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“What a blast!!”

Virginia Safari Park
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Drive along our 3 mile - 180 Acre natural park, viewing(and feeding) herds of free-roaming animals from your car, such as Antelope, Deer, Elk and Llamas! Walk through the 10-acre Safari Village and see Tigers, Hyenas, Kangaroos, Primates, Reptiles, a wide variety of birds and much more! Don't forget to feed the giraffe and visit the petting barn! We're located in the Shenandoah Valley, a short day trip from Roanoke, Lynchburg, Staunton, Charlottesville, Richmond, Maryland and DC.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“What a blast!!”
Reviewed November 21, 2010

I wasn't sure about the whole idea of feeding animals from your car but it was great. The animals were friendly but not pushy and it's such an experience having these animals so close.

It's like nothing I've ever done before and so much fun. We couldn't stop laughing.

Be aware of the camels, they will steal your bucket in a heartbeat.

2 Thank marijke1974
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“Be sure to feed the camel!”
Reviewed October 11, 2010

We've been trying to make it to the Safari park for awhile now and I'm glad we finally did. We drove a minivan and have three girls - 7,4,4. We lost track of how many times they screamed, but they were having a blast.

The other reviews are pretty accurate - the animals are fun to feed, but mostly they were a little less aggressive than I expected. They just want food, and they know it comes from inside the vehicles, so if you remember that and the driver controls the windows, it's all good.

We bought four buckets of feed - I wouldn't recommend any less than that for 5 people. We took the advice of a couple other reviewers and didn't use all our feed in the first five minutes, which is where the majority of the greedy llamas and other animals hang out.

When you get the buckets at the gate, they are full to the top. I pulled out a small garbage bag (a grocery bag would work) and dumped at least 1/2 the feed from each bucket into the bag. That way if the kids dropped a bucket, we wouldn't lose a whole bucket of feed. I just re-filled as we went.

The highlight of the trip was definitely the camels. There are two fenced areas with camels, so if they aren't interested at the first area, you still have another chance. The camels are more aggressive, but when you're driving you can get just close enough so they can reach the vehicle. Beware - one of the camels tried to eat our side mirror - we just pulled forward a little and he stopped. They will definitely take a bucket, so plan on that. They aren't satisified with just the feed - they go directly for the bucket so they can have all the feed inside. It's a hoot!!! Make sure you have the video camera ready.

The picnic pavilion is huge and covered. A perfect place for lunch. BTW, before you come to the Safari Park, if you need food, go north 2 miles from the I-81 exit on 11 and stop by Layne's Country Store. They have a bunch of fruits, country ham, hoop cheese, lunch meat, etc. We stopped there and got lunch.

After lunch we walked through the petting zoo area where they keep the young animals, turtles, etc, and the giraffe feeding area. That was pretty good as well.

The staff was very friendly, the park was clean, the animals all seemed in good shape. We will definitely go back!

5 Thank brianbva
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“Had an excellent trip! Wagon tour a lot of fun.”
Reviewed September 26, 2010

We visited 9/26/10 and had a great time. We decided to take the wagon tour as opposed to driving through, as there are some awfully large animals that come up to your vehicle. The variety of animals was great, and between the tour guide's information as well as the buckets of feed that were included, it seemed like quite a deal. Animals appear to be well taken care of and the facilities are clean.

3 Thank Jamesstone714
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National Park, New Jersey
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“Great fun at VA Safari Park.”
Reviewed September 11, 2010

A terrific fun place tobe. A great Safari with lots of animals to feed and pet. From Camels to Buffalo, Watusi, reindeer, Ostrich and Giraffes. I highly recomend you take the wagon tour. For a small fee this way your car does not become a mess. They have a small zoo area you can walk around and pet animals to. It is a large area and you can take as much time as you like. If you like to interact with animals this is th place for you.

1 Thank JoeSchwartz
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Absolute blast!”
Reviewed August 30, 2010

This was a great adventure! Do purchase the feed buckets for the safari and hold onto them tightly as the animals love being fed and a loosely held bucket can be easily spilled. It was a thrill to pet the gorgeous elk, the llamas, the zebras and the many deer and other animals. After the safari- stroll the rest of the zoo- the sloth was actually climbing around and eating! There are numerous beautiful birds and tortoises. The animals look well cared for and the place was clean and simply lots of fun for everyone!

2 Thank kajmm
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