San Antonio, Texas is a fantastic city to visit as a family. Besides the epic historical sites, beautiful Riverwalk area and fun amusement parks, there is a one of a kind experience waiting for you at the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch.
This park, located about 30-40 minutes outside downtown San Antonio in the Hill Country combines safari style adventures with a petting zoo, and other up close stationary animal exhibits. There is a dedicated giraffe feeding and interaction area as well.
At the park entrance, where you settle your entry fee, you are given one bag of animal feed that you can use anywhere in the park. Additional bags are sold for $2.50 if you want to avoid squabbles with the kids over who gets to hold the bag :-). Park maps are available for purchase as well.
Upon entrance you will first be able to stop at the Giraffe Conservation area as well as the petting zoo and other animal exhibits, prior to starting the safari drive. There is a restaurant called the Safari Grill which serves made to order burgers as well as breakfast. The Grill also has clean bathrooms.
The entrance to the Safari is right off the parking lot. Then estimated time for the safari drive is 1 hour to 1.5 hours and you can drive the course as many times as you like. Our drive took a little over an hour. Your course is dependent on how much time YOU want to spend on the course as well as the path of traffic while you’re there.
Factors like the volume of cars in the safari on that day as well as the activity of the animals will affect how long your drive is. Though the driving course is wide and passing vehicles is allowed it is still hard to know how long the drive will take. Fortunately there is a stop off point during the safari course with a snack shop, bathrooms and large parking lot for breaks.
The Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch is a unique adventure for anyone who wants an immersive nature adventure. This wasn’t our first trip to a drive through animal safari and it won’t be our last! You never know exactly what your visit will be like, which means you can visit again and again!
Have you ever visited a drive through animal safari park?