close that the thought comes to mind, what would happen if it doesn't like the color of my car? One just starts to hope, please don't come any closer and please don't sit on my car. Giraffes seem to always show interest in guests as they drive by slowly, while tapirs don't want to get bothered really, they prefer to rest lazily in the high grass of their land. The world largest birds, the ostriches, swagger through the land, it seems they know very well how great of a sight they are. Water Buffalos and Impalas in herds take it almost always easy and round up the first great impressions visitors will have.

Even though the Safari Park was meant to be a "Cageless Zoo", unfortunately, the animals who gave the park the name, the lions, aren't so lucky, they do find themselves behind fences. Granted their land, the "Gorongosa Reserve", is huge and doesn't compare to cages at all. "For obvious reasons", so states the Lion Country Safari Park on their homepage, "the lions are kept in their own preserve. After all, the lions are excellent hunters and many of our other animal residents are the lion's natural prey."

It doesn't make sense to rush through the park since one is not allowed to turn around and go back or go through the park for a second time with the same ticket. Therefore going through the different sections it is advised to take all the time needed. My advice: stop the car even for a long while at the side at times and wait and watch. The drive-through lane is a two car lane, it is always possible to stop and every other approaching car can pass without any problem. Therefore never feel forced to continue your journey through the wild animal land! Take your time and enjoy!
Location and Directions​​
Lion Country Safari
2003  Lion Country Safari Road
Loxahatchee, Florida 33470

Conveniently located approximately 20 miles west of downtown West Palm Beach, approximately 59 miles north of downtown Ft. Lauderdale and approximately 78 miles north of Miami. Lion Country Safari is just 15.5 miles west of I-95 on Southern Boulevard (SR 80/98/441).

Lion Country Safari is easily accessible from the Florida Turnpike or Interstate 95.


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