Virginia Safari Park
Virginia Safari Park
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas
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9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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The Virginia Safari Park, Virginia’s only drive-thru safari park, is located on 180-acres in the foothills of the Blueridge Mountains. Home to over 1000 animals, there is no shortage in animal diversity, including Giraffes, White Rhinos, Cheetahs, African Penguins, Zebras, Bengal Tigers, and more. The Safari drive-thru portion offers visitors the opportunity to see and feed animals up-close from their vehicles. Guest can also interact with animals in the Village Walkthru or up close during a memorable encounter with sloths, rhinos, or penguins. Guest can also view Africa’s rarest cat, the King Cheetah, only at the Virginia Safari Park. We're located in the Shenandoah Valley, a short day trip from Roanoke, Lynchburg, Staunton, Charlottesville, Richmond, Maryland, and DC.
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  • Brandy K
    Norfolk, Virginia57 contributions
    Safari Park
    This was fairly entertaining, I think my son's (11) favorite part was probably feeding the Budgies, this is where we spent most of out time, and made a second trip in. We purchased the bundle feeding, and were disappointed not to see/feed the giraffes. We were not warned that they would be sent inside before closing (which is 4:30 in November). It would have been nice to get a heads up since it was about 3 when we purchased our bundle, and around 4 when we made it to the giraffes. We did the drive through, but did not purchase food for that, you can definitely tell they are fed by people and regularly. I think it a fun one time thing, not sure we would repeat the trip.
    Written November 30, 2022
  • Tina S
    1 contribution
    Everyone needs this experience!
    We loved the experience so much!! Everyone should go at least once. Takes about an hour or so to get through being in a truck bed would make the experience even better. We have 6 kids and bought 4 buckets of food. it wasn’t enough and we wish we would’ve bought 6-8 buckets. At $5 a bucket it adds up but the experience is worth it for the kids and heck even the adults. The Buffalo stole our bucket lol and the ostrich picked my daughters hair tie out of her pig tail because it was shiny lol. Overall great experience!! I will say after buying tickets online I thought that receipt was good for the romaine lettuce purchase but it wasn’t make sure you keep your recipes they give you on the booklet at the gate to redeem it. Because with 6 kids and having to park 3 football fields away from the entrance, it was frustrating to learn my online receipt wasn’t enough to redeem the lettuce.
    Traveled with family
    Written August 7, 2022
  • Teresa S
    8 contributions
    For the love of animals
    Don't feed the llamas when you first enter, they're quite forceful at taking the food from you and you'll end up without any for the many animals ahead of you. This place is very well kept and quite impressive. The walk through village was great, totally recommend purchasing the bundle so you can feed several of the various types of animals there. Got pretty up close and personal with a few. Highly recommend, we'll be going again.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 4, 2022
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laura O
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Family
One of the worst experiences I have ever had. I spent around $200 on this trip to stay in a hotel overnight coming from Chesapeake Virginia about 3 1/2 hours away. The staff was the rudest I have ever seen in my life. I had a screaming baby and they wouldn’t take the tickets from my phone for the giraffe food and the girl at the counter said to me “we don’t make the rules and no one really cares how you feel” and then when I asked for the manager she didn’t even hear what I had to say about the very disrespectful girl behind the counter. She just Rudely explained that you have to have the brochure to get the food and that I was told that at the front gate (entrance) which I do not remember. So after walking back to my car to get the brochure to get the food to feed the giraffe, I was trying to make it to the food court stood in line for a half hour no signs anywhere about what time the concession closed. True only concession at the whole place to get any food. The guy in front of me was taking so long and I clearly had been waiting over half hour. I got to the window at 3:01 exactly and they were like all we are serving is drinks at this time. We closed at 3!? Again no indication no signs anywhere on them closing at three. There were many of other people in line with me who were disappointed. Someone could have announced to us waiting in line that they would stop serving food at 3. There were some of the rudest people I have ever encountered. It was $60 for me and my two boys to visit this place and plus my hotel stay and gas money for one of the worst experiences of my life.

