For the grand event of my 30th birthday, I was faced with a day off work with my husband and absolutely no idea of what to do. The problem with having a big birthday so close to Christmas is that no one is usually around. In face, we’re typically in a plane or car trying to make a celebration out of playing the “Alphabet Game” as the road rolls by.
This year though, I made the request to not be traveling and not be starting any type of Christmas celebration with parents. These were granted, and since I’m a twelve year old girl at heart I decided to do a hilariously campy Texas activity – a drive through safari.
About an hour south of Austin is the “Safari – Texas Style”. I’m not sure how many acres the place is (a lot) but essentially you drive 5mph through windy hills and large spaces.
The animals are divided into 3 main groups, but there aren’t really many fences. Herds of somewhat exotic herbivores roam around with their similar species. There were goats, cattle, antelope and gazelle that were free roaming the areas.
Some were SUPER friendly and came right up to the car. By super friendly, I mean hungry. Each car is given a bag of pelleted food when they come to the park, with instructions to drop the pellets on the ground for the animals. I mostly did this, but admit that a few times I fed some of the friendlier critters out of my hand. I couldn’t help it!
Even though many of the animals seem very used to humans, a lot of them were super skittish. Even though they’ve most likely been bred in captivity for several generations (a lot of Texans keep small herds like this for pets or hunting) some species were really wild. They wouldn’t get near the cars and frolicked around a lot.
The highlight of the park for me were the giraffes. Last year, the place got quazi famous by having one of their giraffes give birth to twins – which is just as rare in giraffes as it is in horses. Both twins lived to adulthood, so now there are a happy herd of giraffes. They weren’t free roaming, which was a little bit of a bummer, but I figured that’s probably just as much to protect the giraffes.
It was totally cheesy, but fun. I liked taking pictures and getting close to animals… because again, I am a twelve year old girl. It did feel a bit better than some zoos too since the spaces were so wide open.
Have you ever been to anything like this? Think you’d enjoy it?