Six Flags Great Adventure Drive Thru Safari Returns!

Posted on: March 16th, 2021 by

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?

You can!!

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 Safari
This experience may be off limits for now, but you can still see the giraffes from your car.

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.

Six flags great adventure safari logo

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.

a giraffe approaches a jeep at the drive thru safari at Great Adventure.

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.

Six Flags Great Adventure Wild Safari Drive Thru Adventure logo

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)
Baboon and baby from the Great Adventure safari.

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.
Male lions at the Great Adventure safari

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 Great Adventure drive thru safari Benjamin Button Asian water buffalo
Benjamin Button Asian water buffalo Photo Credit Six Flags Great Adventure

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.
Bongo calf at Six Flags Great Adventure Safari
Bongo calf at Six Flags Great Adventure Safari Photo Credit Six Flags Great Adventure

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

  • 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 playful baboons in Baboon Village.
Pippa kangaroo and Vet Tech Lauren Reina from Six Flags Great Adventure Safari
Pippa kangaroo and Vet Tech Lauren Reina Photo Credit Six Flags Great Adventure

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.

a car drives past an elephant in the drive thru safari at Great Adventure.

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.

bear cub at Six Flags great adventure safari

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Jennifer Auer is the hyperlocal mom blogger who runs Jersey Family Fun. From New Jersey, this mom of 3 boys just can’t sit still! Her husband likes to say she’s a work-at-home mom who never stays home. Jennifer started traveling as a child and hasn’t stopped since. Instead of letting her husband and boys slow her down, she brings them along! As her boys transition from tweens to teens there’s still so many places she wants to discover with them both across the U.S. and internationally. She has been a Jersey Girl for 35+ years, and a Jersey Mom for 15+ years and a New Jersey mom blogger for 10 years, although she'd much rather be referred to as an influencer or just by name. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

6 thoughts on “Six Flags Great Adventure Drive Thru Safari Returns!

  1. Ang Stjuste says:

    Can you do the drive through safari only?

  2. Dawn says:

    Will the bathrooms be open to the public? I am over an hour away and then it would take about an hour to go through the safari. I have children and they would definitely need to use a restroom.

  3. I live in Long Island, and without all the usual traffic, this is def something we can swing! My daughter would love this. thanks. for sharing!

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