If it's animal magic you're after in the Easter holidays, then look no further than Longleat Safari Park.
Whether it's getting a close-up of some of the most deadly animals on the planet from the safety of your car or feeding some of the cuter ones, there is something for everyone, but make sure you get there early if you want to see it all.
We arrived at the opening time of 10am one Saturday and, after a two-hour drive down the M3, it was nice to see the start of the safari - the African Village -was actually a walkthrough, giving everyone the chance to stretch their legs.
Armed with free Deadly 60 fun packs (which prompts children to spot things around the park) collected from the on-site shop, we began by visiting the amazing lemurs, fascinating animals which we could have watched all day as they jumped above our
heads and around our legs.
But we missed out on perhaps the highlight of the area as the giraffes were not in the feeding area, where you can hand-feed the magnificent animals as they wander among the zebra.
Waving goodbye to the lemurs we got back in the car for the safari drive and listened to the free CD, which provides commentary as you drive around the park, giving facts and stats as we passed through each area.
The highlight for us was seeing the spectacular big cats, from the beautiful but deadly tigers and the lions and lionesses snoozing next to the road, to the lithe cheetahs looking alert and ready to pounce.
We decided to risk the monkey drive-through (you can opt out) and it is entertaining watching the cheeky animals running after each other and hanging from the trees but, as you're warned at the entrance, wing mirrors, windscreen wipers and, in our case, windscreen washer jets, are all fair game.
Making a hasty exit, we found the rest of the safari more relaxing, with rhinos, pelicans and flamingos a more serene experience and with a lesser threat to our transport.
Parking up after the safari, we found there was much more to explore in the massive walk through area.
There's a chance to get a bite for lunch at the Tropical Storm Cafe, but as we had eaten while in the car safari, we pressed on to the Jungle Kingdom where you can
walk among the cutest animals of them all - the meerkats.
The Monkey Temple has some more, well, monkeying around and we also got to feed rainbow lorikeets - beautiful parrot-like birds - with pots of nectar.
Another highlight of this area was seeing a baby anteater trying to lick peanut butter out of a bottle with his amazingly long tongue.
In addition to the walking and driving safari, there are another two modes of transport in which to see some animals at Longleat - the Jungle Express and the Jungle Cruise.
The boat trip was our favourite, where we got to feed some sea lions gliding in the water next to us, while we also caught a glimpse of the gorillas in their peaceful
lakeside retreat, including an amazing silverback.
The train trip takes a similar route, but it's well worth a ride seeing as both rides are included in the ticket price.
There are further chances to get close to the animals on Penguin Island and Ray Bay, while the trip through the Bat Cave is exciting but not for the faint-hearted, the graceful mammals flying so close you can feel the wind from their wings.
For parents wanting to take a break there is also the Adventure Kingdom, a massive play area where the little ones can get rid of any energy they've got left, and there is also an impressive-looking maze.
It was closed on the day of our visit, but that's a minor gripe on a day full of fun among some amazing animals.
We didn't have time to look around Longleat House, but I'm sure we'll get a chance next time as Longleat Safai Park is definitely worth a return visit.For information on opening times and prices at Longleat Safari Park, go to www.longleat.co.uk .