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Safari West
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Delmar, Dela
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Visit to Safari West in California”
Reviewed April 21, 2008

Safari West...California
date....April 15, 2008
From...Robert Gage...Delmar , Del.

After seeing a special show on "The Animal Planet" about Safari west, we went on line and booked a reservation.
The trip was wonderful and well worth the money.
Safari West is home of 400 species from the animal kingdom and covers 400 acres, several miles north east of Santa Rosa, Calif. The jeep tour takes about three hours and the guide that we had was wonderful, knowledgable, and fun.
The experience was topped off by spending the night in a cabin with tent sides and tent ceiling so we could hear the little creatures outside all night as they sang their songs.
No tv, no radio, not even cell phone availablility made it really seem like we were truly in Africa.
And the kitchen supplied wonderful delicious meals.
Everyone was so friendly and helpful and that goes a long way when one is 3000 miles from home.
Thank you to all who were involved in making our visit a most pleasant one.
Mr. Peter Lang is the mind behind this resort and the website is
Safariwest.com.
We highly recommend this as part of your vacation plans.
Robert Gage

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San Diego, CA
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31 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed July 21, 2007

We went for 2 nights and had a great time. The area is rustic, but has most comforts of home. Be prepared to do some walking on dirt road/trails for the short jaunt to your tent. The tent was very clean, nice wood floors, king size bed and tiled bathroom. They provide a ice chest outside on tent landing, which also has a table and chairs. It was great to sit outside, enjoy the views which included the giraffes and lovely surroundings.

The dinner was pretty basic for the cost, but hey you are paying for convenience mostly. The free breakfast was nice. I would say continental plus (fresh fruits, cereal, oatmeal, hard boiled eggs, toast, bagels etc.

Take the Safari, the guide was great. It is a very large piece of land that you explore and there are sooo many more animals there that you can't tell are there from what you see at the camp. We even saw the birth of a Watusi (cow-like animal).
You may want to avoid bringing anything sweet to your tent , there are plenty of ants ( remember you are camping- just upscale camping)

It gets cool at night but they provide electric blankets (we didnt need it though).
Go with an open mind and have a good time. It was definitely a good change from the run of the mill expensive hotel room.

  • Liked — rustic atmosphere, no t.v, no cell phones. lots of animal sounds!
  • Disliked — You can hear everything in other people's tents!
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Arizona
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58 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed June 18, 2007

Safari West was a fantastic experience. My wife and I stayed in one of the Safari Tents with our three teenagers. Everyone had a great time. We stayed on a Moonlight Madness night, so we got the tent for half price. Recommended as the whole experience can be pricey for a large family. The tent has hard wood floors, bunk beds with double beds and a queen size bed. There is electricity and inside plumbing. No air conditioning, but it does cool off at night. The room has a space heater and electric blankets if needed. No TV, but the teenagers did not even complain! We arrived in time for dinner. Separate charge $25 for adults. Dinner was all you can eat buffett style. You could see the staff grilling chicken and beef right in the open. Plenty of side dishes too. Good wine and beer bar, reasonably priced. Food was great. After dinner we wondered around the site and saw giraffes and gazelles. Other animals close by as well, including a number of exotic birds. Breakfast was in the morning and included with the stay. Safari rides began at 9. We travelled in a Range Rover type vehicle and it felt like we were on safari. Absolutely no separation between you and the animals. The giraffes would poke their heads into the vehicle and the zebras would stand along side. We also came very close to a herd of cape buffalo. After the tride there was a short walking tour that included the aviary. While expensive it was well worth it for the entire experience.

  • Liked — The adventure of it all.
  • Disliked — We loved everything.
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
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San Francisco
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 15, 2007

My husband and I stayed here for my birthday. The tents were nicer than expected (cozy and nicely decorated), and the grounds were amazing. I would definatly recommend staying here, but there are a few things you should consider. We were the only people staying there who did not have children with them. If you are looking for a romantic getaway free from screaming kids, this isn't it. It IS pricey, but if you go in the winter it is less expensive. But the biggest problem we encountered was really spotty customer service. Our tour giude was fantastic, and the lady working at the gift shop was great. But the front desk personnel was inattentive (they forgot to pick us up from our tent when we asked, so we had to walk pretty far carrying all of our baggage to our car), and there was this horribly rude woman working in the cafe at dinner and breakfast. At first we thought she was just being rude to one family because they didn't speak English as a first language, but then we realized she was rude to everyone. Very unprofessional.

