We actually came here for our first wedding anniversary, in June 2020 during the first Covid-19 lockdown. It was a fantastic day out for couples and for families. Some facilities and attractions were closed or restricted this year, due to there being extra safety rules, pre-booking requirements or one-way systems in place. It may be worth checking Longleat’s website before travelling or booking.
In short, there are 3 main elements to the site – Longleat House, the safari park, the attractions around Longleat House. Unfortunately, the house is currently not open due to Covid-19 restrictions, but it’s still worth walking around it as the exterior and gardens are beautiful
We parked the car in the car park which was conveniently free of charge.
We then headed for the safari party and boy was I excited. We downloaded the Longleat Safari App (which you can download from the App store or Google Play) so that they couldn talk us through the animals we saw. It was GPS operated so it knew exactly where you were in the park and gave us the commentary accordingly. I was blown away by how tech-savvy it all was! The safari park takes about 45 minutes – 1 hour but I think it could take longer during busy periods.
There are a few places when you can stop and get out to get a closer view of the animals, however this is mainly an ‘in-car safari’. I enjoyed the African Village as we got up close to the giraffes from the brilliant viewing platform.
As we drove around the park, we saw lions, tigers and many other animals that were roaming free. Of course, nothing is guaranteed with animals, but when we visited, we were able to get great pictures of many of the residents. It was fun going through the monkey drive through and especially when the monkeys get a lift on your car. It is possible to avoid the drive through though as the monkeys can damage your car.
It was a great day out and a lovely way to spend our lockdown.
Disclosure: We were given complimentary access passes for the purpose of this review.