Safari West Wildlife Preserve and
African Tent Camp
3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 579-2551 or 1 (800) 616-2695 /
When you ride through the 400 acre preserve in the heart of California's wine country, huge animals with horns that could tear you into come right up to you as a tour guide assures you that you are safe.
Not so sure? Many aren't, but the expedition through the preserve is all about learning--you learn how to hold onto your items such as cameras, you learn how to trust your guide & driver, and you learn about the wilds. You can even stick around and spend the night, listening to eerie animals sounds that ring out in the darkness. It's quite an experience!
Safari West is home for over 400 exotic mammals and birds in a wildlife preserve that isn't a zoo, though it is a member of the prestigious American Zoo and Aquarium Association. Established by Peter Lang in 1989, Safari West was founded to assist in the propagation of endangered species, including several bird species, and two species of Saharan Desert antelope now extinct in the wild. Also dedicated to raising awareness, the preserve offers safaris year-round.
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From the deck of each cabin, guests can take in the view of grazing giraffes or enjoy the serenity of the private lake. Each tent is outfitted with hardwood floors, queen and king-size beds, plump pillows and cozy comforters, heaters, full bathrooms and spacious verandas. On the cool Santa Rosa nights, you have to close the canvas flaps on your tent on stilts to warm the place up. Electric blankets are supplied for those who need to turn on the heat, and each African suite includes a separate bathroom with toilet, sink and shower.
Be on the look out for delightful Delilah, a Great Indian Hornbill. During our visit the hungry bird took a piece of meat off the grill that our conference group was supposed to eat for dinner. Crazy bird!