Wild Animal Safari, Pine Mountain

4.2
#9 of 58 in Wildlife in Georgia
Hand-feed wild animals at Wild Animal Safari, where bison and elk lope alongside your car. A self-guided, drive-through tour winds 5.6 km (3.5 mi) through a recreated Serengeti. The species that call the park home aren't exclusively from the sandy dunes of the Serengeti, however; they hail from environments all over the world. If you don't have a car, consider renting a Zebra Van, or walk through the traditional animal park where lemurs, lizards, and little mammals play in zoo habitats. Vans are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guided bus tours operate seasonally. Visit the attraction's website or call ahead to check on the bus schedule. For Wild Animal Safari and beyond, use our Pine Mountain trip planner to get the most from your Pine Mountain vacation.
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  • This was amazing!! Everything about it was just awesome!!! Can’t wait to go back again!!! Our family really enjoyed ourselves!  more »
  • This is one of the best experiences you will ever have. You get up close and personal with amazing animals and get to be in their territory while you have the time of your life! PS: make sure to get a...  more »
  • SO much laughter and so many new memories!! We read the reviews before we came so we could make the best of our animal safari and I’m so happy we did- below you’ll find some good choices to make if yo...  more »
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  • We had a great time feeding and interacting with the animals! For bags for a family of four is perfect. We didn't get to do the walk through because it was just way too hot for my 2&4 year old. But the hour bus tour was just enough. The bathrooms need to be cleaned thoroughly; they are just dirty. Bring your own snacks and drinks! & enjoy the experience!
  • My family loves this place so much! I've been twice and loved it both times. Very interactive and you WILL NEVER forget the experience! The vehicles are pretty run down but I think it makes the whole experience so much better and more memorable! Animals look very healthy for as many as they have and I fully plan on coming back.
  • Enjoyed seeing, feeding, and touching the animals. I purchased tickets online and our tickets were waiting on us that the ticket counter. There is a cafe but we decided not to eat at the park because it didn't look clean. The women's bathroom was dirty and it had a bad smell. It was nice to walk to the walk through part of the park. We rode the bus through the park and it was a nice experience seeing the animals. They definitely knew we had food.
  • My husband and i vacation in Pine Mountain at least twice per year. This time we had my father with us and also or 4 year old daughter. It's difficult to keep busy in Pine Mountain it is more for relaxing which my husband and i are pros at doing. We decided to visit the animal safari because it was different and we were hoping to entertain our young daughter. Buying tickets was efficient enough. The park had enough cashiers to keep the line moving. We wanted to rent a van but were told there was a 2 hour wait for one or we could ride one of the tour buses which run every 30 minutes. We did that because waiting 2 hours with a 4 year old wasn't gonna happen. Wait for the bus at the "bus stop" was long but 2 or 3 buses pulled up at once so we boarded fairly quickly. Our tour guide was Jack. He was funny. I would say his jokes made the entire trip worthwhile for me. My daughter enjoyed seeing all of the animals. But she's 4. The animals were mostly deer,cows and pigs. Most of the animals look thin and unhealthy. Matted fur coats and one of the camels actually had a nasty looking open wound on its side. I felt sorry for the animals who seemed disinterested in the many vehicles full of people gawking at them and throwing pellets. My daughter was delighted the entire time, though she's way to small to understand much at all. The lions looked sad and i don't understand why they were there? They are kept towards the middle of the park in a tiny cage. The grounds are not well kept..no grass for the cows to graze and an overwhelming amount of poop everywhere. Which i understand happens with animals but i grew up on a farm and my dad always kept his cows healthy and he rotated their feeding/grazing areas so that the land was always healthy for them. This place is way too small for what they are doing . It's obvious to anyone who pays attention that the animals are not healthy. This was distressing to me. After we finished the bus tour we went on the "walk about". I was shocked at the nasty, small cages the animals were kept in. The reptile portion hadn't been cleaned in ages. The tigers had NO WATER and were very thin. The gray wolf was pacing round and round his small cage overgrown with weeds in obvious distress. The monkeys were so sad..you could see it in their faces. It's July...so it's HOT. None of the animals had a fresh water drinking source. It's disgusting. Jack told us who the owners of the park are during our tour and i will be contacting them. I will harass them to no end until something is done about those horrible conditions. As much money as they charge and as busy as they are there is no reason why they could not improve conditions for the animals. It is abuse. They do not have enough skilled employees to maintain the park. I would have been delighted to have visited a well maintained park full of healthy animals. I wish i had taken pictures of these poor creatures and the conditions so i could attach them to this review.
  • A truly unique and fun experience. Many people below have great points/advice on how best to navigate the place. Here's what I haven't seen suggested recently: make sure to bring trash bags or something disposable to place on top of their vehicle seats as they are disgusting. On rainy days, ponchos will suffice. Bring some towels for slober and sanitary wipes to clean up in addition to washing your hands. I recommend always renting their vehicles, because those animals will stick their whole heads into your vehicle and possibly dent it, if not careful. In terms of feeding the animals, the bison are the most persistent and insistent on the food, so you'll have to throw a bunch of food away from the car to get past them (good strategy for other animals as well). The walk-about zoo is excellent as well. The animals seem to come to life more with cloudier/rainier days. I only gave 4 stars, because the place is pretty dirty and expensive, but if you're prepared and willing to put up with it briefly, then the experience is worth 5 stars 👍

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