Visit the heart of Africa: in California
Those who have always wanted to visit Africa but haven’t had the money or the time (or both) might consider the next best thing: a visit to San Diego, California. The city that claims the world’s best zoo also offers a great attraction for those who like things on the wilder side.
Guests visiting the San Diego Wild Animal Park can set out on foot with field guide in hand and experience a great safari adventure outside Africa. Covering 32 acres, and built at a cost of more than $7 million, the Heart of Africa features the diverse habitats and wildlife of the exotic continent, while letting visitors get very close to to the flora and fauna with no apparent barriers.
Guests encounter more than 260 animals (representing 20 species of birds and 11 species of mammals) on their journey and have the extraordinary opportunity to hand feed Baringo giraffes. Okapi, bontebok, warthogs, giant eland, cheetahs and duikers are some of the exotic mammals that now call San Diego home, along with giraffes, rhinos, wildebeests and several species of gazelle and antelope. They can all be seen roaming the nearby plains and migrating to the water’s edge throughout the day. The park also feates a wide variety of bird species.