San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, CA

15500 San Pasqual Valley RdEscondido, CA 92027
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Overview

San Diego Zoo Safari Park boasts 1,800 acres of land in the San Pasqual Valley area and is among the biggest tourist attractions in the county. The park features more than 2,600 endangered animals from countries across the globe, as well as 3,500 plant species. Guests can experience a variety of safaris, including Cart Safari, Cheetah Safari, Behind-the-Scenes Safari, Flightline Safari and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Escondido Travel Experts
  • Parking fees do apply.
  • Open 365 days a year.
  • Smoke-free property.
  • Make time for the safari tour.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Strollers and wheelchairs available.
  • Africa Tram is busiest 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on peak attendance days.
  • Up-close encounters available in a safari-style zoo setting.
  • Africa Tram is free with park admission.
  • Balloon Safari provides birds-eye-view of park.

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Diana K.

The Balloon Safari ride features an awesome aerial view of the park and the animals. Walking Tiger Trail and seeing the giraffes from the tram is amazing. The 2-Day / 2-Park Pass is the best value for two entries to either the San Diego Zoo or the Safari Park.

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Description

from San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Step into an adventure like no other! The San Diego Zoo Safari Park immerses you in an active, hands-on safari experience where herds of animals roam natural habitats in a 1,800-acre reserve. Choose from a variety of exciting safari expeditions by tram, caravan truck, electric cart, zip line, and more, all with expert guides and fascinating animal information. See lions lounging in the grasslands, antelope and giraffes mingling, storks and crowned cranes on the march, rhinos wallowing in waterholes, and a family herd of African elephants foraging and playing. Come experience the excitement of getting up close and personal with rare Sumatran tigers at Tiger Trail. Discover the adventure of conservation in action at this leading-edge wildlife park. A full day of active fun awaits!

Parking fees: $15 per vehicle; $20 for RV parking. Preferred parking is available on weekends and holidays for an additional $18 ($15 + $18 = $33 total to park in preferred parking).

Reserve San Diego Customer Reviews

5 Reviews
Larry Lucero
Bonsall, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great place to get in your steps"
April, 2018 NEW
TRhe park is great. Went in April. The temperature was great, not hot , flowers were blooming, not to crowded for being a weekend. The only mishaps was purchasing tickets with reserve American. The tickets were delayed so I had to buy tickets from the park and when the tickets finally came in online I had to go back to will call to get a refund. However the tigers were out and about, the elephants were great to sit and watch and the gorillas were active.
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Charles Grimmer
Olympia, WA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fun! Fun! Fun!"
April, 2018 NEW
So much to see! I brought my family to San Diego and we really enjoyed the Safari Park! The kids loved the many different attractions
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Tip: Pricing is expensive so be prepared

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Lorie Malabanan
Fresno, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome place!"
April, 2018 NEW
1800 acres is huge! I wish I had the map beforehand because 1 whole day from 9-6 isn’t enough time to see and experience everything if it’s not all planned out. At one point we were going around in circle. Around lunchtime all table areas are packed.. I suggest bring snacks and wait it out.
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Tip: Get/Print your tickets online at home and bring plenty of snacks for the kids..

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Paul Walker
San Diego, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Trip to Safari Park"
February, 2018
Had not been to Park in decades. A lot of changes and improvements. Enjoyed. I lasted longer than the grandkids. Make to take the tram that goes around the park.
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Kyla Nolde
Ventura , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"2 year old loved it!"
February, 2018
Such a great park. we saw everything by 3pm and left after the cheetah run. Which was really neat to see, just get there early so you get a good viewing spot.
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Tip: Cheetah run and tram

