We Went To Georgia Safari Conservation Park & Here’s What We Thought Of It

Georgia Safari Conservation Park in Madison, GA, is now open and ready for your visit! This amazing park features exotic and endangered animals, safari tours, animal encounters, and some of the most unique lodging in the state.

Although a visit to Georgia Safari Conservation Park will make you feel worlds away, it’s located less than an hour from Atlanta, right off I-20, in Madison, GA. We loved our visit here, and we know you will too.

Georgia Safari Conservation Park

We Went To Georgia Safari Conservation Park & Here's What We Thought Of It
My daughter loved the view from the deck of one of the Luxury Safari Tents at Georgia Conservation Safari Park.

The thing about the new Georgia Safari Conservation Park is that…it’s not what you’re thinking it is. If you’ve ever visited any other safari park in Georgia, and you’re thinking this may be similar, let me assure you — it is not.

Georgia Safari Conservation Park is SO much better.

This is a place that puts the animals first and foremost. Here, you can learn from the experts who work with them, see the animals roaming the grasslands and pastures, get opportunities to meet some of their smaller animals, and stay in some of the most unique lodging in the entire southeast.

I had high expectations before visiting, and this place and the people who work here exceeded them.

Georgia Safari Conservation Park is a 530-acre park, and currently 286 acres are being used — mostly for the grassland pastures. You’ll find Safari Tours, VIP Tours, Animal Encounters, and so much more.

Here’s everything you need to know about Georgia Safari Conservation Park in Madison.

Safari Tours

We Went To Georgia Safari Conservation Park & Here's What We Thought Of It
Georgia Safari Conservation Park courtesy of Kate Gelsthorpe

One of the biggest draws to Georgia Safari Conservation Park is their drive-through Safari Tours — for good reason. You’ll find 230 acres of grassland pastures here, where you will be able to see both exotic and endangered animals roaming and interacting with each other. The safari tours here are designed to feel like a visit to a true African game drive, and I think they get the job done.

The drive-through Safari Tours here take place in custom safari vehicles, which are amazing. During your tour, you won’t just be observing…you’ll also be learning. Animal care experts lead these tours, and they know what they’re talking about. We learned so much about the animals here, about why they were chosen, about what life is like for them at the park, and about the future plans the animal care team has for them.

During our summer afternoon visit, we saw ostriches, bison, rhinos, Asian water buffalo, eland, zebra, and bongo…just to name a few. Some of the animals were roaming the grasslands, some were seeking shade amongst the trees, some were enjoying water, and all of them seemed unbothered by our visit.

Our Safari Tour was led by Animal Care Specialist, Tiffany Portillo, and it was awesome hearing everything she had to share about the animals — including ALL their names! We loved that different species had different themed names. We didn’t just see an ostrich…we saw Barbara the ostrich. (Who prefers the nickname, Babs…obviously.)

It was clear during our visit that this park is all about respecting the animals and giving them the best possible care. These animals are loved and known and taken care of in the most amazing way. It was really inspiring to see. We became so attached to the animals we saw, that we’re already planning a return visit so we can see how they grow.

There are several different Safari Tour options for you, from group tours to private VIP tours. All tours allow children 2 and under to ride FREE on the lap of a guardian. Reservations are recommended and tours operate rain or shine.

  • Guided Safari Tour – This is a 1.5-hour group tour in a safari vehicle with expert guides that will take you through the wildlife savanna. Cost: $39/person
  • Safari Encounter Tour – This 2.5-hour tour is an up-close giraffe and rhino encounter that offers a truly unforgettable journey, filled with education, wonder, and incredible memories for the whole family. Cost: $125/person
  • Private VIP Tour – This private 3-hour tour includes up-close encounters with some of nature’s most extraordinary animals. You’ll enjoy a private safari trip, hands-on encounters with some of the park’s smaller creatures, and more. Cost: $2500 per 8-person jeep

Georgia Safari Conservation Park Lodging

We Went To Georgia Safari Conservation Park & Here's What We Thought Of It
Courtesy of Georgia Safari Conservation Park

In addition to their amazing Safari Tours, Georgia Safari Conservation Park offers some of the most incredible lodging options. In fact, this is the only overnight safari park in the Southeast!

Luxury Safari Tents

The 2-bedroom Luxury Safari Tents can sleep up to 4 people and feature decks that overlook a private savanna. They’re not using the word “luxury” as just an adjective here…they truly are luxurious.

These custom Safari Tents were made in Africa and shipped here, and no detail has been overlooked. You’ll find wooden floors and canvas walls, heating and air, luxurious furnishings and plush bedding, a spacious living and dining room, a kitchenette complete with a refrigerator, microwave, and coffee area, and more. These Luxury Safari Tents also have full bathrooms with soaker tubs and showers.

The primary bedroom offers a king-size bed with floor-to-ceiling picture windows, giving you a view of the animals roaming just outside. The secondary bedroom has two twin beds, which can be combined into a king bed. You’ll also find floor-to-ceiling windows here, so the animals are never far from view.

The decks are expansive and feature comfortable seating and a ceiling fan. There are binoculars for your use during your visit, so you can see the animals even when they’re further away.

