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Visit rare and endangered animals in a natural, outdoor setting at The Wilds. The safari park and conservation center houses animals from around the world like rhinos, giraffes, bison, camels, cheetahs, and other uncommon creatures. The park aims to promote conservation through education and personal experiences with the animals. The nearly 4,000 hectare (10,000 acre) park includes a birding station, and butterfly habitat, and a 10 hectare (27 acre) Carnivore Conservation Center. Over 24 km (15 mi) of mountain biking and hiking trails wind through the park, and it contains more than 150 lakes. Take the basic safari tour to learn about the endangered animals from a knowledgeable guide, or try a tour with one of the park's staff members who will take you through their day-to-day work with the animals. See The Wilds and all Cumberland has to offer by arranging your trip with our Cumberland trip itinerary planning site.
The Wilds reviews
We traveled to The Wilds in October & unfortunately for us, the day was cold (high 30's) & windy! We were a bit late in the season so the giraffe, zebra & other African animals were unavailable for..... more
We traveled to The Wilds in October & unfortunately for us, the day was cold (high 30's) & windy! We were a bit late in the season so the giraffe, zebra & other African animals were unavailable for..... more »
The tour is entertaining & worthwhile . There are rhinos, zebra, cheetah, a couple types of deer and "dogs". The giraffes were not out because of the cold. Be sure to dress for the weather. It was...
The tour is entertaining & worthwhile . There are rhinos, zebra, cheetah, a couple types of deer and "dogs". The giraffes were not out because of the cold. Be sure to dress for the weather. It was... more »
Our Girl Scout Troop had a reservation in October 2021. The forecast was for rain so I called The Wilds a day before to ask if we could get a refund or reschedule. I was told that we needed to drive..... more
Our Girl Scout Troop had a reservation in October 2021. The forecast was for rain so I called The Wilds a day before to ask if we could get a refund or reschedule. I was told that we needed to drive..... more »
Super amazing place! They bring a bus to the parking lot to take you to the visitor center to check in. Tour busses are open air. Some of the animals come right up to the bus. They offer a variety of tours, you can horseback ride and also zip line. They take amazing care of the animals. You never know which animals you will see and which will come close. It's a different experience each time. The staff are super nice and informative. Midway through the tour you stop and there is a platform area to see the various carnivores through fenced enclosures and rest rooms. At the end they drop you off at a cafe and gift shop and you can wait for the next bus to bring you back to parking area. They run every 15 min it seems. They have over night lodging as well. Definitely worth the drive.
We had a wonderful time at the Wilds! We took the Wild Side tour, which was amazing! Feeding rhinoceroses & a giraffe by hand is a thrilling experience if you’re an animal lover, like we are. Afterwards, we ate dinner at a special dining room reserved for guests of Nomad Ridge (those having an overnight reservation). I did not have high expectations for dinner after reading the reviews online, so I was very pleased when the quality of the food was excellent. My husband and I had the wild mushroom pasta with cream sauce, and it was very delicious! The couple traveling with us had the steak dinners, and the asparagus and potatoes were perfectly cooked, although the steak was a little overcooked, they said. They must have a new cook because dinner was excellent. They could improve on the dessert and breakfast offerings, however. We stayed overnight in a yurt, which was very comfortable, with fans & good AC. Near the yurts is a outdoor “lobby” with a fire pit, Adirondack chairs, and a wonderful view looking out at animals grazing near the lake below. They had nice touches like complementary hot chocolate & teas, as well as decent wine for purchase. We enjoyed it so much we plan to come back with our teenage kids!
I had an absolutely amazing experience at The Wilds! I took my fiancé here for his birthday as we love going to the zoo, but have never been here before. We booked the Open Air Tour, which is done on a decent size bus. We saw tons of animals and very close up! Our tour guide, Madison, was very nice. Next we would like to book The Wild Side tour, as we were able to see a truck go by and that looked great! Highly, highly recommend.
The tour is fine. Most of animals you can find at any zoo in the US, but there was one which had China origins, and that can be cool to see especially if they walk close to the safari bus. My favourite ones were the ostrich and the rhinos because they were very friendly and approached to the bus. Our tour guide was nice, and also people working at the gift shop and the restaurant (there was just one restaurant working on a Wednesday). Just one thing, you will get full of dust during the ride!
Stayed at the grand yurt at nomad Ridge. Room was comfortable but no information about things to do near such as the butterfly path or that you could upgrade your open air tour, or how to use the heat. Food for dinner was overcooked but dessert was good. Open air tour was fun. Good place for kids to visit.
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