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Padma W
"Remembering it is still a zoo"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 19, 2018 NEW
A zoo that does not just keep animals, but makes efforts to conserve the lives of animals, especially endangered species. I have gone twice now. For some animals, I think they are happier here than they would be in the wild. They don't need to be afraid of being eaten! Other animals undoubtedly would prefer to be free, but if they have to be anywhere, the San Diego Safari Park treats them well. I especially love the bird exhibits. You can feed the Lorikeets and they will land all over you. That is a special treat. May all your travels bring you joy! Blessings.
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laneyfivecents
Corona, California
"All day family fun "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 15, 2018 NEW
So there might not be as many animals as there are at the zoo, but if you book a caravan safari adventure you will be amazed at how close you get to the animals. We fed giraffes and rhinos.
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Bec W
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
"Fun day"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 13, 2018 NEW
Our trip to San Diego Safari Park was a bit tainted by our local zoo in Australia (Werribee Open Range Zoo). My expectations were higher than what we saw. Pros: Cheetah run, was absolutely amazing to see! Lovely zoo, nice set up and a good range of animals. We got there before opening time and browsed the shops and looked at the map and show times etc. There was a bubble show (in the shade) near the elephants it was really fun. Cons: After lining up for an hour to go on the Safari it just drove around on a road and the animals were behind a fence, at Werribee Zoo the safari truck goes off road and the animals are not behind a fence. There is an additional charge for everything, which i knew but a very different vibe to the San Diego Zoo. We lined up for over an hour for the butterfly jungle because it was a special exhibit for Spring Break, if you have a butterfly house at your zoo (we do) it was the same but smaller so the line was definitely not worth it. Especially as it meant the line grew for the safari during this time. The map was extremely difficult to read. I'm glad we went but we wouldn't go back again, Escondido is a long way from San Diego and it just didn't meet my expectations. We did enjoy the San Diego Zoo though. Parking is at an additional fee here.
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91GrownYoungWoman
"Memorable Time at San Diego Safari..."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 12, 2018 NEW
I can honestly say that San Diego Safari is an unforgettable memory. It is trully beautiful and well maintained. As well the animals seem to be well taking care of. And for that I want to thank everyone there for making our trip memorable.
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Kelly R
Belmont, California
"Beautiful, best for older kids"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 11, 2018 NEW
Terrific place! I echo what a lot of the other reviews say about this place. LOTS of walking, but no more than any other park! They do an excellent job with shade and misters. Plenty to do without paying anything extra. We brought our own lunch and didn’t pay an extra dime for anything in the park, and we had a full day with seeing lots of animals. Definitely do the tram in the late afternoon an hour before the park closes...we were tired by then and needed a rest and a lot of animals were about because it was cooler and they were getting fed. Cheetah Run is amazing, you don’t want to miss it! Get there about 30min. prior for best viewing. Prices for tours are hard to find on the website, so I posted them here as of April 2018.
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Frequently Asked Questions about San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Does the San Diego Safari Park have stroller rentals?
The Safari Park has strollers available for rent.  The daily charge for a single stroller is $14 and a double stroller is $18.  There is one size of stroller, made of molded plastic, to fit a variety of children; you may check the fit before renting. Strollers have cup holders and a storage pouch in the back. Our double strollers offer side-by-side seating.  We have a limited inventory and provide these items on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance reservations are available. We recommend arriving early to secure one.


Does the Safari Park offer wheelchair rentals?
Our parks have wheelchairs and electric scooters available for rent. The daily rental charge for a manual wheelchair is $12; an electric scooter is $45 for nonmembers, $35 for members. Guests must provide a valid driver’s license or San Diego Zoo Global membership card. We have a limited inventory and provide these items on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance reservations available. We recommend arriving early to secure one.


Does the Safari Park have access for the disabled?
We have a variety of options to assist you and your family. The Safari Park offers an “Easy Access Pass” that allows you to go to the head of the line at the Safari Park’s Africa Tram Safari. In addition, there are complimentary shuttles to assist you and your party in accessing our lower canyon areas.


Does the San Diego Safari Park have lockers for visitors to use?
At the Safari Park, we have quarter-operated lockers located just inside and to the left of the main entrance.  Small locker: $.75 (12x12); Large locker: $1.50 (18x18).  Unfortunately, the Safari Park does not have accommodations for luggage storage.


How much is parking at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park?
Parking fees are as follows: $15 per vehicle, $20 for RV parking. Preferred parking is available on weekends and holidays for an additional $18 ($15 + $18 = $33 total to park in preferred parking).


Is it possible to leave the Safari Park and be re-admitted?
Guests who are on grounds at the Safari Park and wish to leave and return the same day at no charge during open hours may have their hand stamped at the Exit Gate turnstiles. Be sure to keep your ticket! Safari Park guests should keep their parking receipts to avoid having to pay twice for same-day parking.


What time of day will I see more animals?
There really isn’t any special time that more animals are in view, although many of our animals are “early risers” and may be a bit more active in the morning. In our concern for the many endangered species that we house at our facilities, we have built exhibits that mimic natural environments. Like natural environments, these areas give the animals plenty of room to hide. We have found that the ability to hide is important to the well-being of many species.


Are pets allowed in the park?
We house significant populations of rare and endangered species at the Safari Park, which is considered to be quarantined facilities. State and federal regulations for such facilities do not allow for the access of pets accompanying guests to these facilities. This also includes the unavailability of kennels to house pets during a visit to either facility.


Can I bring food into the park?
Guests may bring personal food items into our parks. Large food storage containers such as coolers are not permitted on grounds, and no facilities are available for food storage.  For the convenience of guests, there are picnic areas located near the Safari Park’s entry plaza within easy walking distance of our parking lots.  Safari Park guests who have already entered our parks may get their hand stamped for re-entry on the same day of their visit during operating hours. Special accommodations for school groups may be made. For the safety of guests and the animals in our care, please do not bring glass, alcohol, or straws into our parks.


Are backpacks allowed?
Guests are welcome to bring a backpack into our parks.


What is the smoking policy at the Safari Park?
Smoking is not permitted anywhere on Safari Park grounds or parking lots. Guests who wish to smoke are welcome to have their hands stamped for same-day re-entry when leaving our grounds to smoke. Please keep your ticket! Safari Park guests should keep their parking receipts to avoid having to pay twice for same-day parking when leaving for and returning from smoke breaks.