I will say the animals were everything We expected and my son did enjoy seeing all of the animals so we are thankful that we got to do that. However, very poor management and staff so I will never return And will make sure all my friends and family know how I was treated. So disappointed.
Written April 17, 2022
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Vixxx
Naugatuck, CT1 contribution
Jul 2022
My husband and I were visiting VA from CT. While looking for somewhere to go, my husband found this place. Sounded like good deal for the experience. However the GPS took us to a "zoofari" instead. We were told by their staff that the safari was approximately 3-4 hours away from out hotel. I immediately contacted the venue and spoke to Jessica (2x to exact) and was told, verbatim, "its not our problem that you didnt look at the distance and we're not going to refund your money". Additionally she told us that we could use it in a year. I told her we were from CT and that's 9 hours away, she said "so". $90 later, no refund....rude responses and not one attempt to rectify the situation. If I could give this place a ZERO, I would. Jessica and anyone else that is like her needs to be fired. Awful customer service.
Written July 14, 2022
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jewel146
Broomfield, CO72 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
My extended family went to the safari park while we were in Virginia for a wedding. We had 3 kids between ages 3-8, parents, and grand parents and everyone had fun! We purchased a few of the buckets of food and they give you a few empty extras. I would highly recommend rationing out the food so that an ornery llama or, in our case elk, doesn’t take it all. There were lots of different animals in the drive through portion, from little Sitka deer to slobbery bison, and I was pleasantly surprised that it was a much longer drive through than I expected. It was definitely a hoot having everyone shriek when an animal would unexpectedly pop their head in the car. The walking portion was also interesting with plenty to see. The kangaroos and feeding the birds were favorites among our group. Definitely a fun experience if you find yourself in the Lexington area!
Written March 23, 2022
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Laura J
Washington DC, DC5 contributions
Jun 2021
Would have rated 5 stars but had issues with purchasing feed buckets for my group as I was last car through rather tnan 1st, even though my groups first car explained to the booth attendant I was purchasing feed buckets to give to the girls in the cars ahead of me so I was only allowed to get one extra bucket over the 4 per car. Very dissappointed. Would done purchase on line but group of 13 at one time only allowed for 4 feed buckets and we weren't sure who was going in which cars.

Do recommend going through the Safari Village 1st to be able to feed Giraffes rather than at end of drive through. Will definetly come back. Found out that you can drive through a 2nd time round if you wanted too but didn't take advantage of that as it was close to 5pm and had dinner plans.
Written June 22, 2021
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Casey L
3 contributions
Apr 2021
This was our second trip to this park, and we already plan to go again. The animals are fun and full of personality. It is a nice long drive through the park and a great experience. The onsite zoo is a favorite with so many different types of monkeys and giraffes to feed! My old complaint is the cost. It is very pricey to go as it is per person not per car, and nothing is included in the price. The feed, the lettuce, everything but admission costs extra. For the cost per person, a bucket of feed should be included for each ticket bought.
Written April 9, 2021
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Jill A
Portsmouth, OH48 contributions
Sep 2020
We visited on Sept 5, 2020, it was Labor Day Weekend. The tickets and food for the drive thru was purchased online per website request. I've been to several of this style park and this has been the best. The amount of land dedicated to the animals is fabulous with so many trees to provide shade when it gets warm. We arrived about 45 minutes after they opened and it was packed, that's okay you have to drive 5 mph anyway. Plus we like to feed as many as we can and observe their nature. I was expecting a short circle and done but absolutely not. I'm sure we drove a mile, there was only one or two places with no animals however the scenery made up for it. We've experienced the big buffalo/bison and rolled our windows up against them (they slobber) and the ostrich are scary to feed so we focused on the rest of the animals. One antelope and I had a war over the bucket, I won. When we were ready for the 'walk thru' I just expected a couple of animals and the giraffes! We were delighted to see a mini zoo to walk around and enjoy. I'm not sure how anyone could say this isn't worth it-much better than the Natural Park Zoo down the road-we didn't visit that but just driving by it looks unkept. I recommend this place. It is fun for any age.
