African Lion Safari
African Lion Safari is a wildlife park in Southern Ontario that allows you to drive your own vehicle—or hop on an open-top safari bus—and observe animals in seven large habitats. Dedicated to preserving endangered species, the park houses more than 1,000 animals, including giraffes, lions, and elephants.
The wildlife park contains a 5.6-mile (9-kilometer) trail that runs through seven distinct game reserves, from the Nairobi Sanctuary to Simba Lion Country. Other attractions include a boat cruise around Water Safari Lake, a train ride on a replica of a 19th-century steam engine, a petting zoo, and a children’s water park.
Things to Know Before You Go
African Lion Safari is ideal for animal lovers and families.
Arrive early to animal presentations, as time slots fill up quickly.
The park offers a selection of on-site dining options, including a barbeque joint and pizza restaurant, as well as some shops.
The park is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, both of which are available to rent for a small fee.
How to Get There
Located in Hamilton, Ontario, about 52 miles (84 kilometers) from downtown Toronto and 68 miles (110 kilometers) from Niagara Falls, African Lion Safari is easily accessible by car. From Toronto, follow signs for Safari Road off Routes 6 and 8; parking is free. Alternatively, ride the Toronto GO Train to Hamilton or Aldershot and take a taxi from the station.
When to Get There
African Lion Safari is open from 9am to 4pm weekdays and to 5pm weekends in spring, from 9am to 5pm daily in summer, and from 9am to 4pm daily in fall. The park is closed from late September to early May.
Catch an Animal Show
In addition to exciting encounters with free-roaming animals, African Lion Safari also offers a selection of 20-minute presentations with its residents, including a Birds of Prey flying demonstration and a viewing of the elephants swimming and their water rituals. Animals are treated with care and respect during these presentations, as they are often a part of their natural feeding or bathing times.