Wild Animal Safari

Wild Animal Safari, Pine Mountain: Hours, Address, Wild Animal Safari Reviews: 4.5/5

Wild Animal Safari
4.5
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Wild Animal Safari - Pine Mountain is nestled between Callaway Gardens and LaGrange in SW Georgia, about 55-60 minutes southeast of Atlanta off I-85 and I-185. Wild Animal Safari opened in 1991 and celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2021-2022. Wild Animal Safari - Pine Mountain was born out of love for animal conservation and education. Visitors to this 500-acre Wild Animal Safari Park can view exotic wild animals through the 3- and one-half-mile Drive-Thru Safari in their own car, or in a safari rental van, or in a complimentary safari bus with a tour guide. on a self-drive or on a group bus tour. Included in the admission price is the Walkabout Adventure Zoo where there are over twenty exotic animal exhibits including spider monkeys, lions, tigers, bears, lemurs, singing dogs, giant tortoises and much more.
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L E
2 contributions
Sep 2021
Love coming to Wild Animal Safari! We come here often, and always have a terrific time! Jack, the bus driver on our recent trip, was as funny as he was informative! Since this is such a wonderful place, it can get busy. So, to make sure you have a 5-star time, here are a few suggestions. #1) Go on their website, and look on their calendar to find what time they open. Then, get there a 1/2 hour before opening. #2) When buying the tickets and food, find out what time the 1st bus leaves. (It was a total of 6 people on our bus.) #3) On the bus, sit on the first row near the door. One time, the bus driver opened the door and had a giraffe, then a bison stick its neck in to get food. #4) If you have a few minutes before the 1st bus leaves, Go through the walk thru part of the park. The animals are awake and you can see them. Later in the day, you may not see all the animals (they are sleeping in their house). Love all the animals! Especially Rosie (16' female giraffe) and Too Tall (18' male giraffe)!! They LOVE to eat and Rosie doesn't mind being petted. Too Tall not so much. And, amazingly, the bison seem to like being petted, who knew? ;) Also, take paper towels/wet wipes to keep your hands clean. Highly recommend!!! =)
Written September 6, 2021
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Campbellsoupkid
Palm Coast, FL47 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
We had the best time here today. We weren’t sure what to expect and although it is pricey for a family of five -I feel like it was worth it. Our tour was amazing (we opted for the bus after reading reviews about your car getting scratched up by animals lol) our guide , Letissa, and she was a fantastic! Our tour lasted over an hour and the kids got to see touch and feed by hand so many animals! And then the walks out was more fun with bears, tigers and monkeys etc. get a sno cone!
Written July 4, 2021
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AtlantaSpurs
Asheville, NC15 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Hi
My kids 10 and below loved this experience.
Was pretty expensive. Social distancing was an issue. Park was run down a bit.
So why a 4 ratting? You don’t get an experience like this every day. You interact with giraffes, zebras and ostriches. Try go very early in the day or after 3pm to avoid Carona issues and large crowds
Written August 11, 2020
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Samantha J
1 contribution
Feb 2022
I wish I had a warning about this place.
First of all the bison and buffalo were POORLY taken care of. One of them had a missing eye and the other had a missing horn. Both of the wounds were fresh and crusting over with blood. Buy the looks of the horn I'm assuming it got stuck in one of the windows of the vans and got ripped off. Also, we didn't see the giraffe which was the one thing my daughter really wanted to see and then there was one caged camel. The rest were deer and some kind of sheep.
Second, the walk thru pretty bad as well. The enclosures were too small for alot of the zoo animals, and some of them were walking back and forth like they had gone crazy. They were very stressed and so sad to look at.
Third, prices but were too expensive for what you get. It was $60 dollars just to get in and then an extra $40 to rent a van (which only lasted an hour for the drive thru) and pellets. The drive thru didn't have the giraffe which was the one thing my daughter really wanted to see and then there was one caged camel. The rest were deer and some kind of sheep.
Written February 15, 2022
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Janet S
jacksonville87 contributions
Dec 2021
The drive through animal experience was stupendous. The animals walked up to our car to get you to feed them. I have never been so close to bison, zebras, ostriches and others. We arrived about 11:am and got right in. An early arrival time helps to ensure you can get in. The parking lot is not that big. Check out some of the negative reviews to see what can happen if you come too late in the day esp during the busy season. We bought 2 $5.25 bags of pellets to feed the animals. My grandchildren really enjoyed it. Great fun for adults too. These animals had alot of space to roam.

Now for the not so good--the zoo part was too small for alot of the zoo animals, and some of them were exhibiting stress with pacing back and forth. These days we know cramped quarters are not good for animals from the wild. That is the only reason I didnt give a 5 star rating.
Written December 31, 2021
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Amber H
Decatur, GA1 contribution
May 2021
We have visited Wild Animal Safari in the past and enjoyed our experience. However, I was very disappointed by my visit this weekend. I was hoping a mostly outdoor experience would be a safe treat for my family, but I was mistaken. If you take COVID safety protocols seriously, skip Wild Animal Safari for the time being.

