Reopened: Safari West in Santa Rosa - 510 Families

Reopened: Safari West in Santa Rosa

I drove my family of four up to Safari West in Santa Rosa to spend the morning on a safari vehicle tour through a wildlife nature preserve. Super fun! I suggest this trip for tall four-year olds and up, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Covid-19 modifications at Safari West

I don’t have updated photos but I can share that Safari West is mandating safe physical distancing throughout the animal preserve, installing plastic or plexiglass dividers where appropriate, and enhancing cleaning practices and procedures. Please bring a facial covering when you visit and reschedule your adventure if you’re feeling ill.

What is a tour like at Safari West

We rode on a customized open-air military-grade truck through rocky dusty roads for about two and a half hours. The trek included stops every few minutes to watch animals do their thing and learn some interesting bits of trivia (a rhino’s head weighs over 1000 pounds, who knew?!). No food is allowed but you may carry water bottles on the mini safari.

Family guide to Safari West in Santa Rosa

Kids over 45″ can ride ON TOP of the vehicle wearing only lap belts — yep leave the car seats at home! Toddlers are welcome but they will sit on your lap or wiggle around the jeep with no seatbelts down in the main vehicle. The view from the top was hot and rewarding. And extra bouncy.

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Safari west giraffe and tour
Safari West giraffes get close to the safari tour | Photo: Ray Mabry via Safari West

After a brief bathroom break, we took a guided walk through a different part of the animal preserve with cheetahs, lemurs, monkeys, and several kinds of rare birds. The second part of the tour is more like a zoo because animals are enclosed. It is off-road stroller-friendly.

Giraffe up close and personal at Safari West
photo taken by four-year old!

The main safari tour begins and ends at the deli, which makes fresh family-friendly fare in large portions. We shared two sandwiches among the four of us and felt satisfied.

This adventure was a big splurge for my family. Much more expensive than the zoo but much cheaper than a trip to Africa!

Family guide to Safari West in Santa Rosa
You must be THIS tall to ride up top

Plan a visit to Safari West

    • Children need to be 4 years or older to participate in the classic jeep safari. Children under the age of 4 can join their group on the walking portion of the classic safari tour.
    • Register in advance either online or by calling. Get all your questions answered on the phone.
    • You can also sleep there! I’d love to try their luxury tent cabins some day.
    • More info here >

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