If you are traveling and vacationing in Northern Arizona (visiting the Grand Canyon and Sedona), be sure to spend a day at the Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde, just south of the Sedona area. This is a perfect place to go if you have children (or if you don’t).
The park is a great way for you to see the most beautiful tigers, lions, and giraffes in a totally natural environment – where they have access to to freely roam large areas of this spectacular wildlife preserve. As part of the admission, you can board a jeep-type vehicle and go on a 45-minute “Serengeti Safari” with expert park guides narrating the tour. There is also an hour-long tram or trolley tour of the preserve where you will have access to unobstructed photo platforms that provide excellent photo opportunities of lions, tigers, wolves, hyena and other predators that roam in their large natural habitats.
Other shows include “Tiger Splash”, where large cats “play” and interact with their caretakers, and the “Giant Snake Show” where you are allowed to touch, pet and even hold the reptiles (with the assistance of the professional Caretakers, of course).
What I love about the park is the overall cleanliness of the park and the meticulous and humane care that is given to the animals – and that is all due to the passionate (and compassionate) owners, Dean & Prayeri Harrison.
The park is open Wednesday through Sunday each week from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.