Check the Weather
As a rule of thumb, the daytime temperature in Camp Verde, AZ, is about 10 ̊F cooler than Phoenix. We recommend you check local weather or contact the park for the most up-to-date conditions. For your convenience we will be adding a zip-line tower cam, which will provide real-time images and conditions at the park.
We are not Flagstaff
While we are only a 50-minute drive from Flagstaff, our weather could not be more different. The elevation at Out of Africa Wildlife Park is 3,147 feet, about 4,000 feet lower than that of Flagstaff. Unfortunately, Phoenix-based news does not make much of a distinction between Flagstaff and Camp Verde. While Flagstaff is accustomed to significant snowfall, it is extremely rare in Camp Verde. We recommend you check I-17 road conditions for any affected sections of the interstate highway if traveling from Flagstaff or Phoenix.
Tips to Make Your Visit More Enjoyable
- Out of Africa Wildlife Park is open 363 days a year, only closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Excessive rain may severely limit your ability to walk throughout the park because of muddy roads that make them unsafe for our vehicles, so we recommend you check local weather and contact the park for the most up-to-date conditions. In many ways the park emulates Africa in its purest form, from the dirt roads to its natural habitats. For your convenience, we will be adding live streaming video from our zip-line tower cam. Once operational, you’ll have access to real-time images and conditions at the Park.
- Out of Africa Wildlife Park is quite large and can take several hours to see in its entirety when including the daily shows. For your convenience we offer free tram service around the park. Whether you prefer to walk or be driven about, we strongly recommend you wear comfortable shoes.
- We do not rent wheelchairs, electric scooters, or strollers. However, for your convenience our trams are equipped to accommodate wheel chairs and strollers. We also accommodate wheel chairs on the Africa Bush Safari Tours.
- Wagons and strollers are permitted at the park, but please obey stroller parking signs at designated locations. Click here to view our admission and activity prices. Good news! The African Bush Safari Tour and all shows are included with your general park admission! What’s not included with general admission: The Zip Line, Authentic Unimog Adventure Tour, Feed-a-Tiger, and the VIP Behind-the-Scenes Tour.
- On sunny days, we strongly recommend you wear sunscreen. Sunscreen is available for purchase at the gift shop located at the park entrance. During certain times of the year it can be chilly in the morning yet warm up nicely throughout the day. Therefore, we recommend wearing layers that you can remove as temperatures rise.
- If you have any questions during your visit please feel free to ask any staff member.
- Service animals are welcome, but pets are not permitted at the park. We do not offer kennel services, and we do not recommend leaving animals in the car during your visit. Distressed animals will receive required attention at car owner’s expense.
- We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express at most locations about the park. Some food and retail carts may not have credit card capabilities. There are no ATMs at the park.
- You may exit and re-enter the park on the same day of your visit. Make sure you do not remove your wrist band, or you will not be permitted re-entry.
- Food is not allowed to be brought into the park. We do have food concessions inside the park for your convenience, and we will be happy to inform you of other off-area locations if asked. Water bottles are permissible.
Summer Monsoons (June 15 – September 30)
During the monsoon season, our summertime thunderstorm cycle, Arizona experiences more severe weather than many other states. The term “monsoon” comes from the Arabic “mausim” meaning “season” or “wind-shift.”
While the Arizona monsoon is marginal compared to those found in other parts of the world such as India, it can still be quite alarming if you’ve never encountered this meteorological event before.
We are fortunate that we don’t experience the dust storms or “dust walls” that often precede thunder and rain activity in the Phoenix area. However, sporadic winds are still an unavoidable component of the monsoon, as well as the isolated thunderstorm activity.
Monsoon thunderstorms are convective in nature, meaning they are powered by intense surface heating in addition to a strong moisture influx. The results can be spectacular in beauty and sometimes violent in nature. They generally occur in the afternoon as temperatures rise throughout the day.
While the seasonal aspects of monsoon activity are quite predictable, there is no way to predict whether an isolated rain cloud will affect the footprint of Out of Africa Wildlife Park, go around us, or even occur at all.
Since we receive 30% of our annual rainfall during the monsoon season, there is always the potential that some of that rain may occur during your visit. Traditionally the isolated occurrences of wind and rain only last a few short minutes, so it generally does not affect the park schedule. If conditions deteriorate and affect the safety of visitors at the park, you will be informed of any changes. This is not intended to be alarming in nature, simply to inform you of the Arizona monsoon phenomenon in a proactive manner.