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San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Northeastern San Diego, Escondido
  • Bernadette B.
    "Line up early (like yesterday) for it and for the cheetah run."(13 Tips)
    Monalesa S.
    "Feeding the Animals was so Awesome " knowledgable guides..."(7 Tips)
    Erika E.
    "sure to come every year for the Butterfly Jungle!!!"(4 Tips)
    Girls On The Go
    "The tram ride is fabulous!"(4 Tips)
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  • Paige C.
    Paige CAugust 17, 2015
    Obsessed with this place! Take the caravan safari for your chance to feed giraffes AND rhinos! It was an amazing experience! I got to do both. I also loved Lorikeet Landing!
  • @socalwithkids
    @socalwithkidsFebruary 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Wear comfortable shoes, get a map @ entry, & bring a camera. Lots of great walking paths, all which lead to different animals, so be prepared to do a lot of walking. Be sure to take the tram ride too.
  • Goktug A.
    Goktug AktugMarch 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    WE r members and we bring our kids here all the time. HGreat place to spend time, relax. sit down and watch elephants in silence and peace, its beautiful, kids can play by the air balloon thing
  • Randy B.
    Randy BrownApril 12, 2013
    The line for the African Tram can be a long wait due to the park forcing everyone into a per family / group photo-shoot in hopes that you'll buy the pic on the way out. Still a fun experience!
  • Hannah C.
    Hannah CorriveauJanuary 23, 2015
    There's so much space for the animals to roam here. The views are beautiful and trekking around here is a good workout. I definitely recommend!
  • Holly S.
    Holly SchneeDecember 18, 2012
    Make sure to go during the winter too. The cooler temps make all the animals more active. If your going in the summer make sure to get in right when it opens before it gets to hot
  • Tony Z.
    Tony ZhangSeptember 20
    Really fun safari area but bring comfortable clothes and pack light. Although there are many paid attractions, the African tram and other walkable routes can easily last for hours.
  • Alan P.
    Alan P-BSeptember 25, 2013
    Everything is spread out, lots of walking up and down. Animals are far away, bring a telescope if you want to see anything. Tram ride would be good if they had more than antelope / tree / antelope etc
  • Chris O.
    Chris OSeptember 16, 2014
    The park size is enormous. Make sure you get the coconut sorbet! Nothing bad to say. It's well laid out, well marked. If you pay extra you can meet with the cheetah after it's run in the afternoon.
  • Jason W.
    Jason WinterJune 28, 2014
    Be sure to hunt down the Watering Hole! A great place to relax, get a break from the heat with a cool breeze and enjoy a great view of the Rhinos and other animals.
  • Visit California
    Visit CaliforniaFebruary 19, 2011
    Come see a different home on the range—where the zebras and antelope play. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park's Journey Into Africa tour is about as close as you can get to a real safari experience. Read more
  • Mildred H.
    Mildred HarrisJuly 11, 2013
    Get there early and ride tram first; go by way of gorillas, makes the rest of the park easier to see.
  • Girls On The Go
    Girls On The GoMarch 6, 2012
    The tram ride is fabulous! You get to see all the animals living together in a very large habitat. Things to bring: hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and water.
  • Jessi R.
    Jessi RedfieldJuly 12, 2013
    So nice to see animals happy and near-free, intermingling with other species in open spaces. Perfect combo with SD Zoo - skip Seaworld.
  • Meredith m.
    Meredith mAugust 5, 2012
    umm, if it's summer, don't go. it's 20 degrees hotter inland so all the animals are asleep. and it's so spread out. this is definitely a better spring or fall activity.
  • Penina M.
    Penina MezeiJune 27, 2014
    Bring sunscreen and water if you plan to stay all day. You are also allowed to bring food into the safari park. - Penina Mezei
  • Ken B.
    Ken BruckerJuly 12
    Been here 10+ times
    They continue to great work protecting species from extinction and reintroducing them to the wild. Check out the cheetah run at 3:30!
  • Heather @NonprofitOrgs
    Heather @NonprofitOrgsAugust 29, 2011
    As a society, if we are going to keep animals in captivity for education and entertainment, no doubt the San Diego Zoo Safari Park has the best and most humane model. Read more
  • Monalesa S.
    Monalesa SmithApril 6, 2015
    Feeding the Animals was so Awesome " knowledgable guides were so helpful " worth the money . Going again soon.
  • Robsolo
    RobsoloApril 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Butterfly Jungle requires timed tickets (similar to Fast Passes at Disneyland). Pickup your free timed tickets early.
  • Nonprofit Organizations
    As a society, if we are going to keep animals in captivity for education and entertainment, no doubt the San Diego Zoo Safari Park has the best and most humane model. Read more
  • Jackie M.
    Jackie MicheleJuly 11, 2012
    If you want to go to the zoo just go to the san diego zoo. For us this was not worth it. Everything is extra and the park is very spread out. The S.D.Z. at least has express bus so you can see it all.
