San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido

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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 park’s expansive African landscapes to spot free-range rhinoceroses, buffalo, giraffes, and more. Don’t miss the lemur walk, where you can see Madagascar’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. For San Diego Zoo Safari Park and beyond, use our Escondido journey planner to get the most from your Escondido vacation.
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  • This is a amazing place, its huge so be prepared to walk and walk. The Cheetah run is awesome try not to miss it!!. The animal safari is so-so you dont get very close to the animals, so I would prob g...  more »
  • Visitors to the park have to drive up the I15 freeway and take a long country road to get there. It's worth the trip, it is one of the nation's zoological treasures, with animals roaming the hills and...  more »
  • We bought general admission plus the Cart Safari. It was not cheap, but we loved it! The guide for the cart safari was so informative and cared so much about her job. I'm still talking about all the a...  more »
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  • I liked it but it wasn't a safari as I expected. You gotta walk a lot in here and the Safari part is in a little tram which was ok long line though. They have other inside attractions like the hot air balloon and some other random stuff which are way overpriced in my opinion but then again the service of the zoo is awesome so they can be forgiven. It's easy to walk here than in the zoo in Balboa Park there's not that many hills and they have a similar selection of animals. I hope they keep pushing their conservation mission forward. Anyways, you should visit at least once and be ready to pay for parking and to walk a lot before you get the Safari tour included with your ticket or pay extra for private tour camping and other things they offer. Regardless, it will be fun as far as zoos go
  • I loved it! My first time here was very nice. It is a huge park you need at least 2-3 entire days to get to see it all. I highly recommend the Chettah Run show at 3:30pm. Cheetah picking up speed from 0 to 65-70 miles per hour in just 4 seconds. I also did the Flight Line, worth my $75.00 dollars 145 ft above all the cool animals on the African and some Asian side.
  • Had safari type animals to see, plenty of shade, but we did a lot more walking than animal viewing. Loved the idea of having the animals in a more open environment. Tram around the open area was very confusing. They have a pricing sign for more in depth safari rides, but it didn't tell you that the basic tram was free. We almost completely skipped this, but luckily the guy behind us on line had been there several times and knew it was free. If you have the time, this is the best part of the park. Hopefully they make that a little clearer in the future. Additional safari rides cost more or equal to the cost of getting in the park! Parking was also expensive, but similar to the price of the other parks we visited on San Diego. Had a good and funny bird show and neat looking cheetah run. We didn't eat at the park. Overall, good one-time trip, but we probably will skip this one in the future. We stayed on San Diego and it was a long drive for what was there. We would have rather kicked it on the beach an extra day.
  • The Wild Animal Park is by far my favorite attraction to visit in San Diego. Even if it's packed you can still get around easily without crazy lines. The new tiger exhibit is really cool and gets you right up to them versus the old exhibit. Get a pass if you're going more than once a year. Parking is included and comes with discounted passes for guests.
  • If your child can run. You need to get a season pass. They can just run around and have a good time and look at the animals. Also has pretty good food at most of the places I'd still say our favorite place is going through Mombasa Lagoon or the Tigers exhibit we see tigers every time. Need to work on the parking though that Hill is rough. Maybe a spot or two for an expected mother since so many families go there. But shout out to all the team members. Everybody is really nice and helpful.

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Like many California cities, Escondido is spread out. Downtown lodgings are close to dining and transportation. If the purpose of your visit is to see one of the notable attractions outside of downtown, then consider staying near the attraction.
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