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 the most amazing animal park I have ever visited. It is incredibly large, the African Plains section really does have a feeling of being in Africa. They do amazing work with breeding and havin...  more »
  • This was my second visit to the Safari Park and the first visit with my granddaughter. My son and I pulled her in her Radio Flyer wagon and she loved seeing all the animals! The park is large but you ...  more »
  • We had a company outing here, and had a very nice time. The family part of the park itself was just OK - lots of smaller animals and good to walk around - but the real fun is the safari part, where yo...  more »
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  • Loved the tigers and the tram ride. We spent 45 minutes driving here from San Diego and it was definitely worth the drive. We were so close to the tigers you can hear them breathe. They are some spectacular creatures. The best was the 30 minute Tram ride around the actual Safari Park. Well worth the admission. You will see all I believe 500 animals living together in a natural setting. I really enjoyed coming to this Safari Park.
  • This park is unlike any other attraction you will visit in California. The animals are mostly rescues, others born into their breeding and re-introduction programs. Enclosures are spacious, clean and natural. This is a great place to spend the day with family, groups, or a couple. My husband and I have been pass holders many times in the past, but no longer live in the area. We were VERY impressed with the new tiger attraction, as that area was previously desert paths leading up to the world gardens. Because they are adding the Australian exhibit, the pathways up to the world gardens are currently closed off, but we were still able to get great news of the park from condor ridge. Every time we visit there seems to be new activities available, like Zipline, ropes course, eateries, tour packages. Although these can be a bit pricey, you will still spend less than Disneyland or similar parks in comparison. The mornings re great for the weather, the afternoon can get hot. If traveling with adults or couples, I would suggest arriving at about 12-1pm, as the families usually clear out by 2pm. This still gives you plenty of time to explore while most guests have gone home. I suggest taking a nap and doing a full loop at least once, and don't forget to visit the nursery, there is an adorable cheetah kitten currently, we could have watched the little dude for hours!
  • Love, love, love......a must do...we go weekdays early morning...easy to find parking...less crowds, peaceful. Pack lunch & drinks. Be comfortable, wear tennis shoes due to all the walking. Make sure to ride the tour bus be aware this is packed all the time. Make sure to catch the different shows within the park. If you are a local you should invest in a membership....
  • Great park, and awesome to see the animals in large enclosures. The SD Zoo and Safari park have made huge strides to help species from the brink of extinction, and visiting the parks is entertaining and helps them with their good work. The safari park is fun for kids and adults of all ages, and spending time there you see something new each time. I highly recommend seeing the birds of prey demonstration.
  • Favorite place. Feels like you're somewhere far away. Highly recommended and you can take the tram for free. Great access for disabled. Go to the front desk or ranger booth and they'll tell you all of the neat services available so that you or your loved one can enjoy the park to the fullest!

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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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