African Lion Safari

African Lion Safari

For a unique family-friendly adventure, embark on a driving tour through wild game reserves at African Lion Safari. Travel through habitats with seven different wildlife themes, featuring animals from across the African continent, the Australian Outback and the high plains of North America.

Weave through different ecosystems and explore over 300 hectares with animals roaming free, including some threatened or endangered species. Spot lions, zebras, giraffes, kangaroos, bison and more. After your “safari,” learn more about the park’s conservation efforts, breeding programs and research teams.

A lion lying on a rock.

African Lion Safari | Waterloo Region

How to get to African Lion Safari

Location: 1386 Cooper Road, Cambridge

By car: Access the African Lion Safari via Highway 401 and Highway 8. If you’re coming from Niagara Falls or the U.S., take the Queen Elizabeth Way. Free parking is included with admission.

By transit: GO Transit provides regular train and bus service to Kitchener and bus service from Kitchener to Cambridge. From there, take a local taxi to the African Lion Safari.

Know before you go

Purchase timed tickets in advance online. You must select two times: one for entry into the park and one for the drive through Game Reserves.

Your vehicle will receive a safety inspection before entering the Game Reserves. Check the vehicle restrictions page before your trip. If you’d rather not drive, opt for the Safari Tour Bus.

Wheelchairs and wagons are available for rent at the Safari Bazaar Gift Shop.

Things to do at African Lion Safari

Discover more activities and experiences.

See over 1,000 animals and birds

Observe thousands of animals in the African Lion Safari’s seven Game Reserves, containing nine kilometres of trail through open grasslands, shaded forests and expansive marshy wetlands.

Ride the tour bus

Leave your car in the parking lot and hop on the Safari Tour Bus. Educational tours are 60 to 90-minutes long and offer great opportunities to take pictures of the animals.

Take a self-guided tour

Listen to an audio tour by expert guides while going through the park. Learn about all the animals you see, how to identify them, what they like to eat and how they behave.

Play in the water park

Grab the sunscreen and let the kids cool off in Misumu Bay Wetplay, the African Lion Safari’s water park. Enjoy waterslides, splash pads and the ever-popular fish-tipping buckets.

Eat in the park

Grab a bite to eat with the safari’s onsite dining. Choose from gourmet barbecued hamburgers, sweet soft-serve ice cream, the signature Elephant Tail fry on a stick and more.

A group of pink flamingos in a pond.
African Lion Safari | Waterloo Region

Interesting facts about African Lion Safari

The African Lion Safari was established in 1969 by the late Colonel G.D. Dailley, who opened it in the name of conservation. The park contained 40 lions in three reserves; today, the park houses over 1,000 animals and more than 100 species.

Over 100 hectares of bush, grasslands and forest allow mixed species of animals to roam and interact as they would in the wild.

African Lion Safari leads numerous conservation initiatives, supporting research and breeding programs to protect endangered animals and their habitats.

Accessibility features

Accessible entrances/exits

A sufficiently wide, hard surfaced,  unobstructed path, no steps or equipped  with ramp connecting to a public  entrance or exit and identified by signage.  Automatic door openers, adequate  manoeuvring room in front of door.

Accessible parking

At least one identified, reserved parking  space with a safe, clearly marked  accessible route from the designated  parking area to an accessible building  entrance.

Accessible restaurant

Accessible entrance; adequate  manoeuvring room; accessible washroom  nearby. Tables with removable chairs and  adequate knee clearance.  Cafeteria/buffet counters reachable for  mobility device users. 

Accessible seating

Reserved space with a clear view of the  event/activity for someone who is seated,  good sound quality, and adequate  manoeuvring room for a mobility device.

Accessible washroom

An accessible washroom stall has  adequate manoeuvring room for mobility  devices. Includes grab bars, transfer  space, accessible door latch, sink with  knee clearance, and lever handles or  automatic sensor faucets. 

Service animals welcome

Service animal can be identified by visual  indicators (guide dog or other animal  wearing a vest/harness); or  documentation available from a  regulated health professional to confirm  the animal is required due to a disability. 

Support persons welcome

Support persons are welcome to provide  services or assistance with  communication, mobility, personal care,  medical needs or access to facilities.  Please check with the organization about  entry fees, if applicable.

Wheelchair and/or mobility devices available

Wheelchairs and/or mobility devices are  available, free of charge, or for rent. 

Last updated: April 26, 2024

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