Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about African Safari Wildlife Park? Find answer to the most commonly asked questions here. If you don't see the answer to your question, please call us at 800-521-2660 or email us.

What are the rules of the Drive-Thru?

Keep car doors closed at all times
Do not hang out of your car
Feed only from cup provided
No feeding animals from your hands
Outside food is not permitted
Obey feeding and NO feeding zone signs
Do not touch the animals
Stay in your car
Honk your horn for a Ranger if you need assistance

Am I allowed to bring my pet with me to the Park?

You are only permitted to bring a dog with you to the Park. Dogs must be on a leash in the Walk-Thru Safari, and in the Drive-Thru they cannot stick their head out the window and interact with any of the animals. Dogs must be under control of owner. Owners are responsible for picking up after their dogs. No other type of pet is allowed into our Park due to animal health and safety regulations. This includes cats, birds, rodents, reptiles, etc. African Safari Wildlife Park reserves the right to have any dog removed from the Park at any time. 

Are Jeeps without tops or convertibles allowed in the Drive-Thru? 

Jeeps and convertibles must have the top and doors on to travel through the park. You can unzip or roll down your windows. 

When is the park open?

African Safari Wildlife Park is open daily, rain or shine:

SPRING/FALL SCHEDULE: February 22 to May 23 & September 3 to December 1 (closed November 28), open 10AM to 5PM, last car admitted at 4PM.

SUMMER SCHEDULE: May 24 to September 2, open 9AM to 7PM, last car admitted at 6PM.

PRE-SEASON & EXTENDED WEEKENDS: May 11-12, 18-19, September 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, and October 5-6, open 9AM to 6PM, last car admitted at 5PM (SUMMER SCHEDULE RATES APPLY ON THESE DATES, see below)

NOTE: Dates, hours, shows, exhibits & rates subject to change without advance notice

Where is the park located?

Only minutes west of Cedar Point via Route 6 west to Route 2 west, exit 124 towards Route 53 N. Catawba Island.

  • FROM DETROIT, Take I-75 S, to I-280 E, to Route 2 E, or take the Ohio TUrnpike to exit 91 towards Port Clinton, exit 124 (53 N Catawba Island) & follow signs...
  • FROM CLEVELAND, Either take Route 2 W, to Port Clinton, or take the Ohio Turnpike to exit 110, take Route 4 N, to Route 2 W, to exit 124 (53 N Catawba Island) & follow signs...
  • FROM TOLEDO, take Route 2 E, or the Ohio Turnpike exit 91 to Port Clinton, exit 124 (53 N Catawba Island) & follow signs...
  • FROM COLUMBUS, take 23 N to exit towards Route 4 N, to Route 2 W to exit 124 St. Route 53 N…
  • FROM EXIT 124 (53 N Catawba Island), turn right at the first light (State Road), travel 1/2 mile to S Lightner Road and make a left...


How much does it cost and is anything included in my admission?

Our pay-one-price admission is:


  • $23.95 per ADULT 7yr+
  • $15.95 per CHILD 4-6yr
  • FREE CHILD 3 & under


  • $17.95 per ADULT 7yr+
  • $11.95 per CHILD 4-6yr
  • FREE CHILD 3 & under

Admission includes unlimited Drive-Thru and Walk-Thru access, Pig Enrichment, Educational Animal Programs, and one free cup of animal food (limit one per car per visit). Senior Citizen (55 yr+, I.D. required) & Military discount: $3.00 off adult admission (not valid with any other offer or discount; subject to change without notice). Parking is free.

Can I buy an Annual Pass?

Yes! Visit African Safari Wildlife Park as many times as you like during the season with our affordable Annual Pass! You also get FREE or DISCOUNTED Admission to over 150 other Zoos and Aquariums around the United States, saving you Hundreds of Dollars! Rates:

  • ADULT PLUS ONE: $49.95 -2 admissions (any age) limit one per household
  • FAMILY PASS PLUS: $84.95 - 4 admissions (any age)

Additional admissions only $20.00 per person (of any age) added to a Family Pass only. Stop by our Gift Shop or call 1-800-521-2660 today!

Are group rates available?

Group rates are available for all organized groups; buses are welcome. We also offer special rates for tours, and commissions are available for travel, bus or group agents. Call for more info 800-521-2660.  Add a step-on tour guide for only $1.00 more per person (subject to availability).  To confirm tour reservations please contact the park at 419-732-3606 two days prior to travel.  Additional payment can be made upon arrival.

Are credit cards accepted?

Yes! American Express, Master Card, Visa, or Discover Card are accepted at the admission gate as well as the Gift Shop.

What else is there to do at the park?

There’s lots to do and see at African Safari Wildlife Park! Browse the wide assortment of gifts and novelty items in our Gift Shop. Enjoy a great selection of menu favorites from burgers and hot dogs to ice cream, ICEE, fresh squeezed lemonade and more in the Safari Cafe. Stroll the Walk-Thru Safari, where Guests can enjoy a Camel Ride, catch a HogWILD show, meet and feed over 400+ budgies in the NEW Aviary Adventure, and our daily educational animal programs (see posted signs for schedule), and the kids will love Jungle Junction Playground!

How long does it take to visit the park?

With all there is to do and see, many visitors tell us they enjoy making a day of it! While you’re here, tour the Drive-Thru as many times as you like and feed the animals from the comfort of your own vehicle*. Some of our animals are more active during different times of the day, so on your second (or third) trip through you may catch a glimpse of an animal you didn’t see the first time, watch feedings or keeper interactions with the animals, and maybe even witness the miracle of life as baby animals are born regularly! Don’t miss the great photo opportunities! There’s always something new at African Safari Wildlife Park!

*For the health and well being of our animals, only the food we provide is permitted. Feeding the animals is at your own risk and you accept the risk of injury or vehicle damage by purchasing a ticket.

Are there restaurants or places to eat?

The animals aren't the only ones who enjoy the food at African Safari Wildlife Park! The Safari Cafe features a wide variety of top quality menu items including hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, and more. Grab a cool treat at the Ice Cream Counter in the Safari Cafe as well! Many exhibits are viewable from our outdoor deck seating, so you won’t miss any of the fun while you enjoy your meal. There are picnic tables located throughout Safari Walk-Thru (sorry, no personal grills).

Are there hotels or campgrounds nearby?

Yes! Here is a list of a few in the area:

Our Guest Inn & Suites 419-734-7111
Comfort Inn 1-800-221-2222 (419-625-4700)
Fairfield Inn 419-732-2434
Great Wolf Resort 800-641-WOLF (9653)
Holiday Inn Express 1-800-HOLIDAY (419-732-7322)
Kalahari Resort 877-Kalahari (877-525-2427)
Sleep Inn 419-732-7707
Camp Sandusky 1-800-431-7448

For more information and exact locations contact the Ohio Office of Travel & Tourism at 1-800-BUCKEYE, or the Ottawa Visitors Bureau at 419-734-4386. For coupon savings, visit www.portclintonhotels.com.

Are rain checks available?

African Safari Wildlife Park is Open Daily rain or shine and we think you will enjoy the park in a variety of weather conditions! Like most parks in the country, we do not offer rain checks. If it rains during your visit you may request a 50% off return pass (available only by request and only during your initial visit).

Can I bring food to feed the animals?

Due to the regulations imposed by the United States Department of Agriculture, no outside food may be given to our animals.  Disruption of their diet may result in illness or a closure of the park.