San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, CA

15500 San Pasqual Valley RdEscondido, CA 92027
View on Map
Starting at
$56.00 $51.00
You Save: $5.00
INSTANT CONFIRMATION

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.

Discover More With Us

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.

View my photos

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. Come 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.
Read More
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes

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.
Read More
Tip: Bring plenty of water, summer days get really hot out there

Was this review helpful? Yes

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.
Read More
Tip: It's a lot of walking up hills. Wear tennis shoes.

Was this review helpful? Yes

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.
Read More
Tip: Go as soon as park opens!

Was this review helpful? Yes

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.
Read More
Tip: Take the safari Caravan

Was this review helpful? Yes

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.
Read More
Tip: Take the safari Caravan

Was this review helpful? Yes

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.
Read More

Was this review helpful? Yes

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.
Read More

Was this review helpful? Yes

TripAdvisor Reviews
TripAdvisor user image
oceansidetraveler0
Oceanside, New York
"A Fun Day at San Diego Safari Park"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 16, 2019 NEW
We had a great time here. Highly recommend the two hour safari open caravan tour where you are given a close up view of various animals including special stops to see giraffes and rhinos that included being able to feed them. Many great picture taking opportunities. The tour guide was very informative. We learned a lot about these special animals. The rest of the day was fun, we got to to see various animal exhibits throughout the park including elephants, kangaroos, tigers. The 25 minute tram ride is also worthwhile. We spent five hours here.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Isgirl_in_MA
Lexington, Massachusetts
"Awesome Exclusive VIP Experience!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 14, 2019 NEW
One-on-one time with a zoo guide--what a treat! Lisa, drove me all over the park, into many areas reserved only for staff, in her golf cart, which made it easy to cover a lot of the park in the allotted time. I was able to see, and in many cases get up close, to a variety of animals...from California condors, flamingos, elephants, giraffes, rhinos, a cheetah, kangaroos, wallabies, black buffaloes, antelope, okapi, elk, sheep...and I know there are many others I've missed. I also got to feed a number of these animals that we visited along the way--an okapi, a giraffe, the kangaroos and wallabies, and a mom and baby Asian rhinoceros! The best was getting to pet the various animals--the echidna, the rainforest pig, the kangaroos, and especially the Asian rhinos!! Lisa was very knowledgeable, knew all of the animals' names, and was kind to boot! The five hours went by so quickly! I had hesitated on spending the money for the VIP experience (which included a treat bag and lunch), but it was worth every penny! The park has been working on a number of wonderful conservation efforts, so in some small way, I hope I've helped in that effort. I'm so grateful the safari park offers this type of one-of-a-kind experience--I was like a little kid--I thoroughly enjoyed myself! Thank you!
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Linda E
Colorado Springs, Colorado
"Great to see animals in their natural habitats"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 13, 2019 NEW
The San Diego Zoo is terrific about protecting endangered species of animals and plants and this is their breeding place. Lots of baby animals. The African tram is worth the walk (it's on the opposite side of the park from the entrance) and we were really glad that we had rented a wheelchair (they offered a disability bus but we wanted to walk). Had just visited the San Diego Zoo so was glad to hear their message is the same throughout both places - save endangered plants and animals and preserve our planet.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Norquist2
Minot
"Awesome place to visit!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 12, 2019 NEW
If you love animals & want to see them in their own “natural” habitat I encourage you to visit this wonderful place! We went during the week in September (after Labor Day) and it wasn’t crowded at all & the weather was perfect. We got our tix ahead of time & opted to spend a lot doing a behind the scenes tour of the elephants and the Twilight Caravan Tour & we were very happy with it all! Sami took us on the Behind the Scenes with the elephants & was very knowledgeable & taught us a lot about the interactions, how they behave in the wild etc. We even got to see the workers interact with them for a blood draw (effortlessly). The Twilight Caravan starts at 4:30pm & goes for 2 hours. Do note you are dropped off in the parking lot because the park is closed by the time the tour finishes. The purpose behind this is to allow visitors to get up close & personal with some animals (feed giraffes & hippos) and the animals are more likely to be out and about when it’s cooler. I can’t sing enough praise about the workers there, their love/ knowledge of the animals, & our experience we had there. What an amazing day at the SD Zoo Safari Park ❤️
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Fletch1946
Fair Haven, New Jersey
"Wonderful Day of Learning"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 12, 2019 NEW
We spent most of the day at this fabulous game reserve. I was initially shocked at the cost of $217 for the four of us just to enter, but after seeing all that there is there, and all that they do there, I understood. For that entry fee you get to walk where you wish in the huge park and a tram ride of about 45 minutes through the African part of the park. It is on this ride that you begin to learn all that the park has done to restore endangered species to their natural homes. The work is truly impressive. In addition to the African part of the park, there is a large area devoted to the animals of Asia and a newer one covering Australia. You can easily spend an entire day here.
Read More
Star Map Pin Icon
San Diego Zoo Safari Park is located at 15500 San Pasqual Valley RdEscondido, CA 92027
Attraction Map Pin IconAttractions Hotel Map Pin IconHotels & Lodging

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.