Looking for a drive through safari in Texas?
This might come as a surprise but you can experience an African safari right here in the great state of Texas! Granted, very little tops seeing these majestic creatures in their homeland but if you’re looking for a Texan substitute, we’ve got a list of all the places you can find a drive through safari in Texas.
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, San Antonio
Explore 450 acres of Texas Hill Country during this 1.5 hour Texas drive through safari featuring animals from all over the world. Each car is provided a bag of animal feed with the cost of admission. The animals in the ranch will come to your vehicle to eat and allow you an up close view of their beauty. You will see buffalos, zebras, and ostriches during your adventure.
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Visitors can even explore the wildlife ranch on foot. You can relax at the on-site cafe and visit the lemur habitat and the giraffe center. Finish off your day by stopping at the gift shop for a nice souvenir of your day.
Aggieland Safari, Bryan
Want to visit a “traditional” zoo and experience a drive through safari in Texas all at the same time? Aggieland Safari in Bryan is the place to be! Admission includes entrance to their 250+ acre drive-thru safari. For a small additional fee, you can receive a bucket of feed to share with the over 100 animals that call Aggieland Safari home. Experience a personal visit from each of the animals on the safari without ever having to leave your car.
But the fun at Aggieland Safari doesn’t stop there! Admission to their Adventure Zoo is included as well. This 20 acre area is meant to be explored on foot but still provides the opportunity for up-close experiences. Want to feed a giraffe? You can do that here. Want to feed a tortoise? You can do that too. There’s also a bird aviary, a camel trek, a petting zoo, a kid friendly playscape, a covered pavilion, and a gift shop!
Sharkosa Wildlife Ranch, Pilot Point
This drive through safari in Texas is a little different than others. Instead of driving your own vehicle, you are transported through the park in a tram that takes you through 126 acres of breathtaking scenery filled with approximately 130 exotic, endangered, and rare wildlife.
There are always ongoing projects for you to see such as breeding programs, new buildings, and habitat expansions. Visit the petting zoo so your kids can enjoy alpacas, miniature horses and cows, sheep, and goats. The small barn has numerous animals including capuchin monkeys, brown lemurs, and red-ruffed lemurs. There are also reptiles, camels, zebras, pot-bellied pigs and more. Pack a lunch, bring it with you, and enjoy one of their outdoor dining areas.
Franklin Drive Thru Safari, Franklin
Your entire family will have fun playing, feeding, and interacting with animals from across the globe at this drive through safari in Texas. Franklin Drive Thru Safari has over 100 acres filled with more than 1,000 animals. The petting zoo is amazing with new animals consistently being adopted. As you drive through the safari, you will see over fifty different species of animals meandering around the ranch.
Franklin Drive Thru Safari even has a ten acre area for walking. There’s so much to do: visit baby giraffes, camels, anteaters or kangaroos; purchase a cup of peanuts and make friends with the park monkeys; take a private tour with the trained staff; visit the adorable baby room to play with exotic babies animals like coatimundis and lemurs; or explore in your car to feed camels and zebras right from your vehicle.
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is one of the largest drive through safaris in Texas. The ranch consists of over 1,800 acres and features nearly fifty different species among the 1,100 animals on the property. You can spend hours driving through the park looking at all of the different animals.
But the fun doesn’t stop there! You can go on a bike tour or even a murder mystery tour. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center also has photo workshops, an on-site cafe, and overnight lodging [bunkhouses, anyone?].
