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Safari West

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Highway 1 Self-Driving Audio Tour (Pacific Coast Highway)

Welcome to the GPS-enabled driving tour of California’s famous Highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway! This self-guided audio tour stretches between San Francisco and Los Angeles, one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world! It also includes a popular scenic detour along Monterey’s 17 Mile Drive at Pebble Beach. This self-guided audio tour allows you to explore Highway 1 with maximum flexibility and value.<br><br>Here's how it works: Within 30 mins, we'll send you two things: a unique password and an app. Download the app onto your phone, enter the password, and download the tour. When you arrive, go to the first stop, launch the app, and follow the instructions! Stick to our recommended route and speed limit for the best experience. <br><br>Recommended: purchase one tour per vehicle. Everyone can listen at the same time!<br><br>Uncertain Travel Date? The tour’s valid for 30 days from booking!<br><br>This tour doesn’t include entrance to attractions along the route. Check pandemic rules before your visit.
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caflygrl wrote a review Oct 2020
Danville, California109 contributions63 helpful votes
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Myself, my husband, and 2 kids (7 and 8) just came back from a wonderful "glamping" trip at Safari West. We stayed 2 nights in Oct in a king/ bunk tent (#10) which I think is considered the hillside. I will list out the pros and cons and then you can read a more detailed review below! PROS: - Friendly staff - Knowledgeable and patient tour guide - Jeep offered to help bring bags to/from your room - Cooler provided with ice and bottles of water - Flashlights also provided - Freedom to walk around the animal exhibits at any time - Meal service (Bfast, lunch) handled well - good food - Very clean! CONS: - Would have liked more light, hooks in the bathroom - Space between bottom and top bunk seems very short, both my kids kept hitting their heads - No signage explaining the different animal exhibits - I felt the cheetah got the short end of the stick, stuck way in the back for the walking tour - Can still hear street noise from the main road - trucks, cars, etc - Lawnmowers running during walking part of tour - Not enough time on the top of the truck TIPS: - Bring binoculars - Bring small telescope  - Bring slippers- floors are cold! - For safari (if early morning or cool) bring your own blanket, hand warmers - No cell service at your tent but there is wifi in the eating area and near the office - They already mention this but leave your porch light on, close your windows and turn on the heater when you go out so it's warm when you get back! Our original trip was scheduled for Labor Day weekend but due to the heat and poor air quality, we switched to Oct. They were very accommodating - no questions asked. When we arrived for check in there was already someone checking in the office (only 1 party at a time) so I waited outside. Kayla (?) was kind enough to come out and help me check in. She offered to drive us up to our tent in a Jeep Wrangler which my 7 yr old son was thrilled about! She even carried our bags to the door. She brought a bag of ice for the provided cooler outside and gave us flashlights. ACCOMODATIONS: We loved our tent! As noted above they provide you a cooler outside with bottles of water and will bring you more ice as needed. There is a seating area outside with a table, 4 chairs, and an umbrella. There were some trees blocking our view but we could make out some giraffes in the distance. It was like being in a giant treehouse. We wish we had brought binoculars!  My kids were thrilled for the bunk beds. However, the space between the bottom and top bunks seems very short. Both my kids (who are not that tall and have bunks at home) kept hitting their heads. Each bed has a heated blanket and there is a space heater. This was sufficient to keep us warm through the night. The beds were comfy and lots of pillows! There is one fan in the main room. The bathroom is spacious but also vented to the outside so watch out for those chilly mornings! I could have wished for more light and more hooks in the bathroom. They do suggest earplugs but I didn't need them. The flamingos seem to be the loudest animals so I was glad we were up on the hill so it was more of a background noise than a constant disturbance. While you feel like you are in your own "safari bubble" I was disappointed that we could still hear all the traffic from the main road outside - trucks, cars, etc. I know there is not much they can do but it lessened the ambiance.  As far as the best cabins, our guide said he liked 18, 19, and 20. I think 18 is probably the best! I would not like 1A, 2A, 2 or 3 as they are very close to the noisy flamingos. Also it is close to the common areas where all the trucks and people gather.  GROUNDS: We really enjoyed being able to walk all around the property on our own. Most people kept their distance and had masks on. We visited all the animals - flamingos, birds, monkeys, lemurs etc - multiple times throughout our trip. It was like a private zoo! I only wish they put up some signs at each exhibit to tell you what the animals are and some brief info. The grounds are well cared for and it is easy to navigate your way around the property.  DINING: For breakfast (which is included) you place your order the day before and pick a time to eat (30 min seating windows from 7:30 - 9). They have various drinks (fresh squeezed OJ), scrambled eggs, breads, cereals, fruit, yogurt and oatmeal. It is the same each day. When we went the next morning they gave us a card with our tent # and we picked our own table (spaced out each with its own space heater). Then they brought all the food. You can ask for extra of whatever you want. The oatmeal is homemade and so delicious on a cool morning! We booked lunch after the safari which I think is a good idea as the closest places to eat are about 20 min away. It is a fixed price. They brought out a menu and you could pick and choose what you wanted. My husband and I chose everything. It is sort of like BBQ food - pulled pork, chicken, mac n cheese, beans, etc. The food was pretty good and I filled up on just one plate!    