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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

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  • Location:San Diego, California
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San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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The renowned San Diego Zoo Safari Park presents more than 3,500 animals roaming in large enclosures that replicate their natural habitat. Go on a safari adventure unlike any other outside of Africa itself, with exhibits inspired by the African Serengeti and the Asian Savanna. Choose a 1-day ticket or upgrade to a 2-visit pass that is valid for either a 2nd day at the Safari Park or a visit to the San Diego Zoo. Both options include unlimited tram rides and animal shows like the Cheetah Run.

Highlights

  • Admission to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • See some of the 3,500 rare and exotic animals that live in the park
  • Follow extensive walking trails to get a close look at various exotic creatures
  • Choose either a 1- or 2-day pass, with the 2-day pass offering the San Diego Zoo as an option for your second visit

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The tram tour offers an up-close look at magnificent lions, jaguars, elephants, and other animals in environments similar to their native habitats. And you simply can't miss the Cheetah Run, where the world's fastest animal chases a toy — they're too fast for your camera!

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What You Can Expect

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

Set your own pace to see the animals in the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Take your pick of walking trails that lead to overlooks where you can observe lions, tigers and other exotic creatures. Venture into dense forests and grassy savannas along the safari trail in the Africa exhibit. Watch giraffe family mingle among the gazelles while rhinos gather at a watering hole. Observe South African cheetahs lounging on a sunny hill, or check out the majestic and endangered California condor.

Board the Africa tram for a 30-minute tour past herds of elephants, zebras and several endangered species. If you need to rest, head to Nairobi Village for dining and shopping options.

The 1-day ticket provides admission to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Upgrade to a 2-day ticket that provides a 2-visit pass valid for either a 2nd day at the Safari Park, or a visit to the San Diego Zoo, located about 30 miles (48 km) away.

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Itinerary

Africa Tram: An exciting expedition with brightly colored tour vehicles and our diverse animal collection creating a relaxing adventure. The ride path takes you around some of the field exhibits, giving you a chance to connect with the animals on a closer level.

Cheetah Run: Witness the fastest land mammal up close and personal doing what it does best: run! During Cheetah Run, watch as the sleek cat races on a straight 330-foot-long track that allows it to really stretch its legs and reach maximum speed of about 70 miles per hour.

Conservation Carousel: For kids and kids at heart, our colorful Conservation Carousel features 60 ride elements to choose from, many of which replicate rare and endangered animals. You can ride a giraffe, rhino, zebra, cheetah, and more—which will be your favorite? $3 per person for one ride or $6 per person for an all-day wristband.

Lorikeet Landing: Watch our colorful rainbow lorikeets swoop down to enjoy nectar offered by guests. Exhibit entrance is free; lorikeet food is available for purchase to experience the thrill of feeding these birds by hand.

Robert the Zebra: If you've ever wanted to have a conversation with a zebra—or even if it never crossed your mind—this is your chance! Robert the Zebra lives in digital, animated form on a large screen, where he can see the people who have come to visit. He asks questions, cracks jokes, talks about zebra life, and is very curious about humans. Chat with our interactive digital zebra in the Park's Discovery Station Amphitheater.

Fisher-Price Samburu Jungle Gym: Kids love to climb and explore in this safari-themed play area; parents love the shade-covered picnic area! Located below Benbough Amphitheater.

Discovery Station: This kid-friendly area is filled with musical instruments, puppets, books, craft activities, and wildlife "toys" and is designed to give children and their adult companions a playful space for animal-themed fun. Educators facilitate learning and activities every day during Park operating hours. You can stop by for an impromptu animal presentation or do a stone rubbing of your favorite animal footprint.

Frequent Flyers Bird Show: Watch as our avian stars soar over your head and perform other feats that showcase their amazing natural abilities! Located at Bird Show Amphitheater, between Gorilla Forest and African Woods.

Customer Reviews

cyndi s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This was the perfect time of the year to visit. Parking was easy, no crowds and the staff at each of the animal exhibits were friendly and full of inside information. The park was clean and well maintained. This is a must on your visit to San Diego.
Cyndi - Sacramento, CA

anthony j. i

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

my group thoroughly enjoyed the tour.
our guide was pleasant and entertaining while informing us.

Adeline C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Was wonderful! I have been a couple times before but this time took the Behind the Scenes Tour and would recommend it to everyone. Our guide was so pleasant, accommodating and informative! Loved seeing the baby lions up close!

Charlene F USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

This is a great place to visit. It's a bit different than a Zoo. The tram ride is fantastic and so informative.
Then all the exhibits are fabulous -- they have great food -- it's just a really nice day to spend. Again, can't see it all in just one visit. Go back again and again.

Jersey_T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Great park. The viator gave us discount ticket entry to the zoo, but we waiting in line to get tickets though. We added caravan ride to feed the giraffe and rhinos. Overall, I strongly recommend. I wish I had more time to see the cheetah run and ride on the tram. Tram had very long waiting line, maybe because it was Memorial Day. We left mid-day since we spend rest of day at Balboa and San Diego Zoo on same day.

Cecilia C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

Wonderful experience of getting so close to the nature of Safari! Thrilled by the cheetah run.

Nicole F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2012

WHAT A WONDERFUL PARK. HANDLERS ARE VERY KNOWLEGDABLE OF THE ANIMALS AN HABITS. i WOULD RECOMMEND THIS PARK TO ANYONE.

Betty Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2012

There are a number of ways to visit this open area of Africa & Asia, as well as some more adventurous ways like the segways and flightline safaris to get the adrenalin pumping. But for the more senior visitors the cart safari or caravan safari are very enjoyable as well as informative, and the cheetah run is unbelievable - the speed of that animal!!!

Cynthia D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2011

Saw the new baby elephant. Love the fact that the anilmals are in a natural enviroment., our guide on the tram was funny

Marilyn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2010

It was a great experience and would enjoy going again.

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