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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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

26 Reviews
Christine I.
Fontana, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great Family Outing"
August, 2018 NEW
Great experience. My 5 year old enjoyed seeing the animals in their natural habitat and getting up close at the petting zoo. She also loved the little water park since it was a hot day. Lots to see, friendly and helpful staff. Would recommend to everyone.
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Tip: Bring extra clothes and shoes for the kids to enjoy the water park

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Elizabeth Suarez
Torrance, CA
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Not easy to find places"
July, 2018 NEW
You walk around in circles and if it’s hot you’re not seeing no animals, tram was so boring
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Barry Thomas
Columbia, MD
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Safari park"
July, 2018 NEW
This was a wonderful experience and I would recommend it to anyone
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Sriram Subramanian
IN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Safari was insanely awesome"
July, 2018 NEW
Sandiego Safari is a cool place for people with kids and those who are interested in seeing the animals in their natural surroundings .The Place is very neatly maintained for a non profit organisation .Worth a visit atleast once when in Sandiego
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Tip: get to know the types of safari before u go as u might want to select and see those animals first

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Sheryl Hamilton
Hemet, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"It was awsome"
July, 2018
Are boys with autism was comfortable it wasn't loud it was fun it was enjoyable the animals were awesome you were able to see Up Close Encounter of tigers and the birds giraffes all types of different exotic animals it was very fun and enjoyable people work very friendly I would go back there as many times as possible
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Tip: Take lots and lots and lots of pictures

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Daria Katsyuk
CAMPBELL, CA
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Very nice"
July, 2018
everything was great
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Marie Macapagal
Long Beach, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Beautiful Park!"
July, 2018
This is the 3rd time I've visited. The first time was in 1989 and 2nd time had to be 2013(?) I don't remember hav to pay extra $$ to view show/entertainment. Everything was included. Always a beautiful place to visit.
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Tip: If you have an e-ticket and did not print be aware the reception can be terrible. There were 2- 3 others near me in line that had a difficult time retrieving thru their phone. I had to get my brother back out to pull my ticket up on his phone.

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Kerman Hall
Peoria, AZ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Safari"
July, 2018
I really enjoyed the Safari Park. It was educational and very family oriented. Good food and the knowledge of the staff was great.
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Tip: Be ready to spend the day

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Sheldon K
San Diego, United States
"Roar and Snore"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 12, 2018 NEW
My husband and I did the adults-only Roar and Snore this weekend. It was one of the best things we've ever done. We reserved one of the "glamping" cabins that had a queen-sized bed and electricity. Since the weather had been so hot, it was nice to have a fan to keep us cool. The bedding was really comfortable. We were fed dinner, a later evening snack (s'mores) and breakfast. The food was really good. Since it was for adults, there was a cash bar. The setting was out on the savannah and the big animals all came in really close in the evening. There were behind-the-scenes and animal encounters which were fun and informative. Our cabin was right next to the elephant area, so we spent lots of time watching the antics of the younger elephants. I slept so hard I didn't hear lions roaring in the night, but others did. I woke up at 5 (my usual time) to the sounds of lions roaring and elephants trumpeting. Coffee was ready by then, so I got a cup and then hung out with the lions for a while before breakfast. So special. My husband and I highly recommend doing this. The staff at the park were wonderful. They all took great care of us and it was worth every bit what we paid.
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Adriana Q
"Amazing Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 12, 2018 NEW
Our 1st visit to the SD Safari Zoo Park and it was amazing! The place is huge so plan on wearing very comfortable shoes since you’ll be walking a lot. We started by doing the tram (it’s free) and that alone was worth the visit. You really get to feel like you’re in a safari in Africa. We timed the tram perfectly because right as we got off we were able to watch the Cheetah Run which that was a unique experience. We then walked different trails and saw elephants, lions, tigers even bats! Yes bats!! There’s a lot of shade and places to sit. Definitely plan on spending a full day if you want to see everything. Food was great and reasonably priced. Would highly recommend but not so much in the summer months, we were there with 104 degree weather so that made us a little fuzzy at times.
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TourGaurdian
Milpitas, California
"For a close encounter with animals"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 11, 2018 NEW
Loved the cheetah run. The safari was kind of ok - choose the left seats for better view. Nectar feeding for lorikeets was super fun. We loved watching the tiger play. I would skip San Diego zoo for this place..
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Jack H
San Antonio
"Nice way to spend the day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 11, 2018 NEW
Staying in Carlsbad and did not want to go into San Diego for Zoo, so went to Safari Park which was great, as natural as a zoo environment can get. You have to get there early as the park, even on weekday, fills up fast. Used Internet tickets to save time, good idea as lines were long.
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Bea4trips
"Nice, but expensive not disabled friendly"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 10, 2018 NEW
Staff and guides were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Amazing and big park but not disabled friendly, even if you rent a scooter you can’t go everywhere. We pay for expensive extra tours to have more and better contact with the animals. It was great but even though we understand the huge expenses to maintain the animals and the premises, we don’t know how can a family with kids can afford going to this place. Tips: Avoid hot days, wear comfortable shoes and clothing appropriate for hot days, bring your water bottles or buy the ones from the park and get free refills anywhere all day.
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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.