Bursting with excitement, you depart for the wild kingdom!
Once passed the gate, your Drive-Thru Safari finally begins.
Lots of animals from all around the world are waiting for you.
Beasts of prey and more docile-looking herbivores side by side!
You get to see carnivores and herbivores
in their natural habitat up-close from the window of the bus or car.
Rain or shine, the Drive-Thru Safari
is guaranteed fun.
On the Drive-Thru Safari, you stay comfortable even if it is boiling, freezing or raining outside.
Thanks to GPS, you see and hear the animals from inside the bus.
If you drive yourself, you'll feel like you're part of expedition! Drive-Yourself Safari
Families and couples become ecstatic with every approaching animal. Touring the safari in your own car lets you enjoy the moment without worrying about others.
Information about the animals is provided over a GPS radio. And, it's available in English, too!
The tiger-designed bus is popular with kids!Safari Bus
You get a great view of the animal habitats from the wide windows. The excitement can be heard from passengers with every animal that appears.
Only place in Japan!
Encounters with a Herd of Gnus
It has the body of a cow and legs like a serow, but it's a gnu. And, Himeji Central Park is the only place in Japan where you can see them. If you're lucky, the normally sensitive gnus will suddenly start running. It's really worth seeing.
Our staff knows some interesting things!
When someone says "lion," you probably imagine a male lion with his magnificent mane. Lions have manes for three reasons. One is for defense purposes. If an outside male infiltrates another pride, a fight breaks out between him and the local males. The fighting can be fierce, so the mane protects the vital spots around the head and neck. Also, the mane makes a lion look bigger, which can intimidate others. It happens sometimes that an intruding male leaves without a fight when he sees how big the manes are.
Another reason is to attract females. The healthier and better-fed a male lion is, the darker and bushier his mane. It also gets darker and thicker, the more fights he wins. Females look at manes as criteria for selecting a healthy strong male, so in the lion's world, a male with a black bushy mane is good-looking.
Lastly, a mane functions like winterwear. In a study of zoo lions, it was found that lions in northern zoos had longer manes. So, if you took a lion from a northern zoo back to Africa, he'd get lots of girls.