The next time you visit Santa Rosa, you must go to Safari West California. This 400-acre wildlife preserve is home to over 90 species of exotic animals. Spend the day on an exciting safari or on a behind the scenes tour. For a memorable day, the whole family will enjoy, make plans to visit Safari West and then stay with us at the Honor Mansion!
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Explore Safari West California
Safari West began over 3 decades ago by Peter Lang. His mission is to “actively promote conservation and environmental education while sharing knowledge that empowers each individual to think sustainably about their role in the environment and the world at large.” As part of the mission to promote education, the park is home to the Safari West Wildlife Foundation. This foundation funds education programs and scholarships for local students through its Junior Keeper Program.
What to Expect During Your Visit
When you enter the park, you’ll feel as though you’ve entered another world. Instead of miles of vineyards all around, you’ll see grassland, forest, and exotic animals! Reservations for activities must be made in advance online. Don’t forget to include add-ons to your experience like dining at the Savannah Café.
African Safari Tour
Your Safari adventure will begin the moment you climb on the park’s M37 Power Wagon. An experienced guide will accompany you on this 3-hour grand adventure. You will learn about the habitats of the over 800 animals represented at the park. Everything from giraffe’s and zebras to wildebeests will be seen during the safari. After you go off-road, you’ll begin a walk to check out the open-air aviary. There is also an opportunity to get an up-close view of the cheetahs and flamingos.
Other Specialty Tours and Activities
In addition to Safari Tours, there are other amazing opportunities to get up close and personal with the animals. Their Behind the Scenes Tour gives guests a closer look at what it takes to take care of all the animals. Safari West also offers visitors a chance to spend the night! You’ll fall asleep to the sounds of the animals in your luxury tent cabin and awake to a continental breakfast. Other specials at the park include the Romantic Retreat, Wild Nights, and Gal’s or Guy’s Getaway.
Before your visit, be sure to check out Safari West’s calendar of events. You can sign up for special events like their Valentine’s Day Rumble in the Jungle or their upcoming Conservation Dinner Series. Professional photographer John Burgess even offers classes at the park. His 2-day hands-on workshop offers helpful tips and techniques to enhance your photography skills.
Discover Sonoma Wine Country and Safari West in California with Us!
After a day spent exploring at Safari West in California, find your way to the Honor Mansion for a peaceful Sonoma getaway. Our luxurious wine country resort is an intimate bed and breakfast in the heart of the Russian River Valley. Our beautiful property offers guests 13 rooms with 4 room types. After a restful night of sleep, you will awake to a full gourmet breakfast.
Whether you want a thrilling wildlife adventure at Safari West or a peaceful Sonoma getaway, the Honor Mansion is the best place to stay!