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African Safari in California’s Wine Country

You no longer have to board a plane to experience the wonders of Africa! Join us at Safari West, where we’re proud to offer you the wonders of the Serengeti, right here in Sonoma County!

Find us nestled in the rolling hills of wine country a mere 75 miles from San Francisco. This relaxing resort is rural, so please allow plenty of time for travel and don’t underestimate traffic!


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

WARNING: Some GPS systems have been know to provide wrong directions. Our entrance is on Franz Valley Road, not Loch Haven Road!


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Please remember, advanced reservations are required, and there are NO PETS allowed on property.


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

From San Francisco (North on HWY 101)

  • Take the River Road exit (Exit 494). 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!

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