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Safari Rides

Climb aboard our narrated, ride-through Safari Truck!

Your one-hour adventure ride showcases exotic animals from six continents and you rumble through twenty-five wooded acres and four different paddocks. They’re all there for the fun, feeding and photographing!

Safari Ride adventure will reopen in late May 2024

Along the way, you will encounter furred and feathered friends, including:

  • African Zebra
  • North American Bison
  • Dromedary Camels
  • Asian and African Antelope
  • Giant birds like Ostrich and Emu
  • European deer, Eurasian wild sheep
  • Unusual cattle, donkey and goat breeds from around the world

Safari Rides are an optional ADD-ON to your General Admission ticket.

Price: ($17.50 upgrade per person)

In addition to your regular park admission ticket, a Safari Ride is an optional upgrade.

  • For safety reasons, ALL riders must be at least 36″ tall.
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Sorry, but Safari Rides are not suitable for guests who are pregnant or have mobility issues.

Limited tickets are available for Safari Rides. Departures may be canceled due to poor weather conditions or extreme heat.

For best availability, arrive early and purchase your Safari Ride ticket with your admission.

1. Choose a Time

Safari Ride adventure open daily beginning May 25th. 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 and 3:00.  

>> A minimum of 10 riders is necessary for the truck to go. You may be offered a different departure time with available seats.

2. Upgrade your ticket at admission

Tickets sell out fast, and the next available departure time may be already filled.
Buying the upgrade when you arrive locks in your time.
Last minute seating may be available at the Safari Outpost.

3. Be at the loading station 15 minutes before departure.

The Safari Ride loading stations are about a 15-minute walk from the entrance. Allow time for ticketing and arriving at the station so your guide can safely seat everyone and prepare the transport for adventure.

“I wasn’t expecting this zoo to be as big as it was and to have as large and diverse a collection of animals as they had. If you’re looking for something fun and educational to do in the Catoctin area, this is an excellent option.”

Mason S

“My wife and I have been to zoo’s all over the country and they have animals here big city zoo’s do not have!”

Matthew B

“Best up-close & personal with the animals zoo around.”

Tabetha E.

“We love it here! Started coming in 2003 with my girls… now visit with my grand daughters. Wonderful people, animals and preserve.”

Kimberly T.

“Quiet and not overly busy like city zoos – very “in nature” feel.”

Lee Anne J.

“I hadn’t been to this zoo since I was a child, and boy had it changed! It is so much bigger, more animals and a safari ride!! (We had) awesome tour guides on our safari ride. Very knowledgeable about the animals. We will definitely return!”

Cathy D