Fewer than 100 of the park’s 405 acres have been developed as a traditional zoo. The rest is mature forest, fields, and wetlands which gives the zoo a natural look and provides plenty of shade. We really enjoyed our visit especially the savanna where zebras, waterbucks, bonteboks, ostriches, addaxes, gazelles, storks, vultures, and giraffes roam over a large grassland. Most of the animals have hideouts in their enclosures – great for the animals but visitors may miss seeing some of them. Feeding the giraffes is a favorite activity and it serves to bring them close to the pathway.
The zoo is accessible but due to hills and rough terrain most wheelchair users will need assistance. The zoo has two sections that are about 1/2 mile apart. The first section has small mammals and a children’s zoo. The second section has the savanna and big cats. An accessible tram runs between the two. There is also a steep uphill path if you chose to walk. The path of the second section goes downhill and then back up to complete a 3/4 mile loop. The paths in the park have every type of surface – paver brick, boardwalk, packed dirt, loose sand, gravel, and asphalt. Most are bumpy.