The Africa Tram at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

When in San Diego a lot of people visit the world-renowned San Diego Zoo, which sits right in the heart of the city. While in town you should head thirty-five miles northeast and take in their other gem, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

While the main zoo has more animals, it’s limited in terms of space. That is certainly not the case at this expansive park just outside Escondido, California. The animals here roam outdoors within expansive enclosures and the parks 1,800 acres. They want the animals to experience a setting that resembles their natural habitat.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido, California

You can enjoy this up close on the Africa Tram. We went on the 40-plus minute tour with many others siting in a colorful train car. The tour guide explained to everyone what we were seeing all along the way.

We saw some of the three-thousand animals and three-hundred species that the San Diego Safari Park has to offer including giraffes, antelopes, buffalo, zebra, birds and rhinos. With the open dry land, greenery, mountains and desert off in the distance it kinda felt we were out in the wild. Below are some of the pictures I took during this safari tour experience.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park - Africa Tram

San Diego Zoo Safari Park - Africa Tram

San Diego Zoo Safari Park - Africa Tram

San Diego Zoo Safari Park - Africa Tram

San Diego Zoo Safari Park - Africa Tram

San Diego Zoo Safari Park - Africa Tram

San Diego Zoo Safari Park - Africa Tram

San Diego Zoo Safari Park - Africa Tram

San Diego Zoo Safari Park - Africa Tram

San Diego Zoo Safari Park - Africa Tram

San Diego Zoo Safari Park - Africa Tram

San Diego Zoo Safari Park - Africa Tram

San Diego Zoo Safari Park - Africa Tram

San Diego Zoo Safari Park - Africa Tram

San Diego Zoo Safari Park - Africa Tram

San Diego Zoo Safari Park - Africa Tram

San Diego Zoo Safari Park - Africa Tram

San Diego Zoo Safari Park - Africa Tram - giraffe

San Diego Zoo Safari Park - Africa Tram

Some other information:

  • Tours start at 10 a.m. running until 45 minutes before the park closes. We took one of the first tours out because the lines and wait will build fast leading into lunchtime.
  • You can purchase tickets at the tram entrance gate, but we got the 1-Day passes online to the Safari Park which includes the African Tram tour.
  • Bring plenty of fluids, especially in the summer. The park sits inland in the San Pasqual Valley, which has a desert like climate.
  • Have your cameras ready of course! The train will stop at various points for picture-taking opportunities.

Check the San Diego Zoo Safari Park out as they are active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

What other zoos would you recommend visiting in the US and the world?

14 responses to “The Africa Tram at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

  1. I always recommend Safari West in Sonoma. It’s awesome! Belize has a wonderful Zoo.

    I have always wanted to go to the outdoor park as I have always spent my time going to the glorious San Diego Zoo instead. I figure I will make it out there some day. It almost looks like the animals are living on a golf course. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Cool beans, thanks for the tips. In San Francisco every so often, might have to venture north sometime to check that out. Haha I didn’t think of that. I’m sure it is well kept up. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Didn’t know you could do that there- looks great!

  3. I LOVE the San Diego Zoo Safari Park! I went there years ago. Would love to go back.

    • Went to the San Diego Zoo as a kid and loved. This was my first experience at the Safari Park. Was in amazement. It didn’t even feel like we were at a zoo when we did the Africa Tram. Hope you can get back sometime soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Art.Travel.Eat.Repeat

    I live in San Diego and always buy the season pass that includes both the zoo and Safari park. The Africa Tram is awesome! Even more awesome if you’re willing to spend extra money is the tour where they take you out on a truck and you get to pet and feed giraffes and rhinos.

    • Cool beans. Did see people out on the trucks while we were on the Tram. Feeding and being thar up close would be awesome. Will have to remember if get back. :):Thanks for the tip.

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