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!

October 1–31, 2018
October is the perfect time for a zoo adventure, as the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park will offer free admission all month long to children 11 years old and younger—as part of Kids Free presented by Mission Federal Credit Union. Zoo and Safari Park guests will get the chance to observe amazing creatures, experience a fun day with family, and learn how everyone can help animals through conservation.

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

43 Reviews
Maneesha Veerareddy
Milpitas , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"World's Best Zoo Safari"
October, 2018 NEW
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 NEW
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 NEW
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 NEW
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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Noemi Castillo
San Bernardino, CA
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Best trip EVER!"
September, 2018
My trip to this park was by far amazing I went for my birthday weekend, just turned 22! I loved it especially the trolley my son enjoyed the views and animals I hope to come again!
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Tip: All the animals are visible and some very close up!

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Noemi Castillo
San Bernardino, CA
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Best trip EVER!"
September, 2018
My trip to this park was by far amazing I went for my birthday weekend, just turned 22! I loved it especially the trolley my son enjoyed the views and animals I hope to come again!
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Tip: All the animals are visible and some very close up!

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Todd Punsalan
CA
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Excellent experience"
September, 2018
It was a different scenario, getting close to the animals was an experience especially for my 2 kids. They love The Safari Park.
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Tip: Book with reservesandiego it is cheaper.

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giget8
San Diego, California
"Worth the Trip!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 23, 2018 NEW
As an animal lover and San Diegan, I've spent plenty of time at both San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. Both are continuously improving exhibits, and have passions for conservation. While visitors might think they would be very similar (and the Zoo easier access for a visit!) Safari Park is worth considering for a visit. They have made great use of available land in north county to create large spaces for animals to roam and intermingle in more authentic ways. If you're worried about not being "close" to the animals, counter that with seeing them in a natural way, potentially running or playing. The temperate differences between a typical day on the San Diego coast and where the park is can be pretty significant (hotter in summer, colder in winter), so if you're visiting, check the weather to make sure you know what to expect!
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layla328
Chicago, Illinois
"Cool"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 22, 2018 NEW
Really great place and always glad to support animal conservation. A little bit of a drive from san diego but definitely worth it.
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nannyca
The Villages, Florida
"wonderful"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 19, 2018 NEW
we liked the Safari Park better than the zoo. you could really see the animals. the bus tour was excellent. only critique is it's not very handicapped friendly
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AustinandBeth
Bryan, Ohio
"My Wife Enjoyed Feeding the Giraffe"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 16, 2018 NEW
My wife and I had a good time at the Safari Park. There is an easy to follow path to see all of the animals, but be prepared to walk and there are some large open areas between animals. We went on the Caravan Safari and my wife really enjoyed feeding the giraffe. We were able to get up close to a lot of different animals. Overall, we spent a little longer at the Zoo than at the Safari Park.
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Discover579439
"Walk about Australia was fantastic"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 15, 2018 NEW
Spent most of our time in the new Australia section! Animals are not locked up but in their own habitat.
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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.