Map & Directions

Map & Directions

African Safari in California’s Wine Country

You don’t have to travel halfway around the world to experience the wonders of Africa. We are located a mere 75 miles north of San Francisco!

Because of the Porter Creek new bridge construction, expect minor delays Monday through Fridays when visiting Safari West. There will be longer delays on some days – we will do our best to alert you before your visit. You may also call the office (707-579-2551) to get an update.

Safari West Wildlife Preserve and African Tent Camp

Mailing Address: 3115 Porter Creek Road
Guest Entrance: On Franz Valley Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 579-2551 or 1 (800) 616-2695 – Fax: (707) 579-8777

Caution: Several GPS systems are providing wrong directions. Do not turn on Loch Haven Road!!!


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Please remember, advanced reservations are required.

No Pets are allowed

If driving from the Bay Area or the Sacramento area, please add an extra hour on to the expected drive time. If you arrive early, you’ll have extra time to relax!

From San Francisco (North on HWY 101)

  • Take the River Road exit. The approach to the exit is also marked Calistoga/Mark West Springs Rd.
  • Exit freeway and turn RIGHT. You will be on Mark West Springs Road heading East toward Calistoga.
  • Note: We are seven miles from HWY 101
  • Mark West Springs Road turns into PORTER CREEK ROAD at the Lodge.
  • Continue – for approx. another 1.25 miles to Franz Valley Road.
  • At Franz Valley Road, turn LEFT directly into our entrance.
  • Note: Entrance is on Franz Valley Road (not Porter Creek).

From Sacramento (West on I-80)

  • Take U.S. 80 West to the HWY 12 Napa exit.
  • Cross the valley and turn RIGHT on HWY 29 for Napa and Calistoga.
  • At Rutherford, HWY 128 joins HWY 29.
  • Remain on HWY 128, going past, not through, Calistoga, 1 mile.
  • Turn LEFT on Petrified Forest Road, toward Santa Rosa. Go 4.5 miles
  • Turn RIGHT on Porter Creek Rd. Go 3 miles.
  • At Franz Valley Road turn RIGHT directly into our entrance. Do not take Franz Valley School Road.
  • Note: Entrance is on Franz Valley Road (not Porter Creek).

Tired of getting stuck in traffic? Now you can now fly directly into Santa Rosa on Horizon Air. The Sonoma County Airport is a mere 10 minutes away from Safari West!