VIP - Behind the Scenes Tour


Indulge yourself in an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience masterfully guided by an expert member of the animal team. This in-depth 3-hour adventure will expose you to a side of Out of Africa not otherwise seen.

Tour runs daily 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (Please check-in at 9:30 am in the Gift Shop.)

Don’t just see the animals, get to know them on a deeper level in a more personalized and interactive way. Your seasoned park guides will expound on many exciting stories, giving you a remarkable perspective of the animals, their personalities, behavior, history, and the conservation efforts to protect these marvelous creatures.

Your guided journey begins in the Serengeti preserve on an all-terrain specialty vehicle. Find yourself immediately captivated by the majestic creatures that freely roam their domain. Come face-to-face with a graceful giraffe. Watch youthful fledglings discovering a whole new world, whether a zebra foal taking comfort against its mother or a rambunctious baby sable antelope feeling its oats. Discover an appreciation for these exotic animals at peace in the grandeur of their African enchantment.

Following your Serengeti experience, it’s time to venture throughout the park preserve and discover the amazing friends that call Out of Africa home. Meet Jericho, a 5,000-pound southern white rhino and his exotic neighbors. Feed a royal white Bengal tiger, and begin your bond between animal and human. Don’t worry, it’s safe. These interactive encounters just beg for amazing photos, so get your director’s hat on and create your special moments in time.

Immediately following your provided lunch, you’ll be entertained by staff and animals, whether small mammals, birds, or reptiles. Let them know your preference. This interactive, hands-on segment of your experience is where exotic creatures spring from the pages of a text book and become a living, breathing reality in your very midst.

Be fascinated by an African crested porcupine named Come-Along, or befriended by Mara, an adorable Patagonian cavy. Maybe you’d prefer to meet a colorful military macaw named Bam-Bam, or Tucker, the cutest Three-banded armadillo you’ve ever seen. Reptile lovers can say hello to a friendly red-tail boa named Scooter. Your preferences will be accomodated to the extent that the animal friends are up to the task and available.

Your VIP concludes as you are dropped off at the Tiger Splash Arena with your reserved seating. Here you can enjoy the signature show, Tiger Splash™, and, of course, all of the activities included with general admission for the day. Tours and Shows included with General Admission include the following:

  1. The African Bush Safari Tour ~ All Day: Monday through Sunday (last tour leaves at 4:00 pm)
  2. The Wildlife Preserve Tram Shuttle ~ All Day: Monday through Sunday
  3. Creature Feature ~ Showtime: 11:30 am - Monday through Sunday
  4. The Tiger Splash Show ~ Showtime: 1:15 pm - Monday through Sunday
  5. The Giant Snake Show ~ Showtime: 2:15 pm - Monday through Sunday
  6. The Predator Feed ~ Showtime: 3:00 pm - Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
  7. The Wonders of the Wildlife Show ~ Showtime: 3:00 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Children ages 5-12 require a child's ticket. 

Please note: Children must be over five years of age to participate in this tour. This tour is not wheelchair accessible and participants must be able to climb the vehicle ladder.

Did You Know?
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