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Save up to 55% on San Diego Zoo Safari Park and 43 other San Diego attractions with the Go San Diego Card.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

A $46.00 value, FREE with your Go San Diego Card!

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

At the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, lions lounge in the grasslands while rhinos and antelopes cool off in a nearby watering hole. You can see the best of African wildlife on this memorable safari adventure in a park that's home to more than 3,500 animals representing 429 species!

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is a wildlife preserve that mimics the natural habitats of African and Asian animals. Its 33,000-square-foot Lion Camp even provides guests an opportunity to experience a face-to-face encounter with lions!

No need to go all the way to Africa to experience a safari—San Diego Zoo Safari Park offers a very realistic mini-safari excursion that lets you take in all the splendors of the savannah! Step foot inside the park's 1,800 acres and climb aboard the Africa Tram Safari for a quick trip around the park.


Daily, 9:00 am–5:00 pm. Hours vary seasonally;
please contact attraction for current hours of operation.
Please note, Go San Diego Card holders may enter this attraction until closing or 5:30pm, whichever comes first.


Closing times may vary.

Redemption Instructions

Present your Go San Diego Card at the ticketing booths to redeem for a ticket. Included 1-Day Pass (includes unlimited use of Africa Tram Safari and Cheetah Run with the Go San Diego Card). The Go San Diego Card is accepted for gate admission until 5:30 pm. Once inside all guests are welcome to stay until closing.


Offer not valid for parking, special ticketed events, or rides. Not responsible for lost or stolen cards/tickets. Hand stamp and ticket required for re-entry.

Included Extra(s)

Unlimited rides on the Africa Tram Safari and Cheetah Run.


15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, CA 92027

Driving Directions

From the North (Southbound): From I-5 (Orange County, Los Angeles), take the State Route 78 East and exit at Oceanside. Proceed East to I-15 South and exit at Via Rancho Parkway. Follow the signs to the Park. From I-15 (Riverside), exit at Via Rancho Parkway and follow the signs east to the Park. From the South (Northbound): From State Route 163 (downtown San Diego, Mission Valley), proceed to I-15 to the Via Rancho Parkway exit.Go east and follow signs to the Park. From I-5 or 805 (Mexico), proceed to State Route 163, then to I-15 North. Exit at the Via Rancho Parkway and follow signs east.

Board one of the park’s trams and hit the trails to get up-close and personal with African wildlife in a way that would only be possible in Africa! Your guide will spend time pointing out the various animals and habitats you’re seeing, letting you know how it stacks up to what you might see in the wild.

You will cruise the park’s large exhibits and gaze upon herds of curious giraffes, Cape buffalo, ostriches, African cranes, giant rhinos, gazelles, and horned antelope as they strut across their grasslands habitats. Africa Tram Safari at San Diego Zoo does a great job of condensing the cultures and landscapes of Africa into a micro-experience that will give you a taste of the real thing.

You’ll get an up-close look at exactly how large these animals are and observe some of their more unique behaviors as seen in the wild. Visit the otherwise inaccessible areas of the park from the comfort of your breezy, open-air tram and watch as herds of antelopes prance alongside the vehicle, just as curious about you as you are about them.

Upon returning to “basecamp”, finish off your day meandering through the rest of the zoo’s stunning habitats and paying a visit to the other mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds that call the world-famous San Diego Zoo Safari Park home! You will go home with a newfound appreciation for the beauty of the African Savanna.

Save on admission to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, plus San Diego's top museums, sights, and tours all for one low price with the Go San Diego Card.

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[34 of 41 customers found this review helpful]

the best smallest theme park in Socal!!
By Jan Verified Reviewer from Paris, France on
Love It, Beautiful scenery, Natural Setting, Big but feels quaint, Great animal interactions
Can be HOT out there,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations :

LOVE this park! It's so interesting and beautiful. There are so many natural animal interactions and you don't get the feeling that the animals are caged up. Having been to many zoos and also safari in South Africa, I can say this is the closet thing to the real deal ... Also I love that it's not as crowded as traditional theme parks, great prices, and fun for all ages.

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  • Open year-round
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

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15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, CA 92027

Phone: 619-718-3000

Website: San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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