  • Liked — The animals
  • Disliked — The Staff
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
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sacramento, california
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38 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed July 6, 2006

What a jewel of an experience! Ultimate in fun and exploring the natural world luxuriously for families. Unique getaway and lovely staff and accomodations. Things slow down here, which is how they like it, so leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind. We stayed in a tent (one with beautiful hardwood floors, handmade furniture and great bathrooms) with a double bunk bed and the kids went nuts. Food was great and safari amazing. All families should pick Safari West over Disneyland, anyday. This experience is low key and by word of mouth and nothing like Disneyland, but value and experience galore! A must!! Enjoy!

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Campbell, CA
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27 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed April 10, 2006

We arrived around 3pm to check into our tent cabin in pouring rain. Fast checkin, they drive you up to your tent cabins. We were in #11, Topi, near the top of a small hill. Large bedroom, king-size bed, gleaming hardwood floors, African-themed decor. And killer views from our semi-covered patio over the giraffes and antelopes, with lake, valley, and mountain views. Beautiful! The bathroom was large, lovely slate tiled floor, burnished burlwood countertop, shower, toilet. Bathroom wasn't heated, but we knew that beforehand. The bedroom had good electric heater, ceiling fan to distribute the heat, and two-control electric blanket on the king bed. There was an unheated futon on the floor for our son, but he just snuggled between us in the heated king bed, room for all.

Anyways, back to checkin, after we got to our tent cabin and were instructed on how to preheat everything, we changed into "safari gear" and went for our 4pm safari. Luckily, the rain stopped just in time. We rode the top bench of the jeep for the first half of the tour, which I recommend since then you're up on top for meeting the giraffes. Amazing wildlife, exciting trip sloshing through mud and ruts and slipping around, uphill and downhill. Tons of animals: many kinds of antelope, gazelle, ostrich, zebra, water buffalo, exotic birds, two cheetahs, lemurs, etc.

Back from safari tour and straight into heated dining room for appetizers (garlic bread and mild bbq chicken wings), just what we needed to warm up. Dinner was great: veg. beef soup, applewood smoked chicken, marinated flank steak, mashed taters, veggies, mac' n' cheese for the kids. I also heard several people who had preordered vegetarian dinners and were quite happy with those. Wine and drinks extra. All was delicious.

Went to bed early and periodically were awakened during the night by wild animal and bird calls -- very cool! We were plenty warm during the night and ended up turning the heater to low and turned off the electric blanket. One comment: we could hear traffic noise that floated up, and I suspect if you book a lower tent cabin, you're less likely to hear that.

Continental breakfast was generous, with hot oatmeal, cereals, muffins and bagels for toasting, fruit salad, yogurt, and warm-from-the-oven blueberry muffins.

It's not cheap to stay overnight, do the tour, and dinner, but it's worth it for the luxurious adventure. We all loved it and my son, who was lukewarm about going, had a blast. Highly recommend it!

  • Stayed April 2006
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Reviewed July 20, 2005

Safari West Tent Camp Tour in Santa Rosa, Calif was great--worth the money and next time we will stay in the tent camp cabins (modern tents). The Guides were all very helpful and informative. What a great gift shop! Great tour. I'am ready for a return trip.

Pat from Grass Valley, CA

Stayed July 2005
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Property: Safari West
Address: 3115 Porter Creek Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404-9655
Location: United States > California > Sonoma County > Santa Rosa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Santa Rosa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Safari West 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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!. Families who are curious and wild at heart can get close to nature...very close! Marvel under the gaze of a graceful giraffe or explore the Sonoma Serengeti alongside romping rhinos. Our guests enjoy enlightening African wildlife safari drives, and “glamping” tent cabin accommodations. The sounds of Africa will echo in your dreams. Stay one night in a luxury safari tent located on Giraffe Alley, meet some giraffes and go on Safari! Is Safari West Family Friendly?The entire Safari West experience is a kid-friendly adventure for families to enjoy together. ... more   less 
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