The Sonoma Serengeti of Safari West is home to over five hundred animals. When you visit Safari West, you are entering a majestic natural world full of adventure. Our exotic four-footed, feathered, and scaled friends are wild and in full possession of their natural instincts. While here, we kindly ask that you respect the animals for your safety and theirs. Our "Wild Safari West Manners" are easy to follow. During your visit, if you happen to get excited and forget one of them, our staff will gently remind you.
It is our goal, and our honor, to give you a truly enjoyable and memorable adventure on the Sonoma Serengeti. Remember, even the most adventuresome travelers know the importance of following common-sense safety rules!
Please Respect Our Wild Animal Friends!
While walking around the property, please remain three feet back from any enclosure. Please remember that children are curious and sometimes do things that they do not realize might hurt themselves or the animals. Keeping this in mind, we respectfully ask that you keep a close eye on children.
If you notice anyone throwing objects or poking sticks into animal enclosures, or calling out to or teasing our animal friends in any way, please alert a staff member immediately.
If you find yourself in close proximity to any of our animals while visiting, remember, they can touch you, but you can’t touch them!
Please do not reach out to touch any of our animals at any time. They may bite, kick, or otherwise become aggressive in self-defense. If you are uncomfortable with the proximity of an animal, please alert your safari guide or another staff member immediately!
Please, Do Your Part to Love Our Animals and Do Not Feed Them Anything at All!
Our exotic animal friends eat special diets both in the wild and here at Safari West. Our animal staff works very hard every day to keep them healthy and plans their meals very carefully.
Please Refrain from Running!
You could fall down...and it frightens the animals! They see it as a sign that something is wrong and may run into a fence in a panic.
Safari West Recycles!
We are striving to be green and we need your help!
Throughout the lower area of the preserve, you will find recycling containers marked with the recycling symbol and painted with various representations of our wonderful animals. If you have a plastic water bottle with you on safari, please be sure to retain it and recycle it in one of these containers after your safari. Another very good reason to bring all your bottles back from the safari is to help keep our animals safe! Plastic bottles can become lodged in the throat of curious animals.
Smoking is permitted in designated outdoor areas only. For the safety of all our guest, there is ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING allowed in or around the tent cabins, including porches and walkways. A $300 penalty fee will be assessed for smoking in a tent.
Help us keep Safari West and the surrounding countryside safe by observing this policy.
Can I ride on the top seat of the truck?
Sure you can, if you're tall enough! For safety reasons, we have height requirements for riders who want to sit on the top seat of our safari vehicles (45 inches or 114.3 cm). We also require that children who meet the height requirements be accompanied by at least one adult while riding in the top seat unless they are fifteen years of age or older.
Everyone who meets those requirements and wants to ride on top gets a turn. Our guides make switching stops throughout the safari to accommodate the number of guests wanting to ride on top.
Safari West maintains a lost and found location in the front office. Please check with our staff if you misplace something. However, we are not responsible for any lost or misplaced personal items.
Whether you're here for a African Safari or spending the night for the full experience, a little use of your Wild Safari West Manners
go a long way towards having the best visit ever!
Thank you for showing your best face to the magnificent animals who call Safari West home!