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San Diego Zoo Safari Park Discount Tickets
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Africa Tram Safari includes: Admission, unlimited rides on the Africa Tram, and all shows and exhibits. Excludes Parking and Special Ticketed Events/Attractions.Tickets are valid for one time general admission to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, for use through December 31, 2013.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park Operation(Open every day of the year, including all holidays)
Winter Hours (January 1–February 15):
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
President's Day Weekend Hours (February 16–18):
9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Winter Hours (February 19–March 15):
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Spring Break Hours (March 16–April 7):
8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Spring Hours (April 7–May 24):
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Memorial Weekend Hours (May 25–27):
9 a.m.–6 p.m.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park ActivitiesThe San Diego Zoo Safari Park immerses you in an active, hands-on safari experience where herds of animals roam natural habitats in a vast reserve. Explore walking trails that reveal unexpected sights of lions lounging in the grasslands, antelope and giraffes mixing and mingling, and rhinos wallowing in waterholes. Engage in close encounters with rare species and discover the exciting surprises of conservation in action at this leading-edge wildlife park. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is located approximately 30 miles north of The San Diego Zoo.
The Africa Tram Safari
EXPLORE THE WONDERS OF AFRICA!
Travel through a bit of Africa on the Park's Africa Tram Safari, an exciting expedition that gives you a chance to connect with our African wildlife on a closer level. The safari's brightly colored tour vehicles take you on a relaxing tour around some of the Park's large field exhibits, where you can enjoy our extraordinary animal collection.
Africa has a dizzying mix of habitats, animals, and cultures, and the Africa Tram Safari tour gives you a glimpse of this amazing diversity. Your knowledgeable guide fills you in on the animals at the Park, and points out particular individuals and interesting behaviors you may be observing. All your favorites are here: herds of curious giraffes, massive rhinos, graceful gazelles, and impressively horned antelope.
During the Africa Tram Safari, you'll get a new appreciation for just how huge a rhinoceros or Cape buffalo is. You'll see ostriches, African crowned cranes, and other birds mixing and mingling with the famous mammal residents, and many hang out around a large waterhole. As you cross the bridge and round the bend, you'll see some of the most beautiful views in the Park. As you return to the station, you may even see a lion or two resting on the hillside. But don't think your connection to Africa is ending—there's even more of Africa to explore throughout the Park!
You're face to face with a lion, and its big, golden eyes are staring at you with piercing intensity. Is this it - are you lunch? No! You're just experiencing the amazing close encounters of the Safari Park's Lion Camp!
There is a thick glass window between you and the lions, but when you're standing there and one comes charging up to the rocks only inches away, you might just forget that for a moment. Lion Campis designed to bring you right into the world of African lions, and you won't want to miss this exhibit!
We have two large exhibit areas for our elephant herds - one for our Asian elephant group and another one for our African elephants. An elevated walking path called the Elephant Overlook takes you out between the two exhibit areas to see what our pachyderms are up to. You can also view elephants next to Tembo Stadium or along the road next to the Asian elephants' enclosure.
This tropical rainforest is teeming with wildlife that is absolutely beautiful, but often hard to see. In the Hidden Jungle, a glass-walled greenhouse exhibit, you get a chance to observe the wonderful secrets of the rain forests, which are rapidly disappearing around the world.
You'll begin your Hidden Jungle trek in an earthen crevice beneath the rainforest floor. As your eyes adjust to the dark, you can pick out tree roots snaking down the walls from the world above. Mud walls come to life with invertebrates, including spiny stick insects and scorpions, all safely sealed with transparent barriers and dimly lit from within.
Filled with lush plantings and botanical beauties of the rainforest, Hidden Jungle will show you the delight and wonder of looking under and among the leaves, instead of just above them. This exhibit is not only extremely educational, but you will be in awe of what lies beneath the surface.
Shows at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park(All shows included with Safari Park admission)
Test your knowledge of wildlife trivia as you play along during Animal Trackers, held at Benbough Amphitheatre. The game show-themed program includes visits from some very special animal guests! Offered daily at 1pm and 4pm.
Frequent Flyers® Bird Show
An East African crowned crane in flight is a stunning sight viewed by only a privileged few, until now! The crane is one of the many stars of the Safari Park's bird show, which lets you witness various birds in full flight. Offered daily at 12pm and 3pm.
This interactive program gives you an opportunity to have face-to-face contact with the Park’s animal ambassadors such as a cheetah, alligator, serval, and other rare and exotic animals. You may interact with trainers and ask questions about the species. Interactions happen throughout the Park; check your Park map insert for times and locations.
NOTE: Show times may vary or be cancelled due to weather or animal health needs.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park InformationDining Facilities at the Safari Park
The Safari Park is committed to providing a wide selection of high-quality, delicious all-American or international fare, snacks and healthy alternatives at the various food stands and carts throughout the Park. We hope you'll visit one of our many delicious restaurants while you're here!
Gifts & Souvenirs
Safari Park gift shops feature an array of fascinating gifts from around the world, as well as the usual souvenirs, sundries, accessories and treats. Merchandise carts are located throughout the Safari Park , as well as at our featured shops.
Guests with Disabilities
The 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 a free admission to the assistant of the visually impaired. Wheelchairs are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis. Restrooms and other services are accessible. Kennel accommodations are available for service animals.
Strollers, lockers, and motorized wheelchairs are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis near the entrance.
Strollers $11; double strollers $16; wheelchairs $10; electric scooters $40 (membership number or state identification card number is required).
First aid, public transportation information, lost and found, and check cashing (with identification) are located in the Administration Building.
Cancellation Policy, E-Ticket, and Other Information
SPECIAL CONDITIONS APPLY. Tickets are valid for one time general admission to San Diego Zoo Safari Park and must be presented at any San Diego Zoo Safari Park ticket window, for use by December 31, 2013. Tickets are non-refundable once purchased.
NOTE: We do not allow smoking on grounds at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. IMPORTANT: Advance purchase 2013 Tickets are valid for entry from January 1st, 2013 through December 31st, 2013.
- One day admission to San Diego Zoo Safari Park
- Africa Tram Safari
- Cheetah Run
- All exhibits & shows
- A day of fun for everyone!
Things to Bring
- Photo ID
- Cash for souvenirs
- Your friends and family!
- All day