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San Diego Zoo Safari Park

A visit to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is a safari into adventure. Featuring huge open enclosures with herds of African and Asian animals, the Park is a unique experience that brings people thrillingly close to wild and endangered animals. Many interactive activities.
Ticket Type
Age: 3-11 years. Under 3 free.
With more than 6.8 billion people on the planet competing for resources (shelter, space, food, and water), trying to save endangered species can be a challenging prospect. The San Diego Zoo and Safari Park are making a powerful, positive difference for the plants and animals that share our planet. Help them by visiting the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and learning what you can do to help.


  • Park Admission into San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Africa Tram-Transportation Tour
  • Most Activities are included
  • Fantastic Photo Ops
  • An interactive and engaging setting for learning
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is home to more than 3,500 rare and exotic animals - most of whom roam freely in vast enclosures. Unlike any other zoo, this amazing safari adventure park is home to hundreds of animals roaming together like on the vast open plains of Africa and Asia.

Some of the Activities and Exhibits included with paid admission:

Tiger Keeper Talk
- 1 Daily at 11:45 a.m.
Learn about the Sumatran tiger from keepers. Located at the Sambutan Longhouse in Tiger Trail.

Africa Tram Safari - 10:00 am until 4:15 pm- (Currently unavailable)
Gives you a glimpse of the amazing diversity that is Africa. Your knowledgeable guide will fill you in on the animals in the large field exhibits. All your favorites are here: curious giraffes, massive rhinos, graceful gazelles, and impressively horned antelope.

During the Africa Tram Safari, you'll see goliath herons, ostriches, and other birds mixing and mingling with the animals. A large waterhole provides breeding sites for both animal and bird species. Then you will cross a bridge and round a bend, and see some of the most beautiful views in the Park.

You'll also roll through North Africa, where the Sahara desert is home to animals with amazing adaptations. From there, you'll return through East Africa for a better look at the impalas, gazelles, Uganda giraffes, and southern white rhinos. Upon your return to the station, don't think your connection to Africa is over...there's more of Africa to explore throughout the Park!

Savanna Cool Zone:
Walk through palm trees offering a gentle mist to three slippery critters that spout water: a turtle, a lion, and a crocodilian. Located next to Lion Camp, the Savanna Cool Zone is a wild way to cool off!

Frequent Flyers Bird Show-Daily at 11:30am & 2:30pm
Watch with delight as birds of various species show off their flying talents-with many soaring right over the audience. The feathered fun happens in the Bird Show amphitheater between Gorilla Forest and African Woods.

Shiley's Cheetah Run-Daily at 3:30pm (weather permitting)
Witness the fastest land mammal up close doing what it does best:run! The spotted sprinter races on a straight 330-foot-long track that allows the cheetah to stretch its legs and reach an astounding speed: 0-70 miles per hour in just 4 seconds while chasing a mechanical lure attached to it's favorite toy. If you're close enough, you may feel the wind as the cheetah passes by.

Have you "Herd" with Robert the Zebra
Weekends:11 a.m.-4 p.m. every hour on the hour
Weekdays: 12, 1, and 2 p.m.
If you've ever wanted to have a conversation with a zebra, this is your chance! Robert the Zebra lives in digital, animated form on a large screen, where he can see the people who have come to visit. He asks questions, cracks jokes, talks about zebra life, and is very curious about humans. Chat with our interactive digital zebra in the Park's Discovery Station Amphitheater

Wow, with so many animals to see and meet, what are you waiting for? Don't spend time waiting in line! Buy and print tickets online and head straight to the gate! Plan your trip, get your eTickets and go on safari with the San Diego Zoo Safari Park one day pass!

Operating Times

Hours of Operation - Open every day of the year, including all holidays.

Jan 1 - Feb: 12 9:00am - 5:00pm
Feb 13-15: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Feb 16-March 11: 9:00 am -5:00pm
March 12-April 10: 8:00am - 6:00pm
April 11-May 27: 9:00am - 5:00pm
May 28-29: 9:00am - 6:00pm
May 30-June 24: 9:00am - 5:00pm
June 25-August 14: 9:00am- 7:00pm
August 15- Sept 1: 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
Sept 2- 4: 9:00 am - 6:00pm
Sept 5 - Nov 24: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Nov 25-26: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Nov 27- Dec 25: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Dec 26-30: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Dates may vary.

Reservation Notes

Reservations are not needed or accepted. Tickets can be used on any operating day within 6 months of the purchase date.


self guided

Booth Location

15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd. Escondido, CA 92027

Nearest Intersection

W. Zoo Rd. and San Pasqual Valley Rd.


Parking is $7 per vehicle for members, $10 for nonmembers; $12 per RV for members, $15 for nonmembers.

Age Requirements

Child Ticket: 3-11 yrs. of age. Children under 3 yrs are free. Free admission for active Military with ID.


COVID Safety Procedures:All visitors are welcome. There are no out-of-state restrictions. Facial coverings will no longer be required on grounds. Those who are not fully vaccinated are recommended by the CDC to wear facial coverings.

Rentals: Strollers, lockers, and motorized wheelchairs are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis near the entrance. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park welcomes guests with disabilities. A special information packet is available at all ticket windows. We have written scripts for tours and shows for the hearing impaired, and we provide free admission to the assistant of the visually impaired.

Automated Teller Machines (ATMs): For your convenience, ATMs are located at the front entrance (just before the entrance turnstiles), in the Administration Building, outside Mombasa Island Market, and in the Heart of Africa near Okavango Outpost.
Park Rangers: First aid, public transportation information, lost and found, and check cashing (with identification) are located in the Administration Building