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Vision Quest Safari Bed & Breakfast

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Listen to the lions and tigers roaring only yards away from your authentic African style bungalow...go on an African Safari in Monterey!
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Martin P wrote a review Oct 12
Buenos Aires, Argentina9 contributions
It was an overnight surprise stay for our two 11 and 7 kids. They loved to be sorrounded by wild animals and feel the safari noises just one hour from san francisco. It was very nice the breakfast with elephants.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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TrailBlazer638171 wrote a review Jul 2020
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I wish this review was what I anticipated to write based upon the other 3 or 4 amazing times we have stayed at Vision Quest, however this just wasn’t the case this time. With all that is going on in the world with COVID-19 and what our own family has been faced with; we were immensely looking forward to a much needed little get away as a family with our 4-year-old son. He was so excited to stay in a bungalow, feed the big cats and elephants and go on the pachyderm tour. Shortly after bringing EVERYTHING in (remember we have a toddler) and unpacking all our belongings in our bungalow, we noticed quite a few ants that quickly continued to fester. Even after someone came into spray, we ended up having ants on our food, in our drinks and even found some crawling on us. There were also quite a few yellow jackets outside in our patio so we couldn’t enjoy the view of the animals while eating our lunch, let alone enjoy eating inside with all the ants. Furthermore, a chair was broke outside so we could not sit outside as a family anyways. Mind you a price per night for the bungalow we stayed in is $439. One of the employees provided exceptional customer service planning our trip, upon our arrival and attempted to accommodate us for all that we encountered. However, when the owner Charlie got involved it all went south from there. He came out to talk to me already confrontational and while talking removed his mask. The owner only had his best interest at heart and lacked any sort of customer service. He was rude, self-centered and lacked any sort empathy or remorse. We were only provided the price difference for the less expensive room that was available to stay in. However, he was not willing to provide any other accommodations or discounts for the inconvenience that we faced. The owner has no regard for the customers who help keep him in business! Instead of a nice relaxing day spent away from all the craziness, we spent a good portion of our visit contending with the ants and yellow jackets, unloading, loading and unloading again moving into a much smaller bungalow that didn’t even accommodate our family. We contemplated just leaving but the owner wouldn’t refund our stay. On Sunday when we went to feed the elephants, a couple was running late because they forgot their masks. I don’t believe the owner knew I overheard his conversation telling one of his employees that this can’t happen again (mind you we were talking about 10 minutes) and that people should know what they should be doing due to COVID-19. Sadly, there was no grace. We are all in this together and are all still learning what we should and shouldn’t do, can and can’t do with the never-ending changes. Ironically the night before, an employee was about 10 minutes late meeting us at the gate for feeding the big cats and Butch’s bedtime. Also, on Sunday, there were several occasions when Charlie was not wearing his mask handling merchandise and a delivery. He also walked out and back into the check in/shop area without wearing his mask. Employees and guests are held to a higher standard that I guess he doesn’t need to adhere to. Such a double standard! I also could be mistaken but I thought Governor Newson closed zoos last week. Lastly I will add that our entire stay was over $1k so this was not an inexpensive visit, especially during COVID-19. I will say this, our family will never stay at Vision Quest again, nor support the zoo. It is also my understanding that the owner is just as rude to his employees, micromanages them and tells them not to be so nice. Sadly, I would not recommend the Monterey Zoo or Vision Quest. Drive the extra distance to Santa Rosa to Safari West; a 400 acre private wildlife preserve. I wish this review was what I anticipated to write based upon the other 3 or 4 amazing times we have stayed at Vision Quest, however this just wasn’t the case this time. With all that is going on in the world with COVID-19 and what our own family has been faced with; we were immensely looking forward to a much needed little get away as a family with our 4-year-old son. He was so excited to stay in a bungalow, feed the big cats and elephants and go on the pachyderm tour. Shortly after bringing EVERYTHING in (remember we have a toddler) and unpacking all our belongings in our bungalow, we noticed quite a few ants that quickly continued to fester. Even after someone came into spray, we ended up having ants on our food, in our drinks and even found some crawling on us. There were also quite a few yellow jackets outside in our patio so we couldn’t enjoy the view of the animals while eating our lunch, let alone enjoy eating inside with all the ants. Furthermore, a chair was broke outside so we could not sit outside as a family anyways. Mind you a price per night for the bungalow we stayed in is $439. One of the employees provided exceptional customer service planning our trip, upon our arrival and attempted to accommodate us for all that we encountered. However, when the owner Charlie got involved it all went south from there. He came out to talk to me already confrontational and while talking removed his mask. The owner only had his best interest at heart and lacked any sort of customer service. He was rude, self-centered and lacked any sort empathy or remorse. We were only provided the price difference for the less expensive room that was available to stay in. However, he was not willing to provide any other accommodations or discounts for the inconvenience that we faced. The owner has no regard for the customers who help keep him in business! Instead of a nice relaxing day spent away from all the craziness, we spent a good portion of our visit contending with the ants and yellow jackets, unloading, loading and unloading again moving into a much smaller bungalow that didn’t even accommodate our family. We contemplated just leaving but the owner wouldn’t refund our stay. On Sunday when we went to feed the elephants, a couple was running late because they forgot their masks. I don’t believe the owner knew I overheard his conversation telling one of his employees that this can’t happen again (mind you we were talking about 10 minutes) and that people should know what they should be doing due to COVID-19. Sadly, there was no grace. We are all in this together and are all still learning what we should and shouldn’t do, can and can’t do with the never-ending changes. Ironically the night before, an employee was about 10 minutes late meeting us at the gate for feeding the big cats and Butch’s bedtime. Also, on Sunday, there were several occasions when Charlie was not wearing his mask handling merchandise and a delivery. He also walked out and back into the check in/shop area without wearing his mask. Employees and guests are held to a higher standard that I guess he doesn’t need to adhere to. Such a double standard! I also could be mistaken but I thought Governor Newson closed zoos last week. Lastly I will add that our entire stay was over $1k so this was not an inexpensive visit, especially during COVID-19. I will say this, our family will never stay at Vision Quest again, nor support the zoo. It is also my understanding that the owner is just as rude to his employees, micromanages them and tells them not to be so nice. Sadly, I would not recommend the Monterey Zoo or Vision Quest. Drive the extra distance to Santa Rosa to Safari West; a 400 acre private wildlife preserve.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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EBautista wrote a review Jun 2020
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We had been wanting to visit for a long time and finally my husband on a whim checked to see if there was availability for this weekend and it ended up being their first weekend reopening since the Covid closures! I can’t say enough about the tent cabins, based on the photos I was a little nervous that our cat bungalow would look a little bit like tiger king but it was beautiful, so clean, so organized and so spacious. We never saw a bug, the mosquito net above the bed must be for ambience! We did feed the elephants in the morning and then we had added on a package to wash the elephants feed them and have our photos taken with them, a lot of fun for our young teenage daughter. The only slightly negative thing I would say is that in the morning when you go to feed the elephants as part of your stay, the individuals bringing the elephants to you are not terribly warm, you sort of had to pry information out of them regarding the elephants. With the tour it was completely different, the tour guide Sydney who is also a trainer along with the other trainers were awesome, very informative and a lot of fun to be with. Loved the Zoo as well.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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The Adventure Buddies wrote a review Oct 2019
Manhattan Beach, California595 contributions65 helpful votes
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We had the best time in our glamped out tents listening to the lions roar while taking in a mini safari watching the elephants, zebra and buffalo wander around. We did the VIP package where you get to do a few small animal encounters. My mom and the kids loved it! Great for all ages. We ended up going twice within a few months. Although a little pricey it goes toward helping the zoo which as a family is important to us to give back and help animals. Very informative friendly staff!
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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KMS wrote a review Oct 2019
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This was one of the best vacations ever! The "huts" are clean, bug free, romantic, and secluded! The animals can be heard throughout the night adding to the mood! The staff is beyond wonderful. This is one of those places I would like to keep to ourselves but seems way beyond selfish to do that as I enjoyed the breakfast, deli lunch and most of all the animals. I know Butch loved his bath from me scrubbing head to toe!! Just delightful and I feel so very lucky to have had the experience.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about Vision Quest Safari Bed & Breakfast
Which popular attractions are close to Vision Quest Safari Bed & Breakfast?
Nearby attractions include Toro County Park (3.9 miles), Monterey Zoo (0.1 miles), and The Farm (2.5 miles).
What food & drink options are available at Vision Quest Safari Bed & Breakfast?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Vision Quest Safari Bed & Breakfast?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Vision Quest Safari Bed & Breakfast?
Conveniently located restaurants include Gino's Fine Italian Food, Elli's Great American Restaurant, and Toro Place Cafe.
Are there any historical sites close to Vision Quest Safari Bed & Breakfast?
Many travelers enjoy visiting The Steinbeck House / Best Cellar Gift Shop (6.1 miles), Historic Harvey House (6.2 miles), and Boronda Adobe History Center (8.1 miles).