San Diego Zoo Safari Park tickets 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.

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Good To Know

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  • Africa Tram is free with park admission.
  • Balloon Safari provides a birds-eye-view of the park.
  • Up-close encounters available in a safari-style zoo setting.
  • Expect wait times during busy peak periods.
  • Open 365 days a year.
  • Smoke-free property.
  • Make time for the safari tour.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Stroller and wheelchair rentals available for a nominal fee.
  • Africa Tram is busiest from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on peak attendance days.

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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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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. With your San Diego Zoo Safari tickets, 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. 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!

Expect wait times during busy peak periods. No same-day re-entry permitted. Entrance for visitors without a reservation is subject to temporary reduced daily attendance limits and reservation availability.

Parking fees: $15 per vehicle; $20 for RV parking.
Preferred parking is available on weekends and holidays for an additional $18 ($15 + $18 = $33 total to park in preferred parking).

San Diego Zoo Safari Park Reviews

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Deja Denegal
Los Angeles , CA
1 Review
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"Sunset Safari Tram Ride"
December 2021
Excellent time to go. The animals were all active and in jolly moods. The cool weather and after noon times are the best for an awesome zoo experience. My daughter truly enjoyed and at 2 yrs old being able to identify the animals was a success for me!
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Tip: Go after noon time . Visit the cafeteria for delicious drinks/snacks.

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Gilbert Yi
2 Reviews
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"Caravan Ride worth the Money"
January 2020
We were so fortunate to be able to go on the Caravan tour. Matt, the Guide, was fantastic. Shared a lot of information and stories.
Feeding the Giraffes and Rhinos is really what made the Tour worth it. That's about the only time you get really close to any animals. Having the Giraffes and Rhinos come right up to the truck was fantastic. Letting us pet the Rhinos was amazing also.
Other than that I cannot say the Safari Park was really worth the price. Without the Caravan Tour I'm sure I wouldn't be writing such a great review.
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Tip: I think the Park is Pricey. Park is small and disappointed

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Denise Farmer
Kennesaw , GA
1 Review
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"Equal to the San Diego Zoo"
December 2019
Loved every moment including the air balloon.
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Tip: Air balloon is not as scary as thought and gives a great view.

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Amber Grider
Woodland , CA
2 Reviews
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"Safari park is amazing"
August 2019
The zoo is as wonderful as ever but the safari park has amazed me once again! Walking through the Australian enclosure with kangaroo and wallaby hoping around right next to you. All of the enclosures at the safari park seem much more natural for the animals. The tram tour is different every time you ride and it’s a wonderful sight.
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Tip: Go to the Australia section early in the day, the animals are active then. Talk with the volunteers, they have a lot of great information.

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yuvana lopez
santa ana, CA
1 Review
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"Fun day"
August 2019
Full of great animals, really feels like your in an African safari.
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Tip: Bring plenty of water, summer days get really hot out there

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Sheree C Cook
1 Review
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July 2019
We drove 1100 miles to come visit the zoo. The Safari Park was the best part of the trip aside from staying that a hotel where my child was bitten up by bed bugs.
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Tip: It's a lot of walking up hills. Wear tennis shoes.

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Brian Platt
Fayetteville, AR
3 Reviews
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"Excellent Visit!"
March 2019
Really enjoyed the Zoo and Safari Park! Highly recommend it! Start by walking around the left side of the park, then make your way to the Africa Tram.
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Tip: Go as soon as park opens!

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Kenneth Gross
Corona, CA
2 Reviews
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"I just Love"
January 2019
I love giraffes and in 4 clubs. AAP in New York where the famous April the giraffe is.
Knowing I can't visit there I decided to visit Safari Park and went on the safari Caravan. I can't say enough about how wonderful the staff and Experience was. I sent pictures to AAP abour my Experience in California.
You will love the experience at San Diego Park.
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Tip: Take the safari Caravan

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Frequently Asked Questions about San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Does the San Diego Safari Park have stroller rentals?

Strollers are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis near the entrance. You are also welcome to bring your own stroller. Rental prices are $16 for a single stroller and $20 for a double stroller. Availability and prices subject to change without notice.

Does the Safari Park offer wheelchair rentals?

Both the Zoo and the Safari Park have manual wheelchairs and electric scooters available to rent on a first-come, first-served basis near the entrance. Rental prices are $16 for a manual wheelchair and $60 for an ECV. Prices are subject to change without notice. Guests must provide a valid driver's license or San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance membership card.

Does the Safari Park have access for guests with disabilities?

Safari Park offers a variety of options to assist you and your family. Guests who have difficulty standing in line at the Africa Tram may request an “Easy Access Pass” at the Tram Host podium, across from the Africa Tram ticket booth. In addition, there are complimentary shuttles to assist you and your party in accessing the lower canyon areas. Please stop in at Guest Services to request an ADA Packet, which includes information on these services, as well as descriptions of habitats and show access.

Does the San Diego Safari Park have lockers for visitors to use?

Outdoor lockers will be available at the Safari Park. At the Zoo, self-service lockers are available at Front Street (please note this does not include luggage check). Guests may carry small backpacks and bags into the parks.

How much is parking at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park?

Safari Park parking fees are $15 per vehicle and $20 for RV parking. Preferred parking is available on select weekends and holidays for an additional $18 ($15 + $18 = $33 total to park in preferred parking).

Is it possible to leave the Safari Park and be re-admitted?

Yes. For same-day re-entry, guests should have their hands stamped at the exit, and re-enter through the main turnstiles, showing their tickets and hand stamps. 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 isn't any special time that more wildlife are in view, although many of Safari Park's animals are early risers and may be a bit more active in the morning. Out of concern for the many endangered species housed at their facilities, San Diego Zoo and Safari Park have built habitats that mimic natural environments. Like natural environments, these areas give the animals plenty of room to hide. They have found the ability to hide is important to the well-being of many species.

Are pets allowed in the park?

No. Pets, comfort animals, and emotional support animals are not permitted at the Zoo or Safari Park. Because they house significant populations of rare and endangered species, both the Zoo and Safari Park are considered to be quarantined facilities. State and federal regulations for such facilities do not allow for the access of pets, comfort animals, or emotional support animals accompanying guests to these facilities.

Can I bring food into the park?

Yes! Guests are welcome to bring their own single-person food, in small containers, into the parks. No coolers, glass containers, alcohol, party trays, birthday cakes, or decorations are allowed on grounds, and no facilities are available for food storage. For the safety of guests and the wildlife in their care, please do not bring glass, alcohol, or straws into the parks.

Are backpacks allowed?

Guests are welcome to bring a backpack into the parks.

What is the smoking policy at the Safari Park?

Smoking (including e-cigarettes) is not permitted anywhere on Zoo or 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 park grounds to smoke. Please keep your ticket! Safari Park guests should also keep their parking receipts to avoid having to pay twice for same-day parking when leaving the parking lot for and returning from smoke breaks.

Can my child enter the San Diego Safari Park without an adult?

Children 15 years old and younger must be accompanied by a paid adult age 18+ to enter and throughout their visits to the parks.

Do I need to wear a facial covering to take a Tour or Safari?

Facial coverings are not required for visitors. However, due to the proximity of wildlife, some tours and safaris require all guests ages 2 and older to wear a facial covering during a portion of the experience.