Note: Due to COVID-19, the safari park is open at half capacity on a first-come basis.
If you wish you could go on an African Safari, this is the wildlife park for you. See animals close up and in a natural habitat via a tram ride. Located just 30 minutes from San Diego California, the wildlife park covers 1800 acres and is home to over 400 different African animal species including rhinos, elephants, zebras, and those beautiful large cats. Formerly called the San Diego Wild Animal Park, this is my favorite animal theme park in California! You'll definitely want to come back again.
When you are done “behind-the-scenes” head on over and take a ride on the wild side via the amazing zip line. You will soar above the wildlife and experience the park as you have never before. The zip line is a 2/3 mile ride, and you will soar 160 feet directly over some of the coolest animals ever. Bring your camera and zoom lens for some spectacular shots.
Still not enough? How about the Jungle Ropes Safari? Here you will have a chance to “monkey” around on the rope course that is sure to offer a challenge and plenty of adventure.
Maybe you are more of the spectator of spectacular? Then I would advise the African Tram Safari where you will sit comfortably on the tram and view all of the amazing animals in their natural open-air exhibits. Your tour guide will have many interesting facts to share.
On a more personal note, the Safari Park offers a wonderful Caravan Safari as well, where you will have the opportunity to caravan out into the open playing fields of the giraffes and rhinos and get up close and personal with the animals.
San Diego Wild Animal Park Located about 30 minutes northeast of San Diego CA, this wildlife park is a dramatic 1800 acre animal and plant preserve that was originally a California breeding facility for endangered species for the San Diego Zoo.
What To See and Do - Ride the African Express for a 30 minute excursion through the park's five animal enclosures. Seating on the right offers the best view. The Heart of Africa Walk and Kilimanjaro Safari Walk are great too. For some extra money, you can take guided small group tours (reservations required - expensive, but a great group experience, and you can even feed a giraffe), or for a thrill, ride the zipline. Small visitors will enjoy the Petting Kraal.
San Diego Wild Animal Park Address: 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, California 92027-7017
Phone Number: 760-747-8702
Operating Hours: Open every day of the year, including holidays. Open 9 AM, closing time varies.
Parking: $12 for vehicles, $17 for RV parking.
Food: The Wild Animal Park in San Diego Cal. has a number of dining facilities and food stands, including all-American or international fare, snacks, and healthy alternatives.
Official website: www.sandiegozoo.org
Admission to San Diego Wildlife Park (San Diego Zoo Safari Park) is also on the San Diego Go Card. For San Diego Wild Animal Park Coupons, Discounts and go Card see Wild Animal Park Discount Tickets and Coupons.
Roar & Snore dates spring, summer and fall Friday and Saturday nights, with more dates in August. Prices vary depending on tent options. The program runs from late afternoon and evening, through early morning the next day. Price is in addition to park admission and parking. Reservations are required. For more information about San Diego Wild Animal park Roar and Snore call 619 718-3000 or check out the website at www.sandiegozoo.org
San Diego Wild Animal Park Directions
Driving Directions from North County, Orange County or LA - From Interstate 5 in Oceanside Cal, go east on highway 78 , south on Interstate 15, exit at Via Rancho Parkway (Exit 27) and follow the signs to the Wild Animal Park. From Interstate 15 (Riverside), exit at Via Rancho Parkway (Exit 27) and follow the signs east to the Park.
Driving Directions from San Diego CA - Take highway 163, proceed north on Interstate 15 to the Via Rancho Parkway exit (Exit 27). Go east and follow signs to the SanDiego Wild Animal Park in Escondido, Calif.
Directions by Car from Imperial Valley, Arizona - From Interstate 8 go north on Interstate 15 to the Via Rancho Parkway exit (Exit 27). Follow the signs east to the San Deigo Wild Animal Park.
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