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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 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.


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.

Reserve San Diego Customer Reviews

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Len L
Grand Junction, Colorado
"Walk and ride thru the safari park"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 29, 2017 NEW
The park offers a variety of options during your visit. We just took the trans. The cost for the 5 of us to get into the park was about $230 and we were charged $15 to park. Food and drinks were available throughout the park, but were pricey. Probably not the place to go if you're on a budget.
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Murrieta, California
"Drip pricing"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed March 28, 2017 NEW
So many good reviews yet I felt just a little ripped off here. Your entry fee is almost just that - good to get into the gates and see a few things. But if you want any tours then it's upwards of $50 per person extra. Drip pricing, for those not familiar, is a term given to marketing models that lure you in with a cheap entry price and then milk you relentlessly for any extras that are attractive enough that many people opt in. Now, I get this is a non-profit organisation, and thus money goes straight back into conserving wildlife and supporting the park, but can't help feeling just a bit cheated after buying my annual pass and then realising what that annual pass does not include - and we did not go for the cheapest level either. Try explaining to elementary school kids that you can't afford another $200 for the jungle ropes after paying $350 for annual passes. (Turns out it was closed anyway) Sample basis of one food place: the "craft beer" selection of exactly two beers was not what I call a selection - and they were not what I would call "craft" beer either when you can buy it mass-produced from your local supermarket. Maybe other food places were different. Obviously we'll come back as we have annual passes. But will we renew them? Probably not. Raise the admission price and reduce the drip pricing to the absolute premium aspects only.
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Joseph B
"we love the tram ride through the park on the African safari"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 28, 2017 NEW
we were members for many years but had a serious accident that limits how far we can walk. we need a ride to the tram area to be members again
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Los Alamos, New Mexico
"Deluxe Caravan is a Quality Experience!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 28, 2017 NEW
Our Deluxe Caravan tour at the Safari Park was a memorable experience of 3 1/2 hours that provided us with some terrific photos that we will use for this year's Christmas card. Our guide, Lee, delivered great information on the animals and the function of the park as a breeding preserve. George, an adult giraffe, got up close and personal with us as we fed him Acacia leaves, one at a time. There may have been as many as 17 giraffes here - I lost count. We also had an experience with Bho Pu, their 5,000 # stud rhinoceros! I won't spoil the surprise by telling you what it was. Another rhino, Charlie, was also massively impressive. The "girls" were also pretty hefty. We had snacks and a "pit stop" about 2 hours into the tour. Our open air safari vehicle was comfortable and well padded to handle the sometimes bumpy dirt roads. Profits from the tours help to fund their conservation / preservation efforts as well as education of the public- very worthwhilee. This caravan was the highlight of our trip to La Jolla! We recommend it.
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Craig L
"Deluxe Caravan well worth the price"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 28, 2017 NEW
After a weekend in San Diego we began a road trip north with a stop at the safari park. We booked the 1 pm Deluxe Caravan, so we arrived about 10 am to walk around exhibits not on the truck tour. The park is beautiful with huge exhibit spaces and an emphasis on recreating natural habitats (without predator / prey interaction). You need to like to walk as the park is very large. Our guide on the truck tour was very well informed and formerly a keeper so there were virtually no questions he could not answer. There were three different groups on our tour, all older than 50 I'd estimate, and all well travelled. I think this would be a difficult tour for children as 3 ½ hours was fine for adults, but might be challenging for the young ones. We'd go again.
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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.