Wild Safari was opened to the public on July 4, 1974, along with its theme park neighbor, Great Adventure.
On August 20, 2012, it was announced that the park would be closed to private vehicles from September 30, 2012. Six Flags also announced that the animals would remain in the preserve. On August 30, 2012, Six Flags Great Adventure announced that they would be opening the Safari Off Road Adventure in 2013. Following Wild Safari's closure on September 30, 2012, construction began to renovate it to become the Safari Off Road Adventure. Safari Off Road Adventure opened May 25, 2013.
The former Wild Safari park covered 350 acres (1.4 km2) with the main road being 4.5 miles (7.2 km) long. It contained 11 themed sections, and was a home to 1200 animals from six different continents. With the 350 acres (1.4 km2) safari joining Great Adventure as one whole park in 2013, it will then make Six Flags Great Adventure the largest theme park in the world with 510 acres (2.1 km2). Also an up-charge zip line attraction where guest can soar over the animals.
Instead of paying separate admission and driving through the Safari in your own car like how the Wild Safari worked, guests now (from 2013-current) enter through the theme park (just by paying the theme park admission fee, which includes SORA and all of the other rides) and enter SORA via the Frontier Adventures section of the park (by the Log Flume Ride). SORA is an all ages ride, from infants (as long as they can sit on their parents’ laps on their own) to the elderly. After waiting in line, guests board a truck (like an open air army truck that holds 25-30 people at once), buckle their seat belts, and then wait for their tour to begin. There is a driver and a tour guide that takes each group through the paved Safari enclosures. There are several sections of animal enclosures ranging from the Americas to Asia, to Australia. The tour is about forty-five minutes of straight driving through the Safari, but the cool thing about SORA is that half way through each tour, the guests get off the truck at Camp Adventura. At Camp, there is a gift shop, food trucks, and plenty of animals to see. In the 2014 season, the three lion cubs were displayed in enclosures at camp, so guest could get up close and personal (but not too personal) with the cubs. There are also a plethora of exotic birds, including Maui, an Umbrella Cockatoo, and a myriad of reptiles, such as Miss Piggy, an albinoBurmese Python; Godzilla, a green iguana; the bearded dragons, Homer, T-Rex, Nano, and King Arthur; and the ball pythons, Lucille, Salazar, and Snape. Also, guests can buy tickets to feed giraffes at multiple points during the day (this is really fun). There is also a zip lining track available to ride (for a $15 fee per person-Summer 2014 rates). Whenever guests would like to leave Camp Adventura (two minutes or two hours after arriving), the guests can board the next truck and finish their tour of the Safari" (As of the 2014 season).