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San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Escondido Wedding Venue
15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, California 92027
Contact: Wedding Specialist
Phone: 619/685-3259

Why We Like This Place

A herd of gazelles calmly roams the vast plain, while a group of giraffes clusters under a tree. Maternally, one lowers her long neck to groom her youngster. Sound like a National Geographic scene from Africa? It could be, but it’s actually a lot closer to home, and you can have the fun of sharing it with those you love on your wedding day.

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park, an 1,800-acre conservation center, will stir your soul with the wonder of nearly 400 wild and often endangered species like zebras, bison, gorillas, and condors. Perhaps the most popular attraction is watching different animals—rhinos, antelopes, and yes, those gorgeous giraffes—graze together harmoniously in their natural habitat. So, it’s an unexpected treat to use this idyllic tableau as a backdrop for your celebration.

After the public has left for the day and the park takes on a hush, your guests begin their safari with a shuttle ride to the Harusi Lawn. This grassland ceremony site, shaded by a grove of trees, is within site of the cheetah habitat, and if you’re lucky you might see a couple of these magnificent creatures lazing on the hillside. (By the way, for something your guests will never forget, arrange a close encounter with a cheetah or another exotic critter.)

The adventure continues with a journey past African landscapes to the edge of Nairobi Village and the Hunte Nairobi Pavilion, a spacious, covered venue-in-the-round, for dinner and dancing. Boasting a 35-foot vaulted ceiling and screened-in sides, it lends a wonderfully airy, indoor/outdoor feel to your reception. Interested in a little more excitement? Immerse your reception in the Indonesian world of the Sumatran Tiger at the Safari Park’s newer adventure, The Longhouse at Tiger Trail. Guests can prowl through the habitat and dine eye-to-eye with these rare and extraordinary big cats.

If, however, you prefer a waterside event (or don’t want to wait until after hours), you can host your wedding at the Mombasa Island Pavilion. Begin at the Lagoon Overlook, a short walk from the main entrance that meanders past playful meerkats and sparkling waterfalls. Friends and family gather at the ceremony site, a wide plaza that extends in a semicircle above the lagoon, where you’ll arrive via cart down a private pathway. Just beyond the altar are a series of small water islands, home to rare birds and plant life. The entire setting is lushly landscaped with flowering shrubs and tall water grasses.
Just steps away, your reception is held at the Mombasa Island Pavilion, a thatched-roof hut with flagstone flooring, rough-hewn wooden columns, and tribal painting designs. This rotunda-style building has virtually no walls, allowing for unobstructed views of the waterfowl preening outside while you dine and dance.

And if all of the amazing assets of the Safari Park aren’t enough, there’s another benefit to having your event here: A portion of the proceeds helps support ongoing conservation and wildlife protection efforts. Imagine, by celebrating your new life, you’ll also save the lives of animals in danger around the world … how wild is that!



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 250
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 250

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 250
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 250
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 400
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 400


  • Max. Seated: 250

CEREMONY, EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The site holds up to 250 seated or 400 standing guests indoors or outdoors.

Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.

25% of the total event cost is required to reserve your date. Partial payment of the balance is due 30 days prior to the wedding day, and the remaining balance is due 5 days prior. The ceremony site fee ranges $1,500–2,200. Wedding packages range $105–128/person and include: 1-day admission for your guests on your wedding day; complimentary general parking; first hour hosted beer, wine and soft drinks; 1 display or 2 butler-passed hors d’oeuvres; jungle juice toast or champagne toast; your choice of plated entrées, buffet service, or food stations; linens; cake-cutting service; and a complimentary 1-year Animal Pass and 2 Caravan Safari Tickets at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park for the newlyweds. Tax and alcohol are additional; there is no charge for a gratuity.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners


Catering: in-house
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: CBA
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: some provided, more CBA
Parking: large lot (complimentary, included in wedding package)
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: CBA
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ CBA
Cleanup: provided
View: canyon, hills, lagoon, waterfall, landscaped grounds; panorama of fields, mountains, park and valley
Other: picnic area, wild animals, event coordination

Venue Views

Landscaped Grounds

Venue Type

Late Night


Alcohol: in-house
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required

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