On a recent visit to Abingdon, our daughter told us about a chance to go on a safari, about an hour away. Having never done that, our daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter and the two of us hopped in the car for a trip to the Fort Chiswell Animal Park. It’s a home-grown 45 acre park with animals from six continents.
What makes it unique is how up close and personal you get with the animals. We boarded an old school bus that had all the windows removed. The first thing that happened was a visit by a few ostriches looking for a handout.
The bus took off on a bumpy path where we saw everything from water buffaloes to an American Bison. It’s all in the open and the helpful guides gave us lots of information, including which animals not to try to pet. With an optional bag of feed, the bus was like a magnet for hungry wild animals.