Bay Area — California
Sonoma Wine Country
Safari West Wildlife Preserve
Safari West Tours
— Safari West Adventure Tours
— Wild Encounters
FUN Safari Adventure Tours
Safari West Wildlife Preserve offers visitors a variety of Fun Adventure
Tours, including: Safari Vehicle & Walking Tours, Private
Safari Tours, School
Field Trips, Virtual
the Scenes Tours and Wild Encounters.
Guided Safari Vehicle
(part Walking Tour)
Guided Safari Vehicle Tours are approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours long and available
for groups of 10-12 people. Naturalist tour guides are knowledgeable and
fun — if you happen to get Adrian as your tour guide, say "Hi"
from Alana & Barry.
Open-air safari jeeps have covered tops and
open sides — everyone gets a great view of the animals. Our
jeep had three rows of bench seating
and a raised area on top (sits up to four people). During
the tour, the tour guide rotates the group so that everyone
to sit on top can get a chance to do so (seat belts are provided
on the top bench only).
It's really FUN sitting on top and
getting a different perspective of the grounds and animals — and
it's great for picture-taking!
Get an up-close view of the animals — they
may touch you... but you are NOT allowed to touch them back. Expect
to see almost 87 species of animals and up to 400 individual animals
on the tour.
As part of the Walking Tour through the wildlife
preserve (approximately the last 45 minutes of our tour), we visited
the walk-through open-air
saw beautiful birds from around the world, including the Scarlet
Ibis and African Spoonbill.
We also checked out the Cheetahs, Monkeys, Lemurs
and Indian-Crested Porcupines. As luck would have it, we happened
to pass the Cheetah compound the night before (on our way to dinner)
just as they were
be fed, so we got a chance to see the animal keepers feeding them — it
was fascinating to watch.
Afterwards, we passed by the large Desert
Turtles... just as they were mating — frisky little things
The end of our tour brought us to the brightly-colored
Macaws hanging out in the trees. Safari
West is a must-see for bird-lovers.
Guests wishing to access the wildlife preserve's hiking trails must be escorted — morning
hikes with Safari West staff are frequently available.
iPhone vs Ostrich @ Safari
Don't get your
iPhone too close to the Ostriches — see
what happened to one guy's phone when he accidentally dropped it
in the Ostrich compound at Safari West during videotaping:
iStrich YouTube Video
of iPhone vs Ostrich
@ Safari West
Note: Tours can be quite bumpy as they pass over
miles of rugged terrain in the beautiful wildlife preserve — there's
so much to see at every turn.
March 8-November 2
9am, 1pm and 4pm daily.
Note: Reservations must be made in advance. No
pets are allowed. Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the Safari
Safari West Adventure Tours and Wild Encounters include:
— What To Bring With You
Wear comfortable, casual clothing. Bring layers. Don't forget a hat, sunglasses,
sunscreen and bottled water — temperatures can be high during summer
months. Be sure to bring a camera, video-camera and binoculars.
Also, if you're planning on staying overnight,
bring a flashlight, if you have one — more are available
at Safari West if needed. It's helpful in finding your way back
to your tent at night.
Be prepared to take a break from talking, browsing and tweeting on your cell
phone — we managed to get a weak signal in the Elephant Room at the Savannah
Enjoy reconnecting to nature and relax — the
world can wait a day or two...
Safari West Tours
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