Our former communications intern Tayllor recently experienced the Out of Africa Wildlife Park. She offered to share the details of her experience with us. Enjoy!

Watch your cookies when Kibo stops by your ride. (Photo credit: Prayeri Harrison)

Watch your snacks when Kibo stops by your ride. (Photo credit: Prayeri Harrison)

Here’s a riddle for you: How can you visit Africa without stepping foot on a plane, train or boat? You can’t say teleportation and Superman can’t give you a ride.

Give up?

Look no further than Arizona’s Out of Africa Wildlife Park. I mean it when I say it feels like you’ve walked out of the Sonoran desert and into The Savanna. This park is unlike any other zoo or animal experience I’ve encountered, and it has something for everyone within its gates.

Expect to find habitats for tigers, lions and bears, plus my personal favorite: spotted hyenas.

You’ll also find a dazzle of zebras, an ostrich named Chili-Pepper, a giraffe named Kibo, and many more.

Out of Africa is a unique 103-acre preserve that allows animals to thrive and flourish in spacious exhibits, and none of the animals have to go through any training. The park even lets some of the animal shows run almost completely on improv.

The park offers a variety of unique ways to get up close and personal to their furry, scaly and slippery residents. One of my favorite options is the Unimog Adventure Safari Tour, a giant truck that takes you into some of the exhibits to feed and get to know the animals face-to-face.

Out of Africa Park unimog tour

Get up close to zebras, sable antelopes and giraffes on the Unimog Adventure Safari Tour.

For something a little more casual, and probably easier for little ones, visit the Tiger Splash show. Believe it or not, the entire show involves people walking around in normal clothes playing, swimming and running around with a tiger. The show is a mix of comedy and crazy, and it’s just plain fun. Those brave enough can stick around and feed a tiger too.

Even more fun can be had with the park’s African bush safari, giant snake show and predator feed. There’s also a Wonders of Wildlife show that visitors can’t miss. Honestly, I could have spent an entire weekend here and not seen everything.

Visitors can even camp out at the park during select times of the year, opt for a special VIP behind-the-scenes tour, or take a photography workshop for a little something extra. And bonus: the park is free during your birthday month!

Out of Africa also has one final option that I simply couldn’t pass up: Predator Zip Line. You can actually fly over all those spectacular animals for an aerial view that’s to die for. It’s the only one of its kind. You can read more about that experience in an upcoming post.

The park even has great lunch options that go beyond the typical hot dog and hamburger, and they won’t break your budget. You’ll find a bunch of sandwiches and burgers with colorful names. Try the Kibo sandwich when you get the chance.

Out of Africa is in Camp Verde, Arizona, about a 75-minute drive from central Phoenix. It’s located about 30 minutes south of Sedona.

For GPS or driving directions only use:
3505 W. SR-260, Camp Verde, AZ 86322
3505 W. Camp Verde Bridgeport Highway, Camp Verde, AZ 86322