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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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Insights from Reserve Direct's own team members

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.

Explore walking trails that reveal beautiful vistas, engage in close encounters with animals like meerkats, red river hogs, and ring-tailed lemurs, and discover the adventure of conservation in action at this leading-edge wildlife park. A full day of active fun awaits!

Parking is $10 per vehicle and $15 for RV's.

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Chula Vista, California
"Lots to see and learn! But it does get quite warm!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 26, 2017 NEW
Have only had the opportunity to spend a few hours at the Safari Park, so far...but we have the annual membership, so plan to go back when it's cooler out. Loved the African Safari "tour"...nice to see the animals roaming freely around! They have a few added activities you can pay for and do while at the park; but I found the prices a bit expensive, even with a member discount. There are plenty of park workers and volunteers around to help answer any questions you have about the animals on exhibit. It's a nice family outing!
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Bosch en Duin
"Very interesting but also busy event"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 26, 2017 NEW
Obviously the Safari Park is well appreciated by people. Given the size of the parking lot, the queue of cars and the amount of people walking on their premises. Is it it worth? We would say: YES. Of course it depends on what you want to see or what you expect. The safari park tries to create an image of the wildlife on two continents: Africa and Asia. They did a good job. Is it really a copy of the reality. Of course not but it is a great opportunity to get an idea and to see the animals in a natural environment. Get the tour. It is not cheap but the rewards are great. Especially the meeting with the giraffes is worth the money and the time. The tour guide we had was quite knowledgeable. Being in Africa myself a few times I enjoyed the conversation on the animals and the sharing of our experiences. Bring your camera.
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Donald C
Barstow, California, United States
"Great to see wild animals have space to roam."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 25, 2017 NEW
They have added to their exhibits since my last visit. Seeing the condors was amazing. We saw Lika the tiger pacing around. The tram guide was quite knowledgable.
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Jason K
Big Bear City, California
"Great family fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 25, 2017 NEW
Our family loves waking the many trails that offer amazing views looking over the valley as well as seeing animals along the way. A wonderful place to spend all day or just a few hours having a picnic.
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Livermore, California
"Overpriced and disappointing"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 21, 2017 NEW
Skip it. Go to the Zoo. Yes, the money spent goes to the animals, awesome. Based on the outrageously expensive pricing for all food-related items ($12 for sandwiches less appetizing than something you could get at 7-11) and their constant "up-selling" of experiences, they will only get my admission money once and lose out on anyone who wants my opinion. Folks, if this is a family park and one of the goals of the park is to educate earth's citizens on the importance of conservation, it would be nice to see the park practice some restraint on greediness and marking up at every turn. Examples: $9.99 for corn dog + chips, $11.50 for turkey Swiss sandwich w/ 1 slice turkey + 1 cheese (seriously), $8.49 kids sack w/ 3 chicken nuggets + carrots, $7 for a soft pretzel. Such a shame bc I would have surely purchased a great deal more had their pricing scheme not been so overt and obscene. You pay $4 for 1 oz of Nectar to feed the Lorikeets. I can't even muster up excitement for the park itself outside of saying it was clean. Skip, skip, skip it. I recommend you instead spend $7 at "Free Flight" in Del Mar. A wonderful hands-on experience for a fraction of the cost. Our family spent hours at this smaller non-profit and we were able to purchase fresh fruit cups for .50 cents to feed these beautiful birds. With the money you save, you could then squeeze in Birch Aquarium and still pay less!
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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 $12 and a double stroller is $16.  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:  $12 per vehicle, $17 for RV parking. Preferred parking is available on weekends and holidays for an additional $15.

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.