I dare say last weekend was one of the highlights of our year! We drove the hour and change from San Francisco to Sonoma County to go glamping at Safari West. Safari West is a 400 acre private wildlife preserve founded in 1989 by a husband and wife passionate about wildlife conservation. It’s been on my bucket list since we moved here and it didn’t disappoint!
In addition to being home to 800 animals (including rhinoceroses, giraffes, and cheetahs), Safari West offers luxury tent accommodations for overnight stays such as ours. Our tent was high on the property and felt like we were staying a tree house. Each tent is made in Africa before being assembled at Safari West and is outfitted with comfortable beds, linens, and eco-friendly bath products. Despite the cool overnight temperatures, we were kept warm by an electric blanket (each tent also has a ceiling fan and a large space heater). Safari West’s tents may go beyond typical glamping experiences because we also had a large, fully functional bathroom and more electrical outlets than most of the hotels I’ve stayed in!
After being treated to breakfast in the morning, we took off for a three hour small group safari on the property. We were successful in finding almost all of the animals that roam the property including multiple species of antelope and ostriches. I appreciated how personable and knowledgeable our guide was and if you want to deep dive into the animals, Safari West also offers private “Talk Nerdy to Me” safaris with a biologist or someone of their Research and Education team.
As a cherry on top, Safari West’s location in Sonoma also made for excellent exploring. We dined and imbibed at Russian River Brewing Company and spent the afternoon after our safari exploring Healdsburg. We had the best barbeque outside of North Carolina at Kinsmoke and fueled up for our drive home with pie and ice cream at Noble Folk.