Begin your full day excursion at your pier where you'll board your motorcoach for a scenic 45 minute drive north to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Step through the park's gates and immediately be transported to another land - one where animals wander freely in surroundings similar to their natural habitats! The park's divided into areas with names such as Asian Savanna, Condor Ridge, Tiger Territory, Elephant Valley, Safari Base Camp, African Plains, Lion Camp, Nairobi Village, Gorilla Forest, African Woods and African Outpost - there is much to see and experience in this world of natural wonders. Wander the lush, verdant grounds featuring a botanical collection of 3,500 species and 1.5 million specimens on foot. Whatever you choose to do, you'll surely feel like you're on an actual safari!
Stop by the Jameson Research Island outpost to see animals up close and hear real life animal stories. For the kids, visit the Discovery Station, a playful space for animal themed fun, or the Fisher-Price Samburu Jungle Gym, a safari-themed play area. Feel free to hand feed the colorful rainbow lorikeets at Lorikeet Landing. Or stroke the gentle deer and antelope at the Petting Kraal. You'll want to take in some shows too (all included with park admission). Enjoy "Have You Herd," a conversation with the wise-cracking Robert the Zebra who lives in digital, animated form on a large screen. Marvel at the breathtaking sights of birds in flight at the "Frequent Flyers Bird Show." Experience Animal Encounters, an interactive program designed to give you face-to-face contact with the park's animal ambassadors like a cheetah, alligator and other exotic animals. Interact with trainers and ask questions about the species. As on any African safari, you're likely to work up an appetite. So take time out to enjoy a meal at one of the park's many fine restaurants. Several gift shops offer souvenirs of your fascinating day. Remember, all your purchases benefit the park!