JACKSON – Six Flags Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure kicked off the 2021 season March 20. Guests will see the babies of 2020, including four giraffe calves and two Siberian tiger cubs.
The park will introduce the rare bongo species including an adorable calf in mid-April. The bongo is the world’s third largest antelope, native to Africa. They are most active at dusk and dawn.
New babies making their debut include eland, dama gazelle, and ankoli cattle calves in the Wilde Plains; wildebeest calves in the Serengeti Grasslands; kangaroo joeys in Didgeridoo Pass; bison calves in The Americas; zebra foals and Asian water buffalo calf in Afrikka; nilgai calves in Tigris Asiana, and baboons in Baboon Village.
Six Flags Great Adventure’s safari operated as a self-drive-through experience from 1974 through 2012. Since 2013, Great Adventure has offered guided truck tours of the safari. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure reopened in late May, 2020 and will continue to operate until the theme park is able to reopen its guided Safari truck tours.
The attraction will take guests on a self-guided journey through 1,200 exotic animals from six continents. For the safety and privacy of their own vehicles, guests will slowly wind through 11 simulated natural habitats seeing animals such as giraffes, elephants, rhinos, lions, tigers, bears and baboons.
While most animals roam freely in the safari, predators are safely kept behind fences. All animals are clearly visible from car windows.
The safari journey will offer a contact-free experience. All safari tickets must be purchased online and in advance. Ticket sales will not be available at the gate. To prevent overcrowding and provide proper social distancing, the safari will require all guests to make advance reservations using Six Flags’ online reservation system.
Active Members, Season Pass Holders, and single-day ticket holders can make reservations at sixflags.com/reserve. Those without advance reservations will not be permitted to enter.
A list of safety requirements is available on the park’s website and include keeping all windows, doors, and convertible tops closed; not feeding or touching the animals; no smoking, littering, or stopping; cars, SUVs and consumer pickup trucks with empty beds only – no campers, RVs, commercial vehicles or trucks larger than a consumer pickup truck; maximum speed of 5 mph and maintaining safe distance between other cars and animals.
Pets are not permitted inside vehicles. All vehicles will be inspected prior to entering the safari, rules will be enforced throughout the journey by park staff, and anyone who violates the rules will be ejected from the park without a refund and possibly prosecuted.
Restrooms are located at the entrance/exit only, and light snacks are available for purchase. Six Flags encourages guests to plan accordingly for restroom breaks, gasoline, and food.
All Six Flags employees will be temperature and health screened each day and will wear masks and gloves where appropriate. Guests are required to wear cloth face coverings when speaking with a Six Flags team member.
Bob Vosseller is Assistant News Editor at Micromedia Publications. He is an award-winning journalist having written for weekly and daily newspapers in Ocean and Monmouth counties for more than 30 years. Readers can contact him at [email protected]
Growing up the Six Flags Great Adventure Drive Thru Safari was pretty epic. It was something every family wanted to try at least once. We all had our stories of what it was like.
Years later the Six Flags Great Adventure Drive Thru Safari would close and visitors enjoyed it as a perk with their Great Adventure admission ticket.
These last few weeks, with everything still in limbo, you may have been wondering what fun things you can do this spring in New Jersey. You may be thinking about what your summer may look like. Perhaps you’ve even reflected on the Six Flags Great Adventure Drive Thru Safari in New Jersey. Did you make it there last year? Did you want more time to experience it?
Six Flags Great Adventure announced today that its Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure will open for 2021 on March 20, 2021, and operate daily after March 27, 2021 weather permitting.
Six Flags Great Adventure Drive Thru Safari is OPEN Again!!
Six Flags Great Adventure has reopened its Safari adventure as a drive-through experience. This year there’s even MORE to see as the Animal Care Team looks forward to welcoming an array of adorable babies, and is introducing a new species – the rare African bongo to safari guests.
About the Six Flags Great Adventure Drive Thru Safari
Six Flags Great Adventure’s Safari operated as a self-drive-through experience from 1974 through 2012. Since 2013, Great Adventure has offered guided truck tours of the Safari. Returning to a standalone, drive-through format enables guests to enjoy the Safari’s 1,200 exotic animals from the privacy and safety of their own vehicles, while allowing for proper social distancing.
