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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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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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"Roar and Snore "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 23, 2017 NEW
After much contemplation due to the high price, I finally pulled the trigger and booked a tent. I booked the classic tent which is the cheapest option available. You basically get a white enclosed tent and thin sleeping bag pads, and a lantern. Which was good enough for us as it was just one night. I took my two nieces (8 & 9) and nephew (12). Luckily the weather was cool and overcast so it made our day and night more enjoyable. We were there on September 16th - I probably wouldn't recommend this in the summer because the tent was quite stuffy even on a cool night. You do get park admission for two days, we bought our tickets at the park with a coupon. We visited the gorillas, lemurs and bats while waiting for check in to start. Check in we great, chose the long walking tour for the evening. After you get your wristbands, you sit in the shaded tree area and listen to an animal handler talk about an animal. He was excellent and entertaining and the puffy little falcon was adorable. They're all about education there and animal preservation. Also, each staff member was amazing!! I've never experienced anything quite like it. They all seem to genuinely love their jobs and the animals. A special thank you to Rachel and Mansour, they were so nice. Once everyone is checked in, we departed into groups towards the camp area. Let me just saw there was probably about 120 people there and they run this program like a well oiled machine. Everything was done in a non fussy orderly fashion. We were part of the first two groups to head down to dinner. The food isn't anything to write home about, but it was edible. I know they're a non profit, but the offerings and quality could be stepped up a bit. After dinner, you're welcomed to go to your tent to settle it. All the while, our dinner view was the open area of the safari park where herds of animals roamed around. It was awesome to see. And there is no one else in the park aside from the the campers. The tent area is nicely laid out and the bathrooms were in great condition as well. Some tents are closer together than others but quiet time begins at 10:30. After we settled in, the walking tour starts at 7:15. Once again we meet at the table area and divide up into our groups. We were visiting the elephants and tigers. Gorgeous creatures!! One tiger was even stalking us inside the enclosure. And the elephants were lovely walking about and munching on plants. Highly recommend a flashlight. I bought the kids headlights off of Amazon and they loved it. After there was another animal presentation. Again, we are still in groups so it feels more intimate vs being with 100 other people. They've spaced everything out so different groups are participating in different activities so it never feels crowded. Then we had smores, popcorn and hot coco. They also had a large Jenna game and corn-hole for us to play with. We headed back to our tent at about 9:45 but other campers headed back earlier. You're free to stay out by the campfire and enjoy the animals up until 10:30. The lion had already started roaring by that time and it was incredible to hear in person. Throughout the night we heard all kinds of animals such as the elephants and birds. First wake up call is at 6am. We got up and dressed, then packed up all of our bags. We wanted to hurry down to see the Lions. Don't skip this opportunity!! He was pacing back and forth in front of the glass and roaring because they knew breakfast time was quickly approaching. You won't get another chance to see them before the it's over. The lions go in for breakfast while we have breakfast and don't come out again until the park opens. Which by that time they are sleepy. Then we finished with a tram tour, which was fun but don't think I would stand in a long line for. This experience is worth the price and I highly recommend it!!
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"Highlight of our West Coast trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 22, 2017 NEW
We visited on a quiet day in September and after a walk around all the interesting exhibits that are so beautifully laid out and maintained, we went on the Caravan Safari through the African and Asian enclosures. We were lucky as the tour trucks can seat 16 but there were only 6 of us on the twilight tour (starts 4:30pm in Sept) so we all had a chance to spend time feeding giraffes and rhinos and hundreds of photo opportunities. Our guide Danielle and driver Stan were both impressively knowledgeable about the outstanding work on wildlife preservation and protection that has been pioneered by SDSP for many decades. They were also delightful company on the tour.The terrain is very hilly and the truck has to negotiate a lot of steep slopes and gated sections between the enclosures. The 2 hours sped by so quickly. Without doubt, a not-to-be-missed tour.
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David T
"Very nice park"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 21, 2017 NEW
We went today with our toddler. She loved the animals and play areas. The animals were kept in areas that seem more natural for them than your traditional zoo. Everything was clean and well maintained. The children play areas were very child friendly and well above average. Food choices were pretty good and plentiful for this type of park. Prices were a little high but pretty typical for this kind of park and location. We took the balloon ride which was ten minutes and offered a great view of the surrounding area but not a great view of the animals so if money is a concern ($12 per person) you may want to skip it. Staff were friendly and there were a lot of volunteers around to give directions and tell you about the animals and enclosures. We will definitely go back.
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Dennis C
"It was a ZOO!"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 21, 2017 NEW
We visited the park as part of my wife's work related party on a very hot, muggy August day. Unfortunately, the heat coupled with very long lines for every attraction made the day very long and almost unbearable. It was very crowded and congested in most areas of the park and apparently they do not have the capability for staff to make adjustments for long lines or crowded areas. It was such a distasteful experience that I do not plan to visit the park again.
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Valley, Washington
"Nice but also a bit disappointing"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 20, 2017 NEW
We went to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park in two consecutive days. I have to admit that I was somewhat disappointed in the Safari Park, particularly in relation to the Zoo. There were certainly some very nice aspects to the Safari Park - some close up and personal views of the lions, tigers, ...and gorillas. But the tram tour itself, which to me was supposed to be the highlight of the park, was underwhelming for me. Not long enough and in an environment that wasn't very interesting to view. Not a lot of "texture". Certainly we saw many animals - mostly variations of antelopes, but all the animals were out in a field.
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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.