Safari West

Safari West, Santa Rosa: Address, Phone Number, Safari West Reviews: 4.5/5

Safari West
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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! The entire Safari West experience is a kid-friendly adventure for families to enjoy together. Our tours are designed to educate guests of all ages and we have found that families are truly inspired as they learn from and share with one another. At Safari West we strive to actively promote conservation and environmental education concepts to our guests, whether they are with us for an hour or a week. The whole experience at Safari West is one of building connections and making discoveries; getting back to basics and enjoying the profound simple pleasures of family and nature that are all too often overlooked. If anything is “not to be missed,” it is that sense of serenity one finds while gazing at graceful giraffe nuzzling her newborn or the surge of raw adventure while witnessing an energetic herd of wildebeest galloping across the horizon. Overnight lodging is also available - the true 'glamping' experience!
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Monica S
Fremont, CA2 contributions
Wonderful Adventure!

My son ( 7 years old) and I have gone two years in a row. We live in the bay area and I am a solo mom, so this is a perfect trip for us. This year my mom came and she said it was one of the most awesome experiences.

Lodging

The "tents" are quite luxurious in my opinion. Sure, no AC or TV but thats not what you are there for. The tents are very spacious, have many gorgeous details and the beds are so comfortable. You can look out and see the animals from many tents and you cannot beat the ambiance. My son was 6 and 7 on the trips and enjoyed brining some dolls and art supplies for the evening. When you stay overnight you get to wander the grounds and see many of the animals.

The Animals!

The animals all look so happy and content. One year we splurged for the behind the Scenes and it was 100% worth it! My son got to feed several animals and it was core memory material. I also enjoyed feeding the giraffes : )

There is a large variety of animals and all the employees are very knowledgeable and kind.

The Tour
The jeep tour is so amazing. You get up close like you would on an African safari. You can take turns riding on the top for added adventure. Of course my son loved that part.
Written July 23, 2022
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Albert S
3 contributions
My wife and I just returned from a visit to Safari West and it was so delightful that I am eager to share our experience with others. First, the property is expansive and exceptionally well maintained, clearly with the best interests of the animals paramount. There are hundreds of animals big & small in a natural setting and our guide, Lindsey, was one of the best-informed and interesting guides we have ever experienced. She was fabulous. We also stayed in one of the glamping tents overnight and it was a fun & unique experience (it can be loud with animals overnight so bring earwear, and I recommend bringing in a cooler of whatever you'd like to drink). The food is not fancy but it is delicious and the staff was energetic and amiable. Kids seemed to be having a wonderful time. I highly recommend the entire experience -- you will love it.
Written May 25, 2022
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LeashGeez
24 contributions
Family
What an amazing 3 hour safari tour this was, I HIGHLY recommend this for families with children 6 or older and anyone who loves animals. There's so much to see and learn from here, it's an awesome experience! Our tour guide Owen made the tour extra special with his knowledge, kindness, patience, funny and awesome personality! Everyone there was super nice and helpful. Bring water and wear comfortable shoes as there's about 30 minutes of walking on the tour but it's so worth it. There's no cell phone service but that's apart of the experience, just unplug, relax and enjoy the views of the property. Owen made sure everyone was happy, had what they needed, got a chance to ride on the top and all questions were answered with enthusiasm. He was great, the tour was 5 stars, overall a cool place in Sonoma County to visit!
Written March 30, 2022
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tvela
Solana Beach, CA13 contributions
Great family experience for our older children (ages 19 and 17). It is not a zoo " visit", instead SW made the attempt to replicate (as must as possible) the habit and an open and safari-like environment. Our guide was amazing and knowledgeable about animal conservation and shared his experience in Africa and Australia. BTW he is the "Aussie" on staff. REMINDER DON'T FORGET TO TIP THE GUIDES who make the experience fun and memorable.
Written February 20, 2022
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fvillota1222
Hayward, CA333 contributions
Family
Fambam and I did the one night stay and Safari. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. We went during a bad time it was during a heat wave (100+). We stayed in a king bed tent with double sized bunk beds. Bathroom was very spacious. There was on one small ceiling fan which didn’t help to much. If you go during the cold months each bed has heating blankets.

