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