A Guide to Tanganyika’s Ultimate Weekend Animal Adventure

Are you tired of the same old family outings that leave you feeling disconnected from your loved ones? Do you long for an animal adventure that will create lasting memories and bring your family closer together? Look no further than Tanganyika Wildlife Park, where the ultimate weekend animal adventure awaits. Leave behind the frustrations of trip planning. Discover a destination that offers more unique animal experiences than anywhere else in the United States.

In this blog, we’ll share one of the most unique travel destinations in the United States—right in the heartland.

Ditch the tourist trap towns and steer clear of knick-knack shops with snowglobes, magnets, and lighthouses. Skip the lines at Disney or navigating the subway in New York City. Come to Kansas. That’s right, Kansas, and create memories your kids will remember forever. 

How To Best Prepare for a Wildlife Adventure Weekend With Tanganyika

When you think of an adventure weekend, you might think of white water rafting the Grand Canyon or hiking Yellowstone. While those are exhilarating choices, consider a different kind of getaway: Kansas’ Tanganyika Wildlife Park. Ideal for a relaxing family weekend, this park offers unique, stress-free encounters with nature that are perfect for all ages. 

Why Tanganyika Wildlife Park?

Tanganyika Wildlife Park is not your average wildlife destination. Just outside Wichita, Kansas, this park boasts many unique animal encounters you won’t find anywhere else. What sets Tanganyika apart is its commitment to providing visitors with unforgettable animal adventures while prioritizing the well-being of its animal residents.

Imagine swimming alongside playful penguins, feeding gentle giraffes, or getting up close and personal with Chewy the Sloth. These are just a few of the incredible encounters that await you at Tanganyika. What truly sets this park apart is its dedication to animal welfare. As an American Humane Certified and ZAA-accredited facility, Tanganyika ensures that all its animal interactions are not only safe and enjoyable for visitors but also enriching and stimulating for the animals themselves.

Every encounter is carefully curated by a team of expert trainers.  They are passionate about educating visitors on the appreciation for wildlife. No matter what animal adventure you choose, whether you’re feeding a rhino, meeting a lemur, or observing an otter’s playful antics, you can rest assured that your experience is both ethical and educational. Read more about ethical animal adventures here. 

Create memories that will last a lifetime as you swim with penguins, feed giraffes, and meet sloths, otters, rhinos, lemurs, and more.

Tips for an Unforgettable Adventure Weekend at Tanganyika:

Your journey begins with our team’s careful planning. Tanganyika ensures that every moment of your weekend adventure is filled with excitement and wonder. We don’t want you to have to worry about what activities to choose or how best to schedule your day. Here are some tips to help you make planning your animal adventure even easier:

  • Where to stay: Tanganyika Wildlife Park is conveniently located near a variety of accommodations to suit every budget and preference. From a one-of-a-kind on-site AirBNB estate to family-friendly hotels that partner with Tanganyika to get you the best deal. You’ll find the perfect place to rest and recharge after a day of adventure. Want to keep the fun going all night? Check out our partners, Hampton Inn, and Blast Off Bay. You’ll have an animal adventure all day and have a night of 30ft tall 300ft long tube slides that will blast you into hyperspeed. 
  • How to get here:  Whether you’re flying in from Dallas, Denver, or Chicago, you’ll find convenient transportation options to whisk you to your adventure weekend getaway. With everything only 15-30 minutes from the airport, you can experience all Wichita offers without needing to rent a car. Uber and Lyft are great options in the area. 
  • What else to do in the area: Beyond Tanganyika, the Wichita area offers a wealth of attractions and activities to explore. From the sprawling grounds of Sedgwick County Zoo to the scenic trails of Pawnee Prairie Park, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to indulge in local favorites like Maple Street Pizza and Tacos TJ’s for a taste of the region’s culinary delights.
  • What to bring: Pack essentials like sunscreen, comfortable clothing, and a sense of adventure. With so much to see and do, you’ll want to be prepared for an action-packed adventure weekend of exploration and discovery.

Our concierge team is waiting to help you plan the perfect adventure weekend, click the chat box on the corner of this screen to get in touch.