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The largest of all wild equids, the Grevy’s zebra is distinguished by its unique stripes, which are as distinctive as human fingerprints. Grevy’s are more closely related to the wild ass than the horse, while plains zebras are more closely related to the horse. Grevy’s are taller with larger ears and narrower stripes than plains zebras. Grevy’s live in herds, but are loosely social animals that do not have concrete social systems. A stallion’s attachment to his land and a mare’s attachment to her young are the most stable relationships. Within the herd, dominance is relatively nonexistent, except for the right a territorial male has to a breeding female. If no females are around, the resident male will associate with bachelor males in a friendly manner. Grevy’s zebras are extremely mobile grazers and they can digest many types, and parts, of plants that cattle cannot. Despite their mobility, Grevy’s are water-dependent and will migrate to grazing lands only within reach of water. Wild Grevy’s live in Kenya and Ethiopia. Grevy’s not only have strong vision and hearing, but a keen sense of taste, as well. Although they tend to be very aggressive toward other animals, Grevy’s zebras are beneficial to other wild grazers because they clear off the tops of coarse grasses that are difficult for other herbivores to digest. Grevy’s have a classification of Endangered with a stable population trend. At Fossil Rim, Grevy’s live in a private pasture, but can potentially be visited on an Adventure Tour. A foal was most recently born in 2017. #grevyszebra #zebra #endangeredspecies #texas #guidedtour #wildlifeconservation
In addition to being a drive through safari in Texas, they are also the biggest cheetah breeding facility in the world. Between eighteen and twenty cubs are raised here every year. Many endangered species, such as the scimitar-horned oryx, have also been reintroduced to the wild thanks to the efforts of Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. They are truly a drive through safari dedicated to the wellbeing and conservation of their animals!
Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari, Jacksonville
Visit this 5 mile drive through Texas safari to see Rupert the camel and Minnie the yak. Your two-hour drive includes a free feedbag, 300 acres, 35 species, and 700 animals. Make friends with capybaras, zebras, alpacas, bison and more as they approach your vehicle. There is also a fenced-off enclosure with six alligators you can feed. The variety of wildlife present at Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari is simply amazing.
There is an open habitat with two dozen endangered and exotic species and open savannahs. Drive along the different roads to spot an African longhorn cow, an Indian antelope walking across a lush field or a mother and her calf grazing by the pond. You and your family will make great memories feeding, photographing and observing these gorgeous creatures.
Grapeland Safari, Grapeland
The Grapeland Safari offers 59 acres and 25 different species. Grab a bucket of feed, drive through this Texas safari, and enjoy these amazing creatures. Your kids will love the petting zoo. They can visit numerous animals including zebras, axis deer, emus, and yaks. Bring your grill and spend some quality time together enjoying a cookout in the picnic area.
The guests of honors at the Grapeland Safari are their camels. They feature two different types of camels: Dromedary and Bactrian. Each has its unique features [one hump or two?] and both types at Grapeland Safari are a hit with visitors due to their incredibly friendly nature.
Exotic Resort Zoo, Johnson City
Instead of driving through this Texas safari, you can relax and enjoy all 127 acres from the comfort of a tram. You will learn about the forty different species and 600 animals including the kissing camel [named Gomar], ostriches, and blackbucks. There are endangered and exotic animals too. You can feed the friendly animals right out of your own feed bucket. Your family will laugh as thirty or forty animals surround your tram hoping for tidbits.
After your tour, visit the two petting zoos, the fishing pond where you can catch and release the fish or spend the night in a cabin and enjoy a roaring campfire. Visit the charming gift shop for a memorable souvenir, the private penned areas, and the caged enclosures. The tour guides will ensure you know a lot more about the animals when you leave than when you arrived.
Lonesome Dove Drive-Thru Safari, Jefferson
The Lonesome Dove Drive-Thru Safari is home to over eighty animals. During your visit, you’ll enjoy wildebeests, camels, donkeys, red deer, bison and more. The animals roam freely around the 65 acres. Follow the signs to drive to the exotic animals while seeing zebras and fallow deer along the way. Your entire family will enjoy the field filled with braying donkeys. There’s a really good chance the more social animals will approach your car to say hi!
If you want to get even more close up to the animals, visit their on-site petting zoo. Be sure to stop by their office to purchase buckets of food to share with the animals. While you’re there, pick up a branded t-shirt and a souvenir to take home! You can take incredible photographs and visit the petting zoo.
Topsey Exotic Ranch & Drive-Thru Safari, Copperas
See exotic animals in their natural setting right in the middle of Central Texas at this drive through safari. Topsey Exotic Ranch and Drive-Thru Safari consists of 350 free-range safari acres. Drive the 3 mile loop in the comfort of your own vehicle while you see the animals naturally and up close.
This unique wildlife experience has been available since 1988. The family who owns the ranch has worked hard to ensure the wonders of the animal world are well preserved. Make sure you bring a camera to capture the incredible animals and bring home unforgettable souvenirs.
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