We stayed in a tent on a VERY cold night. The bathrooms aren't heated so that was a bit of a chore but we were camping, sort of. Anyhow, everything is put together very well. The heater in the tent worked so well my husband insisted it be turned off as he was sweating. The little futon pad our son slept on was too short for him (at the time he was about 6') but it would be great for a child that isn't that tall. It was actually pretty thick and cushy. The decor is safari-esque and everything is clean, considering it is a tent out in the hills of dusty Santa Rosa.
It was amazing falling asleep to the sound of animals. In the middle of the night a flock of peahens (?) landed on the roof of our tent and had a party! Initially I thought it was the end of the world but then, after I realized what was going on, I was delighted.
We woke at the crack of dawn and went for a walk to watch the animals wake up. The goofy peahens were playing chicken with the cheetahs. Guess who won! WOW! It was like watching National Geographic unfold before our very eyes. The workers who were trying to save the peahen that got caught thought we would be upset but this was survival of the fittest in its truest form. We were absolutely amazed but I can imagine younger kids would have been upset. Those cheetahs aren't the lazy cats you think they are!
This was my second visit but the first time I'd stayed the night. I'll be back again and hopefully soon. Hopefully it will be warmer so I can shower the next morning without causing icicles. Santa Rosa gets COLD!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Escape to Africa by way of Sonoma County…Come discover the Sonoma Serengeti.The classic African safari is a trip of a lifetime for intrepid travelers from around the globe - and, it is closer than you think!. Families who are curious and wild at heart can get close to nature...very close! Marvel under the gaze of a graceful giraffe or explore the Sonoma Serengeti alongside romping rhinos. Our guests enjoy enlightening African wildlife safari drives, and “glamping” tent cabin accommodations. The sounds of Africa will echo in your dreams. Stay one night in a luxury safari tent located on Giraffe Alley, meet some giraffes and go on Safari! Is Safari West Family Friendly?The entire Safari West experience is a kid-friendly adventure for families to enjoy together. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Safari West Hotel Santa Rosa
- Safari West Santa Rosa, CA - Sonoma County