|Address:||3505 AZ-260, Camp Verde, AZ 86322, USA|
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My 5 year old son and I have the year pass to Out of Africa. I bought it nearly a year ago after our first visit. This is truly an amazing park. I suggest going on your first time on a "predator feed" day. You will NEVER have an opportunity to get as close and interact as much with these types of animals ANYWHERE else in AZ. Over the past year (driving nearly a hour each way to go) we have witnessed some AMAZING relationships between the staff and animals. The staff are passionate about these animals and eager to share their knowledge. The park is not "glamorous" to walk through for people but every aspect to be considered for the comfort and well-being of the animals is considered and applied! The animals are obviously happy, content and have VERY obvious actual relationships w the staff and owners. My son has developed a similar passion over the past year for these animals. The staff is so amazing at Out of Africa. They have installed a passion and awareness into my son that I love to see. How many 5 year olds can call a giraffe and have it respond or have a hyena that recognizes your voice run out and chase you, or help HOLD a 20 foot anaconda??It really is an amazing experience. We go almost weekly! :-) I tell everyone about this wild animal park. I strongly suggest during your visit to start on a predator feed day and as you walk around ask a staff member about the animal in front of you. I am sure you will be blown aware by not only the knowledge and passion but the story behind each animal. Many of the animals were rescued and have amazing stories. BTW, if you cannot go on a predator feed day, the other shows are amazing too!! We absolutely LOVE watching the bears swim and play with the staff or learning about all the other large predatory animals on non feed days! I hope this has helped plan your day!! Have fun and God bless!
I REALLY wanted to enjoy this place and for the most part, it is great. I would say that the cost should be about a third of what it actually is for what you get. I paid $130.00 for myself and 2 children to do the expedition passport. The ONLY thing you get as a part of this package that is not part of the basic admission is a quick drive in a circle inside the giraffe and water buffalo area. Everything else can be enjoyed with the basic admission price. You can even follow the Expedition Passport jeeps on foot and hear everything the guides have to say. The tiger splash show is supposed to be their highlight but all we did is sit around for 45 mins on a hard slab waiting for the tiger to get into the pool (which it would not). After this we were asked to proceed to our safari jeeps for the 2:00 safari. When we got to the jeeps, the guides attempted to stuff myself and my two children into a spot only large enough for a single small adult (and I am 6 200lbs.). When I declined, I was rudely told to complain to the gift shop. I didnt pay $130.00 for this safari just to be squeezed into an overcrowded jeep with both my children sitting on my lap. After this I was ignored and treated rudely by all the guides. Apparently they like to oversell the safari and then expect the paying customer to accommodate. If you stand up for yourself and the exorbitant amount of money you have paid, they treat you as a trouble maker. I really support what they are doing here but would like to see the paying humans get AT LEAST the same quality treatment as the animals! I would recommend going during your birthday month so admission is free and skip all the expensive packages. I dont think the workers here have realized that it is the humans that keep the place open and not the animals.
Out of Africa is a different kind of zoo but if you call it a zoo they will get upset because its not a zoo its a Wildlife Park and I would suggest bringing your walking shoes and planning on getting a little dirty because its all in the dirt the walk pass or actually driving pathways and the shuttles come quite frequently so if you get halfway through it and you like I need a ride you can get a shuttle that will pick you up and then still tell you all the animals that youre not going to be able to stop and stare at you can still see most of the animals the enclosures arent super huge to where you cant see any of the animals plus the animals are encouraged to kind of hang out by where the guests are anyways we saw the tiger show where are the tigers jump into the water and they chased the people around super awesome I would totally totally suggest it their snack food there was amazing a little pricey but that goes without saying any park or amusement park or Wildlife Park or Zoo has pricey food so we were pretty much expecting it but other than that it was an awesome adventure and I would totally suggest taking the bus ride through the exhibit that you get a free ticket for it when you buy your tickets to get in its super awesome and the drivers are hilarious and fun and you get to feed a giraffe I mean that is just awesome and if youre brave enough you can do the giraffe kiss where you put the draft food in your mouth and they literally come and take it out of your mouth it is pretty interesting its pretty interesting but whether you live in Arizona youre visiting Arizona or youre looking at visiting Arizona you should look into visiting the Out of Africa wildlife Park you will not be disappointed just make sure you bring water just like anything else in Arizona
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While we are not usually the VIP-types, we sprung for the VIP tour at Out of Africa. Good decision, great experience. The main advantage of the VIP tour was we had incredible, up close access to the animals. We got to feed antelope, camels, giraffes, and tigers (via a 2 foot mechanical vise). We also had close up experiences with bears, lions, hyenas, and an orphan rhino. We rode throughout the park in a small vehicle with the owners, Dean and Prayeri. They shared stories and were willing to answer questions on park history (how a couple of years ago they had to move their entire operation on 30 days notice from Fountain Hills to Camp Verde), their philosophy about animals (the line between them and us is closer than you might think), and experiences (baby sitting lion cubs in the lions den). Tiger Splash is a one of a kind experience, one you get with or without the VIP Tour. Think of it like a game of "keep away" from big cats using beach blow up toys with a water feature thrown in. At this point Dean and Prayer left us explaining they were part of the show. Five adults + two tigers + one swimming pool all part of the same romp. Post script - We went to Out of Africa on December 26, 2007, one day after the unfortunate happenings at the San Francisco Zoo. I am concerned that the negative publicity associated with a tiger on the loose will hurt their business. I hope it does not because this place is a gem. It is not a chain, it is not off the rack. I found it to be extremely well run by people who truly care about what they are doing. They have built habitat that is both secure and good for the animals. The way their run their business makes it a far cry from a standard zoo.