We loved the TV here. I know that sounds strange, but in addition to watching your favorite shows, you can also use it to book tours at the park, or find out more information about the individual animals that call this park home.

Georgia Safari Conservation Park also offers an ADA-accessible 2-bedroom Safari Tent.

All 2-bedroom Luxury Safari Tent rentals require a 2-night minimum and include a…

  • Guided Safari drive-through tour with one of their expert guides
  • Giraffe and rhino encounter 
  • Keeper Chat and ambassador animal encounter with one of their amazing animal ambassadors

Cost: from $790/night

Honeymoon Hideaway

The Honeymoon Hideaway is a 1-bedroom Safari Tent that features a king-sized canopy bed and sleeps 2. You’ll find some of the same luxurious offerings and attention to detail that you’ll find in the 2-bedrooms, with a couple of extras that up the romance factor.

Like the 2-bedroom Safari Tents, the 1-bedrooms feature wooden floors and canvas walls, heating and air, a kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, and coffee station, living and dining areas, plush bedding, a full bathroom, and luxurious furnishings.

Additionally, you’ll find two private decks at the Honeymoon Hideaway. Adjacent to the bedroom, glass doors will take you to a private deck that includes a secluded outdoor bathing area with a private open-air bathtub. How cool is that?

You also have an additional private deck from the main living area, that features amazing views of the open savanna.

Honeymoon Hideaway rentals require a 2-night minimum, and like the 2-bedroom rentals they include a…

  • Guided Safari drive-through tour with one of their expert guides
  • Giraffe and rhino encounter 
  • Keeper Chat and ambassador animal encounter with one of their amazing animal ambassadors

Cost: from $590/night

Giraffe Suite

If you’re looking for one of the most unique accommodations in all of the Southeast, I think it’s got to be the Giraffe Suite at Georgia Safari Conservation Park.

This private suite offers guests the opportunity to live and sleep while overlooking the park’s 10,000-square foot giraffe and rhino barn — so you can fall asleep while watching the Park’s 1.5-year-old giraffe, Phoenix!

This lodging option is just as luxurious as the Safari Tents too — no detail have been overlooked. The Giraffe Suite can sleep 4. You’ll find a master bedroom with a kind-sized bed and panoramic views of Phoenix the giraffe. You’ll also find a full bathroom, a living room with a full-sized sleeper sofa, a dining room, and a kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, and coffee station.

The remote controlled shades on the full-length windows overlooking the barn make privacy a breeze. You’ll also find a fun outdoor deck here, so if Phoenix decides to head outside, you can observe him from there as well.

We got to meet Phoenix and absolutely fell in love with him. He is the sweetest! Although he’s only 11-feet-tall now, this baby is going to keep growing. A stay in this suite while watching him would be the most memorable experience. The Giraffe Suite is for ages 12 and up.

Giraffe Suite rentals require a 2-night minimum stay and includes…

  • A private, guided safari tour in one of their VIP safari vehicles
  • A private, behind-the-scenes tour of our giraffe and rhino barn
  • A private, extended animal encounter with their amazing animal ambassadors

Cost: from $1,250/night

Other Things You Need to Know

We Went To Georgia Safari Conservation Park & Here's What We Thought Of It
Phoenix courtesy of Kate Gelsthorpe
  • Georgia Safari Conservation Park opened June 1, 2024, and they still have major plans in the works for the future. One of the Animal Care Specialists we spoke with said that big cats are part of their future plans.
  • We loved meeting Phoenix, the 1.5-year-old giraffe who was brought here from Texas. Phoenix is the cutest! Feeding him lettuce was a highlight for us.
  • It was clear during our visit that Animal Enrichment is a high priority for the team at Georgia Safari Conservation Park. In Phoenix’s barn, we saw enrichment toys that were made out of fire hoses that were donated by nearby counties (like Morgan County, Oconee County, and Athens-Clarke County), as well as treat puzzles, mirrors, and more.
  • The Animal Encounter with the Animal Ambassadors gave us an up-close look at some of the smaller animals at the Park. We met reptiles, tortoises, sugar gliders, a fennec fox, a bearded dragon, a chinchilla, and the cutest little possum you ever did see. Just like with the larger animals in the pastures, these animals all had names, and we got to learn so much about them. It was fascinating to see all of the Animal Enrichment activities they had for each animal — and we loved learning about how and why they were chosen to be at the park.
  • There aren’t currently dining options at the park (that’s in the future plans), but the Safari Park is located just a few minutes from downtown Madison, where you can find lots of great food options. We grabbed sandwiches from Madison Produce Company Deli and Provisions downtown and would do it again! It was so good. Betty Gene’s is another great downtown option that we’ll try next time. Although not downtown, Farmview Market is just up the street and definitely worth a stop.
  • Although the minimum age for staying in the Giraffe Suite is 12 years old, there is no age limit for stays in the Safari Tents.
  • ADA accessibility is a high priority here and you’ll find ADA-compliant touring options, encounters, and lodging options.

We had the best time during our visit to Georgia Safari Conservation Park and we truly can’t wait to see what the future holds for this wonderful park.

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We Went To Georgia Safari Conservation Park & Here's What We Thought Of It