San Diego Zoo Safari Park 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.

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).

Reserve Los Angeles Customer Reviews

49 Reviews
Carlos A.
Fontana, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Safari Park Visit"
January, 2019 NEW
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 NEW
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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Tip: Camera and sun screen

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Dora Alfaro
Compton, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"San Diego Safari Park"
November, 2018
wonderfull place my children and i love it, special day for my family.
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Tip: ample parking not so expensive

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Vicki Squires
Grandville, MI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Excellent experience"
October, 2018
Exhibits are spaced out so be prepared for lots of walking. It is well worth it though! The African Safari and Australian walkabout were our favorites!
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Maneesha Veerareddy
Milpitas , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"World's Best Zoo Safari"
October, 2018
This zoo got all the animals are well maintained i felt like i was in another world
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William Whittle
Orangevale, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Oct visit"
October, 2018
as always the weather in San Diego was perfect ,I took my son and Grandson , Grandson s first visit to the San Diego Safari park . . such a Great place and cause.. I highly recommend going.
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Tip: in Oct kids are free , I didnt know this at the time I purchased the tickets and because reserve San Diego is not affilated with the park they were unable to refund his entrance fee.

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CDJ-AU
Brisbane
"Great Spread Out Zoo"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2019 NEW
We had already visited the San Diego Zoo a couple of days before and decided also do the safari park. We were not disappointed. As others have said it can be expensive so plan ahead. We went on a slightly rainy day and that had kept the crowds away. Other than the entrance fees - which we upgraded our one day tickets to two days at the gate by keeping our previous tickets. - we also paid the mandatory $15 for parking but did not do the paid safari tours which sound great. Food onsite was pricey but actually surprisingly good. It is a long walk - we did about 6km in the day - so take or rent strollers for young kids. The included team tour was great at about 30mins.
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CBRAnnie
Canberra, Australia
"Beautiful open plains"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 12, 2019 NEW
Our family love animals but thought this park was just ok. The enclosures are fantastic for the animals, the tigers could actually run and pounce if they chose. It did feel like we had to walk a long time just to see any animals but the open plains were good. As an Australian it was interesting to see the Aussie exhibit: I liked it- the road guard rails with the power lines and trees were spot on. I felt red kangaroos would have been a little but better for the outback scene. Overall the park was good, great for animals and good for getting your steps up.
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Judpma012
Hermosa Beach, California
"Outstanding"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 08, 2019 NEW
What ever you do take the tram ride. It's about a half hour ride around the park where you will see 25-50 animals out in their natural habitat. The rest of the park is a bit hilly so be prepared. The whole place is outstanding. We spent 3 hours there. Don't miss the Cheetah!
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MaDier90
Boston, Massachusetts
"May I suggest the San Diego Zoo instead?"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 08, 2019 NEW
Returned to Wild Country Safari, I mean Zoo Safari Park, after several decades, remembering core low-key ride around extensive grounds with mingled herds of African herbivores, and opportunities for closer encounters with giraffes and various wild cats with handlers. No longer. The San Diego Zoo has transformed it into a blatant grab for your wallet starting with the $15 parking fee, while its apparently successful marketing has resulted in stupefying crowds. It has been built up into a maze full of food, gift, etc concessions, and with a number of high priced add-on "experiences." One add-on asks for another $18 on top of hefty admissions fee just to have a shorter wait (than 90 minutes) for the only included feature, the tram ride around the large enclosures (more on that below) The maze acts like a sponge to soak up people and their money. I think the numerous cul-de-sacs and dead ends were designed on purpose to slow people's progress through the park to the main attractions, as if wrangling toddlers and strollers (as were most of the guests) weren't enough. There are some highlights, like a walk-through enclosure with lemurs, a couple of aviaries, and lion and tiger exhibits with good viewing opportunities. However the tram ride was extremely disappointing, stopping at empty pens to describe the missing animals, or stopping to look at ducks, while driving right by groups of exotic ungulates. the guide's narration was pitched for three-year-olds. The enclosures have been divided up into fairly small paddocks with lots of moats, fences and outbuildings, more like a farm than the quasi-safari ambiance of old. Oh yes, you can get a tour of the far reaches so that you can see the precious white rhinos, but only if you shell out much, much more.
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tiasharks
"Save the chubby unicorns!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 08, 2019 NEW
Definitely worth saving up to do the deluxe caravan safari if you want great photos!!! Due to the overcast weather with rain predicted for the afternoon, the park wasn’t very crowded. The caravan tour holds up to 16 people and we lucked out and had 6 in our group. It was great and extremely personal. Our guide, Rebecca, was fantastic and extremely knowledgeable. She discussed the research she had done on giraffes in Africa and it was great to know that the guides aren’t just animal lovers, but have actually studied these animals as well. We ventured into the different exhibits and got such a great close up of almost all of the animals. The only ones that were a bit far were the ostriches which was fine for me. I got some fantastic pictures and learned some great facts. Not only was Rebecca was very knowledgeable, she was also not afraid to admit when she didn’t have an answer. This was extremely refreshing. She emphasized the conservation needs of each species, and explained the breeding program at the park. We truly lucked out with the animal behavior. I’ve noticed previously when going to sanctuaries and on safari, that animals tend to prefer cold days. They’re always so much more active and this rang true for us. The baby elephants were playing together. The antelope ran across the grass field, leaping through the air just for the fun of it. And the rhinos! We got to witness a special moment between 2 baby rhinos as they played with each other. This isn’t a normal occurrence. Rebecca stated that she had never seen these 2 together. It was a moment that I will always remember. Feeding the giraffes was also really cool, but the highlight for me was getting to feed a rhino. I’ve been dying to see a rhino in person, and was so excited just to see them. Then Rebecca said that if we wanted, we could feed them some apple slices. I just about died. It was such an amazing experience! Thank you so much to Rebecca, and our driver Jess! We had an amazing time!! After the caravan safari, we explored the park and fed some stunning rainbow lorikeets. One of the best days I’ve had in a very long time. I love that everything in the park, including food and drinks, goes towards the animals and breeding programs. I really hope that their work for the Northern White Rhino is successful!
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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.