Wild Animal Safari, selected as one of USA Today's top
10 safari experiences in North America!
Wild Animal Safari is a 200 acre
animal preserve located near Pine Mountain, Georgia. The
Richardson Tribe has visited the park several times,
which is a pretty powerful endorsement in itself. Maybe
it's because we love animals so much.
park has two primary attractions:
The Serengeti Adventure is
part. This is an hour-long drive-through safari that brings you
face-to-face with dozens of very unique animals (see
pictures). You can drive your own car (not recommended),
ride in a tour bus, or rent your own zebra safari van.
We prefer to rent the van because we have control of our
pace and when and where we stop. The vans are nasty, but
you can always shower later. If you decide to drive your
own vehicle, be aware that some of the animals have
large horns and are very clumsy. Additionally, you will
certainly get some mammal slobber on your car's interior
at some point during the tour. Food can (and should) be
purchased in the visitor center when checking in.
Feeding the animals is a major part of the attraction.
second attraction is called the Walk-About. This
part of the park is more like a typical zoo, loaded with incredible
specimens. You will certainly be impressed. The animals
all seem to be very well cared for, fat, and happy.
You'll get a little closer to the animals than most zoos
allow. The park features ligers, a cross between a lion
and tiger. They are the largest cats, and trust me, they
many appealing factors to Wild Animal Safari, but
perhaps its location is the biggest plus. Wild Animal
Safari is located near Pine Mountain, Georgia, a very
quaint little southern town. Just a few miles up the road is
Callaway Gardens, a popular southern family resort.
Franklin D Roosevelt State Park and Roosevelt's
"Little White House" are also popular destinations. We
have camped at the state park and really love it.
However, without full hookups in the campground,
extended stays are difficult. We have also camped at
Pine Mountain RV, a very nice PB&J endorsed
RV park just minutes from all the local attractions.
Entry Date: September
We've visited the Wild Animal Safari a couple of times now, and feel
like veterans. We know what to do and what to avoid. We
have some very good friends with us on this trip. I
would recommend ONLY bringing good friends. You should
really know what they like and don't like. This can get
from previous experiences to rent one of the safari
vans. You really do not want to expose your vehicle to
the wilderness. Trust me..We had a total of 10 people,
so we rented one of the large passenger vans. We were
prepared with the hand sanitizer and animal treats
purchased from the safari outpost.
previous experiences had taught us, you have to keep
constant watch on the tongues. The all of the large
mammals like to reach into the van with their tongues
searching for hand-outs. It's really no threat, and
feeding the animals is a blast. On this particular
visit, the animals didn't seem quite as hungry. Perhaps
they'd already had plenty to eat. It wasn't a bad thing
though, because we had the chance to sit back and watch
the animals act naturally.
As usual, we
were equally impressed with the walk-through portion of
the park. The animals are healthy, happy, and very well
kept. We got to see a lady get sprayed by a female Liger
(half Lion/Tiger). That was fun.
we thoroughly enjoyed our day at Wild Animal Safari. We
ended our day there and headed back to
Pine Mountain RV for an evening of fun under the
Entry Date: September
On this particular trip, we spent the first few nights at Indian
Springs State Park, the place where the treaty was signed that
surrendered the bulk of the Creek land to Georgia.
On our third day at Indian Springs, we packed up early and headed for
Pine Mountain, Georgia, Home of
F.D. Roosevelt State Park ,
Callaway Gardens, and possibly the coolest place we've ever been,
Wild Animal Safari. We arrived at Wild Animal Safari at about 11:00
am, just as the rain was stopping. At that time, there were very few
You have three choices of
how to ride through the park. You can drive your own car, ride the bus,
or pay $11.00 extra, and rent a zebra van. The vans are absolutely
nasty, but I really recommend that mode of transportation. You
definitely do not want to drive your own car. The horned animals are
pretty klutzy and were banging into the side of the van constantly.
Also, there is a good chance the interior will get slobbered!
Anyway, it takes about an
hour to ride through the park, and you could never get this close to
these animals any other way. All of us absolutely loved feeding and
petting the animals (watch your fingers with the zebras and ostriches).
We almost didn't do the walking part of the park. That would have been a
big mistake. It's as cool as the ride-through part
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website is pretty well laid out. All the information you
need is right there where you need it. As usual, there could
be more pictures. Considering what they have to work with,
the site could also be a bit more attractive. It's very
clean and utilitarian (I normally like this), but they
should integrate some of the "safari" theme. Maybe a zebra
background or something? The site also needs just a little
editing here and there. But then, so does this website.
Wild Animal Safari has a pretty nice
facility. The main visitor center has a snack bar with
decent food. There is also a very nice gift shop at the
entrance of the "walk about" zoo.
The drive through Serengeti Adventure and the
Walk About (zoo) are both top-notch attractions. Granted,
the property viewed while on the driving tour is not
beautifully landscaped and plush. But quite frankly, the
animals don't allow for a pretty landscape. They graze and
trample all over everything. It's ok, it's wild!
Places to camp near Wild Animal Safari, Pine Mountain, and
There are some pretty good
places to camp near Wild Animal Safari and Pine Mountain. We
have RV camped at Franklin D Roosevelt State Park, and it's
lovely (but no sewer hookups). Our favorite place to camp/RV
in Pine Mountain is Pine Mountain RV. They have hookups, an
awesome pool, and lots of great activities for the kids.
Places to ride bikes and hike near Wild
Animal Safari and Pine Mountain, GA.
Callaway Gardens is an awesome bike riding destination.
FD Roosevelt State Park has lots of hiking and mountain
biking trails also.
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Park, FD Roosevelt's Little White House,
Pine Mountain RV
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