Go Wild at Canada’s Original Safari Adventure! African Lion Safari is a Canadian-owned family business that opened in 1969. Their approach to animal exhibits is different than traditional methods – The visitor is caged in their vehicle and the animals roam free in 5 to 50 acre reserves. With seven large Game Reserves, totalling 750 acres, animals such as lions, giraffes, rhinos, zebras, and many more are free to roam in a more spacious environment.
When African Lion Safari’s gates first opened in 1969, they had 40 lions in three Game Reserves. Today, more than 45 years later, they house over 1,000 animals covering 100 different species. Additionally, they have successfully bred 30 endangered species, and 20 threatened species under their founder, Colonel G.D. Dailley’s, original idea to maintain “self-sustaining populations of species in decline.” African Lion Safari is recognized worldwide for their breeding programs and support of the conservation of wildlife. They also provide technical training in elephant husbandry and welfare, data collection, community relations, and conservation education.
African Lion Safari also supports reintroduction programs for the release of captive-bred species into the wild, such as barn and burrowing owls, trumpeter swans, ferruginous hawks, and even a bald eagle.
Drive through the 9 km Game Reserve for an up-close look at a number of species of birds and animals, many of which are classified as endangered or threatened. See zebras, lions, eland, rhinos, ostriches, and many more! Their goal is to display animals in a safe manner that gives all visitors a unique viewing opportunity. African Lion Safari has earned an international reputation for their care, management, and breeding of endangered species, and always ensures their animals receive the best treatment possible.
Want to get even closer? Go behind the scenes for unrivalled access during a privately guided tour with a Game Warden to witness a pride of lions at their most active time of day and as they devour their morning meal on Wake Up The Wild! Then, head off road in an open air truck to come within a metre of the endangered rhino, zebra, ostrich, as well as get the opportunity to hand feed Canada’s largest herd of giraffe. Wake Up The Wild is so unique it’s been designated an Ontario Signature Experience and is not available anywhere else in Canada! Advance reservations are required and select dates are available, so BOOK NOW for your exclusive experience!
Cellar 52, located in the picturesque village of St. Jacobs, is now open to provide a unique space that is the perfect mix of new chic together with a touch of rustic charm. Specializing in weddings and events, Cellar 52 will help create an occasion that everyone will remember.
The Hespeler Santa Claus Parade is an annual event occurring the first Saturday of December in Hespeler. The parade is organized by volunteers from organizations such as the Optimist Club of Hespeler as well as independent volunteers.