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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  • 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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  • Love this attraction!! I recommend you purchase the San Diego Go Card for real savings!! We come here every year for the past 8yrs now. Lots of walking. The right way to enjoy this is by purchasing the extra activities they have to offer. It can be expensive so do what we do and purchase just one activity per visit. We tried the zip line this year and it was quick but definitely a must experience in a lifetime. 👍👍👍👍👍😉
  • Our first time at the park and we loved it. We were greeted by a friendly volunteer who gave us a map and gave us very helpful information. He even showed us pictures of the 3 new cheetahs, gave us info about the butterfly experience and to be on the lookout out for baby rhino Justin. We walked through the bird exhibit and made out way down to the African tram for the days first ride. The staff and all the volunteers were so friendly and knowledgeable. We loved the tram ride and the beautiful landscape. We took a ride of the "hot air" balloon which was an amazing way to see the entire park and some of the city. Overall it was an amazing experience, very affordable and our kids were ecstatic..we will definitely be back we would like to experience the road and snore
  • I had an amazing experience at the zoo. I came just in time to see the butterfly exhibit that happens one month a year. It was amazing and very informative. Then I went on the caravan and I was able to feed the giraffes and the rhinos. The zoo was very well kept and the price is a bit much but it's an experience that was unlike any other. If I ever come to San Diego I will definitely stop by here again.
  • I always loved this safari park and the wildlife conservation that they do. It was my third time visiting and tried the 10am caravan safari adventure. It's absolutely worth the money. It was a cooler morning and it just rained so most animals were active and we saw the elephants playing in the pool of water.We were able to feed a giraffe and a rhino too. It was such a wonderful experience. I'm definitely coming back to try their behind the scenes safaris. And the cheetah run is always spectacular!
  • Absolutely an amazing place to go with family and friends to spend the day to see the animals and experience the Safari tram. We were lucky when we came to the park as the lions were out and active instead of sleeping and we got to see the beautiful cheetahs. We were lucky enough to get a glimpse of the last female northern white rhino and get a glimpse of a brand new 2 week old southern white rhino. The experience was amazing and we will be going back again to experience a private Safari tour.
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