Firstly, the Safari!
We arrived at opening time, only to find that 3 other people had beaten us to it! We were quickly served by a friendly, polite and professional member of staff who help us with directing our inquiries.
After being served we moved on and followed the directions on the road, which splits one lane leads to the self-drive Safari and the other to the extensive car park (There are a large number of disabled parking spaces available, and you do have to show your Blue badge to access this area).
Once we unpacked, we made our way to the meeting point (as we had pre booked a guided tour to save our car from any possible animal damage).
We met the tour guide, a very friendly and knowledgeable man who helped our disabled family members onto the bus and showed me where we can store our wheel chairs.
After the safety briefing we were on our way, the guide showed us round the safari area introducing us to all the animals, many by name and telling us about their individual characteristics and in some cases quirkiness, as well as the different safety and security precautions the park has for the different areas.
Our guide was responsive to all the questions asked displaying a great knowledge of the various animals as well as stopping the bus when asked to allow the more photo minded to take many pictures.
The tour lasted just over an hour and was one of the best UK safaris we have ever been on!
Now onto the Leisure Park!
This is where it needs a little work, as the layout is a little higgledy piggledy with no real layout plan. Also, some of the older rides are very warn, mainly Dr Umboto's Catacombs Ghost Train Ride and the Dodgems! As well as some of the models in the Dino section looked a well-used.
They do offer an exit pass system to help disabled guests, this is a coloured arm band with a sticker to show that a rider has a disability and who is their accompanying carer.
The nice thing about this is that the arm band is the same as all other rider’s arm bands, but the sticker is unique to disabled riders and their carer(s) which makes it much more subtle. When we visited we found that this system worked well.
The food offerings were the typical park offerings such as hot dogs, burgers, chips, pizza, waffles and ice cream, sweets and chocolate, vegetarian and gluten free options are available.
There are toilets located conveniently throughout the park which are fairly clean, however, some of the disabled facilities are small and narrow.
Overall we had an enjoyable day at the West Midland Safari & Leisure Park and while it is a little bit too far for us to travel for a day trip (over 6 hours driving time) it is well worth a return visit in the future.
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