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Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

This animal sanctuary is designed to be like an African Safari, complete with exotic animals that may even come up to your car as you drive through their home.

The Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch is a special nature reserve just north of San Antonio. Zebras, elk and ostrich roam freely through the 400 acres (nearly 162 hectares) of land and may even poke their heads through your open car window looking for food. These close encounters in the Drive-Thru are just part of the magic at the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch. There’s also a Walk-A-Bout area with  a giraffe barn, Lemur Island, and other opportunities for close-up interactions with animals. And the Petting Barnyard is designed with kids in mind: they can chase, feed, and cuddle with baby goats and other docile furry friends. 

You’ll need to hire a car for the driving safari, which starts at the entrance to the ranch. The day-long entrance fee includes a map and feed for the animals. Take your time through parkland and along creek beds while animals – zebras, emu, buffalo and ostrich – graze, or come up to the car for a bite to eat. This drive takes anywhere from 40 minutes to 1.5 hours. Call ahead to book a one-hour guided tour with an animal specialist, who will escort you in your vehicle to point out different animals and share facts about them.

Once the drive is over, you’ll be ready to stretch your legs in the Walk-A-Bout area. Some of the animals roam free, including parrots, peacocks, and lemurs on Lemur Island. And there are also caged exhibits that replicate the natural environments for animals such as the acrobatic gibbon monkeys. Stop for lunch at the ranch’s Safari Camp Grill, which has an extensive, family-friendly menu. Pick up souvenirs from the Safari Trading Post where you can get a giraffe-shaped pendant or an authentic ostrich egg.

Get here early to see the animals at their most energetic, as they often seek the shady areas away from the driving path later in the day. Having a curious zebra poke its head through your window is a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.




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Lodging Near Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

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JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

23808 Resort Pkwy, San Antonio
4.6
of 5, from 503 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Texas Hill Country, this San Antonio resort is set on 600 acres of tree–covered hills with hiking and biking trails. The airport is 12 miles from the resort. Downtown San Antonio is 18 miles away.

20 Mins To Six Flags And Downtown Sa, 5 Mins From Tpc Golf Resort, High End Area

20 Mins To Six Flags And Downtown Sa, 5 Mins From Tpc Golf Resort, High End Area

2327 Mountain Fall, San Antonio
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in San Antonio, this vacation home is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Canyon Springs Golf Club and within 12 mi (20 km) of Silverhorn Golf Club of Texas and McAllister Park. North Star Mall is 11.2 mi (18.1 km) away.

$76
La Quinta Inn & Suites - Schertz

La Quinta Inn & Suites - Schertz

17650 Four Oaks Lane, Schertz
4.3
of 5, from 242 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Northcliffe Golf Club, Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, and Rolling Oaks Mall. Natural Bridge Caverns and Morgan's Wonderland are also within 12 mi (20 km).

Scenic Hill Country Retreat In New Braunfels

Scenic Hill Country Retreat In New Braunfels

12501 Hwy 46 W, New Braunfels
4.9
of 5, from 48 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this vacation home is within 12 mi (20 km) of Comal Park, Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, and Natural Bridge Caverns. Canyon Lake is 11 mi (17.7 km) away.

$76
Candlewood Suites San Antonio N - Stone Oak Area

Candlewood Suites San Antonio N - Stone Oak Area

21103 Encino Commons Blvd, San Antonio
4.1
of 5, from 277 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in San Antonio, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Canyon Springs Golf Club, Silverhorn Golf Club of Texas, and McAllister Park. Six Flags Fiesta Texas and North Star Mall are also within 12 mi (20 km).

$84
Hampton Inn And Suites Schertz

Hampton Inn And Suites Schertz

17702 Ih 35 N, Schertz
4.3
of 5, from 47 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Northcliffe Golf Club, Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, and Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. Rolling Oaks Mall and Natural Bridge Caverns are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$81
Best Western Plus Atrium Inn

Best Western Plus Atrium Inn

17401 IH 35 N, Schertz
4.4
of 5, from 289 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Schertz, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Northcliffe Golf Club, Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, and Rolling Oaks Mall. Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph and Natural Bridge Caverns are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$89
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott San Antonio NE/ Schertz

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott San Antonio NE/ Schertz

5008 Corridor Loop Road, Schertz
4.6
of 5, from 22 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Schertz, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Northcliffe Golf Club, Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, and Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. Rolling Oaks Mall and Natural Bridge Caverns are also within 9 mi (15 km).