Tanganyika’s Weekend Ultimate Experience 

Now that you’re fully prepared for your adventure weekend at Tanganyika Wildlife Park, it’s time to dive into the excitement and embark on the ultimate animal adventure. Every ultimate weekend adventure itinerary is customized for you with the support of our concierge team. Here’s an abbreviated example itinerary of what to expect during your ultimate experience:

  • Day 1: 
      • 9:00 am – Arrive at the park and be escorted on a private tour of our feeding encounters. Feed giraffes, lemurs, tortoises, and more. The lorikeets are extra hungry in the morning, be sure to get some great photos. 
      • 10:30 am – Your ultimate experience includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the giraffe barn, and then head over to Chewy the Sloth, one of Tanganyika’s most beloved resident. Chewy will steal your heart as you feed him his favorite treats and pose for “slothies” together. 
      • 11:30 am – Take a break for a quick lunch at Luna’s Canteen. After lunch, you might meet an owl monkey or lemur and go behind the scenes with an okapi. Check-in at the VIP lounge and let our team know if you have any special requests.  
      • 3:00 pm -Dive into the world of penguins with a once-in-a-lifetime swimming experience. Led by experienced trainers, you’ll don a wetsuit and plunge into the waters of the penguin habitat, where a playful colony of African penguins greets you. This isn’t a free-for-all in the penguin habitat. Tanganyika’s staff are adept at creating secure and unforgettable experiences for guests and the penguins. The penguins’ have a unique bond with the staff and are more likely to feel comfort and relax in your presence.
  • Day 2: 
      • 9:00 am – Get here early as part of your adventure weekend package and watch the park wake up. Keepers will be prepping exhibits for animals, and they are often most active first thing in the morning. 
      • 10:30 am – Prepare to be charmed by the otters at the otter meet and greet, where you’ll have the opportunity to interact with these curious creatures up close. Watch as keepers deliver their food to demonstrate their natural behaviors and the dexterity of the small paws.
      • 11:00 am – Embark on a behind-the-scenes adventure to feed and interact with the park’s resident rhinos. Led by animal adventure park guides, you’ll learn about these majestic creatures’ behavior, habitat, and conservation status as you feed them their favorite snacks and witness their impressive size and strength up close.
      • 12:00 pm – If you found a favorite at Luna’s Canteen yesterday, don’t miss out on trying the Signature Sandwich, a favorite at Tanganyika. After lunch, feed rhinos and hippos and take a trip through the kangaroos’ walk-about to count how many mammas have babies in their pouches
      • 1:00 pm – Round out your ultimate experience afternoon with the Big Cat Feeding adventure, a penguin meet and greet and feeding experience, hold hands with an otter, and have a kookaburra fly to your arm
  • Day 3: 
    • 9:00 am – You probably didn’t get enough of the lemurs on day one. Journey to Lemur Island for an immersive encounter with these playful primates. Led by experienced guides, you’ll have the opportunity to feed and interact with the lemurs in their natural habitat.
    • 10:30 am—Check out an exclusive, limited-time encounter. Our Animal Experiences team curates seasonal experiences to introduce you to Tanganyika’s newest residents. 
    • 12:00 pm Have lunch and spend the rest of the day sipping on specialty drinks at the Thirsty Sloth and cooling off at Tanganyika Falls Splash Park

We guarantee that you’ll wrap up your ultimate experience with memories that will last a lifetime. No, really. We have an unforgettable guarantee. If at any point you or your family can’t remember your visit to Tanganyika, we’ll give you a refund. 

Other Animal Adventure Opportunities at Tanganyika

Whether you’re seeking a full weekend of animal adventure or a shorter visit, Tanganyika Wildlife Park offers options to suit every family’s needs and preferences:

  • Ultimate Weekend Adventure Package: For the ultimate animal adventure, opt for the Ultimate Weekend Package. Priced at just $949 (a nearly $5000 value), this package has three days of adventure. This includes Lunch at the park each day, a goodie bag, over 11 animal experiences, behind-the-scenes access, etc. It’s the ultimate experience at Tanganyika and create memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Best Day Bundle: If you’re short on time but still want to experience the magic of Tanganyika, consider the Best Day Bundle. This package includes admission to the park, unlimited animal feedings at the 10 feeding stations, and two experiences of your choice, allowing you to tailor your visit to your family’s interests and preferences.
  • Single-Day Admission: Dive into the excitement with single-day admission to Tanganyika Wildlife Park. For just one admission fee, you’ll enjoy unlimited animal feedings at the feeding stations and a day filled with unforgettable encounters with some of the world’s most fascinating creatures.

Don’t let this opportunity pass you by on seizing an unforgettable family adventure. Escape the monotony of everyday life and embark on the ultimate animal adventure at Tanganyika Wildlife Park. Create memories that will last a lifetime as you swim with penguins, feed giraffes, and meet sloths, otters, rhinos, lemurs, and more. 

Tanganyika Wildlife Park is its unparalleled array of unique animal experiences and commitment to conservation and education. It’s the perfect destination for families seeking adventure, excitement, and quality time together. So pack your bags, gather your loved ones, and get ready for the ultimate weekend adventure at Tanganyika Wildlife Park!

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