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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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 is $10 per vehicle and $15 for RV's.

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Camarillo, California
"Always a joy to visit the animals"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 21, 2017 NEW
Always a joy to visit the animals. We have been visiting the park for nearly 40 years. Each experience has been a little different. Hard to tell the temperament of the elephants and lions. Just a fun place to explore and wander.
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"Fun at the zoo "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 21, 2017 NEW
We decided to the wild animal park today. We thought about getting a one day pass. My husband and I got a season pass. They don't offer season passes unless you're from the San Diego area for children. We enjoyed riding on the tram. The bird show was neat. I really enjoyed the Gorillaz. The tigers are awesome. Also with the season pass you get a discount on your food and free parking. And also a discount on merchandise. My kids really enjoyed the zoo. It was very relaxed.
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"Love the Rhinos!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 20, 2017 NEW
We took the Safari Truck Tour so were able to go into the pasture with the Giraffes and Rhinos and feed them. It was a wonderful tour with a very knowledgable tour guide. We also went to watch the Cheetah Run and were able to get some very good pictures. I would highly recommend wearing good walking shoes and taking your sun screen.
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Tom B
Salida, Colorado
"Fun, Educational Great for Families"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2017 NEW
A must do if you are in the area. Amazing to see, in real life, animals from around the world. Highly educational for all ages. Highly recommend the tram to see the African Safari. I thought the park was well run, clean and neat. The ambassadors were friendly and helpful. Plenty of options for food and drink. All in all a great day for all of us.
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
"This park never gets old"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2017 NEW
We went as a family group for the day. We wanted to see elephants and rhino, we wanted to ride the train, we wanted to be outdoors, we wanted good food. We got most of it. The line for the train was too long for our 5 and 4 year olds so we gave that a miss this time. This is the park to get up really close and personal with the animals. The prime location must be the African Plains. Across this landscape roam (literally) rhino, giraffe, water buffalo, zebra, antelope and much more. Having been to Africa a few times, and seeing the real thing, I think this is the closest you will get to that experience on the West Coast. All right there. For food, go to the Watering Hole restaurant. On the park map is a bit off to one side, but it is the best place to view the African Plains and it was virtually empty when we were there. People tended to head for the food court type dining places more centrally located. Leave those behind and come here. It is a great place to watch wild animals while having a burger and fries. Make sure you know you will not see everything in one visit. If you live local and have family buy a season pass, it will pay off, and visit specific sections on one trip.
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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.