How do I get tickets to the Drive Thru Safari at Great Adventure?
To prevent overcrowding, the Safari experience will require advance registration using Six Flags’ new online reservation system.
Active Members, Season Pass Holders, and single-day ticket holders can make reservations NOW at www.sixflags.com/reserve.
All tickets must be purchased online and in advance. Sales will not be available at the gate, and guests without advance reservations will not be allowed to enter.
How do I make a reservation to visit the safari?
Tickets are required. If you are an active Member or Season Pass holder, you may already have a ticket number. If you are a single-day guest, paused Member, or employee, you must first purchase a ticket online.
Once you have your ticket or pass number, you will log onto the new reservation site at www.sixflags.com/reserve. Choose a date from the calendar that is available for your ticket type. Dates are color coded on the website calendar to show availability. If there is a specific date you want to visit that is unavailable, you may join the wait list if you choose. Should the date become available, you will be notified by email. Enter the required information. When you have completed the registration, you will receive a confirmation. Please print this confirmation sheet if possible. A printed sheet is easier to scan through the car window than a phone screen. We want this experience to be as contact-free as possible.
Ticket sales are for individuals. No group sales are available.
When will it open? When will it be open?
The Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure will open March 20, 2021 and operate daily, beginning March 27, 2021, from 9 am to 4 pm, weather permitting.
How much will it cost?
Each guest will need a ticket. The admission price for the Great Adventure drive thru safari is as follows:
- General Admission weekends, holidays, & spring break — $24.99
- General Admission weekdays — $19.99
- Active Members and Season Pass Holders – FREE (plus one $9.99 Bring-A-Friend ticket)
How long is the drive thru safari?
It’s a 350 acre safari with a 5 mile roadway. It will takes about an hour to drive through to see all the animals.
Can I stop to take pictures?
Stopping is not allowed. For the safety of all guests and animals the traffic flow needs to keep moving.
How can I take great photos and videos safely?
If you are driving through buy this dashboard cam with our Amazon affiliate link. With this dashboard camera and a memory card you can record video and take pictures throughout the drive thru safari and dinosaur experience SAFELY. You’ll never miss a moment or an animal as the Rove R2- 4K Dash Cam Built in WiFi GPS Car Dashboard Camera Recorder dashboard camera can catch everything.
This dashboard cam even allows you to livestream safely while recording. Take the grandparents with you on your drive thru adventures without them ever leaving home or show off to all your Instagram followers. You can also rotate the camera and do a little family caroake video.
Bonus… since we fully expect spring and summer and even Christmas drive thru events to continue, you’ll get so much use from your dashboard camera.
What kinds of animals are in the safari?
The Great Adventure safari has 1,200 animals from six continents including elephants, rhinos, tigers, giraffes and lions. They are separated into 10 areas. While most animals roam freely in the safari, predators are kept safely behind fences. All animals are clearly visible from car windows. Guests can learn all about the animals and their habitats on the park’s website at www.sixflags.com/safari
Safari Adventure Lands
- The Americas – Explore the inhabitants of the Americas featuring Rhea, Fallow Deer, Bison, Roosevelt Elk, Llama and Wild Turkey.
- Afrikka – A mix of exotic and endangered animals indigenous to Africa like Ostrich, African Elephant, White Rhinoceros, Asian Water Buffalo, Marabou Stork and Grant’s Zebra.
- Wild Plains – Wild Plains are home to a large variety of animals including the Common Eland, Ellipsis Waterbuck, Southern Ground Hornbill, Beisa Oryx, Peacock, Dama Gazella, Red Ankole Cattle, Scimitar Horned Oryx, Reticulated Giraffe and much, much, more.
- Serengeti Grassland – Take a trip through the Serengeti Grasslands and encounter Blackbuck, Addax, White Tailed Gnu and Aoudad.
- Kingsland – In the animal kingdom there is one mammal that reigns the title of king, and in Kingsland you will find your pride with plenty of Lions.
- Black Bear Ridge – Bear dens are plentiful in Black Bear Ridge, where you will find plenty of mamma bears and their cubs playing in the grass or relaxing in the water.
- Terra Urus – European Brown Bear cousins to the Grizzly Bears.
