There are so many negative views of this place because people complain about the wild animals ruining their cars. They say the lamas and the emus constantly slobber all over the vehicles. Some say the animals will not hesitate to stick their heads in a sunroof. I found this intriguing, so I loaded up my crappy car and headed West.
I live in Norfolk, and the Virginia Safari Park is located in Natural Bridge. It took about three hours to get there. So we decided to drive there and back in the same day.
It was a girls trip! I took my mom and my ten year old daughter. We left early and stopped at a scenic view near Charlottesville for photos. It was a gorgeous drive.
Because of the Covid Pandemic, there are very few places to safely adventure to. This zoo is perfect spot for the pandemic season because each person stays in their own vehicle the whole time. We even bought our tickets online, so we experienced even less human contact than at a drive through restaurant.
The zoo did not disappoint! There were so many animals including lamas, ostriches, cows, and emus. The animals eagerlied approached every vehicle, hoping for snacks. Most visiters purchased feed at the gate to give to the animals. Of course I did.
Some moms were petrified of the wild animals and could be heared shreaking from nearby mini vans. There were also people who brought shiny new cars with looks of disgust. It actually is a wonderful place to people watch, especially considering it is done at a safe distance.
My daughter loved the gang of ostriches the most. They approached our car instantly and were super friendly and excited for snacks. She couldn’t stop laughing.
It is also beautiful! This zoo is a gorgeous drive through the Southwest Virginia countryside, lasting several miles. The animals appear happy, healthy and well taken care of.
All of the reviews are true. Although you may have to wash a few paw prints off your car when you get home, I think you will find it is well worth it. My family and I absolutely loved visiting this zoo, and I hope we get to return soon. Check them out below: https://www.virginiasafaripark.com