A Wild Safari

Just to wrap up the sharing of our vacation, I saved the best part for last.

We're going on safari!

We’re going on safari!

We were trying to find something out of the ordinary for the kids to do and I came across a pamphlet for Wild Animal Safari.  I thought it was a joke because how in the world can a person run a safari in the middle of nowhere Georgia?!  Just judging by the pamphlet, it seemed a little pricey and I was skeptical, but since there wasn’t much else in the area, we decided to gather up the troops and head over to check it out.

After talking to the girl at the ticket center, we decided it sounded like fun.  And, as it turned out, December was carload month so we paid for 2 car loads instead of individually and that literally cut the cost of the trip in half! Score!  Then we decided to rent one of their safari vans for the drive thru part so that we could all be together in one van.

our safari van!

our safari van!

This turned out to be the greatest decision ever because, little did we know, the animals storm the cars as they come through the gates.  No joke; those suckers have totally adapted and they know that people can feed them through the slats on the van windows so they come running right over, totally fearless and demanding snacks!  It was awesome.

what we saw in front of us as we entered the wild safari property

what we saw in front of us as we entered the wild safari property

wild animals everywhere

wild animals everywhere

Luckily, I had purchased what I thought was a large bag of animal pellets (turned out that we could have bought another bag and then some because apparently the creatures are never full) assuming that it was for some sort of petting zoo.  The safari was the petting zoo, much to our surprise!  Everyone but my daughter was stoked about the menagerie before us.

inside the van

inside the van

She sat in the middle row of seats, in the middle of the row, the absolute furthest place away from the animals, thus ensuring her safety.

looking at the animals with much trepidation, assuming that they would somehow overpower us and enter the vehicle

little miss priss looking at the animals with much trepidation (and disgust), assuming that they would somehow overpower us, enter the vehicle and lick her to death

There were zebras, cattle, deer, pigs, water buffalos, long horns, reindeer, moose, goats, emus, camels, and all other sorts of crazy animals that you would never dream of driving next to.

ooohhh

ooohhh

aaahhh

aaahhh

a very well fed piggy!

a very well fed piggy!

We all took turns feeding them as they charged over (well, all of us but my daughter, my dad, as he was driving, and my husband who was holding my crazy 2-year-old to keep him from trying to leap out with the animals).

watching the animals from the safety of daddy's lap

watching the animals from the safety of daddy’s lap

my nephew feeding a zebra

my nephew feeding a zebra

my son feeding a reindeer

my son feeding a reindeer

my mom petting a huge longhorn

my mom petting a huge longhorn

me attempting to feed an extremely enthusiastic water buffalo

me attempting to feed an extremely enthusiastic water buffalo

It was exhilarating and creepy and hilarious and weird, all at the same time.  And, by the end of the long ride around the property, even my little prissy girl was beaming.

no animals got her!

hooray! no animals got her!

We then headed over to the Walkabout area, which was essentially the zoo-esque viewing grounds for the more dangerous animals and those that weren’t meant to be fed by hand.

kangaroos

kangaroos

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some frisky hyenas

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onward to the other animals

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jaguar

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peacocks

We had a fantastic time meeting, feeding, petting, and adoring all of the animals.  It was amazing, even if it was a little bit on the chilly side.  Who knew there was such a wild time to be had so close to our little cabin in the woods?!

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2 thoughts on “A Wild Safari

    • I was really surprised that the animals were still totally into it even though it was pretty cold (at least for us Floridians, so I am assuming the “african” animals felt the same way) 🙂 It was definitely worth the money though!

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