We spent a weekend in Lakeland as a birthday getaway with four friends. Other than the natural beauty of the town and the interesting architecture, this wilderness safari looked like a good bet.
Having spent weeks in Africa and Asia on other safaris, we were looking forward to seeing some of the big five, elephants, rhinos, lions, etc. As it turned out, this more like a huge petting zoo. Most of the attractions are in the elk, moose, antelope, okapi type family. There they wee, lying around in the shade of the big trees, watching with amusement as we drove by in our sweltering open truck.
At one point we stopped so we could feed the animals. It was obviously great fun for the children but it kind of left us cold. Our guide, Mary, was astonishing. Personable, charming, erudite and knowledge, she added another dimension to the ride, as well as being our driver. Her obvious affection for all the animals shines right through.
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