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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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

57 Reviews
Gilbert Yi
CARSON, CA
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Caravan Ride worth the Money"
January 2020 NEW
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
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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Rob M
Escondido, California
"Lots of walking (but worth it)"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 22, 2020 NEW
We visited San Diego Zoo Safari Park twice this month. Glad we did because there's a lot to see and experience. Lots of animals and plants and a lot of walking, but worth it! Food and drinks are pricey, but you can bring in your own
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CVTravelers
Castro Valley, California, USA
"Platypus is amazing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2020 NEW
My wife and I have visited in the past and always enjoy the overall park experience. Our most recent visit was primarily to see the new platypus exhibit and it did not disappoint. Such unique animals and not something you can see at other zoos. The safari park allows one to enjoy seeing so many animals wandering in large enclosures that you feel you are seeing them in the wild. Unlike a zoo, the viewing is not close up for many animals but that is offset by the overall experience of the park. We also enjoy the gorillas as well as the cheetahs. We definitely recommend !!
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richardlewis115
Corona, California
"Absolutely fascinating must do attraction"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2020 NEW
Put together hundreds of fascinating animals in creative habitats and tons of volunteers and this place is magical.
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cmkcmk
Fairfield, Ohio
"Fantastic experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2020 NEW
This is simply a fantastic animal park. There are plenty of animals to see. The grounds are beautiful. Lots of places to shop. Lovely.
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BrendaQ114
Chino Hills, California
"Great tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2020 NEW
Review for Safari Tour-it was great! Tram gives good shade to be in it for 30 minutes. Was fun and informative and amazing to see all the animals.
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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.