San Diego Zoo Safari Park

15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd.
Escondido, CA 92027- Map It
(760) 747-8702

AAA Editor Notes

San Diego Zoo Safari Park embraces 1,800 acres about 5 mi. e. of I-15 via Rancho Pkwy. exit, following signs. The park is home to more than 2,600 animals, including elephants, tigers, rhinoceroses, zebras and giraffes. Most of the 300 species roam freely over expanses of land that simulate their natural habitats. Condor Ridge is home to 13 rare North American species such as desert bighorn sheep and bald eagles; California condors can be viewed inside a six-story aviary. The park also contains more than 3,500 species of exotic plants. The African Tram takes visitors through various habitats aboard an open-air tram. The African Outpost leads to a walking safari area where visitors will encounter okapis, gerenuk and warthogs and observe cheetahs standing on a seemingly barrier-free knoll. Shiley's Cheetah Run lets visitors observe a cheetah dash up to 70 miles per hour along a 330-foot-long track. Tiger Trail offers an up-close look at Sumatran tigers. During Raptor Flight (for guests ages 12 and older), you'll learn about birds of prey as well as participate in a free-flight bird of prey launch and landing. Various other safari packages, behind-the-scenes tours, a zipline course and a ropes course also are available. Note: Pets are not permitted. Guided tours are available. Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.
One-day Pass (includes African Tram Safari, Cheetah Run Experience and all regularly scheduled shows) $50; $40 (ages 3-11). Two-visit pass $90; $70 (ages 3-11). Combination 7-day ticket with San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego $165; $135 (ages 3-9). Safari packages $50-$599. Parking: $12; $17 (RV).
Hours: Park open daily at 9; closing times vary.