Have you ever been to a drive through safari park? The Wild Wilderness Drive Through Safari in Gentry, Arkansas, is definitely one to try out. As of the writing of this article, they are open daily from 9am to 4pm.
There are two main areas – the walk thru and the drive through safari. There is also a picnic area. My favorite part was the drive thru but we enjoyed seeing all of the other animals(though I wish some of them could have a larger area). I also liked all the details and information that was all over the walk thru area regarding the different animals and the details like the stamped concrete decoration throughout the area.
Before hopping in the car for the self guided tour, we walked around the grounds and saw a bunch of different animals. When you pay admission you can ask for a brochure with map and shows the different animals that you might see on your adventure…
One of my favorites to see was the tortoise. It was huge (and not listed above). Ironically, we also saw a house cat so guess which animal was one of the favorites of my kids. Yep, it was the cat.
Another of the favorites was seeing the Muntjac Deer. These teeny tiny deer were so super cute! They grow to be about the size of a medium to large dog and from what we learned online can actually act like a dog. Some people keep them as pets and even domesticate/potty train them to be indoor animals. They are so very cute and the babies are even tinier if that were possible!
There were so many things to see just walking around. The peacocks were so pretty and pranced around everywhere. This one was showing out the entire time we were there… near the kangaroo, near the little birds in their roosts, just about everywhere…
After seeing all of the animals in the walk thru area, we made a bathroom stop and walked back to the car. You’ll drive through a big gate type area that has a cattle barrier. There are a bunch of different herds of different types of animals throughout the drive. This pretty rain deer posed for a photo. It was very picturesque and well laid out. There were different areas for different groups of animals and I could tell they are well taken care of.
They are so well taken care of that they don’t mind backing up the traffic… Like this alpaca. We had to barely move 1 mile in 10 minutes as this critter was not in any hurry. See the car in front of ours in the picture below? Welllll, that alpaca stopped right in front of their car for a while before meandering off the road far enough they could pass by. Then it came up to our car and tried to put his head in the window next to my mom!
There were so many different animals including some tiny baby pigs, warthogs, a hippo (yep a hippo), a rhino, big cats, and different herding animals, ground hogs, and baby yaks. Ooooo they were ridiculously adorable. I’m in my mid 40s and this was the first time I think I ever saw a baby yak. Don’t worry these weren’t caged up and had free range. This little one in the picture below could have followed the pack and walked around the gate but didn’t realize and had to get help from its mom to figure that out as we drove past. Isn’t this little fuzzy baby adorable?!
At some point in our drive, this emu decided to back up traffic. Sooo glad we stopped by the restrooms before going through the park!
Towards the very end of the drive through safari are a herd of these medium sized gazelles that seemed to be able to sprint and bounce about as high as they are tall. Seemed like their hooves were made of springs or something. I also loved that these adorable donkeys were at the end of the drive. They were super friendly and just cute!
We loved visiting Wild Wilderness Drive Through Safari in Gentry, Arkansas! You can also check them out on Facebook. If you are ever anywhere near Northwest Arkansas be sure to visit.