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 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 11am to 3pm on peak attendance days.
  • Safari-style zoo setting.
  • Up-close encounters available.
  • Africa Tram is free with park admission.
  • Balloon Safari provides birds-eye-view of park.
  • Open-air gorilla habitat.

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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.

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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1Davidandfamily
"Had a blast!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 28, 2017 NEW
This is a great place to go with your family. Enjoyed every minute of it. Such an experience to be out with the animals instead of looking at them in a cage. Highly recommended if you are in the area.
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cristijan_j
"Loved it, ZOO like it suppose to be"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 26, 2017 NEW
I went to couple of ZOO's in the world including one in San Diego, that actually was one of the worst experiences ever, but this safari part of the ZOO was amazing. Those animals overthere still have some kind of freedom and space they need. This was totally opposite of the experience in the regular ZOO of SD. Definately Safari Park is place where I would like to bring my family, and is definately worth of money !
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Sue W
"An experience of a life time"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 26, 2017 NEW
I spent two days at the Safari Park which I recommend because there is so much to see. Also, some animals might not be active one day but the next is much better. I took the Caravan plus special safari and it is well worth it. You get to be up close with the animals in both the African Plains and Asian Savanna. You get to spend more time with the animals and feed Giraffes and Rhinos. To see these animals up close is an experience of a life time. As far as walking in the zoo there are lots of places to sit and rest in the shade but I do recommend wearing good comfortable shoes.
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Vladimir1968
Calgary, Canada
"Great time"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 25, 2017 NEW
Fabulous place to visit for kids and adults alike. Loved the tram tour and the balloon ride. The animals and the vegetation are fantastic. Can come back over and over.
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Charleston, South Carolina
"Cool Zoo"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 24, 2017 NEW
Great nature perserve. been around since the early 70s. largest animal hospital for confined animals. Very clean. Easy to navigate. Offers shuttle service if you poop out and caint make it back to front gate. Highly reccommend for all ages
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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.