Our second week on the road was definitely a blast. We got to stay with family, my favorite cousin and his beautiful wife. I could go on forever on how much I love them, but I’ll spare y’all the mushy stuff, lol.
The first outing they took us on was awesome, they took us to the Wild Wilderness Drive Through Safari in Gentry, Arkansas. I’ll tell you right now, it is well worth going to. Our kids had such a blast and you know if the kids are having a blast, we’re having a blast. When you first pull in you will see an outside gift shop and concession stand, and restrooms are also available. I highly suggest you use them before entering the Safari, especially if you have little ones as it is a 4 mile drive through.
You have the choice of visiting the “petting zoo” first or taking the Safari. We went with the petting zoo. There were quite a variety of animals you can pet ranging from pot belly pigs (hilarious little things!) to emus and kangaroos! You can buy a bag of food for $1 per bag but we brought a couple loaves of bread instead. The bread can only be given to certain animals so please keep that in mind when you visit. There are other animals you may pet and feed but they require a special diet which excludes bread. There were a couple employees that were near those animals and handed out food for visitors to feed animals such as the kangaroos and giraffes!
They also offer pony and camel rides. Pony rides were $3 and camel rides were $5, when we went. A note on the camel rides, they LOVE their snacks! If you have bread with you, they won’t move til they get their treat! So funny.
After petting and feeding the animals, we took a break, washed our hands and had lunch! We took our own lunch but I will add that whatever food they had at the concession stand smell pretty tasty. They have a few tables you can sit and eat at and it wasn’t too busy when we went, on a Monday, so no waiting for tables. And before I forget, they also have little wagons you can rent for kiddies who want to be pulled around the petting areas. We didn’t need one so I don’t remember the price.
Now onto the Safari! This was our family’s first safari experience. If’ you’ve never been to one, you drive your own car through. They have rules and reminders when you enter to keep your windows up during your drive through. This is for your protection. The animals are well mannered but we had a car in front of us that did not follow instructions, were enticing the ostrich and let’s just say they put their windows up after that encounter, lol. It really does make it more enjoyable when people follow the rules, especially when it’s for their own safety. Visitors are also asked not to feed the animals on safari, and if you want to stop and look longer, there is plenty of room to pull over so the cars behind you don’t get blocked and have to wait. That was something else we experienced. It doesn’t hurt to be courteous. But aside from those we had a blast! If you’re in the area or can make a detour, I highly recommend it, ESPECIALLY if you have children that love animals.