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. 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

Kyla Nolde
Ventura , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"2 year old loved it!"
February, 2018 NEW
Such a great park. we saw everything by 3pm and left after the cheetah run. Which was really neat to see, just get there early so you get a good viewing spot.
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Tip: Cheetah run and tram

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Los Gatos, CA - Northern California - Bay Area
"One of the best experiences!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2018 NEW
We purchased our tickets through the AAA website. Then, drove down on a Tue. and arrived around 11 a.m. We scanned our tickets and off we went. We walked directly to the Tram that was free. Since we can see the same animals but not up close like the Caravan or Cart Safari, it was a great experience. We saw baby animals. Please remember to bundle up in layers. It was very cold out there. We returned and decided to purchase the Cheetah Safari where we spent 30 mins. with animal ambassadors, and had an up close experience with the Cheetah and 2 dogs that lived with one another. In between getting off the Tram at 1 p.m. and the Cheetah Safari, we visited the Roar N Snore campgrounds, the restaurant overlooking the compound of animals roaming free, the elephants, the foxes, lions, and tigers. We rested a few times at the benches and ate a small afternoon lunch. You can bring food and drinks with you if you are on a tight budget. We brought our own water bottles. Before they closed @ 5 p.m., we purchased our cheetah pics (together with the animals) for $30 digital. If there were more animals out in the compound, I would have purchased the caravan or cart tour. Next time, we plan to do the Roar & Snore.
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Linda B
Alexandria, Minnesota, United States
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2018 NEW
We spent the entire day at Safari Park! It was amazing! I especially loved the tram ride. It felt like I was on a safari in Africa with sweeping vistas and myriad animals grazing on the savanna! It is so well done! My criteria for rating zoos has been totally revamped! The have really nice gift shops and cafes too:)
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Los Angeles, California
"Safari Park"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 19, 2018 NEW
A SUPER TIME! Get there early to get parking (15$) and get a ticket, then go get in line for the tram. First one in at 10 am. You'll get a 25 minute narrated tour of the park and see a lot of animals while you ride in relative comfort. After that wander around and look at all they have - lions, and tigers and hippos and elephants, OH MY!! Well-laid out with plenty of space for both people and flora and fauna. You can easily spend all day here and much $$ and still not do it all. Plenty of restrooms and places to eat too.
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"Amazing, cannot miss when visiting San Diego if you love animals and nature"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 18, 2018 NEW
I have been at the San Diego Zoo Safari in the past and I am surprised at how it's getting better and better with time. It's an amazing place, worth a visit for sure. It is expensive but money will go to a good cause. Don t miss the cheetah run, the air balloon and of course the tram or bus safari tour. Take your time taking pictures and strolling around. Park was crowded since was Sunday but still plenty of room and clean toilets... Parking can be busy and expect to walk some distance. Or prepare to pay extra for VIP parking that is close by the entrance. Tip; do the air balloon in the morning since in the afternoon can be windy.
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tucson az
"Lions and Tigers and....Gorillas, Oh My!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 16, 2018 NEW
This is an incredible zoo/park. This is a non-profit park. Their goal is to encourage conservation of endangered species. The animals are in large, open enclosures that closely mimic their home environment. The animals are given enrichment activities throughout the day much to the delight of visitors. When we were there the elephants were returned to one part of their enclosure where there were a variety of food challenges. They actually ran from area to area to search for treats. Another delight was watching the Chetah Run. A chetah and her Laborador friend race after a stuffed animal. They are almost close enough to touch The animals seemed to enjoy it as much as we did. You will walk a lot at this park. My step counter showed that we walked five miles. There are places to stop and enjoy exhibits, shop or grab a bite to eat. It is a very relaxing experience. There is also ample parking but be advised that it does cost $15 above the entrance price. There are a variety of additional activities like a zip line, private tours or a safari drive in a private jeep. These are very expensive and really not a necessary part of the experience.
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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.