Safari West Sonoma Adventure Tour
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Stop At: Safari West, 3115 Porter Creek Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404-9655
In a region known for high-end wine and sophisticated food, Safari West offers one of the most family-friendly activities in wine country, so bring your kids along! When you arrive at the preserve, about a 20-minute drive north of downtown Santa Rosa, meet your safari guide and hop in your open-air Jeep to begin your wildlife tour of the ‘Sonoma Serengeti.’
For three hours, explore the 400-acre (162-hectare) preserve both in the Jeep and on foot, and travel over rugged dirt roads in search of exotic animals. During the tour, your guide will tell you all about the wildlife at the preserve, including endangered species such as the Cape buffalo, springbok, blue wildebeest and red lechwe (a type of antelope). Learn how Safari West works to promote conservation of these beautiful wild animals.
On your drive, pass by herds of African animals including gazelles, zebras, oryx, antelopes and — everyone’s favorite — giraffes, who may just come right up to the Jeep to look you in the eye. Then, hop out of your vehicle with your guide to walk for roughly 30 to 45 minutes. Admire flamingos and other colorful birds in the open-air aviary, observe cheetahs up close, check out the residents of Lemur Island, and laugh at the antics of the monkeys.
When your tour ends, take some time to browse the gift shop for souvenirs such as jewelry, T-shirts and African art. You can also have lunch or dinner at the on-site Savannah Cafe (own expense; see the Exclusions for more details).
Please provide your contact information (i.e. 'on the road' contact number) at time booking.
- Professional guide
- Transport by Jeep
- Entry/Admission - Safari West
- Food and drinks (if you would like to eat at the on-site Savannah Cafe, please call Safari West to make a reservation after booking; the phone number will be on your voucher)
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Minimum age is 4 years; all children must be accompanied by an adult
- Please provide your contact information (i.e. 'on the road' contact number) at time booking
- Guests are not permitted to take food out on the tour, but water bottles are welcome; during the summer months, the snack bar is open and guests may purchase sandwiches, chips, fruit, drinks and other items to eat during the tour break or afterward; you may also dine in the Savannah Cafe at your own expense (reservations can be made after booking)
- Not recommended for pregnant women, as the tour includes a 2.5-hour drive over rugged terrain that may be uncomfortable
- Hearing-impaired guests: If you book at least two weeks prior to your tour date (to ensure that an interpreter is available), a sign language interpreter can be provided at no additional charge
- Vision-impaired guests: If you book at least two weeks prior to your tour date, a tactile tour can be provided, during which a sighted companion can accompany a visually impaired visitor; if this isn't possible on your tour date, the guest will be accompanied by a guest service person; upon request, web materials in 18-point font can be sent or emailed to visually impaired guests
- Safari West is fully accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums
- Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
The animals were great and the guide knowledgeable. Enjoyed the ride in the jeep and a walk-around afterward. Wish the displays had names about the animals and a little info on each one. If it was already there, I didn't see it. Wish some of the enclosures were a bit more true to their environment (even if staged) E.g. Some tall trees with the giraffes with feeding stations on them, and a bush for the leopard to hide under. Leopard seemed to have anxiety in the small space. Larger enclosures for some of the larger animals.....I was concerned some of them seemed very cramped. Very limited gift shop...I was really surprised about that. Very limited selection of food when the restaurant is not open. Park is very clean, restrooms clean, and lots of water available. Learned a lot about the animals, conservation, and breeding. Overall, it was a great way to spend 1/2 day and somewhat educational.
Impressed with the consciousness of Safari West in their sensitivity to the animal's needs. Guide was very informed about all of the animals. The site was beautifully maintained. All in all a very pleasurable experience.
This was our 4th trip to Safari West and each time we have learned more about the animals when on tour. It is also a great place to go for adults. We had a delicious dinner and breakfast.
The concept was great, but the execution a bit frightening. Let me first say, that our tour guide Robert was a real treat. Very amiable, knowledgeable and passionate about being a conservationist. The biggest area of opportunity, I would say, are the tour jeepsthey could stand to be upgraded with environmentally friendly and safer models. The vehicles not accessible for people with disabilities. And even able-bodied persons could potentially have trouble climbing in and out. There are no seat belts inside of the jeeps, no hand rails, nor guardrails to hold on to it's a safety disaster waiting to happen. Additionally, the exhaust fumes were bothersome. My advice, go for the experience, but bring a bandana to guard against the dust and diesel exhaust fumes. You may also want to have an alcoholic beverage or two from the gift shop to take your mind off the potential of falling out of the jeep and over the mountain into the man-made river.
Did the visit / tour with my 21 year old granddaughter and had a great day! Will plan to do an overnight visit in the future with my husband.
This tour is highly recommened although viator does not make it clear that you need to contact the ranch directly to confirm at least two days before the tour date. However it is well worth the money and a fantastic tour.