If a trip to the Serengeti is not in your future, don’t worry. All throughout the United States, there are wonderfully curated safari parks. These parks are much more affordable (though admittedly less exotic locations). In addition, they offer visitors unforgettable and educational experiences.
The goal of this African adventure in the heart of Sonoma wine country is to promote conservation. Also, those who visit will be educated on the environment. Fully accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Safari West allows its animals to roam the 400-plus-acre reservation freely. The 3-hour safari is both a walking and riding tour. It allows participants to come into contact with wildebeests, cheetahs, breathtaking birds, and more. For those who want even more adventure, Safari West also allows you to spend the night. Where you ask? On the reserve in luxury tents imported from Africa!
Lion Country Safari
This South Florida attraction has been a tourist must-do since the late 1960s. The price of admission (ranging $26-35) includes access to both the drive-through safari adventure and Safari World, the walk-through amusement park (which features two water slides, a carousel, a pontoon boat tour, and more). Open every day of the year, a visit to the world’s first drive-through safari gives you access to more than 900 animals, and it’s suggested that you allow 4-5 hours to make sure you have a chance to experience everything.
African Safari Wildlife Park
When you think of African safaris, Ohio probably doesn’t come to mind, but the African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton puts you up close and personal with all kinds of exotic animals. The drive-through safari allows you to feed alpacas, bison, guanaco, kudu, and more right from your car. The park also offers other activities, including camel rides, kangaroo and giraffe feeding, and even the African Safari Mining Outpost, where you can mine for treasure!
Wild Animal Safari
You won’t even realize you’re just over an hour away from bustling Atlanta when you enter the Wild Animal Safari in Pine Grove, Georgia. This 200-acre park allows you to choose just how you want your experience to be. You can drive your own vehicle, take a complimentary bus tour, or rent a “zebra van.”
If you opt for the Serengeti Adventure, you’ll have over three miles of fun. You’ll come face to face (through a car window, of course) with giraffes, antelope, watusi, and more. While the Walkabout section is more like a traditional zoo, allowing visitors access to the smaller, friendlier animals, like lemurs and peacocks. This area provides more opportunities to feed the animals (and you’ll maybe even get to pet the less shy ones!).