Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

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Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch is an African Safari, Texas-Style. View and feed more than 700 animals representing over 45 species from all over the world in the comfort of your own car. Since 1984, 450 acres of rolling hills, creek beds, and magnificent oak trees that make up the safari drive-thru in the scenic Texas Hill Country has been open to the public. Additionally, the Walk-A-Bout area features several bird and primate species, a family of giraffes, the Safari Camp Grill, and the Safari Trading Post gift shop. The Texas Land Heritage Property, recognized and certified by the State of Texas for being used for agriculture by the same family for over 100 years, is proudly diversified over generations into a source of education and conservation of endangered and threatened species.
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LRSK
11 contributions
Couples
I can’t believe people are calling this place overpriced! They must be spoiled rotten. NBWR cares for and fosters the natural breeding of critically endangered and extinct in the wild species! That is a HUGE deal! How many places can you have an ostrich peek in your window or a wildebeest come right up to your car? I’m sure those who arrived and were frustrated didn’t take basic animal behavior into account. Go in the morning when the animals are being fed or on a cloudy day when the heat doesn’t force them under the trees, and then eat/shop during the hot parts of the day. It’s $4.99 for a bag of food, my husband and I both got one and it lasted us two go-arounds with almost every species coming up to us. We arrived on a hot, cloudy Sunday at 10am.

These animals are not in stuffed into small exhibits so people can see them at all times like they are in a zoo, they’re free to roam. You have to make an effort to work with their natural behavior if you want a good experience. It’s like complaining about the wait times for rides at Six Flags when you showed up at 2pm. It’s irresponsible for people to complain when 1) you can’t go over 5mph because animals cross the road and going faster frightens them 2) they’re accredited by multiple conservation agencies and are literally helping bring species back from the brink of extinction 3) the San Antonio Zoo is notorious for poor animal welfare so those who use it as a basis for comparison blatantly do not know what they’re talking about.

I saw people letting their children smack the animals that came up to their cars, scream at them, and throw the food at their faces without reprimanding them. I have a strong inclination to believe these are the kinds of people leaving “too expensive” and “didn’t even see any animals” reviews.

Tl;dr - if you want to pay a zoo price, go to a zoo. If you want something better, be responsible by planning better and expect to pay more.
Written May 4, 2021
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Claudette N
San Antonio, TX8 contributions
Family
This experience was so much fun! My son was even able to feed a baby ostrich out of the food bag that we bought. We went during spring break so lines were a bit long to go in but once your in the staff makes sure the line is always flowing. It was so amazing to see the animals so close!
Written March 22, 2022
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Randy D
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I have never thought to leave a review of one of my favorite places in San Antonio, but it occurred to me, as I plan another trip to TX, to leave one! This place is so fun! First of all, the staff is friendly and helpful. The admission fee is very reasonable, especially when you realize what you are getting! I love the small zoo you can walk thru before or after driving thru the park. It's incredibly clean and the animals are obviously well taken care of. I believe the petting zoo is discontinued (thanks covid) but was so fun! My grandkids could spend forever loving on all the sweet animals. But driving thru the park? Amazing. My first visit we went early and it was like being alone with hundreds of wild animals. We kind of cheated, and did pet a few, because they were so beautiful and sweet. I've been three times,and I recommend getting there early so that there isn't a crowd. I'm ready to go again!
Written December 5, 2020
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SanAntongma: We are so happy to hear you and your family enjoyed your day with us. We pride ourselves in our customer service, friendly faces and in the care of our animals and grounds. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience.
Written December 19, 2020
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SMK
Houston, TX2 contributions
Family
We have visited the ranch a couple times in the past 10 years. We really enjoyed our visits and looked forward to this one. We arrived at 3:30 knowing and accepting that we had limited time in the park. The cost was steep but I attributed that to the cost of taking care of all the animals. We bought 4 bags of food which was also costly. Much like the previous reviews we saw many types of deer, zebra, rhino and giraffe. We made sure not to throw out too much food in the beginning so we could feed more animals down the road. (We had run out in our previous trips). Sadly they were not that hungry (probably since it was late and the employees were throwing feed out to them) and we were left with two full bags at the end. When we were visiting the walk-about we started to walk to our car since we knew the park was closing. With so much food left over I found it to be a waste to simply throw it away. I asked a young gentleman if there was a receptacle for left over food. He said that we could simply walk up to the donkey exhibit and throw it in there and they would love it. We were not quite sure of the direction to walk in so I asked an employee walking in my direction (older man with glasses) I asked very politely if the donkey exhibit was that way. Before I could finish my sentence he interrupted me saying “we are closed” I tried once again to simply tell him I was going to dump the food and leave and he again cut me off and said “ we closed two minutes ago, you need to leave”. I was stunned at how extremely RUDE he was. I called the young man back over to me and thanked him on how helpful and kind he was and how completely rude the other employee was. What a way to end the visit. Bravo to that young man for being so nice and professional. He should be commended.
SHAME ON the unprofessional, impolite, inpatient, and rude employee!!!! No excuses for his behavior.