Written September 9, 2020
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William G
Virginia Beach, VA18 contributions
Apr 2021
Fantastic! Even our 18 and 16 year old's (boy/girl respectively) loved this outing. We drove through the park. We bought 2 feed buckets and 2 things of romaine lettuce to feed to the giraffes which you do in the park portion after completing the drive through. Highly recommend both of these.

1) Get there as close to opening time as possible. Animals are more interested in eating. They give you the feed bucket at the window when you drive in. You pick up the romaine after the drive through in the gift shop.
2) Right now you MUST buy tickets online.
3) If you're not there first thing check to see how late you can enter. They stop entry 1 & 1/2 to 2 hours prior to closing because of the time needed to drive through.
4) Slobber will get into your car!
5) Hold that feed bucket tight!!!
6) Try to spread out the feed. Don't give it just to the animals at the start. It's a long way around.
7) Be careful! Animals may be standing in front of your car.
8) After the drive through, park the car (plenty of parking available) and you'll walk through the 'zoo' portion where you see lots of animals like Kangaroos and the only King Cheetah you can see in the USA!
9) There is a café to eat at and, yes, it's just as expensive as you think it's going to be. A family of 4 eating a full lunch with drinks will easily spend close to $100.
10) Although you spend some money this park is amazing, well maintained, they contribute to conservation efforts around the world and was completely worth the cost. Our teenagers were already talking about going again before we'd even left.
11) Feeding the giraffes is essential if you want that close up view of an animal that size like never before.

I can't say enough good things about the park, the staff and how it was just amazing overall.
Written April 13, 2021
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Heather T
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Family
This was so much fun. We came for my daughter’s birthday and brought one of her friends. They loved it. It took about 3.5 hours total for us to drive through and do the walk through portion. Coming in on a weekday it was not overcrowded and the flow was great, we took our time and pulled over to let others pass if they were moving faster. I do wish we had bought them two buckets of food each versus one. We also fed budgie’s, the goats, the other birds, and the giraffes (although they never came to the platform to eat). The park seems big into conservation and preservation versus simply captivity and the animals all were happy and healthy. Would absolutely do it again.
Written August 27, 2022
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Tiffany B
1 contribution
Jun 2020 • Family
Our family visited on 6/26/20 and had a great time! Our three kids, ages 12, 8, and 5 all loved it equally as much. We bought one bucket of feed per child. I would recommend telling children to let each animal only take one bite from the bucket. At the beginning of the Safari, there were a ton of animals awaiting food. Our kids were exited and feeding them all. Most of the food was almost gone and it was only the beginning of the Safari. The animals are trained to know that a white bucket equals food. If you don’t want an animal coming up and getting food, put your bucket down in a place the animals can’t see it. Also, if you are able to sit in the back of a truck, we highly recommend it. The animals can be pushy and spill food everywhere. Not to mention the slobber and animal fur. We had a lot of fun and highly recommend the Safari!
Written June 27, 2020
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Kristen D
2 contributions
Sep 2021
This was our second time at the park and it was even better than the first. The opportunity to feed and pet animals like zebras and bulls is absolutely incredible. The walk through adventure was a really neat surprise as well-we even saw a little joey peeking out from a mama kangaroo's pouch. We bonded as a family, laughed, and really enjoyed ourselves.
I recommend going early to avoid lines/"traffic" throughout the park. Additionally, do not take a new car. It will get dirty, you will get animal feed all over your interior and you risk antlers scratching your exterior.
Written September 7, 2021
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Virginia Safari Park is open:
  • Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Sat - Sun 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM