San Diego Zoo Safari Park
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Home to more than 3,600 animals representing over 300 species, San Diego Zoo Safari Park lets you to get up close and personal with animals from around the world. Hop on the safari tram, observe animals in their natural habitats and get insights to the conservation work in the park. You can also experience nature uniquely through the zip line adventure or board a tethered hot air balloon which soars over the park. Buy your discounted one-day pass in advance or get a multi-day pass that includes entry to their sister park, the San Diego Zoo. – Tripadvisor
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Nicki P
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great family experience!
    The Safari Park was very entertaining and fun to explore. It was interesting to see the animals behave in the open environments. There were volunteers throughout the park that were very helpful and made the experience more enjoyable. We were impressed how many animals we were able to see. We didn’t pay extra for a safari and were quite pleased with how much we were able to see on the tram that didn’t cost anything additionally. I would highly recommend The Safari Park.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 16, 2023
  • Elverga G
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wild Animal Park is Amazing!!!
    Best zoo in San Diego. It’s a big area so you never feel like it’s crowded. I will continue to come back here every time. I also recommend making reservations for the watering hole restaurant.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 17, 2023
  • Keith F
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Amazing Experience!
    We were in the park for about 27 hours total. The roar and snore far exceeded our expectations and was an unforgettable experience. All of the animals were very active, but Beau the lion was moving all throughout his enclosure and was so vocal throughout the night. Waking up at 3am to the sound of a lion was the highlight of the entire trip. We also did the Wildlife Safari the following morning, walked around the park, had lunch at The Watering Hole, did some more sight seeing, and ended our stay with the Zip Line Safari. It was all amazing! The staff was excellent! The park is beautiful! Five Stars to the Safari Park and its staff!!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 23, 2023
  • Jordan T
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Twilight Wildlife Safari
    My party of 6 and I just went on the Twilight Wildlife Safari at the San diego zoo. It was amazing!! We were driven by Robbie and the tour guide was Thomas. Absolutely amazing!! A calm tour where we saw giraffes, rhinos, wildebeest, and a glance at an unexpected zebra. Thomas was very knowledgeable about all of the animals and the park itself. He was even prepared for unexpected questions like "least favorite bird". Due to him driving, we did not get to talk to Robbie much durring the actual tour, but when we did he was great too! Very funny and a great driver. Would definitely recommend!!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 27, 2023
  • AreWeHavingFunYet
    Olympia, Washington798 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Tropical Grounds
    This is a beautiful tropical park. Prepare to do a lot of walking up and down inclines all day. There is a tram that was pretty busy mid day. We waited until later in the afternoon to ride it and got right on. There is food and drinks available throughout the park. If you buy a cup, you can get $2 refills after that. Ice cold water refills are available free. Parking was $20, more if you wanted Preferred parking. We went on a 70+ degree sunny day and it was great. Any hotter and it would not have been comfortable.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Cee Cee L
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great family friendly and affordable place to visit.
    Our visit to the San Diego Safari Park exceeded our expectations. It’s been over 10 years since my last visit there and I finally got to bring my 18 month old daughter here. It was nice to be have been able to recreate some photo opportunities that I had taken there during my childhood visit. I had been reading that the San Diego Zoo is recommended instead of the Safari for kiddos that age, however, I feel the Safari was perfect for our daughter. She enjoyed watching many different species with great front row views. The African Tram is a must! The staff was amazing and extremely helpful when guiding us to the next exhibit. Don’t forget to try those hidden gem exhibits like the aviary’s and bonsai garden. They had plenty of seating tables and shade for a quick break or lunch/snack break. Restrooms are accessible everywhere with changing and nursing stations. It’s a great family friendly and affordable place to visit. Groupon always has great deals and month of October also offers free admission for kids. P.S. Winston the Gorilla was very serious today 😆 I have added a picture for reference.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Michael A
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome!
    Haven’t been in years. It was a far nicer day than an overcrowded “amusement” park. We walked a lot, and talked, and enjoyed the environment. And we are again “Wildlife Allies”. Learned the sad story about white rhinos… “A subspecies of the white rhino, the Northern white rhino, is considered to be extinct in the wild, with only two individuals remaining in captivity.” Both female, so no more babies.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 3, 2023
  • chaninath j
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We will go back again
    I enjoyed seeing the African animals at the safari, seeing them healthy and happy made me happier. The price of the safari tour is a bit high but worth when having a discount as a member. Other than that, the staffs were friendly. Overall is good.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Katilady6
    Oswego, Illinois22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see while in San Diego area.
