San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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.
  • Adult gate price $46.00
  • Child gate price $36.00
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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.

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[35 of 42 customers found this review helpful]

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

Phone: 619-718-3000

Address
15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, CA 92027
Hours
Daily, 9:00 am–5:00 pm. Hours vary seasonally; please contact attraction for current hours of operation.
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.
Closings
Open 365 days a year.
  • Open year-round
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

Directions and Transportation

Address
15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, CA 92027
Public Transportation
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.

Admission and Offer Information

Proceed to any ticketing booth and present your Go Select pass for entry.

Offer not valid for parking, special ticketed events, or rides. Parking is $10 per vehicle.

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

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