I have been an avid fan of Mini Travellers since I first discovered it a year or so ago always being inspired to continue my adventures; now I think it is time to give back. Here is my view of our visit to the Wild Place Project Bristol which we took during October half term.
I booked the overnight experience at Camp Baboon through Secret Escapes for my husband, our 8 year old boy and myself. I was intrigued by the opportunity to see the animals after the all the daytime visitors had gone. Before I go on, I must say that Camp Baboon lived up to my expectations.
The price of the overnight stay at Camp Baboon includes entry to the Wild Place Project Bristol and Bristol Zoo as well as the overnight stay. It all seemed good value to me. We decided to book at cheap and cheerful hotel for the night before our stay, as the Wild Place Project Bristol opens at 10 – didn’t fancy an early start from Southampton.
It was easy to find and parking was plentiful. At the entrance we showed them our Camp Baboon tickets and off we went to explore. Getting there early was great as it wasn’t busy until 11:30. We had a wonderful time wondering passed the array of animals at the centre and being able to take photos without large crowds was a bonus. The layout and a signage of the centre was easy to follow and always able to get back to the café if needed. We spent a couple of hours discovering all about the animals before heading to the café for lunch. Although I have come prepared with some snacks, I was less prepared for actual lunch. So, sandwiches it was then. The café is not cheap and the food was sandwiches or soup. I hoped we may be able to get a little more variety, however it was tasty. There was a covered play park area which had plenty of seating where we were able to eat. After a further meander around the site, which included my favourite part of actually being inside the lemurs’ enclosure, we decided to head off site for an hours or so. Being able to check in to the Camp Baboon between 15:00 and 16:30 meant we had an hour or so. We headed out for supplies- an evening meal is provided but no alcohol; if you would like a drink I think it is best to take your own as the wine in the café is expensive. Also, topped up on snacks for all of us. (There are a couple of supermarkets less than 15 mins drive away.)
On return we checked into Camp Baboon and were shown to our glamping pod. This was very comfortable, all bedding and towels supplied with a welcome pack of tea and coffee with biscuits. Once all the guests had arrived, there are 10 pods, we headed off for our bush craft activities session. The leaders of the session were excellent. They were able to keep both adults and children entertained – my son’s favourite was making fire with batteries and wire wool! This took us to dinner at about 7pm; a delicious lasagne – vegetarians are well catered for, followed by profiteroles. All devoured by everyone around us. Once all the humans were fed, we head off to see the animals with torches in hand some of them had to be searched out as they were heading off for bed themselves. It was a thrilling experience for both adults and children alike. I have never hunted for wolves……
The final activity for the night was toasting marshmallows around the fire pit. Delightful squeals could be heard by all. There is just something magical about the moment you know the marshmallows are ready.
After a good nights’ sleep we were ready for the final day. I would recommend that you take something to snack on if you are an early riser as breakfast is not until 8:30; after the morning feed of the animals. We had fruit and mini croissants to keep us going. Breakfast was a range of cereals and sausage sandwiches. Plenty of fruit and tea and coffee. Once finished out final activity was in the giraffe enclosure. We discovered lots of interesting facts and learnt the history of the animals that were in the project.
As we had spent the entire of the previous day at the Wild PlaceProject, we decided to head off to explore Bristol. Those who had arrived just for the evening stayed and spent the day there. Our Bristol Zoo pass, which is included in the price, is valid for a year so gives us a good excuse to head back over.