SAFARI: We booked the safari for 9am as I had read that the animals are most active early on. It was cool and overcast. Some of the vehicles had blankets but ours did not so I recommend bringing one of your own! Also I just happened to have hand warmers in my bag and those were helpful! They have a max of 8 per vehicle. Our family of 4 was placed with a family of 3 and a single. I'm not sure how they do the seating though as another vehicle went out with just 1 family of 4. There is plexiglass or clear plastic between each row and they are always wiping everything down. Our tour guide was Jeff and he was knowledgeable and friendly. We let the other family sit up top first with the understanding we'd switch halfway. Unfortunately the family up top had more time than we did. They were up top for about 1hr 15min and we got about 30 min. My kids were pretty sad about that. At least when we got up top, the sky had cleared and it was for the giraffe part so we got to see them cross right in front of us to get their food. I think a safari at 10 or 11 is ok, especially in the fall mos, as the sky may clear up and it appears they don't let the giraffes into the big area (that the trucks drive through) until 10:45 or so. We really appreciated how Jeff turned the truck off and turned to face us to talk about the animals. It was a little tough to hear him at the top of the truck just bc he has to talk to the people below and the mask muffles it a bit. However he was very patient as we asked lots of questions (mostly my kids want to know the names of the animals!). One thing I learned is there are so many antelopes in Africa!! We also saw wildebeest, zebra, ostrich, water buffalo (?), rhinos and giraffes. The giraffes were my favorite - all different sizes but also different patterns!  After our truck ride, we had some time to use the bathrooms before starting the walking portion. They let you into the aviary and then we walked through the animals we had seen the day before. Unfortunately, they chose that time to bring out the ride-on lawnmowers right next to the aviary so the entire time all I could hear was lawnmowers. :-( I know they need to upkeep the grounds (and they do a good job) but perhaps they could have done it when the tours were over. We did learn though that the US gets the ugly gray pigeons while other areas have pigeons with beautiful iridescent blue and green feathers!! COVID RESPONSE: I thought Safari West did a good job of indicating the measures that they were taking in response to COVID. This was communicated online, on a flyer in the room, and signs around the grounds. The tent and public areas were clean. They removed any difficult to clean items from the room. Tables and vehicles were wiped down promptly. All the staff were wearing masks and there were many signs indicating to wear masks. When we had to pass a group, the guide would ask everyone to stand to the side. We were reminded on the safari ride to keep the masks on and over our nose to protect not just ourselves, but the animals. When I had booked back in June, they were only doing tours with an overnight stay but it seems they have changed it. The area where you wait for trucks can get pretty crowded with day guests. Also I noticed a couple times that they seemed to be hosting group events on the Flamingo Terrace - anywhere from 20-50 people, all sharing tables and unmasked. I can't say I know what the rules for gatherings are in Sonoma County but I was surprised to see it. Also for breakfast one morning, a large group of seniors from multiple tents, were all sitting at the same table. Maybe they are in a pod together??  OVERALL: Overall, we had a great time. I think one night is sufficient but it was nice to have two so as not to rush everything. My kids would have liked a 3rd night!! I think I had higher hopes for the safari ride but on the other hand, where else am I going to go on an African Safari in CA?? The "glamping" tent was a lot of fun and we loved the grounds. The staff was pleasant and I would not hesitate to return again or recommend to others! This was our one big vacation for the year and I think we made the most of it! For nearby adventures I'd recommend the Petrified Forest and dining in Calistoga.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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EllesBelles925 wrote a review Oct 2020
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We had the BEST time at this remarkable place! From the cheery and knowledgeable staff to the beautiful accommodations and great meals- it was nothing but a treat! We did the private experience because our child is 18 months and she LOVED being able to feed the animals and I loved getting to nerd out and learn more about the animals from our wonderful guide Sarah. We spent the night in one of the tents and were blown away by how clean and well cared for the room was. My husband and I joked that we literally had the best night of sleep as the beds and bedding were super comfy- and the cool Sonoma air was just what we needed. We had a few staff members go above and beyond and felt like everyone on site was happy to be there. We will absolutely be back!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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santospazanna wrote a review Oct 2020
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My family had so much fun at Safari West. Our tour guide was beyond awesome. We had lunch on site and the food was good. I don’t like beans very much but the way they cooked their beans were actually very good. Wish there were more choices for food.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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KnickerbockerJones wrote a review Oct 2020
San Francisco, California116 contributions43 helpful votes
I came to the Safari West to celebrate my husband's birthday. We did the tour in the morning, had lunch, stayed in a hillside tent, had dinner with a personalized cake, a bottle of Coppola cab waiting in the room for me, bough great pieces of jewelry in the gift ship and a great piece of amethyst. To finish it off with a wonderful, cool, peaceful nights sleep. The next morning a continental breakfast. The staff was wonderful, they all wished my husband a happy birthday. The cake taste great, it had raspberry filling. It was a great getaway that I can't wait to do again.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Grnbug2000 wrote a review Sep 2020
Phoenix, Arizona31 contributions14 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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