Camping Holiday and Safari Holidays Available in the UK!

Most people dream of going on a safari to Africa, but it is not always realistic for families with younger children. So what do you do when the kids crave wild animals and the great outdoors? Go camping and to the UK's safari parks of course, creating your own 'UK safari' holiday! Camping In The UK Family holidays in the UK are experiencing a real revival with the trend for 'staycations' and Britons are really beginning to explore the beauty of their own island, particularly with camping holidays! Whether you prefer to camp in tents, in wooden eco-pods, smart yurts or teepees or in motorised or static caravans, there are sites all over the UK offering excellent value for money, brilliant locations and an immediate link to the outside world. Your family can enjoy 'gathering' food for barbecuing in the evening (even if that does mean a safari raid to the nearest supermarket!), experience freedom with local cycling, hiking, horseriding and other sports, explore the UK coastline, relax on the grass, play team games and generally just experience plenty of fun and enjoyment together, without stress or the need for long distance travel. Some campsites are kitted out with luxurious log cabins too if your family prefers luxury, usually very popular with teenagers who still want their TV and electronic comforts whilst they are away! During your stay at your campsite, you can still experience the thrill of safari by visiting one of the many excellent animal parks, zoos or educational centres across the UK! How To Find UK Safari If you are giving family safari holidays overseas a miss until the kids are older, there are a huge range of safari parks across the UK, each offering their own special attractions. They are excellent choices for families, particularly those with young children and they tend to be located close to camping sites, family restaurants and other facilities. In the North of England, you can enjoy Blackpool Zoo, South Lakes Wild Animal Park in the Lake District and Knowsley Safari Park near Liverpool, which is great for coastal camping near Formby and Crosby. In central England, head to the West Midlands Safari Park in Bewdley or the Cotswold Wildlife Park in Oxfordshire. This is a great location for camping in general and a beautiful family spot for cycling, walking and bird watching. The east has the fantastic Whipsnade Wild Animal Park in Bedfordshire with plenty of exotic species and attractions and Howletts Wild Animal Park in Kent is also an excellent choice in the South East. Don't forget the famous Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire, famous for its lions and Marwell Zoo is another excellent destination for 'safari' sightings. The Monkey Sanctuary in Cornwall is also particularly popular with children and again, Cornwall is a superb spot for camping, with plenty of other outdoor attractions to enjoy, including the Eden Project and opportunities for windsurfing and watersports along the beaches. In conclusion, it is more than possible to delight your family with exciting holidays at home with a little creativity, a sense of fun and some careful planning. You will enjoy spending time together, experiencing new things and places and end your holiday with shared memories that will last and be the start of new family traditions! AUTHOR BIO: Jane Rush writes regularly on family holidays in the UK for a range of travel websites and blogs. A keen fan of safari holidays, Jane has also recently become converted to UK camping trips!


  • Thanks for sharing, we are looking for safari.

    John Hendrix
  • What a wonderful idea, I do appreciate you sharing this. Been wanting to go on safari but with children, as you said, it’s best to wait. Many thanks.

    John HP

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