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Rohnert Park, California
February 18, 2005
Safari West is a zoo/preserve in the Mark West Springs area of Sonoma County. On a tour, guests are able to go on real safaris through the large animals' enclosures, allowing close contact with rare and beautiful creatures, most of which are endangered. At Safari West, there are animals everywhere you look--even outside the enclosures!
The most popular way to see the animals is by the 3-hour tour by safari vehicle--a two-level jeep-type vehicle that easily tackles the toughest terrain on Safari West's property. Beyond this, there is a walk-through bird sanctuary. Birds of all different types--many I'd never even seen--scramble under your feet and fly all around your head. There's a nice island enclosure for ring-tailed lemurs and a pasture enclosure for a pair of beautiful cheetahs.
According to Safari West, luxury accommodations and gourmet dining are also available, although I haven't had the priviledge to try either. The bungalows are set around the animal enclosures, so the idea is that when you wake up and look out your window, the animals are right there! I'd like to go back for dinner and a room sometime.
Contact info, tour, room, and food pricing available on theSafari West website.
From journal The Good Life in Sonoma County, California
Granite Bay, California
March 7, 2010