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Did you know there's more to the Safari Park than most guests see? Venture deeper into the Park experience and visit off-exhibit, behind-the-scenes areas not accessible to the general public! During these small-group tours, you'll explore on foot and on a quiet, electric safari cart as our knowledgeable guide takes you off the beaten path and provides the inside scoop on how we care for our animals, design our trend-setting enclosures, and carry out conservation and research work here in San Diego and around the globe.

A variety of behind-the-scenes adventures await your choosing:
Would you like to go behind-the-scenes at our brand new Tiger Trail experience?
How about behind-the-scenes at Lion Camp to see where the king of the savanna resides?
Are you curious to see our state-of-the-art veterinary medical center?
Are you visiting with small children?  We even have an adventure geared for families with little ones!
How about meeting the fastest land mammal up close?

Come by yourself or with family and friends! Which safari adventure will you choose?

Choose your behind the scenes safari


Daily, at various times
Get close to a tiger when you go behind the scenes at our new Tiger Trail! We'll also stop at our elephant enclosure, where you'll see how we care for our elephants. And you may have a chance to offer tasty treats to one of our hoofed animals.

Minimum age: 3


Daily, at various times
Come face to face with lions behind the scenes at Lion Camp! You'll also tour around the perimeter of our large field habitats and visit a second behind-the-scenes area for a feeding opportunity with one of our hoofed animals.

Minimum age: 3


Weekends plus select additional dates.
Venture behind the scenes at Benbough Amphitheater to meet one of our cheetahs. You'll visit an additional behind-the-scenes area, meet other animal ambassadors, enjoy an animal feeding opportunity, and take a look at the Park’s field enclosures.

Minimum age: 3


Saturdays, plus select additional dates: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
This family-oriented tour visits one of our most popular animal families, the meerkats and Petting Kraal, and includes catfish feeding, an animal presentation, and a mini Africa Tram tour to see giraffes.

For all ages; 0 to 2 years are free.


Saturdays: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Take an inside look at the Park's Paul Harter Veterinary Medical Center and learn about the history of veterinary services at the Park. You'll see the state-of-the-art facilities we use to provide our animals with the best of care.

Minimum age: 6


Safety Restrictions

Maximum of two children per adult; ages 17 and younger must be accompanied by a paid adult.


Ages 12+



Ages 3–11


*Admission is separate and required. It may be added before checkout.


Times: Daily. Certain tours available select days only.

Duration: 2 hours

5 adventures to choose from.





Questions? Or prefer to book by phone? 619-718-3000