After hearing good things, my best friend and I decided to go on a SB safari. Chuck, the tour guide, picked us up from our hotel. He was on time, gave a friendly greeting, and we already felt like we would be in good hands. He had a beautiful car, a pretty new land rover—very comfortable. Chuck was enthusiastic, and seemed to know the area very well. He was even able to give us some good recommendations for authentic SB restaurants. Our first stop was a painted cave. The art in the cave is about 2000 years old! Chuck knew all about it- the materials used, which Indians painted them, what they were for, etc etc. It’s the little details like this that makes an experience memorable. Next we went up the road and passed some horses. We took a couple breaks to take pictures and have snacks (provided by Chuck). The view was amazing!!! One side was a view of the beautiful ocean, and the other was of the mountains and Lake Cachuma. At one point we went into this area and did some off roading. Good thing we were in a land rover – that car took it so well! Also, I should mention that we saw some wildlife on our trip. We saw some deer, foxes, quail, lizards, etc (one previous trip even saw a bear!). When we got to the top we had some champagne and white wine (he has a whole cooler of drinks and snacks to choose from), and were just in time to see a gorgeous sunset. On our way back down the mountain we saw some more wildlife, and then Chuck drove us back to our hotel. My friend and I had a great time and would definitely recommend SB safaris to anyone coming to Santa Barbara. Chuck is so personable and fun, he’ll really make sure you have a great time. He is really flexible to people’s needs (for instance he can pick you up anytime you want for your safari, even if you’re coming from LAX). The safari seems like it would be great for families, couples, or even friends.
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