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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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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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

15 Reviews
walter staiano
IT
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Good for the animals, bad for the Customers"
June, 2018 NEW
The zoo is impressively big, so big that is actually challenging to see some animals in there.
It results in a very boring journey to see mostly empty cages and when you ask if "there is something more" they get back with "feed the giraffes for ADDITIONAL 135 USDOLLARS PER PERSON"......
Anyway this is certainly very good for the animals, just unfortunately very boring for Customers.
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Reggie Torres
Corona, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"San Diego Safari Park"
June, 2018 NEW
Everything went well!!!
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Nadejda Zaitchenko
Lake Forest, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazing park"
June, 2018 NEW
This park is great, you don't have to stand in line except for African tram, just walk around the park on your own pace, so many cute, gorgeous and funny animals, staff is super friendly as well and willing to help.
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Tip: Get the best view for cheetah run early.

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Claudia Pinuelas
Indio, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome family trip!!!"
June, 2018 NEW
My family and I had a blast at Safari Park. The animals were amazing. We really felt that we were in another country. We definitely will be going back.
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Liliane Del Castillo
Menlo Park, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"An amazing experience"
June, 2018 NEW
San Diego Zoo Safari Park is a fantastic place! The Safari; my favorite part, was awesome, and the atmosphere in the Park was great. Definitely a nice place to spend the day enjoying the nature and diversity of amazing animals.
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Malina Weitkemper
Oakland , CA
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"San Diego Safari Park"
May, 2018 NEW
The San Diego Safari Park was amazing! After spending three months in Africa going to Kruger I was not sure how I would feel about the Safari Park but it was great! The animals have lots of space and all look so happy! The park is absolutely beautiful!!
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Angela Henry
1 Review
"Purchased Day B4 walked right in"
May, 2018
I purchased 4 adults 1 child tucker the evening before and the next morning opened my email showed the entrance staff the tickets and they were scanned and we all walked right in the park. The process was very simple. I would do it again and again.
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Argelea Quesada
San Bernardino, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Sand Diego Safari week end"
April, 2018
We went to celebrated my boy friends birthday we took the kids and had a god time, really enjoyed the hot air balloon attraction. The gorilla's were the best part.
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ChrisInLou
Louisville, Kentucky
"Amazing Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 22, 2018 NEW
The park itself has the most natural habitats for its animals, some of which you will not see anywhere else. The Safari Caravan tour is a must, as I believe we'll never again be able to feed giraffes and rhinoceroses as we did here. Many babies are born here and they are doing some great things to prevent species from becoming extinct. The Safari Park is the closest you can get to a trip to Africa. This was a day we will never forget.
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Lynette51
Santa Barbara, CA
"Really great park!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2018 NEW
This is a great park for all ages to visit. Unlike a zoo, there are animals but not a variety of every animal. They are animals that you would experience more on an African Safari. It is a large spread out park so there is a lot of walking. And it's up and down not all level. Definitely wear comfortable shoes, wear a hat and bring bottled water. Most families had their children either in strollers or wagons. What is nice about this park is you can bring in your own picnic lunch or bottled water. There are plenty of vendor stations where you can purchase food items as well. We went shortly after they opened on a Sunday and the parking lot was pretty much full but the park being so spread out was not crowded. Your general admission ticket comes with a caravan tour and other than being on the inside of the fence with the animals you get to experience what the other additional caravan tours see. There is also a hot air balloon for an extra fee if you wish to experience this. Lots of volunteers to answer any questions you may have. There are also animal presentations at certain hours during the day. There is a $15.00 parking fee. Kids of all ages will like this park!
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Dorcas K
Sunnyvale, California
"A fantastic park! Don't miss it!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2018 NEW
We had an incredible day at the Safari Park. We took one of the Caravan rides (extra cost) and got very up-close-and-personal with many of the African and Asian animals. We had the opportunity to feed giraffe and rhinos - very special! Wonderful plants and landscaping, amazing wildlife, wide variety of birds. So much to take in that we didn't get it all visited in one day. It was all done so well. Very friendly and helpful staff. I took my 93 year old mobility-impaired Mother, and we had a blast. Lots of kids and teens in the park, and also very enjoyable as an adult traveling with a senior. I hope I can visit again soon. It was worth the 6 hour drive from the San Jose bay area.
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S5493GTahmeda
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
"Not as expected"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 20, 2018 NEW
Very normal zoo, highly rated and priced. They lack the diversity in animal types. I basically expected more.
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Cooking_Hawaiian
Hawaii
"Great Visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2018 NEW
Great place to visit!! Never too crowded, clean, well organized, friendly volunteers...love this place. They are actively involved in preserving and reviving endangered species through their research and various programs. If you can afford it, definitely book one of the private caravans or tours. Well worth the time and money!!
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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.