Safari Park entrance



WHAT: San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is an international nonprofit conservation organization that operates two world-class parks, the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and empowers people to connect with plants and animals, develop an appreciation for nature, and contribute to the safeguarding of wildlife everywhere by becoming Wildlife Allies. With a focus on healthy ecosystems and the interconnectedness of the health of people, wildlife and the habitat they rely on, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance aims to drive conservation outcomes benefiting people and planet. San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance collaborates and partners with hundreds of individuals and organizations worldwide to address conservation challenges utilizing innovative strategies. The Alliance synergizes skills honed at the Zoo and Park with experience in the field to inspire and catalyze conservation action on behalf of wildlife, working towards a world where all life thrives.

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park, an 1,800-acre wildlife park, is home to more than 3,000 animals representing over 300 species. Located in Escondido, California, the Safari Park welcomes guests to see animals in herds of mixed species in expansive savanna habitats. The Safari Park is a vast, accredited botanical garden featuring more than 1.3 million plants representing over 3,700 species. Guests are invited to take part in thrilling safari experiences and create lasting memories while supporting San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s conservation efforts to save wildlife worldwide.  

LOCATION: 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, CA 92027

NOTABLE HABITAT: Walkabout Australia transports guests to the Land Down Under to discover Australia’s remarkable wildlife and come face-to-face with some of the most mysterious animals on Earth, including two platypuses. Located in the Nelson M. Millsberg Platypus Habitat, these are the only platypuses in the world currently residing outside of Australia. In addition to witnessing these one-of-a-kind freshwater wonders, guests can explore grasslands with Western gray kangaroos, see tree kangaroos up close, and interact with Australian wildlife ambassadors.


  • The Africa Tram is an exciting expedition that takes guests on a guided adventure 2.5 miles around one of the Safari Park’s expansive savanna habitats. The tram is an open-air, soft-wheeled vehicle inspired by the legendary safari trains of Africa. The Africa Tram is included with admission.
  • A Behind-the-Scenes Safari allows guests to venture deep into the Safari Park and get a closer look at their favorite wildlife. During these small-group tours, guests venture to exclusive areas not accessible to the public, where a knowledgeable guide shares how we care for wildlife and carry out conservation work in San Diego and around the globe.
  • On a Wildlife Safari, guests will travel in the back of a covered, open-air safari truck with an expert guide as they venture into one of our expansive savanna habitats to get an up-close view of a variety of birds and mammals.
  • A Cart Safari brings guests amazing views of wildlife in our African savanna or Asian savanna habitats from the comfort of our intimate safari carts. A knowledgeable guide will share information about the wildlife and our conservation work locally and around the world. The relaxed pace allows for a more personalized look at the Safari Park.
  • Flightline Safari, an exciting zipline adventure, allows guests to soar like a condor over the Safari Park. Riders enjoy instruction and a short fledgling flight before taking a safari vehicle to the top of a hill overlooking the San Pasqual Valley. From there, riders fly more than 2/3 of a mile, with a spectacular bird’s-eye view of the wildlife and ecosystems below.
  • Enjoy unbelievable views shared only by the birds that soar over the Safari Park grounds. Modeled after the hot air balloon tours of the Serengeti, the Balloon Safari tethered helium balloon rises silently up to 400 feet. Adventurers spend 10 to 12 minutes in the sky over the Safari Park. The best time to fly is 9 a.m. to noon, and approximate hours of balloon operation are 9 a.m. to dusk.
  • Roar & Snore Safari is an overnight camping experience that overlooks the East Africa savanna habitat, the Safari Park’s largest. Seasoned campers may enjoy a Classic or Vista tent, while those who prefer a more luxurious experience should check out our Premium tents. Campers enjoy walking tours, meals and up-close wildlife encounters.
  • Sun Up Cheetah Safari gives visitors a chance to witness the fastest animals on land doing what they do best. During this weekend experience, safari guests take an early morning expedition and have a rare opportunity to see a wildlife ambassador cheetah run at top speed. Visitors then top off the experience with an exclusive view of our savanna habitats from a covered, open-air safari truck. Participants must purchase their admission before arriving at the Safari Park.
  • Walk through the Safari Park to see a variety of wildlife with the Wildlife Trek. A knowledgeable guide will share insights into the behavior of our wildlife and the care they receive. Along the way, guests will learn about some of our conservation projects with our allies around the world.
  • The Ultimate Safari is the key to off-view areas and the very best in personalized service. As a VIP, guests will receive a customized tour curated by the Safari Park’s team of professionals and spend up to seven hours exploring with a private tour guide. Each Ultimate Safari is tailored to guests’ individual interests and includes a meal. Ultimate Safaris require advance reservations (minimum 72 hours).