- Conservation Area – Travel through an untouched part of the safari left for NJ native species like birds, foxes, turtles and even the great bald eagle.
- Didgeradoo Pass – Our safari vehicles will take you outback where you can come face to face with Red Kangaroo, Emu and Black Swan.
- Tigris Asiana – There are plenty of tigers to be found in Tigris Asian and other animals to meet such as Nilgai, Yak, Bengal Tiger and Siberian Tiger
- Aldabra Island – Back again this Summer, come see our Aldabra tortoises – Fred and Wilma! They are the OLDEST animals at Six Flags Great Adventure! Here you can also take a closer look at our Sulcata tortoises and beautiful Chilean flamingos.
What’s new at the Six Flags Great Adventure Drive Thru Safari for 2021?
When the park opens March 20, 2021, guests will see the babies of 2020, including four giraffe calves and two Siberian tiger cubs.
Six Flags will introduce the rare bongo species including an adorable calf in mid-April.
Key facts about the endangered bongo at the Great Adventure Safari
- World’s third largest antelope, native to the continent of Africa
- Striking, reddish-brown herbivores have unique white and black face markings, body stripes, and long, spiraled horns to aid with camouflage in their natural habitat
- Mainly nocturnal animals, occasionally the bongo will exhibit crepuscular behaviors – making them most active at dusk and dawn
- Since the bongo’s wild population is estimated at fewer than 150 due to hunting and habitat loss, the species is considered critically endangered.
Spring brings more baby animals to the Drive Thru Safari
Later this spring, the Animal Care Team looks forward to welcoming an array of adorable babies including
- dama gazelle,
- and ankoli cattle calves in the Wilde Plains;
- wildebeest calves in the Serengeti Grasslands;
- kangaroo joeys in Didgeridoo Pass;
- bison calves in The Americas;
- zebra foals and Asian water buffalo calf in Afrikka;
- nilgai calves in Tigris Asiana,
- and playful baboons in Baboon Village.
Is it safe?
The safety of guests, team members and animals is Six Flags’ top priority. The new safari journey will offer a contact-free experience.
A new list of safety requirements is available on the park’s website at www.sixflags.com/greatadventure and include
- SLOW – 5 mph speed limit.
- Maintain space between your car and others.
- Animals always have the right of way.
- Remain in your vehicle and on paved roadway at all times.
- Windows and sun roofs must remain completely closed.
- Convertible tops must be closed.
- No pets, including service animals, are permitted inside cars.
- Do not feed or touch the animals.
- No smoking or littering.
- No parking or stopping, other than yielding to animals.
- All vehicles will be screened by Six Flags Security prior to entering Wild Safari.
- No items are permitted in pickup truck beds or in vehicles with open storage.
- Cars, SUVs and consumer pickup trucks only permitted – no buses, RVs, box trucks, commercial vehicles, pickup trucks larger than a consumer pickup allowed.
- Plan ahead – no restrooms, food, or gasoline available (only portable toilets at entrance and exit).
- Enter at your own risk.
- Guests who violate the rules will be escorted from the park without a refund and may be prosecuted.
As a safety precaution, all Six Flags employees will be temperature and health screened each day, and wear masks and gloves where appropriate. Per current state regulations, no additional services will be available. Six Flags encourages guests to plan accordingly for restroom breaks, gasoline, and food.
What happens if my car breaks down?
If your car can still move, please drive to the side of the road (but stay on the roadway) and place your flashers on. If you cannot move your car, just place your flashers on. One of our team members will come to assist you. Do not exit the vehicle for any reason.
Are there any differences between the new drive thru safari and the old one?
The safari was renovated in 2013 for the opening of Safari Off Road Adventure, and some of the sections were redefined. That pathway remains in place. Plus guests will be able to visit the Baboon Jungle prior to exiting the safari. Camp Aventura will remain closed.
You no longer have to worry about the baboons. No. In 2003, fencing was added along the roadway to separate the baboons from the cars.
How long will the drive thru safari be available?
Once New Jersey’s only drive thru safari opens it will operate until Six Flags Great Adventure can open again for regular park visits. At that time, the safari will be accessible only through the safari jeeps that operate inside the theme park.
