San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, CA

15500 San Pasqual Valley RdEscondido, CA 92027
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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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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

46 Reviews
Tejas Chaphalkar
San jose, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Was a wonderful experience. Worth every penny."
December, 2018 NEW
We planned a visit at the very last minute. Bought tickets online. Parking is huge, but they have shuttles to take you to the entrance so don't have to worry about parking a little far. We went during the thanksgiving weekend so there were a lot of people but the park is so huge you don't actually feel it being too crowded. We paid an additional $18 to skip the line for the Africa tram (well spent $18 bucks). The park is huge and beautiful and fun. Definitely worth visiting for all age groups. They have a great variety of animals which you usually don't see in a zoo or any other park. Most of the wild animals aren't caged so they are happy and so is the experience for viewers. There are some interaction enclosures as well which are fun, especially if you have kids. The park is well maintained, clean and green. Definitely will visit again.
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Dora Alfaro
Compton, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"San Diego Safari Park"
November, 2018 NEW
wonderfull place my children and i love it, special day for my family.
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Tip: ample parking not so expensive

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Vicki Squires
Grandville, MI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Excellent experience"
October, 2018
Exhibits are spaced out so be prepared for lots of walking. It is well worth it though! The African Safari and Australian walkabout were our favorites!
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Maneesha Veerareddy
Milpitas , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"World's Best Zoo Safari"
October, 2018
This zoo got all the animals are well maintained i felt like i was in another world
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William Whittle
Orangevale, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Oct visit"
October, 2018
as always the weather in San Diego was perfect ,I took my son and Grandson , Grandson s first visit to the San Diego Safari park . . such a Great place and cause.. I highly recommend going.
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Tip: in Oct kids are free , I didnt know this at the time I purchased the tickets and because reserve San Diego is not affilated with the park they were unable to refund his entrance fee.

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Susan Asbury
Fountain Valley, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"San Diego safari park"
September, 2018
It was super easy to purchase the tickets and I had an awesome time at the San Diego safari park! I would highly recommend this .
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Bobbie Rodrigues
Prince George , VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Wonderful Park!"
September, 2018
We spent the day wandering through the Safari. The baby elephant and giraffe were my favorite. The entire park is a perfect outing for all ages.
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Tip: It is handicap and stroller accessible.

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Sarai Zapata
La Puente, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Best Time Ever"
September, 2018
We had an amazing time at the San Diego Zoo Safari. We loved the experience of seeing the animals so up close to us. It was a great experience.
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OlivinoLife
Davis, California
"Great day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 14, 2018 NEW
We were literally a foot away from lions & watched rhinos cavort in the open. This park is not a zoo it's a habitat. Will return again.
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Iml8
Santa Clarita, California
"San Diego's Best Animal Park"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 12, 2018 NEW
Once upon a time, this was the San Diego Wild Animal Park, now under the wing of the San Diego Zoo and renamed the Safari Park. This not-for-profit park's mission is to safeguard and perpetuate endangered species through its' outstanding breeding programs, restoration of wilderness areas and education of the public at large. This park feels more like a sanctuary for the animals than your more traditional zoos where animals neurotically pace their small cages. There are large areas where herds of animals have room to race the savanna; indescribably thrilling to watch. The cheetah run at the end of the day is a highlight. How often, if ever, can you witness the world's fastest land animal race down a grass track just feet away from where you stand? It's so close, you can hear the pounding of the cat's paws as they hurtle the course, chasing her favorite stuffed animal. While the event is free, I strongly recommend purchasing tickets to their Cheetah Safari Experience, which gives you preferred view right next to the Cheetah Run track, an up-close encounter with a different African animal prior to the run, and a special meet-and-greet with the star cheetah after the show. While the park is spendy ($56 admission + $59 Cheetah Experience), do keep in mind that all profits earned are committed toward the end goal of preserving these endangered animals and finding ways to ensure their continued survival in their native habitats. Your visits and purchases help these beautiful animals to endure so our children's children may know them, too.
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2TravelOn101
Cherry Valley, California
"Beautiful day at Safari Park!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 11, 2018 NEW
What a great day! Beautiful weather, not crowded, lots of active animals! Could see lots of animals from the tram ride. The highlight was at the lions. One started roaring and the other two joined in, too. You just never know what you will happen on withvthe animals.
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charlotterekken
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
"Wonderful zoo - great place to wander for a day."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 11, 2018 NEW
Though fairly steep admission price, this zoo is definitely worth the cost. The staff is knowledgable and eager to share information about their programs and the animals.
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Vacationmode
San Diego, California
"Wild Animal Park fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 11, 2018 NEW
San Diego Zoo's Safari Park is located in Escondido, California. The park was renamed several years ago but the locals still refer to it as the Wild Animal Park. It is well worth the 30-45 minute drive north of San Diego. The tram ride and interactive shows are great. We loved seeing the wide open spaces for all of the larger animals. The best seasons to visit the Park are Spring and Fall. If you plan to visit in the summer, just be aware that the temperatures tend to get really hot (high 90's/low 100's).
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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.

Can my child enter the San Diego Safari Park without an adult?
Children 15 years old and younger must be accompanied by a paid adult age 18+ to enter and throughout their visits to our parks.

Does the Safari Park have stroller rentals? 
Yes. The daily charge for a single stroller is $14 and a double stroller is $18. There is one size of the 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.