San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, CA

15500 San Pasqual Valley RdEscondido, CA 92027
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San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, California

Overview

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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Insights from Tripster's own team members

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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Description

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. 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 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).

Tripster Customer Reviews

55 Reviews
Amber Grider
Woodland , CA
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"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
Verified Traveler
"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
AURORA, CO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Disturbed"
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
Verified Traveler
"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
Verified Traveler
"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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Kenneth Gross
Corona, CA
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"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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Carlos A.
Fontana, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Safari Park Visit"
January 2019
For the holidays I wanted to take my girlfriend to the Safari Park since she had never been there before. I checked different websites and Reserve San Diego offered the best pricing. This was my first time using Reserve San Diego to purchase tickets and I was really pleased to have found them. Not only did i get better pricing, but it was also very simple procedure.
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Scott Kahn
Huntington Beach, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Family to Safari Park"
December 2018
Our family was visiting the San Diego area and wanted to go to the Safari Park. We bought tickets through Ressve San Diego the morning of our trip. The our purchase was quick, easy and the best haste free deal out there. Entry to the park was super easy with the vouchers on your phone. Very convenient when you are traveling and don’t have a place to print tickets easily from. We also got tickets to the Midway earlier in our trip which was also easy and convenient. We will definitely be using a Reserve San Diego again. Thank you.
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sunburn2016
"Relax full "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 15, 2019 NEW
Wasn’t sure what to expect, but so glad we went. The park was clean the animals looked healthy and park employees were extremely friendly and helpful... We were trying to figure out how to get to the team as the park was about to close one of the park employees (Monica) noticed we looked lost & asked if we needed help & we did. Since the last tram ride was at 4:15 pm & it was already 4pm she offered us a shuttle ride to the tram so glad she did. We made it in time and enjoyed a beautiful tram ride... I definitely recommend taking the ride on the tram and seeing the view from Condor Ridge. View was spectacular... They also has a balloon ride, I would of loved to do that, but we ran out of time... The park setting was as if you are on a real Safari.
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K2719CQalexas
Bee Cave, Texas
"Great Safari Park"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 10, 2019 NEW
This a great safari park for everyone to visit. I love this safari park. There are a lot of animals to see here. It is a great attraction. They have a awesome safari ride where you get up close to feed the giraffe lettuce and take pictures with the giraffe. I would recommend going here on a sunny day.
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yaay4travel
Roseville, California
"Wonderful!!! So nice to see the animals in more of their natural habitat!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 07, 2019 NEW
We loved this place!!! Everywhere we went in the park was just a delight!! It is so clean and well maintained!! To see all of these animals in one place was incredible! It was a safari in the states!!! So many options of adventures, safaris to choose from. Bring your walking shoes, you don't want to miss a thing. We went to every area in the park. A good 5 hours of walking but so woth it!! Go have FUN and enjoy the sights!!
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Mary C
Carlsbad, New Mexico
"Best attraction I've been to."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 06, 2019 NEW
The Safari Park is connected to but different than the San Diego Zoo. I visited the free-range Lemur area, strolled through aviaries and saw interesting animals. The best part, though, was the Caravan Deluxe Safari. Nine of us rode in a safari vehicle through five exhibits in the Park, hand-fed two giraffes and three rhinos, and played a part in conservation of a nearly extinct species. The driver was great, the guide was excellent, and the experience was so great I don't think I stopped smiling for the entire 3-1/2 hours of the tour. Give yourself at least two days for the Park if you plan to take a safari. There's too much to see and do otherwise. If I had to choose between the Zoo and the Safari Park on the next vacation, I'd do the Safari Park. What a great experience!
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Howard B
Carlsbad, California, United States
"Wonderful experice every time!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 06, 2019 NEW
My wife and I are members of the San Diego Zoological Society which includes both the Safari Park and the Zoo, one of the best on Earth. We have upgraded our membership for the past year or two, and have been members for at least 10 years. The Safari Park is amazing, with huge open spaces for the animals, which appear to be treated with the highest standard of care. Also their efforts to protect and increase endangered and threatened species are tops. Howevwer, the admission price for non-members has become astronomical (I believe $ 75 or so a person and that does not include parking which I thinik is now $ 15-20). For a family of four, this is now a $ 300 day trip, excluding food and drink. I know the park does very well and is swamped with visitors, but really, only the rich or those who really can't afford to visit here but do it anyway can attend. The poor and middle class is being de facto excluded, and any attempt to blame hardworkung people for "not supporting wildlife" is misplaced and despicable. I believe there has to be at least one little day a week where the admission charge is either free or much lower. Also most people below upper middle class levels cannot really afford membership. Come on, do you really think only the rich care about wildlife?? You will note I still give the place its due with an outstanding rating, but this constantly increasing admission price is unfair and distasteful.
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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 $14 and a double stroller is $18.  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: $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).

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.

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 our parks.

Does the Safari Park have stroller rentals? 
Yes. The daily charge for a single stroller is $14 and a double stroller is $18. There is one size of the 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.