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Safari West is Open!

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It’s official! Safari West is open once again. We welcome curious minds of all ages to come explore the 400-acre Sonoma Serengeti and come face-to-face with over a thousand amazing animals! Our phone lines are lighting up and reservations are filling up fast. Please use Book Now on our site or call 707-566-3667 to reserve your next big adventure today!

We Can’t Wait to Welcome You!

We are in this Together Lemurs with MaskIn accordance with guidance from federal, state, and local public health organizations, we are doing everything we can to minimize the risks associated with the disease COVID-19. This includes mandating safe physical distancing throughout our preserve, installing plastic or plexiglass dividers where appropriate, and enhancing all of our cleaning practices and procedures. We fully expect public health mandates related to our operating practices to evolve quickly and we want you to know that we are dedicated to staying in front of the curve when it comes to providing a safe and healthy environment for you to enjoy. For now, be sure to bring a facial covering when you visit, and please, if you’re feeling at all under the weather, call us to reschedule your adventure.

We all have different levels of comfort when it comes to how quickly the world emerges from the coronavirus pandemic. We hope you’re ready to come explore with us, but if you’re not there yet, know that we’ll be happy to welcome you once you are. We hope you’re all staying safe and healthy out there and we can’t wait to welcome you all soon to Safari West!

Masks are required during the full duration of all Safari West tours and other activities. This policy exists to aid in reducing the risk of any guest, staff member, or animal contracting or transmitting this dangerous disease. Masks must be worn properly (fully covering both the nose and mouth) during both the walking and driving portion of any safari tour as well as during any other scheduled Safari West activity. Masks are also required while inside any building, when occupying any common area of the preserve, or when within six feet or less of another individual or any animal enclosure. Masks may be removed by overnight guests when relaxing inside their assigned lodging or enjoying their private balcony. While exemptions are allowed for children under the age of two, Safari West cannot otherwise exempt any guest or staff member from this policy. All individuals unable to wear a mask at this time for any reason are encouraged to hold off from visiting Safari West until the pandemic has been resolved. Please understand that this policy is non-negotiable and instituted for the health and safety of the entire Safari West family including the animals. Failure to comply with this policy may result in cancellation of safari tours and other activities.

In order to provide the safest experience for guests going on safari with us, we’ve limited the number of guests per truck, remodeled our trucks to include plastic sheet barriers between each row of bench seats and have embraced stringent cleaning practices. Plus, each bench seat is assigned to individual family members and they are not shared with other guests. With our safety precautions in place, every vehicle may depart with up to 8, maybe 10 guests on board. If you’re uncomfortable with this arrangement, please contact a member of our reservations team and ask about booking a Private Safari Experience.

Please read our Health and Safety Commitment
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How You Can Help Protect Yourself and Others

While COVID-19 is a novel disease, it is subject to the same control measures as the common cold or seasonal flu. The following recommendations come directly from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and more useful information can be found on their website:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Thank You and Stay Safe

Jared Paddock

Jared Paddock

Safari West staff and conservation writer.