San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido

4.4
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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  • We always have a great time here. I do recommend getting there when it opens as it does get hot and crowed quick and to go and do the African tram first before the line gets long. Also buy the souveni...  more »
  • I will admit... I was hesitant seeing the pricing, but then said what the heck.... might as well. In addition to the general admission we also booked a Caravan Tour. 13 people in our group on the back...  more »
  • This place was amazing! I loved being so close to the elephants! S’mores were my favorite part, and the lions were so awesome! I loved seeing all the fantastic animals. I didn’t know that armadillos h...  more »
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  • We love the zoo! Even if it seems crowded at the entrance, it disperses quickly and I never felt crowded. The animals have great habitats and Amazing views. It is great place to get your steps in! We packed our own lunch. Parking was $15. Volunteers and employees were very knowledgeable and helpful.
  • As someone who mostly goes to the San Diego zoo, this was a nice break and I almost think I like it more. There are fewer animals and more walking in between exhibits but the enclosures are much larger and it feels more personal due to fewer attendees! Not nearly as crowded as the San Diego zoo and the extra attractions are very cool. This might be pushing it but it felt like the animals were more active here as well. It really is a completely different experience.
  • I wish this was my backyard. Safari Park is a hidden gem in the hills of Escondido past the wineries and ostrich farms. Plenty to do and see and you can’t beat their mission to “end extinction.” It’s pleasing to know your money is going to those that honestly want to help preserve earth’s greatest treasure: life. If you plan it well, you can easily see it all in a day. There are some cool packages, like feeding giraffes, zip lining a half mile across the park, or doing the safari jungle climb through the trees. These packages cost extra and reservations are highly recommended. If you’re planning ahead weeks or months, consider a Roar and Snore where you get to stay the night in a tent at the park! You and your family will not be disappointed when the lions wake you up at 3am with their roars!
  • The park is great! The animals were active so it was fun to watch. My 4 and 6 yr old want to return. We’ll probably get season passes even though it’s a long drive for us. There is a splash pad and playground - perfect for the summer heat. Even the live entertainment was awesome! My only reason for 4 star instead of 5 is we quickly discovered you couldn’t stay in the park all day in the park unless you pack all the food and snacks you’ll want for the entire time. Since we’re eat at the park type of people when it came to lunch time the options were scarce. And what was available made Disneyland look cheap. Then when the food came out it was horrible. So we drove 20 minutes to the nearest restaurant. And since I drive an electric car I had to spend an extra 30 minutes to charge. I couldn’t charge at the park. Not because the only 2 charging spots were taken, but because they only give you a 4hr parking limit before charging extra fees and it’s $2/hr for just a level 2 charger. No wonder no one else parked at the electric spots. Not to mention to even turn on the charger you have to go through some long sign up process with an unknown company. All in all, the animals are really fun to see. And that’s the main reason to go. The overall enjoyment was slightly diminished because of the “cutting corners” feeling. Enjoy the video of our day -
  • Be ready for lots of walking, but it’s worth it. The safari tram is a good break in the day and a great way to get closer to the animals. We love feeding the birds in the hidden forest, and always check out the baby gorilla and the brand new elephant. I feel good about supporting a business that has brought species back from the brink of extinction. It’s always a must see for visitors so we get the year long pass that includes one guest and parking.
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