    We are members here and we live in Illinois! We absolutely love the SD Safari Park. Be prepared as it is a lot of walking and it isn't all flat like the zoo. So wear comfortable shoes. It definitely gets hotter than San Diego so keep that in mind also. Definitely take the tram tour and see what the animals are up to.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 8, 2023
  • kylatoma
    Edmonton, Canada3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very special day
    Overall, we had a wonderful day. We were warned that there was a lot of walking, to the point where I was quite wary. Honestly, yes there was a lot of walking but it wasn’t anything healthy family can’t do! We actually walk the park twice over with a five year old and a year old. It’s quite hot, bring water bottles that you can refill. I think we saw every animal we set out to try and see. Mid day it is harder to see them as they’re all resting, and out of the sun. But many of them lounge right by the window and you still get a great view. For a family of four it cost us $900 Canadian. This included an extra cart safari to go into the plains area and see the animals up close and personal with a tour guide. There’s supposed to be 15 people in our trip but half of them didn’t show up. I would definitely recommend if you’re only doing the park once in a lifetime. You seriously got up close and personal, within 20-30 feet I would say!!! it was very cool. There are spray parks to cool off, which is really fun. It’s tiny, but it does the trick. I was a bit miffed they had to pay $20 for parking after we paid $900 Canadian for the day for seems to be quite a gauge!!!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 9, 2023
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4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
terrible park to go, once you pay the admission to the park you'll have to pay more for the attractions or otherwise you're not going to be able to see them. Lets start, to park your car, they charge you $15.00, then you either walk for 15 minutes uphill or wait for the tram for 20 minutes. Once you're inside the park, you need to go to the tram ride, waiting time will be minimum 1 hour unless you want to pay$65.00 per person to have a "private tour". The tour tram takes only 20 minutes to see rhinos, giraffes and some deer. Next, you want to see the tigers, well, that's a problem, the cheetah run is about to start and they keep the tigers behind doors because they can see the cheetah running. So you have to go to the cheetah show, unless you pay extra, you'll be 100 yards away from the "run" or get there 1 hour before the show. Most of the animals are NOT at their habitat, always hiding. Zip line will be extra money, everything in this park is at additional cost, even a drink is $6.00. Do yourself a favor and go to Seaworld or Belmont park , much less money and your kids will thank you forever. BTW, if you want your money back after the visit, don't keep wasting your time with their customer service guy "Felix", he's worthless. Get your credit card ready!!!!!!
Written March 4, 2020
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BrownEyedGirl11
Alberta, Canada42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
This was amazing!! A key thing is though the safari park and the zoo are not the same. The Safari Park is outside of town (about a 40min drive) but WELL WORTH IT. We had a tour booked first thing in the morning that that took our group into the grounds (acres upon acres of safari landscapes). We got to see all the animals up close and feed giraffes and rhinos and of course get pictures with the giraffes. The guide was incredibly knowledgeable! The tour took about 3 hours and then we walked around the grounds to see the other animals and had lunch at the watering hole (overlooking the landscape - go for the view!). You can easily spend a whole day here. There are planned activities too throughout the day. However, just remember that it’s 40 minutes outside of town and not attached (geographically) to the zoo. And pay for the truck ride tour within the grounds!!!! Was the highlight of everyone’s trip!
Written February 10, 2020
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David
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
This was my first time in almost 25 years. I had a good time, but I was a little disappointed that there were no shows and many of the exhibits including the lions, the bats, the butterflies, the balloon ride, and some of the kids play areas, etc. were closed, which seems strange on a Holiday weekend in the middle of summer. Most of the open attractions cost additional fees.

The sit down restaurant at the Overlook would not take any walk-ins at 1:30 pm even though the place was half empty. They said they couldn't take any more people since they were closing at 4 pm. But the app said they were going to be open till park closing. The Mexican food kiosk we eventually settled on had a long wait for the food and, despite the high cost, it was cold and not very tasty.

However we still managed to have a good time seeing the animals and the volunteers who manned the animal exhibits were all very friendly and knowledgeable and would answer all of our questions especially Susan at the gorilla exhibit.
