The Safari in San Diego is under the same organization as the zoo, but interestingly enough it is in a totally different location in which there is more room for the animals to spread out. The Zoo and Safari are about a half hour’s drive from each other and each location is a full day’s trip. It is not advisable to try to combine them.
The Safari is spread over 1,800 acres and is a wildlife sanctuary with more than 3,000 animals. There are also over 3,000 botanical species within the park as well.
There are different options of how to visit the Safari. Basic admission allows visitors to walk through the exhibits of animals where they are spread out in a more natural environment. For an additional fee, there is the option of the Caravan Safari, an open air truck that goes close up to the animals. The Cheetah Safari allows visitors to meet and greet a cheetah. There are ropes course and zip line options as well. There is also a big yellow balloon attached to the ground with a rope. It takes visitors up to view the Safari from above. The shows are included in general admission. The Cheetah Run is fascinating. It is really popular and it is advisable to be there early to get a good spot.
Updated Hours and Prices: February 20, 2024
Posted: November 15, 2017
Information, prices and hours posted here are current as of the posted or updated date. It is advisable to call ahead or check online to confirm hours and prices.
15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, California 92027
Hours vary. Check the online calendar: https://sdzsafaripark.org/plan-your-visit
Price Starts at:
Adult (12+): $68
Child (3-11): $58
Includes: One visit to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Africa Tram, and all regularly scheduled experiences.
Approximate Distance from:
Los Angeles: 1 hour, 50 minutes