If you are going to Fossil Rim, which you should, add in a stay in the safari camp. There is no better way to experience this park than to spend the evenings and mornings watching the incredible wildlife at the watering hole below the camp and along the fence lines surrounding the area. We saw a wide diversity of their hooved animals at the watering hole, including some rutting behavior and numerous babies. We also had groups of wild turkeys and a sand hill crane come wandering alongside of us at camp.
As the skies darkened, we enjoyed twinkling lightening bugs (fireflies) as the stars came out in this very dark area. You could hear the animals you could no longer see well into the evening, noting that flashlights are needed to get around in the dark. One noise scared me a bit when I was walking by myself, but I learned in the morning that some of the exotic deer were in mating season, and their bellowing really carries. We had a good laugh about it.
The cabins enclose Safari tents with private baths, making it feel very much like a trip to Africa. They are not fancy, but they are cute, comfortable, and clean. In the morning, we enjoyed the included hot breakfast as the animals got their first morning drinks of water. We then took the added behind the scenes tour that leaves from the camp. What a great add-on!
The night before, we had taken our self-drive tour of the park that was included in the stay. While both are enjoyable, the behind the scenes tour adds a lot, and is well worth the money. If you need lunch, the overlook cafe is reasonable and the food was tasty.
One other family with young children was staying on our quiet Sunday night visit, and both kids and adults really enjoyed it. We all ended up visiting at the pavilion a few times, making it even more fun.
We would definitely do this again. The only negatives were that a gentleman at check-in was quite short with us, but his very friendly and helpful coworker quickly took over, improving the process (thanks to her for a warm welcome!); and, the mosquitos also came out at night at the Safari camp, but that’s to be expected.
What an amazing experience, and a great way to support this fantastic nonprofit. If you have the opportunity, grab a flashlight, camera, and binoculars, and enjoy every available hour that you can here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fossil Rim's Foothills Safari Camp consists of “tents” that are made to look like safari tents in Africa. The Camp is a two acre fenced enclosure overlooking one of Fossil Rim’s most popular wildlife watering holes where a variety of animals can be viewed.Each Tent Cabin is custom designed and fitted with two twin beds, fresh linens, a private bath, ceiling fans and central heat and air. A scenic wildlife drive and a hot breakfast is included in your stay.You can relax on your own small patio, stroll over to the guest pavilion or gather at the observation deck and trade the day’s stories with your fellow travelers. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Fossil Rim Safari Camp Hotel Glen Rose