San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, CA

15500 San Pasqual Valley RdEscondido, CA 92027
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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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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. 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).

San Diego Customer Reviews

53 Reviews
Sheree C Cook
AURORA, CO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Disturbed"
July 2019 NEW
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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Orland Vance
Ferndale, WA
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Had great time"
December 2018
Weather was wonderful, people were very nice . Simply all around fun for all.
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Tip: Lots of walking, but plenty of resting areas.

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Tejas Chaphalkar
San jose, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Was a wonderful experience. Worth every penny."
December 2018
We planned a visit at the very last minute. Bought tickets online. Parking is huge, but they have shuttles to take you to the entrance so don't have to worry about parking a little far. We went during the thanksgiving weekend so there were a lot of people but the park is so huge you don't actually feel it being too crowded. We paid an additional $18 to skip the line for the Africa tram (well spent $18 bucks). The park is huge and beautiful and fun. Definitely worth visiting for all age groups. They have a great variety of animals which you usually don't see in a zoo or any other park. Most of the wild animals aren't caged so they are happy and so is the experience for viewers. There are some interaction enclosures as well which are fun, especially if you have kids. The park is well maintained, clean and green. Definitely will visit again.
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memeh613
Ottawa, Canada
"Rent a car, it's worth it"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2019 NEW
We also went to the zoo at Balboa, and I initially though, maybe this wouldn't be worth it. But I am so glad we rented a car and went to this. It's different than the other zoo. They take you on a tram and you get to see animals roaming free. The admission goes towards the upkeep of the zoo. The place is also beautiful, breathtaking views! We bought the costco San Diego City Card.
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love2travelwithphil
Greenville, South Carolina
"Amazing "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 16, 2019 NEW
We took the safari tour. It was expensive but worth the price. We fed a giraffe and a rhinoS amazing to be so close and experience these creatures while supporting conservation
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Elizar3stroup
Indianapolis, Indiana
"Terrific experience "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 16, 2019 NEW
We have been twice, the last two summers. The park does great work in conservation. The safari cart tours are well worth the money. Up close to the animals and personal experience details from the guides. Yes it’s big but it needs to be, the animals have room to rom and interact like they do in the wild. We will visit here again.
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MATTFTRAVELS24
"Great day at the Safari Zoo"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 15, 2019 NEW
If you are thinking of not going here because you have been to different zoos, rethink your decision. This is not your typical zoo. The animals roam around in a way that is different than most of the other zoos that I have been to. A highlight was being able to see the wallabies and kangaroos up close. The volunteers are the zoo seem to be passionate about working here and are willing to help with directions or with suggestions of good areas to visit within the Safari zoo. The tram ride was nice too and allowed us to see certain animals that you do not get to see in other parts of the zoo. My group got to the safari a bit after they opened, and I would recommend for you to do the same. After a while, with the sun beating down and with a lot of walking, it is easy to get quite tired. My suggestions would be to get there as early as possible and take advantage of the cooler weather so that you can enjoy the zoo in its entirety.
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LisaSecula
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
"Just Beautiful!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 13, 2019 NEW
I LOVE the setting where this park is located. It’s just beautifully set with the surrounding mountains. We took the African tram and walked through most of the other exhibits/areas. There is a great variety of animals. I highly recommend the Safari Park zoo. We didn’t even make it to the main zoo.
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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.