1. Not a single staff member was masked. Not in the gift shop, not in the ticketing area, not in the van rental space. I did not visit the cafe area so I cannot speak to masking among food service staff.

2. Less than 50% of guests were masked. Normally I would not count this against the business, except there were no signs anywhere recommending masking and masks were not required on the crowded tour bus or inside the areas you are required to enter to purchase tickets or get to the walking tour.

3. There were no limits to the number of guests allowed in any area at any time. The ticketing area was very crowded and there were no reductions in the number of guests allowed on the tour bus to allow for social distancing.

4. If you are COVID-conscious, rent a van. The wait for a rental was 1.5 hours when we visited during a busy part of the day, but we were able to wait it out in the walk about. Here is where I awarded one star, because the van was much cleaner than vans we have rented in the past. I brought my own cleansing wipes since we had children in our party who are not yet vaccinated. Since there are no windows in the van and air is free-flowing, the actual tour through the park felt fairly safe.

In summary, the only acknowledgement that we are experiencing a pandemic from the Safari itself came from a sign in the bathroom recommending hand washing, hand sanitizer for sale in the gift shop, and a sign in the gift shop asking people to social distance when waiting at the register, which was laughable when none of the register staff were even wearing masks. Our family enjoys this park in normal times, but were very disappointed with their lack of concern for staff and guests on this trip.
Written May 3, 2021
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joanie30735
Dalton, GA3,878 contributions
Jun 2020
Was here 11 yrs ago, brought our son. This time came back to bring our daughter. I bought our tickets online, great idea bc the line to get tickets at noon was backed way up (I'd say over an hours wait)! Recommend buying tickets online before going!

Upon arrival we had to park in their overflow parking area about a 4 min walk to the ticket station area. We decided to rent one of their vans for the trip, said about an hour wait, well that turned into over 3 hours!! Yeah, if we'd known this we would not have rented one of their vans!! While waiting we did their walk thru to see the animals, they were pretty active and neat to see. After that you just sit and wait, and wait! It was super, super packed!

So finally around 3:30pm we got our van and started the drive thru, well it was bumper to bumper and the line wasn't moving at all! It took us over 2 hours to get thru! Now remember their rentals do NOT have air, so here we were sitting with it over 90 degrees outside and hardly no wind blowing, inside this van! It was enjoyable until....it started to come a very bad thunderstorm with lots of rain, lightening and thunder! So, the vans you rent do NOT have windows, only bars so we got SOAKED!! Needless to say our daughter didn't really enjoy it, and this time neither did we. It was worth seeing the giraffes and zebras ONLY! Nothing else really stood out!

Oh, and if you decide to use the restroom here, note: it is the Most Nastiest Bathroom I've EVER been in!! There was no 6 foot rule going on anywhere due to the virus (as most other places were)!? This is really a neat place to go, but if its packed turn around and go another day! Our 1st visit 11 yrs ago was WAY Better than this one!
Written June 15, 2020
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Jon R
Lawrenceville, United States4 contributions
Jun 2020
Totally unorganized and unprepared.

It was a magnificent failure in crowd control. No staff present to direct the crowd and signage was poor at best. They encourage you to buy tickets online the day before, but this caused an hour plus wait with only a single tent just to get your QR code scanned and then an additional 2 hour wait just to catch the bus after. Meanwhile, walk up tickets had no wait basically.

The safari itself was solid. Unfortunately by allowing people to drive their own cars it causes a massive backup and further delays the buses.

The walkabout was very underwhelming.

Once you are on the safari the kids will enjoy it, but it is a complete waste of time to go out of your way for this.
Written June 18, 2020
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Jamie B
Augusta, GA5 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
It was fun, don't get me wrong, but the ticket prices are the main reason for this review rating. The drive thru had a giraffe, yes, ostrich, yes, a caged camel, and zebras. The rest were deer, so it seemed, because there were so many. Buffalo and Bison were there too. Ticket prices were just too expensive. The walk through was nice. Animal food and ticket prices for a family of 4, with military discount, was $140. Unacceptable in my opinion.
Written July 25, 2021
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Curious551866
1 contribution
May 2020 • Family
We took our daughter and her friend on Saturday May 16. We arrived around 11:00 (an hour after opening). We purchased tickets online but still had to stand in line to proceed. Their website (which I looked at carefully before deciding to go) stated that only 1 member of each party would be allowed In the ticket area. When we arrived there were people everywhere. I entered the building to redeem the online tickets (an unnecessary step) and there were tons of people inside. All members of groups in line. No social distancing except for the last few feet before you got to the desk where they had the floor taped off. Then there was the walk through- complete disregard for walking through at a safe distance. Traffic passing through in both directions. So then comes the drive through. The vans were already booked for 2 plus hours and despite the website saying there would be no more than 10 people on a bus, the buses were packed. We chose to drive our car through because of this. All in all our kids had fun but there website was completely false in regards to their efforts to keep the public safe. Beware.
Written May 17, 2020
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Wild Animal Safari is open:
  • Sun - Thu 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM