San Diego Wild Animal Park is an experience unlike any other zoo or safari in the country. Come along and ride the Journey into Africa with our family.
The Journey into Africa begins at Simba Station and brings you right alongside giraffes, rhinos, buffalo, and zebras. Your children will feel like true adventurers, as they spot endangered species in large, open spaces.
You probably want to know how much this exotic excursion into Africa is going to cost your family. A visit to San Diego Wild Animal Park is not going to be cheap, but it's nothing like a safari in the Sahara!
Many, many years ago, you might have seen a lion displayed in a cage at the zoo. If only that lion could see the digs available at the San Diego Wild Animal Park decades later! How would you like a lion sleeping in your SUV?
You'll be amazed by these vast exhibits that put the animals into their natural habitat. Lion Camp is an amazing place to watch these majestic creatures roam. And the Park has given incentives to these lions to get up close and personal to the guests. You'll read more about it on the
Lion Camp page.
In the Hidden Jungle, you'll enter a tropical greenhouse and see exotic birds, insects and plants. This may be as close to a rain forest as you get in your lifetime. The climate-controlled environment lets you see some of the most delicate creatures around and tropical plants. If your kids would like to see spiny stick insects and scorpions, this is the place for them. In the spring, check out the butterflies here, as hundreds of colorful butterflies hatch and flutter all around you in the exhibit.
include Elephant Overlook, Heart of Africa and Lorikeet Landing.
Check out this up close and personal video of the lorikeets being fed.
Shows and Other Animal Adventures
The elephant show was a favorite for kids and adults alike, but unfortunately that show has been discontinued at San Diego Wild Animal Park. Instead in the Elephant Show Amphitheater, there's the Experience Africa show which features life-sized parade puppets, magic and music.
The Wild Animal Park (as well as the San Diego Zoo) is a smoke-free zone, so you won't have to worry about smoke getting in your eyes as you stroll around Africa. Speaking of strollers, in case you need to rent one, here's a helpful
with stroller prices and more.
What's To Eat in Africa?
The restaurants at the Wild Animal Park serve good food, but of course it is expensive. We like to pack a lunch to bring into the Park and then splurge on something like a root beer float.
See my dad and I look very happy with our cold floats on a hot day!
Outdoor patio seating at several restaurants is so pleasant. Your peanut butter and jelly sandwich will taste really good as you sit in a secluded area with exotic birds all around you.
You'll remember a few things about your day at Wild Animal Park...the amazing animals and the magical setting...the heat if you go in the summer...and how tired your feet will be after all that walking.