Our African Safari Adventure!

Have you ever wanted to surprise your family with a trip? That’s exactly what I did a while back, and it’s something I can’t wait to do again! I told them not to make any weekend plans, because I had something very special planned for them. I told them what they’d need to pack and that we’d be back late Sunday night. I was itching to spill the beans, but I didn’t!

Early Saturday morning, we got up, loaded up the car and headed off on our adventure.  After a few hours, we reached our destination: Safari West! They had no idea what was in store for them. SONY DSC

Nestled on 400 acres in the heart of California’s wine country, Safari West is home to over 400 exotic mammals (including zebras, giraffes, and cheetahs) and birds. Not a zoo, not a drive-through park, it’s a wildlife preserve where the whole family can experience some of nature’s most beautiful animals in a natural habitat. I’m a huge animal lover and I was so excited to see all Safari West had to offer. We checked in at the front office and then we were led to our sleeping accommodations for the night…are you ready for this?! SONY DSCYes, that is a tent! Yes, it is up on stilts and has an indoor bathroom! Yes, we were about to experience our first “Glamping” adventure! The tents Safari West uses are the exact same ones used in the African Serengeti, I thought that was super cool! SONY DSC My little guy was kind enough to open the front door for me, in the pic below!  I enjoyed sitting out on the front porch and taking in the scenery. You can see our cooler right by the door. Safari West offers a Bar-B-Q dinner, but after looking at the price and looking at my family; I knew a lot of food would be going to waste. Luckily, they allow you to bring your own food in, so that’s what we did. (Y’all know I’m frugal!) Safari West offers complimentary breakfast, and we did enjoy that on Sunday morning. SONY DSC   SONY DSC

 The tents are equipped with space heaters and are very comfy, I loved it! Be forewarned, there are no TV’s and your cell phone will probably not work either! You don’t need those things anyway-enjoy your family and your surroundings. Here’s a peek inside our tent:SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC There are Safari Truck Tours available, and I recommend you book  one. They drive you all around the preserve and you will see tons of animals. You are also free to roam around on your own and see some of the critters up close… I was in heaven! SONY DSC SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSC Safari West has a really neat bird enclosure that you can actually walk through and see a lot of different birds up close and personal, my little guy enjoyed it immensely. The preserve is home to several species of endangered birds and Safari West has a breeding program in place to help repopulate those species. SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSC
SONY DSC Look at the size of that nest in the pic above! Don’t get too close, or Mama Bird will have to reprimand you! SONY DSC  Some of my favorite residents of the preserve, were the Cheetahs, Giraffes and Primates. I spent a long time visiting with them and taking photos… oh so many photos! Before I share them with you, I want to tell you about nightfall at Safari West. Once the sun goes down, the animals start to get very vocal… I guess they are saying good night. It is an amazing experience to hear them all calling out to each other. They settle down after a while and drift off to sleep. Then they wake up bright and early and wish each other a good morning! Here’s a few more pics!SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSC SONY DSCSONY DSC SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSC  Look at those feet, below, Love it!  SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSC Saturday night, after we ate the sandwiches we had packed, we walked over to the dining area and roasted marshmallows! That’s something Safari West does nightly-they even provide the marshmallows. Since I knew we would be doing this, I brought along some chocolate and graham crackers so we could make s’mores! You know it! SONY DSCSONY DSC Sunday morning, I awoke to this: SONY DSC After the fog lifted, we made our way to the dining hall and ate breakfast. Once our bellies were full, we loaded up our vehicle and got ready to head back home… but not before saying good-bye to a few of our new friends.SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSC We had a wonderful time- Safari West is a great place to visit (heck, I wish I could live there!) Our family had a blast and would love to go back… and I’m sure we will. If you’d like to visit Safari West, in Santa Rosa, CA. with your family, go to their website here to make reservations. They are always running specials, which makes it affordable for thrifty Mama’a like myself! 
I hope you have enjoyed my Safari West adventure; I enjoyed sharing it with you.
**Disclosure: I was not paid to write this, this is not a sponsored post, I received no compensation what-so-ever. I paid for my reservation at Safari West out of my own pocket. With that being said, if Safari West would like to invite me & my family back as their guests-I’d gladly accept!**

18 thoughts on “Our African Safari Adventure!

  1. Wow, this place looks like so much fun. I wish we would have had toilets like that when we actually visited Africa last year. lol! We had a mere hole in the ground.

    Great pictures! I loved the one of your little man holding the door for you. So sweet. You really did a great job capturing the beauty of this place.

  2. I didn’t know you could bring your own food in. Were you able to cook something for dinner, or did you bring something premade? Is there a BBQ you can use? Great post, love the pics!

    • Yes, you can! We stopped at a sandwich shop right there in Santa Rosa… on the way to Safari West. We also packed fruits & nuts to munch on later. We took our own drinks as well. There are no cooking facilities in the rooms-so you either buy their dinner or bring in pre-made food. No bar-b-q to use. They also have a snack shop onsite. 😀 Thanks for stopping by!

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