Walkin' on the Wild Side: Wild Animal Safari Georgia

After hearing about the Wild Animal Safari from friends and coworkers, my husband and I decided to hit the highway for the Pine Mountain, Georgia area.  I did some online research for park hours, tickets, and location at animalsafari.com.  See my photos & need to know info before you go below!

Living within the metro Atlanta area, the park wasn't too far a venture for us -- about an hour and 40 minute drive.  After getting off of the highway, it seems as if you are driving in the middle of nowhere.  Once at the park, a large sign lets you know that you have arrived.

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After parking and walking to the ticket area, we decided to take the complimentary guided safari bus tour.  Other options include driving your own vehicle through the park, or renting a safari vehicle. 

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Animals at the park included water buffalo, deer, impalas, zebras, giraffes, long horn steer, pigs, lions, peacocks, and a variety of others.

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I thought these tree roots were beautiful, so I shot them!
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Talk about timing!  When ya gotta go, ya gotta go!
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Making memories...
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Oh, the wonder + excitement!
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Baby giraffes
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Precious baby giraffe
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Mission accomplished!
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A few things to note:

- Watch your exits if you plan to eat prior to arriving at the park.  We missed stopping at the LaGrange exit where a Chick-fil-A is located and had to stop at a McDonald's since it was the "last stop" for something to eat prior to arriving at the park.  (Sidenote:  It was a new McDonald's, very clean, and had an indoor play area for the kiddos to stretch.  FYI -- A new Wolf Creek Water Park Resort/Lodge is being built down the street on this exit and opens May 2018!)

- Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.  Pack a hat for the "Walkabout" area that isn't well-shaded. 

- Pack a cooler and/or snack bag.  There is a cafe on site, but many families who seemed to make a day of it packed large coolers, sandwiches, and snack bags.  There are picnic tables located outside of the cafe' / gift shop area.

- Hit the safari first!  There are a few other things to do at the venue, but get the tour out of the way when you arrive. The line for the complimentary guided bus tour can be extremely long.  Buses roll in to pick up groups on the hour.

- The animals are more than likely well-fed if you arrive after the morning groups.  People may give you free bags of animal food as you make your way to the safari bus tour line.  We bought one bag of food and were given another bag.  We had a full bag left after the safari ended.

- If you have food leftover, hang on to it for the animals in the "Walkabout" after the safari tour.  There are some animal areas that are labeled "Do Not Feed," but others welcome the treats.

- There is a gift shop with some really cute shirts, stuffed animals, and souvenirs! 

Overall, I'm glad we went to check it out for ourselves.  One thing that we thought could use improvement was the use of a guide golf cart or guide car to help move those driving in rented vehicles or their own vehicles along the safari.  Some people were literally parked along the road and spent a lengthy amount of time "oo-ing and ah-ing", thus holding up everyone else trying to enjoy the safari.  So, a guide car would help to kindly move traffic along.

Have you been to the Wild Animal Safari? Or have other questions? Comment below!

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