Will there be restrooms available?
Only portable toilets will be available upon entrance and exit.
Will there be any souvenirs to buy?
In 2020, there were concession stands for souvenirs or refreshments at the end of the safari tour. It’s not clear if they will be available for 2021.
Stay tuned. This is a developing story and we can’t wait to bring you more details.
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Six Flags Great Adventure has made one thing clear: despite this Summer being nothing like what we had expected, they will do everything in their power to make these next few months fun and memorable.
A few weeks ago, Six Flags opened their Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure but to adapt, it is now a self-guided tour to minimize the number of people in one car at one time.
As enjoyable as it is to ride through to see all of the safari animals up-close, a tour guide can teach you fascinating facts about the different species that you probably would not learn otherwise.
Well Six Flags Great Adventure once again proves that they are ready to adapt, no matter the situation.
The New Jersey theme park just released a new, free audio file that you can stream and listen to while you are in the car going through the Wild Safari Adventure.
This audio is meant to be your tour guide and will teach you fun facts about the 1,200 animals that come from six different continents as you drive through. So it will be in the correct order and everything! CLICK HERE for the audio.
Well played, Six Flags. Well played.
Remember: you MUST make a reservation to enter the theme park or to go through the Wild Safari Adventure because the park must keep the crowds under control.
Not sure what type of animals you should expect to see? Well take a look below for an exclusive sneak peek!
Animals From The Wild Safari Drive-Thru at Six Flags Great Adventure
S P R I N G, I'm cheering for spring. It can't get here fast enough. I think of Six Flags Great Adventure and spring break.
There are two opening days for the 2021 season. The Wild Safari Drive-Thru is opening first on Saturday March 20th. Springtime is when you see babies galore in the safari. If you've never done the drive-thru, it is truly an awesome experience. You'll see giraffes, elephants, lions, tigers, bears, and more.
The Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure admission is included with a Membership or Season Pass. Tickets and reservations will be available soon. CLICK here for ticket information when they're available.
If you want to check out the totally cool Wild Safar Drive-Thru virtually CLICK here.
Daily ticket admission is separate from Six Flags Great Adventure theme park.
After the last year we had, we need to have some fun. If you ask my family "fun" means Wonder Woman, Batman The Ride, and Bizarro. This year I know my daughter is excited for the brand new Jersey Devil roller coaster.
Opening Day for Six Flags Great Adventure is Saturday March 27th - 11 am - 7 pm. They are open Monday through Friday for two weeks starting March 27th for spring break. CLICK here for the schedule.
We have the Six Flags Membership which means we can go to Six Flags all season long, Hurricane Harbor, and the Wild Safari Drive-Thru. It makes most sense for my family because we use it all season long including Holiday in the Park. CLICK here about prices and memberships, or season passes.
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The park also offers Safari Off Road Adventure, a guided off-road tour through a 350-acre wildlife preserve. From safari-style vehicles, visitors can view 1,200 species of animals from around the world, including lions, elephants, rhinoceroses, bears and giraffes.
Allow a full day.
Food is available.
Safari Off Road Adventure
|Safari Off Road Adventure|
|Coordinates||40°8′14.34″N74°25′58.87″W / 40.1373167°N 74.4330194°W / 40.1373167; -74.4330194Coordinates: 40°8′14.34″N74°25′58.87″W / 40.1373167°N 74.4330194°W / 40.1373167; -74.4330194|
|Opening date||May 25, 2013 (2013-05-25)|
|Replaced||Six Flags Wild Safari|
|Opening date||July 4, 1974 (1974-07-04)|
|Closing date||September 30, 2012 (2012-09-30)|
|Replaced by||Safari Off Road Adventure|
|Length||23,760 ft (7,240 m)|
|Site area||15,246,000 sq ft (1,416,400 m2)|
|Vehicle type||Former Army trucks, remodeled into open air safari vehicles|
|Riders per vehicle||31|
|Number of animals||1,200 (80 species)|
Safari Off Road Adventure is a safari attraction currently operating at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey. It replaced the former Six Flags Wild Safari drive-through safari park, which closed on September 30, 2012 in order for it to become its own standalone ride experience.
Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the attraction has returned to being a drive-through experience for private vehicles, with tickets that can be bought separately from the main park.
