Family Visit to Out of Africa Wildlife Park

The family spent the weekend at Camp Verde and explored the local area. We visited both Montezuma’s Castle and Fort Verde and checked out the Out of Africa Wildlife Park. They’re a bunch to see at this zoo and we didn’t see it all. They have shows and a safari you can go on, and you get a close encounter with animals at this zoo which is great.

There are many options to select for your visit to the park, from shows to special encounters. It is best to do some research on what you want to see because you won’t be able to see it all.


The park has shuttle buses that will pick you up at the ticket station and take you to any of the many stops around the zoo. The zoo is on a slight hill so what we did was take the shuttle to the topmost shuttle stop and started our adventure.

We got off the shuttle bus at station three and it put us next to the reptiles and between the leopards and tigers. We then started down the road and enjoyed the animals. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to see everything (if that is even possible in one trip).

What Animals Do They Have?

They have a bunch of animals and not all of them are from Africa. They have Bengal tiger, Siberian tiger, Water Buffalo, Wolf, and bears. You can see a complete list here.

You can really get close to the animals at this zoo. The tigers aren’t far away and it is probably the closest I have ever been to a tiger.

Jeep Safari Tour

We loaded up in a converted bus that didn’t have glass in the windows and took off on the Safari Tour. This is a 30-minute tour through one of their wide-open areas that have many species of animals. They had zebras, giraffes, antelope, and many more that I can’t remember the name of. The bus driver also doubles as the narrator of the adventure. The Safari Tour is included in your general admission ticket so make sure to go on it. It is well worth it so you can get close to animals, and bring your camera for those animal pictures.

As we slowly drove through the encloser, the driver talked about the different animals we saw. She stops and throws out “treats” that the animals love and come closer to the bus. As you can see from my pictures they do get close to the bus and the giraffes will really get close.

Special Encounters

They have several different special encounters you can sign up for. For example, VIP Behind the Scenes Tour, Feed a Tiger, and SuperMog Adventure tour. These cost extra and you can get more information here. We did not do any of the special encounters, but maybe next time we visit.



During the day the Wildlife Zoo performs shows, such as the Tiger Splash, Creatur Feature which showcases some of the different animals, the Giant Snake Show, and Preator Feed. When you arrive you should check the schedule of the show you want to see, or you can see the schedule here.



There are several eating places sprinkled throughout the zoo. They carry the usual food like sandwiches, burgers, and hotdogs. There are also carts around the park where you can buy some water or candy if you want.



With tons of things for the entire family to see at this zoo, you might want to put it on your list of places to see. From the shows and special encounters to just visiting each animal. We definitely didn’t see everything when we visited because we need more time and we didn’t check the schedule. It is important to check out the show schedule because we missed out on a few shows.

If you go during the summer months I would advise you to go early. It can get hot walking around the zoo and there isn’t much shade. Also, if you search the internet you can probably find discount tickets to help with the cost of the zoo.