My wife and I decided to take the long holiday weekend up in Camp Verde and go to Out of Africa. We had purchased our tickets beforehand online with a 10 dollar off coupon, and the admission price for us both was only 43 dollars.
We stayed at the Days Inn in Camp Verde (see Review) and it was a quick ride to the park. However, be careful as you approach. All the roads leading to the park are dirt only, and the ride can get bumpy as you get to park your car.
After we had gotten our tickets validated and wristbands put on, we headed for the first safari tour. Our guide was very well informed and patient with everyone. We were given carrot sticks when we got on, and were able to feed the giraffe and camel, getting some amazing close ups.
After that 40 minute tour, we took the tram to the other end of the park. What is really amazing about this place is how close you can get to the animals. We had lunch at some of the concession stands near the tiger enclosure. As we were finishing our food, two of the tigers decided to stroll around their enclosure. They cuddled with each other not 4 feet from me, and I was able to get some outstanding shots. Another tiger took a bath in a tub right in front of me, and again, great shots. I have been to many zoos and parks, but never have I been this close to such beautiful wild animals.
One note of caution. My wife and I went out in the blazing sun, and even with sunscreen, we got burnt. Bring plenty of protection, both clothing, hats, and sunscreen. Food is pricey. 7 dollars for a hot dog, water, and chips. You can bring your own water, but that's it. You should bring cash, as you can tip the guides ( who deserve it). Gift shop is small and expensive, but we found some cute things for a good price. You can leave and enter the park as many times as you want during the day, just don't take the wristband off until you are done for the day. There are many other attractions there if you want to pay (zipline experience is 80 dollars per person). It is a great place to see animals up close. We will definitely be back when it is cooler to get the full experience.