Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey has totally revamped its safari, bringing the experience of the wild within driving distance of the concrete jungle. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
This summer, Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J. is sticking its neck out by replacing its long-standing drive-in safari with a new experience, called Safari Off Road Adventure. In the place of self-paced tours are enthusiastic guides who are well-trained to keep the open air vehicles moving along to an over-rehearsed script.
It would be nice, though, if passengers were allowed a few quiet moments to simply take in the beauty of the beasts, without the staccato narration. For some at the theme park, just the sight of the animals is enough of a thrill.
"I've never seen animals out here ever like this, and I thought it was great just to be able to see them," a visitor says.
The 350-acre pseudo-savannah is home to 1,200 animals from almost 80 unique species from six continents, living in different habitats.
The tour, advertised as appropriate for all ages, includes some vehicles outfitted to accommodate wheelchairs. The surplus five-ton army trucks bounce over rugged terrain and splash through water.
Halfway through the hour-long tour, passengers make a stop at Camp Aventura for fun interaction with small exotic animals.
The safari itself is included with daily admission and season passes. An optional zip line tour above the animals and private giraffe feeding are available for an extra fee.
Some of my favorite moments come at the "tail" end of the tour. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com/greatadventure.