Trip Planner USA  /  California  /  Escondido  /  Zoos & Aquariums  /  San Diego Zoo Safari Park

San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.2/5 based on 2,600+ reviews on the web
The 730 hectare (1,800 acre) grounds of San Diego Zoo Safari Park are home to over 2,600 animals representing more than 300 species. The zoo hosts a wide array of endangered and rare animals from Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Australia in more natural exhibits than a traditional zoo. There are a number of safaris, though some carry additional costs. The African tram safari, included in the admission fee, takes you around the parkโ€™s expansive African landscapes to spot free-range rhinoceroses, buffalo, giraffes, and more. Donโ€™t miss the lemur walk, where you can see Madagascarโ€™s most famous critter up close. Other exhibits include the gorilla forest, world gardens, and condor ridge. Check the daily schedule for shows and talks. Put San Diego Zoo Safari Park and other Escondido attractions into our Escondido trip itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
going to
read all reviews »
  • I have visited this park several times and once with my family from Switzerland, 2 grandsons of 5-and 3-year old. Everyone from small to big enjoyed the variety of animals, their generous enclosures, ...  read more »
  • Incredible park! Go in the morning when the animals are most active. We went on the tram and then saw the tigers before going anywhere else on a zookeepers recommendation and he was right! The animals...  read more »
  • Don't miss this great attraction. Lots of walking, so wear comfortable shoes. Displays are wonderful. Great place for kids 
  • The actual safari section was too far away to see the animals. We had to pay $120 each to go on the safari to get close to the animals. We did get close to the Giraffes and Rhinos but it was briefly and not worth the money we paid. We didn't get close to any of the other animals in the safari section. We were extremely disappointed. It is run more like a money sucking trap than a safari for people to enjoy!!! ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž
  • Great and way better than a zoo. Animals are well taken care of. You can see the whole park in a day if planned properly. Many different tours available at an extra charge but well worth it. $50 bucks for admission will get you into the park which includes a tram ride and let's you see the exhibits. Back set Lion tour is cool.
  • It's a great place to walk around. Both the regular zoo and the safari park are great but the sheer vastness of it all adds to the experience. It's better to go in the mornings when it's cooler out and the animals are more active. It's also fun just to walk by the enclosures and see who can spot the animal the quickest.
  • A wonderful place to take the family. Lots to see. Plenty of photo opportunities. Very relaxing, easy to get to. We spent a pleasant Sunday walking through the park, and taking the tram ride around the animal exhibits. They have displays of animals, and knowledable guides talking about them throughout the park. Plenty of big, shady trees throughout the park, helping to keep us cool while we enjoyed the day.
  • The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is home to animals from all over the world that are housed in spacious enclosures in order to resemble their natural habit environment. One of the most unique aspects of this park is that it offers an African tram where you are able to see many animals roaming freely among other animals, just like they would in their natural habitat. Aside from the African tram, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park also has a cheetah run and several shows that are included with your admission ticket. However, there are several safari experiences available for purchase if you'd like to go more in depth than what a regular admission ticket costs. Some of the animals roaming here are tigers, gorillas, elephants, giraffes, lions, cheetahs, rhinos, zebras, flamingos, condors, lemurs, and okapis to name a few. I highly recommend you visit the San Diego Zoo Safari Park!
Nearby Attractions
Visit for 3​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 3​h
Visit for 1​h 30​m