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When visiting Sonoma, take a break from wine tasting to walk on the wild side at Safari West! Home to more than 700 exotic animals, the open-air wildlife preserve offers the experience of an African safari without leaving California. Get an up-close encounter with species like cheetahs, giraffes, wildebeests and flamingos on a 3-hour Jeep and walking tour, while a friendly ranger offers insight into the amazing animal kingdom and the park’s conservation programs. Bring the kids for this fun and family-friendly adventure!


  • Wildlife tour at Safari West in Sonoma
  • 3-hour tour includes exploring the park by open-air Jeep and on foot
  • See more than 700 animals across 80 species, including giraffes, cheetahs, monkeys, zebras and buffalo
  • Family-friendly activity open to kids age 3 and up!
  • Choose one of five tour times throughout the day to suit your schedule (and leave you plenty of time for wine tastings!)
  • Each Jeep is limited to 12 people, providing a small-group experience

What You Can Expect

Safari West Sonoma Admission and Jeep Tour

African Safari in Sonoma

In a region known for high-end wine and sophisticated food, Safari West offers one of the most family-friendly activities in wine country, so bring your kids along! When you arrive at the preserve, about a 20-minute drive north of downtown Santa Rosa, meet your safari guide and hop in your open-air Jeep to begin your wildlife tour of the ‘Sonoma Serengeti.’

For three hours, explore the 400-acre (162-hectare) preserve both in the Jeep and on foot, and travel over rugged dirt roads in search of exotic animals. During the tour, your guide will tell you all about the wildlife at the preserve, including endangered species such as the Cape buffalo, springbok, blue wildebeest and red lechwe (a type of antelope). Learn how Safari West works to promote conservation of these beautiful wild animals.

On your drive, pass by herds of African animals including gazelles, zebras, oryx, antelopes and — everyone’s favorite — giraffes, who may just come right up to the Jeep to look you in the eye. Then, hop out of your vehicle with your guide to walk for roughly 30 to 45 minutes. Admire flamingos and other colorful birds in the open-air aviary, observe cheetahs up close, check out the residents of Lemur Island, and laugh at the antics of the monkeys.

When your tour ends, take some time to browse the gift shop for souvenirs such as jewelry, T-shirts and African art. You can also have lunch or dinner at the on-site Savannah Cafe (own expense; see the Exclusions for more details).

Please provide your contact information (i.e. 'on the road' contact number) at time booking.

Customer Reviews

Guillermo M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Lanie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Amazing would do it again even in the rain

Dana M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our guide Jason was very personable, lots of animals to be seen, lunch was yummy!

Sharon S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

It was pretty dang awesome to see exotic animals so close to the jeep while we were driving around. It was probably an even more awesome experience for those sitting up on top. I really enjoyed our guide's extensive knowledge about the animals and his ability to lead us through the safari with all our limbs attached! It was definitely a wild experience and I would come back again with my fiance sometimes in the future for sure! Highly recommended.... for those who love animals and being in the wild.

Pat B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great guide. Lots of fun.

Kimberly C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Excellent! Organized, started on time, beautiful grounds and a very knowledgeable and friendly guide Richard. Would love to go back and spend the night one of the tents.

Linda L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was a great family trip. My grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed it and wants to go back and stay overnight this time. I give them 5 stars.

Darrin C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

What a great experience. Everything that I had hoped for and more. Knowledgeable staff and happy to educate. Great way to spend part of your vacation in California!

Debra F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Absolutely loved Safari West in Santa Rosa! Our tour guide Travis was wonderful, knowledgeable and made our tour extra special! Can't wait to go back and spend the night next time in their beautiful tents!

Laurie G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Safari West is a unique and wonderful experience. A guided walk through the aviaries and a two-hour drive around the 400 acres of animals roaming freely. Our guide, Tonya, was extremely knowledgable about the biology of each species, as well as the personal background of the Individual animals.

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