Lions lounge in the grasslands while rhinos and antelopes cool off in a nearby watering hole. All this with no passport necessary. See the best of African wildlife on this memorable safari adventure in a park that’s home to more than 3,500 animals.
No need to go all the way to Africa to experience a safari—San Diego Zoo Safari Park offers a very realistic mini-safari excursion that lets you take in all the splendors of the savannah! Step foot inside the Safari Park’s 1,800 acres, home to more than 3,500 animals and representing 429 species. Climb aboard the Africa Tram Safari for a quick trip around the park.
The Safari Park is a wildlife preserve that mimics the natural habitats of African and Asian animals. The Safari Park’s incredible Lion Camp features a natural exhibit with panoramic views of lions lounging in the grasslands while antelopes and giraffes mingle nearby and rhinos retreat to a watering hole. The 33,000-square-foot enclosure provides guests an opportunity to experience a face-to-face encounter with lions.
Board one of the park’s trams, and hit the trails to get up-close and personal with African wildlife in a way that would only be possible in Africa! Your guide will spend time pointing out the various animals and habitats you’re seeing, and will let you know how it stacks up to what you might see in the wild. The experience will give you an authentic taste of a real African safari as you cruise the park’s large exhibits and gaze upon herds of curious giraffes, Cape buffalo, ostriches, African cranes, giant rhinos, gazelles, and horned antelope as they strut across their grasslands habitats.
Africa Tram Safari at San Diego Zoo does a great job of condensing the cultures and landscapes of Africa into a micro-experience that will give you a taste of the real thing. You’ll get an up-close look at exactly how large these animals really are and observe some of their more unique behaviors as seen in the wild. Visit the otherwise inaccessible areas of the park from the comfort of your breezy, open-air tram and watch as herds of antelopes prance alongside the vehicle, just as curious about you as you are about them.
Upon returning to “basecamp”, finish off your day meandering through the rest of the zoo’s stunning habitats and paying a visit to the other mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds that call the world-famous San Diego Zoo Safari Park home! You won’t be disappointed with the experience, and will go home with a newfound appreciation for the beauty of the African Savanna.
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