San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Gate Prices: Adult $48.00 / Child 38.00

3.7/5 3 Reviews
Gate Prices Adult $48.00
Child $38.00
Lions lounge in the grasslands while rhinos and antelopes cool off in a nearby watering hole. All this with no passport necessary. See the best of African wildlife on this memorable safari adventure in a park that's home to more than 3,500 animals.

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 Safari Park's 1,800 acres, home to more than 3,500 animals and representing 429 species. Climb aboard the Africa Tram Safari for a quick trip around the park. The Safari Park is a wildlife preserve that mimics the natural habitats of African and Asian animals. The Safari Park's incredible Lion Camp features a natural exhibit with panoramic views of lions lounging in the grasslands while antelopes and giraffes mingle nearby and rhinos retreat to a watering hole. The 33,000-square-foot enclosure provides guests an opportunity to experience a face-to-face encounter with lions.

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, and will let you know how it stacks up to what you might see in the wild. The experience will give you an authentic taste of a real African safari as you 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 Safari Park 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 really 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 won’t be disappointed with the experience, and will go home with a newfound appreciation for the beauty of the African Savanna.

Getting In

Skip the Line! Proceed directly to the turnstiles with your mobile or printed pass.

Offer not valid for parking, special ticketed events, or rides.

Note
Hand stamp and ticket required for re-entry. Not responsible for lost or stolen cards/tickets.

Hours

Daily, 9:00 am–5:00 pm. Hours vary seasonally; please contact attraction for current hours of operation.

Closings

Open 365 days a year.

Note

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.

Address

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.
 

Reviews for San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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 3.7 out of 5 stars (based on 3 customer ratings)
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Mixed response
By HarryT Verified Reviewer from Camas,wa on
Cons:
Few attractions included Pricey product
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations :

I have had a mixed experience, I like the outdoor setting of the Safari some of the view is great, but some of the best safari rides are too pricey and not included, I liked the performances and shows bird show, and chinese acrobats, and Xiaolin monks,

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[11 of 11 customers found this review helpful]

Don't believe the hype!
By Worn out Mom Verified Reviewer from Puyallup, WA on
Cons:
Few attractions included Skip the lines not available Pricey product
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations :

The best way to see it would be to arrive at 3 when the park is emptying out, otherwise the lines are RIDICULOUS! We are talking an hour to enter, two hours to do a tram or two hours to see the butterflies! But of course for a fee you can skip those lines. It is a bunch of shopping areas with the occasional viewing area for an animal. It COSTS WAY MORE THAN A ZOO, but isn't any better than one, and all the cool stuff costs extra. And not just a few dollars more but more than the cost of entry for each thing. (like the zip line, the hot air ballon ride, or any of the safari tour rides). And it is huge! 9 times bigger than San Diego Zoo but with not much more to see. Just a lot of walking. The tram ride that is included takes a 35 min walk to get to, and then you have to wait in line, for two hours.

Smart Destinations Response: We're sorry to hear that you did not love your time at the Safari Park.. Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We value our customers’ opinions and have shared your experience with our team. If you’d like to send us an email with your order number, we’d be happy to look into it and make any applicable changes.
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[43 of 53 customers found this review helpful]

the best smallest theme park in Socal!!
By Jan Verified Reviewer from Paris, France on
Pros:
Natural Setting, Great animal interactions, Big but feels quaint, Beautiful scenery, Love It
Cons:
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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