*Safari experiences are subject to change and availability. Admission is separate and required. See for more information.

YOUTH FAVORITES*: Young explorers will love the Park’s play areas, including the Conservation Carousel. Youngsters can climb and explore the safari-themed Mawazo Woods Discovery Area (ages 5-12), splash around at the Savanna Cool Zone, or participate in interactive play at the Village Playground. They can also check out the Tiger Trail Play Area, which features a simulated logging camp with play elements such as a rope climb and a log walk bridge.

*Additional fee required for Conservation Carousel rides. Water elements at Savanna Cool Zone are turned off during the winter/fall season, and the area may be intermittently impacted by construction.

HORTICULTURE HIGHLIGHT: Botanical enthusiasts can enjoy the Safari Park’s World Gardens, with thousands of plants representing geographical areas from around the globe. Featured gardens include the Baja Garden, Old World Succulent Garden, Epiphyllum Trail, Bonsai Pavilion and California Nativescapes Garden.


  • Spring Safari Featuring Butterfly Jungle
    March 16–May 12, 202
    In addition to extraordinary encounters with wildlife, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park will be filled with springtime treats and festivities around every corner. As part of Spring Safari, the Safari Park will feature an optional premium Butterfly Jungle Safari experience.
  • Wild Weekend: Australian Forest
    May 18–19, 2024

    From elusive, nocturnal platypuses to intriguing cassowaries and hopping kangaroos, explore fascinating wildlife through our Australian Forest Conservation Hub during this Wild Weekend. There’s excitement for everyone with interactive activities, engaging talks, and more.
  • Wild Weekend: Savanna 
    Aug. 10–11, 2024

    Covering nearly half of the African continent, savannas are large ecosystems characterized by vast grasslands, scattered trees, and seasonal rains. Join us to discover our collaborative efforts to save and protect the wildlife of this iconic landscape through our Savanna Conservation Hub. 
  • Kids Free
    Oct. 1–31, 2024

    Throughout the entire month of October, youth ages 11 and younger receive free admission. Kids Free is designed to give youths an opportunity to visit the Safari Park and learn about the Earth’s wildlife and the conservation efforts underway to save them.
  • Autumn Festival
    Weekends in Oct. 2024

    During Autumn Festival, Safari Park guests are invited to celebrate the fall season with live music, entertainment and fun educational experiences. At the Safari Park’s many restaurants, guests can enjoy delectable tastes of autumn.
  • Wild Weekend: Southwest 
    Oct. 12–13, 2024

    Desert tortoises, burrowing owls, mountain lions, Quino checkerspot butterflies, and Torrey pines are just some of the remarkable and endangered species found in the region we call home. Connect with local wildlife and learn about the diverse ecosystems we share through our Southwest Conservation Hub.
  • Wild Holidays
    Select dates from Nov. 29, 2024–Jan. 5, 2025

    Seasonal decorations, incredible light displays, holiday entertainment and a festive atmosphere will greet visitors at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park as the Park spreads its own version of holiday cheer.

*Subject to change. Certain dates not included, and times may vary. Visit for full details.

NOTABLE DINING: The Watering Hole at Kijamii Overlook is a full-service restaurant and bar. The restaurant is located above the Safari Park’s East Africa savanna habitat, where guests can watch rhinos, giraffes and other wildlife roam.

HOURS*: Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours seasonally.

*Hours subject to change.

ADMISSION*: 1-Day Pass (includes one visit to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Africa Tram and all regularly scheduled experiences)

*Prices and ticket packages are subject to change and availability. For pricing and information, visit

MEMBERSHIP: San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s large membership base is vital in helping our nonprofit organization make a difference for wildlife around the globe and help build a world where all life thrives. San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance offers a variety of memberships with options and benefits based on the level of choice, ensuring everyone can become Wildlife Allies.

EVENTS: The San Diego Zoo Safari Park offers beautiful outdoor and indoor spaces with sweeping vistas and lush, wooded areas that provide exceptional settings for any event, from birthday parties and high school proms to weddings and anniversaries. By scheduling an event—large or small—at one of San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s two conservation parks, guests are not only selecting a unique and memorable venue; they are also contributing directly to support conservation efforts protecting wildlife around the world. Learn more at

PARKING: For pricing and information, see

PHONE: 619-231-1515


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About San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, a nonprofit conservation leader, inspires passion for nature and collaboration for a healthier world. The Alliance supports innovative conservation science through global partnerships. Through wildlife care, science expertise and collaboration, more than 44 endangered species have been reintroduced to native habitats. Annually, the Alliance reaches over 1 billion people, in person at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and virtually in 150 countries through media channels, including San Diego Zoo Wildlife Explorers television programming in children’s hospitals in 14 countries. Wildlife Allies—members, donors and guests—make success possible. 


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