Written July 2, 2022
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CNPhair
Nashville, TN98 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Overall, this park is great and very well laid out. I would go as an add on day to a San Diego Zoo trip - but not in place of. The main zoo is definitely more bang for your buck. My only issue - and it’s a big one - is with the add on safari. I read lots of reviews, including some San Diego travel blogs, that strongly recommend adding on the safaris if you could afford it. The one I saw recommended most was the twilight safari. So, we decided to splurge on the twilight safari…with 5 people in our family, this was not cheap ($129/person). And I can say without a doubt, it was not worth it! We drove through an enclosure with rhinoceroses, giraffe and several buffalo. We didn’t go anywhere else in the park. We didn’t get to feed the animals. The overall tour lasted only 45 minutes and then it was 30 minutes of a break…you got a peanut snack and a glass of wine or beer. But we just sat there with the snack and didn’t see any animals during that time. It was not the 1.5 hour safari advertised. Even my 3 year old was underwhelmed.
Written June 12, 2022
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Paula
17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Most of the zoo is beautiful, however it's a lot of walking to see it! Our group was 2 healthy adults and a 10 year old and it was too much walking to see it all. We heard many families with young children yelling/coaxing kids. The biggest disappointment/surprise was the extra cost for many things, such as the zip line ($85 for one line!) And various special safaris at $90+. The admission to the zoo plus the parking fee was high enough without the large added cost for many things. We will not be going there again.
Written August 30, 2021
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Naveen
Raleigh, NC235 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Pretty good place to visit if you are nature lover. We have visited both safari park & zoo in san diego and both are worth spending time as they have a little different habitat. Safari have a bus ride which takes you into a different experience of riding you through different habitats and showing different animals. Zoo does have free bus ride but its like a zoo bus ride rather than safari ride. Safari does have special exhibits where you can hold little birds and other animals. If I have one day to spend, I would take safari as its little different than regular zoo.
Written March 8, 2020
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Elissa
Los Angeles, CA595 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Safari Park is fabulous and San Diego Zoo Global does a wonderful job with conservation efforts. Their exhibits are spacious and very informative and anyone who works there is friendly! It can be pricey for families but you have to understand the upkeep this property requires... Worth every penny!
Written March 7, 2020
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ecollazo
Topeka, KS11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
The zoo-Safari Park itself was amazing, everyone was very friendly and eager to help. They have numerically sequenced stations and at each station they have ambassadors ready to assist. We used them many times as we traversed the park. We actually paid extra for the Wildlife Safari at a rate of $95 per person. We were disappointed in what this entailed. There were about 10 guests in the back of a safari truck and a guide. They took us in an enclosed area where the truck went around an area about the size of a running track (1/4 mile). Most of the time, the driver would drive a few yards then stop, during which time the guide would talk about the animals and answer questions. Within this small area there were only two or three species - giraffes, Willoughby some birds and perhaps one other species that I may not recall. In our (my family and I) opinion it was not worth the extra expenditure. There is an African Trolly that is included in the price of admission which was actually much better. It encompasses approximately2.5 miles and the driver does a great job discussing the animals and zoo. The trolly actually encompasses the 1/4 mile Wildlife Safari track in its travel in that area of the zoo. I’d recommend the zoo, would not recommend the additional Safari.
Written July 5, 2022
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James S
New Orleans, LA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
So ima be honest, I did the zoo one day and the safari the next. If I had to choose the best it would be the safari. But only go to the safari if you are going to do at least 1 extra safari that you pay for. Way worth it. The tram was working again and the line was long but you could pay $20 per person and skip the line and walk straight to being next in line which was way worth it than waiting over an hour. I also did the hot air balloon thing which was $20 each as well.also Worth it for the money. By the time I finished all those 3 things it was 3pm and I got there at 11am. Have some kind of plan as to what you’re going to do cause it’s a lot of walking. My only negative comment is the app. It just isn’t great in planning your trip. Or following along on the map. But that is me being picky. If I come back to San Diego I am going to do the safari again over the zoo and do a different safari experience.
Written July 23, 2021
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bonnielizzette
Marina del Rey, CA19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
The San Diego Zoo is a quick trip from LA and a great place to just let the kids run around and look at animals. It was not very crowded and everyone was wearing masks. It is hard to social distance in some places (at some of the more popular attractions). We had a stroller wagon for the kids which was a lifesaver when they got tired. The bus tour is suspended due to COVID, but it's usually one of my favorite attractions. I look forward to doing that again when it's safe!
Written June 6, 2021
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