  • Melanie U.
    Melanie UlrichAugust 19, 2015
    So fun to walk around and see the animals in more natural habitats. Get the soft serve ice cream.
  • Claire M.
    Claire MazzeoMay 23, 2015
    The cheetah run was very enjoyable and informative. Long wait though, so might not be best for the little ones.
  • Andrew V.
    Andrew ValdezAugust 8, 2014
    It's all good! It is never really crowded no lines no waiting lots of hills but always lots f fun!
  • Drew K.
    Drew KaplanJuly 21, 2013
    Don't want to wait in a long line for the Africa Tram? Go during or before the Cheetah Run.
  • Crystal M.
    Crystal MichelleMay 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Buy a Diamond membership and get in for the year, save on parking, and tram/skyfari costs for the duration. Huge savings!
  • Maina K.
    Maina KhojaJuly 8, 2015
    The key difference vs SD zoo is the safari & balloon rides, which cost ridiculous additional fees (up to 100$ pp) and yet it was sold out by 2 PM! It was a waist of time!
  • Tina G.
    Tina GillmorJuly 31, 2013
    The cheetah Run happens at 3:30. Don't be on the other side of the park then or you'll miss it!
  • Hollie S.
    Hollie SickJanuary 26
    Great attraction for anyone of any age. Military always get in for free
  • Brande H.
    Brande HuffMay 25, 2013
    Tram at sunset is awesome since it is cooler and the animals are a little more active.
  • Dave P.
    Dave PereiraMarch 13, 2010
    Summer hours in the evening are the best time to go to catch animals running around. If you're into plants, they have a great native garden at the very north end of the park.
  • Lisa Q.
    Lisa QuispeJanuary 29, 2013
    Visit way off season: winter or just after schools go back in session. It's calm and tranquil and really gets you in the "we're far away in a jungle place" spirit!
  • Laura D.
    Laura DNovember 30, 2009
    If you're in San Diego, you MUST visit the wild animal park. Animals are in huge open-range exhibits, which you can visit via 'safari.' Amazing animals, fantastic design & much more fun that a zoo! Read more
  • Omar T.
    Omar TorresJune 24, 2013
    Make sure to get tickets for one of the safaris. 👍Totally worth it. ⚠But beware of long lines to board the vehicle.⚠
  • Paul H.
    Paul HenryMarch 25, 2013
    If you're going to pay for a cart safari, do the Asian one, since the free tram safari takes you through Africa.
  • Kent G.
    Kent GeorgiApril 12, 2014
    Best time to see the butterflies is first thing in the morning when they open at 8am
  • Sandra V.
    Sandra VisgerDecember 7, 2014
    Arrive in the morning and take the tram safari at sunset. It was Sooo beautiful!!!
  • Kilay
    KilayFebruary 21, 2012
    Save 10% on San Diego Zoo Safari Park tickets buying tickets at,California
  • Jennifer T.
    Jennifer TaylorOctober 23, 2011
    If you're going on the African Tram, get a seat on the left hand side (driver side). You'll see heaps more!
  • Ravenale D.
    Ravenale DragonheartOctober 27, 2013
    Kids free at the Zoo for month of October. When you go through the entrance, you are greeted with a "Roar" of 'Welcome'!!!
  • Avivit E.
    Avivit ErlichmanJuly 6, 2013
    Make sure to do the tram first thing in the morning.... After 12, it's so hot, the animals are taking naps... Lol!!!
  • Jeffrey G.
    Jeffrey GlueckDecember 24, 2015
    Tram starts 10am so go gorillas on the way and be in tram line past lions by 945 am to beat the lines
  • Heather P.
    Heather PetersonMay 21, 2011
    Ziplining is awesome!! And buy a zoo membership, a way better deal even if you only go to each park once.
  • Eva S.
    Eva SmithMarch 31, 2010
    Arrive early for Annual Butterfly Jungle. Visit Lions & Cheetahs Feeding. Photo Caravan A Must. Try the Best Club Chicken Wrap & Mango Smoothie at Okavango Outpost. (Next to Cheetahs) Read more
  • Karl C.
    Karl CoxApril 11, 2013
    Dont be afraid to go down to the first few rows of parking, there are more empty than you would think
  • Jen V.
    Jen VApril 5, 2012
    Expect a lot of walking and make sure you stay hydrated. The Safari Tram is awesome.
  • Vuong N.
    Vuong NguyenJuly 4, 2010
    Go here to get close up to the Giraffes at the Photo Caravan. You have to pay for admission for the park and the caravan though. Be sure to bring a camera and hands ready to feed the giraffes.
  • Nick D.
    Nick DokosJune 4, 2014
    It's a big park with lots of walking. Bring sunscreen, water, munchies, and a hat/umbrella to shield you from the sun.
  • Paty T.
    Paty TalaveraJanuary 7, 2015
    Great place yo take the kids. Don't need to take the expensive tours. The safari tram is great!
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