Wild Safari was opened to the public on July 4, 1974, along with its theme park neighbor, Great Adventure.
On August 20, 2012, Six Flags announced that the park would be closed to private vehicles from September 30, 2012, and that the animals would remain in the preserve. On August 30, 2012, Six Flags announced that they would open the Safari Off Road Adventure in 2013. Following Wild Safari's closure on September 30, 2012, construction began to renovate it to become the Safari Off Road Adventure. Safari Off Road Adventure opened May 25, 2013.
In March 2020, Six Flags suspended all operations across all their properties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the continuation of the pandemic in May, Six Flags Great Adventure announced that they plan on reopening the first Six Flags attraction, Safari Off Road Adventure, while keeping the rest of the park closed. This comes after the Governor of New Jersey signed an executive order to allow drive-thru venues to resume operations on May 13. Safari Off Road Adventure reopened on May 30, with the attraction going back to its historic routes and becoming once again a drive-through safari. A month later, Six Flags Great Adventure announced their new opening date for the season on July 3, 2020. Plans were in place for Safari Off Road Adventure to return with the theme park operations, but park officials stated that the safari will continue its own operations, due to the popularity and the ability for guest to continue social distancing while in their own vehicles.
The former Wild Safari park covered 350 acres (1.4 km2) with the main road being 4.5 miles (7.2 km) long. It contained 11 themed sections, and was a home to 1200 animals from six different continents. When the safari attraction was joined with Great Adventure to form one park in 2013, it made Six Flags Great Adventure the second-largest theme park in the world at 475 acres (1.92 km2), after Disney's Animal Kingdom. The park also added an up-charge zip line attraction.
Since its renovation, Safari Off Road Adventure retains the themed areas from Wild Safari. Additionally, midway through the tour passengers are able to disembark from the vehicles at an area called Camp Aventura. This section of the park contains much of Great Adventure's bird and reptile collection, while also offering guests an opportunity to feed giraffes.
Black Bear Ridge
Wilde Plains Lowlands
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A drive-thru safari returning for a limited time as a creative solution to the coronavirus closure of a Six Flags park will recall 1970s vacations when baboons used to jump on the hood of the family station wagon during road trips through the 350-acre wild animal preserve.
Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey will reopen the Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure on May 29 for passholders and members and May 30 for the general public following an executive order from New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy permitting drive-thru events.
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Six Flags parks closed in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure will boast 1,200 animals from six continents including elephants, rhinos and giraffes. The throwback drive-thru safari experience will let visitors once again view African lions, Bengal tigers and grizzly bears from the privacy and safety of their own vehicles during an hour-long journey.
Admission will be by advance reservation only. Reservations will be available online beginning May 27. General admission tickets will range from $13 to $20 with Six Flags passholders and members admitted for free.
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The Great Adventure drive-thru safari is the perfect if unexpected solution to the COVID-19 pandemic that places a premium on social distancing. Advance reservation tickets purchased online will be scanned through vehicle windows during the contact-free admission process.
The resurrection of the drive-thru zoo offers a nostalgic return to the park’s roots when visitors drove their own vehicles through the safari experience from 1974 to 2012. Since 2013, Great Adventure trucks have taken visitors on guided tours of the safari experience.
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The 11 safari adventure lands will be filled with red kangaroos, black swans and white tailed gnus, but everybody on the drive-thru experience will want to know one thing: Will baboons still jump on my car like the old days?
Sadly, the answer is no. Fencing was added along the roadway in 2003 to separate the baboons from the cars.
The highly-social animals that can live in savanna, grasslands and rain forests will be found in the Baboon Jungle just prior to exiting the safari.
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Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure visitors will be required to remain in their vehicles throughout the 5-mile journey with their windows and sunroofs closed. Touching or feeding the animals is prohibited. Freely-roaming animals that can venture up to vehicles always have the right of way. All predators — kept safely behind fences — will be visible from car windows.
The limited-time flashback experience will end when Six Flags receives clearance from government health officials allowing the reopening of the Great Adventure amusement park. Six Flags drivers and guides aboard park trucks will return to lead the Safari Off Road Adventure once the Jackson, N.J. park fully reopens.