— Imagine waking up in the middle of the night to the sound of elephants in the distance. You’re not in Africa, but you are in the Africa section of the world’s largest natural habitat zoo. This is just one of the coolest parts about the new Snorin’ Safari program offered by the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro.

My daughter Claire and I had a chance to be the first guests to check out this camping experience last weekend. There were about 25 people total in our group of families and most had young children (kids do have to be at least six years old to participate).

Overall, it was an educational camping adventure with the comforts of hot food and real bathrooms. When we woke up in our tent to the sound of more elephants and the lions Sunday morning, the first thing Claire asked said was, “Mommy, I don’t want to go home. I want to stay and camp out again tonight and go home tomorrow.” So, we give this experience four thumbs up!