Yes the park is expensive, yes the food was costly (in my opinion they should give at least one bag free per car), but again, this is for the care of the animals so no complaints there. And yes we were there late but under no circumstances did we linger or give him any reason to be as rude as he was to us. And yes, we ended up throwing the food in the trash. What a waste.
Written December 29, 2021
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Deidre B
Norfolk, VA60 contributions
It's a NO for me
Totally overprice. It was 5 in our car. $29 for each adult and $19 for each CHILD. My grand kids are 6 and 7 and we had to pay $19 for them each. Our car was about $125 total for the experience. They gave ONE booklet. When I ask for another booklet since it was 5 in the car (2 different families should have gotten 2 books, my husband and I. My son and his 2 kids) I was told it was one per car or $3.50 for an extra. I found it kind of odd that we had to pay INDIVDUALLY but could only get ONE book PER car. It just seems to me that it should be a set fee PER car NOT a fee for each person in a car

In the beginning of the ride, the animals are plenty (most all the same animals in the deer family but still plenty). The deeper we drove into the tour, the more scarce the animals got. We drove through 3 sections without seeing ONE animal (not a single one). Some of the animals are behind bars / gate (giraffe). The lines are ridiculously long because if by chance an animal does come to the car, the person's car in front of you takes forever to move from the animal which causes a traffic jam on the tiny road. Everyone is feeding the animals the same little pellets ($4 per bag) so the animals are not to eager to go to every car they are probably tired if the same food being tossed at them (some animals didn't budge at all when trying to entice them with food).

I think this is a good concept. It's just way to expensive for what you get (or don't get). We left a little disappointed.
Written July 16, 2021
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Matt T
Beaumont, TX65 contributions
Family
Let’s start with the price and pricing.

You grow up VERY fast here. At 13 you’re an adult and charged as one. While my 13 and 15 year old where glad to be adults I felt it was cheating on price. Cost for my family was almost $200. 😢
The facilities are very nice and clean but they don’t cap how many people they let in. This is first and for-most a for profit business. Think sea world, six flags style lines in your car. You will see animals so full you feel kind of sorry for them lol

Overall it was not worth $200 and 2 hours of our life. I would say call star S Ranch in mason it’s more expensive but 17,000 acres and you really feel like you’re in Africa it’s incredible.
Advice to this place: charge by the car. $30-50
Limit the amount of food you sell your customers, have some attendants around the park helping traffic and making sure people aren’t tossing
Doritos 😂 good concept.
Written March 18, 2022
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schelle417
everywhere14 contributions
Couples
Having been to similar drive through experiences in other states, this was a poor comparison. We went in the early morning expecting the animals to be more active. We saw mostly deer, and very close to the entrance. There was no sign of the rhinos or many of the larger game. We drove through 3 separate areas without seeing a single animal. We are grown adults and were disappointed--I can only imagine how hard this would be for families of little ones. For an $80 entrance fee, this wasn't worth the trip.
Written April 16, 2022
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Misty L
Fred, TX93 contributions
Family
Our favorite part was feeding the birds. Only had 2 animals come up to the car. For the amount we had to pay- $250 for 5 people, I expected a lot more variety of animals and interactions. I was pretty bummed out that it was quite boring driving through.
Written July 27, 2022
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Sam
Houston, TX18 contributions
Couples
I've been here several times, and it is a fun and cute place. The animals are well treated and well fed. But it simply has gotten too expensive: $25 per person, and the bags of animal food cost $5. They used to include one bag for free, but not anymore.
Written May 1, 2022
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John V
Westminster, CO671 contributions
Great Safari drive through with multiple animals to feed from your car. The walk around parts as well as the petting zoo were worth it as well. I recommend giving yourself plenty of time as it can get crowded and several animals will get in the road and slow you down. It is a pretty amazing park though.
Written February 18, 2020
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