Virginia Safari Park

Virginia Safari Park, Natural Bridge: Hours, Address, Virginia Safari Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Virginia Safari Park
4.5
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
About
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.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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Alena
Mount Airy, MD3 contributions
Amazing
Jul 2021
By far one of our coolest experiences! The staff was so friendly and informative. The variety of animals was amazing and the they were all well cared for - cages in good condition, food and water was plentiful, even watched the staff several times provided extra water and sprinklers on a VERY hot day. It was a splurge, money wise, but the basic entry is very affordable along with the feeding options. The encounters is what got us, but they were so worth the experience and it was a bit easier to spend the money knowing that the money was going to take care of these wonderful creatures. Definitely a MUST SEE when in the area!!!
Written July 29, 2021
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TravelinFamVA
87 contributions
Best Safari in the Mid-Atlantic
Jul 2021
We love this place - its a solid 3 hr drive from NoVA but its our second time visiting and the entire family had a blast. I recommend arriving early so you are not trailing other vehicles for the 2.5 mile circuit. The animals are clearly well used to human traffic and will approach you immediately. I would recommend bringing a bottle of windex and portable car vac to clean up the feed and window licks :-) Once you finish the safari, there is a small zoo where you can feed giraffes, budgies and walk amongst the kangaroos. Recommend the Hampton Inn in Lexington, if you need a place to sleep the night before or after.
Written July 28, 2021
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Heather T
1 contribution
Excellent
Jul 2021 • Family
We had a fabulous time!
We recommend getting more than the one bucket of feed person as they recommended. Not even 50’ into the park an animal ripped the bucket out of my 4 year olds hand. So our remaining bucket didn’t last the rest of the drive thru. Hold on tightly to your buckets!
And the walk through was much larger than I was expecting. Had I’d know, I would have had the stroller, drinks, snacks, sunscreen & sanitizing wipes with me.
There is a great pavilion & picnic tables for you to have your packed lunches.
We loved it!
Written July 28, 2021
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edward o
1 contribution
loved how gentle some of the animals were with feeding
Jul 2021
Me and my family enjoyed every part of the park, from the time we started the driving tour till we were done with the walking tour.
Written July 27, 2021
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Justin C
Baumholder, Germany1 contribution
Date day at the safari
Jul 2021 • Couples
Animals were hilariously sassy and just a great time, would recommend as a great day out with the family or as a date! Wouldn’t recommend if you drive a nice car though as the animals get all up in your business, I’ll be cleaning the food and hair out of mine for a while
Written July 27, 2021
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Donziclassic22
Albany, New York57 contributions
Must do if you are in or near Natural bridge
Jul 2021
We are from NY and this is a must do anytime we head south. Old and young alike will LOVE this place. Its clean and the animals are beautiful happy and healthy. We had a blast with the parakeets. Last time we did not get food for them, and did not get the full experience this time we had birds all over us it was hysterical. My kids are 20 and 17 and they had as much fun as the last time when they were probably 7 and 10 .
Written July 26, 2021
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HappyTourist77772
Sarasota, Florida, United States16 contributions
A must do!!!
Jul 2021
My husband and I were staying in the KOA campground, right next door. We were deciding if we should go or not to the Park. It was the highlight of our trip so far!!! Do not miss this park. I suggest to go first thing in the morning, before it gets busy. I would love to come back again! No pets are allowed in your car. The animals put their heads in your windows for food. So much fun!!
Written July 26, 2021
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Gail M
1 contribution
I loved it
Jul 2021
I had so much fun feeding the animals the gifarees as well the gift shop was super clean the animals looked happy and well cared for friendly employees love it and I would love to go back was the most fun I ever had at a zoo.
Written July 26, 2021
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mcteu
17 contributions
Excellent- way better than I thought!!
Jul 2021
This was my first visit to the safari park- it was wonderful!! The park was great- clean, efficient and the staff was wonderful! The animals were awesome!! I highly recommend this drive through experience!
Written July 26, 2021
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Stephen B
5 contributions
Well worth it
Jul 2021 • Family
This was more fun than we anticipated! My daughter loved feeding the animals. Other reviewers said that the animals grab the buckets, but that's not exactly right. If you hold the bucket too high they put their snout in the bucket and push down while their feeding and that will force the bucket out of your hands so be careful of that. We have a new car and my wife was afraid of the animals hurting the car but that didn't happen. Some of the lamas and elk will stick their head in the window for the feed but they are gentle and didn't hurt a thing. My daughter was able to pet the elk and and deer and some of the lamas, but lamas are not affectionate animals and will put up with petting while they are feeding but can get annoyed with too much. When their ears go back it's a good sign to move on. Lamas can bit and spit but all of these lamas are pretty tame and used to people. The rhinos and cheetahs were awesome, and the budget stick bird experience was cool too. This was well worth what they charged and the animals are healthy, happy and well cared for.
Written July 26, 2021
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