So that’s it for another year, well that’s it for the busy periods anyway, the park remains open all year with the exception of Christmas day.
2010 has been a little disappointing with visitor numbers lower than we had hoped and I am sure we are not the only attraction feeling the pinch as people all over the country look to make savings and cuts to their spending. In spite of this though I still feel that people do want to get out and about and to experience things and have a bit of fun, the visitors view on things does seem to have changed and they are willing to tighten the belts a little more and do without at home to enable them to have those few days out, a little something to cheer everyone up. The park has tried to do it’s bit too with plenty of “kids go Free” vouchers and half price offers through the year.
A positive to take out of 2010 is the amount of feedback we have been getting, nice positive feedback too. It used to be that you only heard about things you got wrong but with the amount of social media sites out there on the internet we are hearing more about the good times than the bad. It’s been really good to read the comments on sites like tripadvisor, facebook and twitter and as these are unedited personal accounts on independent sites they carry more weight to the reader than those that may appear on our website. We are currently listed on tripadvisor as the number 4 attraction in the area, up from a position in double figures last year thanks to everyone who wrote a review.
A common theme on the comments is how close they all got to the animals, the lions in particular seem to be stars as visitors coming for the first time don’t realise the lions are free to roam in between the cars in their section. Baboons remain popular and it has been good to see that the baboons taking the odd wiper from you adds to the experience rather than detracting from it.
“my children thoroughly enjoyed it, even though my car is now missing a windscreen wiper thanks to the baboons lol!” (comment from Facebook page)
There have been a number of unwelcome contacts through the year with camels, bison, rhino and an number of other animals certainly being big enough to damage cars just by being too close. On the whole though most people are able to follow the guidelines on the leaflet and not let them get near enough to damage and those that ignore the warnings see this as being part of the safari experience and accept it.
Close enough for you?
With three pregnant rhino due to give birth in the next couple of months and hopefully more lion cubs on the way there is definately something to look forward too for visit in 2011.