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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

Claire H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

My entire family enjoyed the experience...10 and 13 year old grandsons!

Georgia H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We went on a 9 am tour with Ross. We absolutely loved riding in the jeep to see the animals. Rosswasfull of good information as well as a good driver. We loved all the wonderful animals that we saw that are mostly native to Africa. They appear to be well taken care of and are thriving!!!!it is wonderful to have such a great place to visit in California.

Karen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had a great time on the jeep tour. We took our grandchildren 5, 8, 10 and they thought it was wonderful. It was amazing to be in the areas with the animals. Our tour guide was very knowledgable and responsive to all of our questions. It was my second trip and just as enjoyable as the first one.

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.

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