We did Dinner reservations it was good but I don’t think it was worth the price maybe if it was buffet like some reviews were saying. It was a sit down dinner and you get a fruit plate for the table each person get a salad, one entree plate which had 2 ribs, chicken and macaroni cheese with a side of potatoes. End with a dessert. You also get to order what you want for breakfast the next day since breakfast was included.

We had a great time with our safari guide Richard. He was very knowledgeable friendly and funny. Highly recommended!!! If you get him give him a great tip he deserves it

Written August 21, 2020
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Grnbug2000
Phoenix, AZ31 contributions
Solo
This was a great tour with tour guide Alex! The animals are coming right up to the Jeep and it was made even more remarkable by the extensive knowledge of our guide Alex! Due to COVID the tour is limited to 8 people. Our Jeep had 7. Masks are required at all times as well even outside. The tour was over 2.5 hrs and included a walking portion and the Jeep tour with a quick break in between. If you can please stay at the park overnight in an amazing glamping style tent! You won’t regret it!!!the pics look orange due to the fires in CA although they are not in this area.
Written September 10, 2020
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MariaLR
3 contributions
Had a day tour in Safari West last July 2021 with family. All ages will enjoy the tour (total of 3 hours, which includes a walking tour). Ours was led by Richard who was very engaging with each guest in the group - very knowledgeable, spontaneous, and a great tour driver! We were comfortably seated with twelve guests in the jeep - this was pre-Delta covid surge. Everyone had a turn on top of the jeep and we were offered the use of an umbrella while we were on the jeep rooftop (didn't feel the need to use it; we took the 10AM tour). It was great to have fun and at the same time learn about the animals that we saw. Might be considered pricey by some, but worth it in my opinion.
Written August 16, 2021
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Annstiques
Bowman, Georgia13 contributions
Family
My wife booked this side trip, and I thought it was going to be a hokey kids thing. It was far from that! Jackson, our tour guide, was fantastic. The animals were plentiful and amazing. We were inches away from rhino’s, zebra, cheetah, gazelle, giraffes, ostrich, and many many more. This place takes great care in the care of the zoo and it’s animals. We had lunch as well which was also very nice. Would definitely recommend for the whole family!!
Written July 1, 2021
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Henry J
Santa Rosa, CA285 contributions
Visited Safari West in June 2021. This place is awesome! I booked the 10:00AM tour. The staff split the guests into small groups so it was nice. They didn't try to jam in as many people as possible during the tour.

The tour guide is knowledgeable in the animals and provided a lot of information. Myself and other people also asked questions about the animals as well, which our guide was able to answer. The tour trucks was able to get very close to the giraffes, sooo cute.

The nice thing about the tour is they don't try to rush through it. Plenty of time was spent at each stop.

Make sure you book early tours because the animals will go into shelter as it gets hot.
Written June 4, 2021
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Dan R
Morgan Hill, CA670 contributions
After parking in their free lot, at 2pm we started our safari for our 3 hour tour. We had 12 people in our vehicle along with the very knowledgeable driver, Robert. Our trip driving around was over 2 hours, seeing many animals over the 100+ acre property. Mostly from Africa, this is about as natural as you will see these animals without going to Africa yourself. Many plant eating animals are in free roam areas. At the end of the vehicle tour, then we went on a walking tour to see some of the caged animals (seemed too small for the animals) and many fascinating birds. This time of year, they were busy building nests high above us in the trees. Highly recommend this trip. Take a jacket and take a good camera. We rotated to the top of the vehicle, where 3 of us could get the best views, although all seats were great.
Written February 23, 2020
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