When visiting San Francisco, my friends and I decided to go see Safari West in Santa Rosa. Please note that we did not stay on the property, we only went on the tour. I have to admit, I was skeptical at first, but I was completely wrong!!! This place is awesome! Safari West is absolutely beautiful. The tour was not only very entertaining and informative, it was also very worthwhile because you get to see the animals up close and personal. The tour is broken up into a walking tour in the beginning followed by a jeep tour that takes you around the whole property. We were very lucky that the weather was dry and cool, because we were able to see all of the animals on the property that day, according to the tour guide. We were so close to a variety of animals including giraffes, rhinos, antelope, zebras, monkeys, birds, etc. I also liked the fact that Safari West doesn't seem too touristy. Overall, we had an informative and excellent time. Well worth the money! Just try to take a look at the weather before picking the day you would like to go, because these tours operate rain or shine. Being on the jeep in rain or cold weather could get uncomfortable. Also, be sure to book your tickets in advance, because there are limited seats and a limited amount of tours each day. An extra tip for people visiting from San Francisco: Rent a car if you want to go up there for the day and do not already have one. It would have cost a ridiculous amount of money to take a cab to and from Safari West. Having a car will also let you stop at any attractions along the way, including photo ops of the Golden Gate. We also had time to stop in Sausolito on the way, making this day even more memorable.
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