If you are touring San Diego, consider visiting the Wild Animal Park. This park is located about 34 miles north of San Diego, on the outskirts of Escondido. The 1,800-acre park is home to some 3,500 animals representing 429 different species. This is truly an extraordinary park that you won’t want to miss when in San Diego.
The uniqueness of the San Diego Wild Animal Park is that animals are allowed to roam freely in this vast enclosure. They live as if they were in their natural habitat. In the park, you will find giraffes, antelopes, rhinos, endangered California condors, among others, admiring the mature landscape amidst the exotic vegetation of many parts of the world.
The centerpiece of the San Diego Wild Animal Park is the 5-mile Wgasa Bush Line Railroad. This is a 60-minute monorail ride (price included with admission). The monorail will take you through designated areas such as East Africa, South Africa, the Asian Plains, and the Eurasian Water Well. While touring these landscapes, you will see animals such as the white rhino and the rhino that you will love.
After the monorail, you may want to take a walking tour. You can take a 2 mile Kilimanjaro Safari Walk in which you can experience the recreated African and Asian landscapes. In the park, you will also experience various simulated natural environments such as the Australian rainforest and hidden jungle. You can also visit the new Lion Camp and the Cheetah Run Safari. In the Cheetah Run Safari, you will see the world’s fastest land mammal in action, running after a mechanical lure.
If you want a close-up view of the animals, you can take the photo caravans that use an open-top truck to transport small groups around the park. You will go to the animal lawn to meet rhinos, ostriches, zebras, deer and giraffes. Perhaps, you can even feed the giraffes just during the trip.
You will finish your day trip in Nairobi Village. This is the shopping center of the park where most of the facilities are located. It has many shops that sell books and souvenirs related to Africa. There is a nursery area where irresistible youngsters can be seen frolicking, bottle feeding and sleeping.
Finally, if you don’t want to go back to the city of San Diego to sleep, you can sleep with the animals! Not quite. There is a Roar & Snore program that runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from April to October. This program allows you to camp next to the animal enclosure. From where you camp, you can observe the nocturnal movements of rhinos, lions and other animals. If you are excited about this program, check with the park. Otherwise, head back to the city of San Diego and get a good night’s rest.
During the summer, there are many visitors in the park. Therefore, it is better to visit it early. On the other hand, there are usually fewer visitors during the winter. The temperature here is usually 5 to 10 degrees warmer than in the city of San Diego. Bring your sunscreen and plenty of water as the summer in California can be a bit scorching. So, get ready for the hot weather and the sun.
The San Diego Wild Animal Park is one of the three major animal parks and the “Big Four” of San Diego. Visiting the park should be one of your outdoor activities on your itinerary. Plan your Trip to san diego today.