SAFARI WEST WILDLIFE PRESERVE AND AFRICAN TENTED CAMP
Here in the heart of California’s wine country… in the fields of wheat-colored grass, on the slopes of rolling green hills, among the trees and ranches and vineyards is where you will find the essence and spirit of Africa.
Not a drive through park…this is the home of Nancy and Peter Lang. Come through our gate and be transported into an exotic, new world. A captivating tapestry of raw sounds and earthy smells; a magic place with the sights and sounds of the Serengeti where the air is filled with melodious chirps from the aviary, squawking calls from gregarious parrots, and a occasional lemur screech. An African style oasis where guests experience a rare sense of freedom and gain renewed inspiration.
The natural world awaits you…
Nestled on 400 acres in the heart of California’s wine country, Safari West is home for over 900 exotic mammals and birds and approximately 90 species. We are a wildlife preserve where the whole family can experience some of nature’s most beautiful animals in a natural habitat.
Founded in 1993 by Peter and Nancy Lang, Safari West started offering authentic African safaris on July 4th of that year. At the time of opening, the park had 150 acres of enclosures that allowed naturalists to promote wildlife advocacy and conservation by providing three-hour educational excursions, Safari West gained full accreditation in the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, one of only six private facilities in North America to belong to that prestigious organization. The ongoing mission of Safari West is wildlife preservation through breeding, education, research and public interaction.
Since its founding, Safari West has grown from a small safari based operation, serving several hundred visitors to a premier educational facility. Safari West’s continual growth and evolution were carefully steered during the past two decades by Peter and Nancy Lang. In addition to the safari excursions, guests have an opportunity to experience African style tent camping. Sourced in Ladysmith, South Africa by the Langs, the luxury tents allow visitors a unique adventure to sleep while surrounded by herds of African animals.
Now, as we celebrate the first 20 years, we use this milestone to continue our mission, defining Safari West as a destination that puts an emphasis on conservation, wildlife advocacy and education through first hand safari tour encounters, and luxury tent accommodations amidst the world’s most exotic animals.
SPEND THE NIGHT TO THE SOUNDS OF AFRICA ECHOING IN YOUR DREAMS
Safari West luxury tents which are imported from Africa and are built on high wooden platforms with spacious decks. Pale green canvas walls enclose plush beds, hot showers and rustic but elegant trappings. There are polished wood floors, gleaming copper basins in the private bathrooms and one-of-a kind hand hewn furniture. Safari West luxury tents provide glam-camping at its finest! Rates are based on double occupancy and are seasonal starting from $260, depending on tent configuration and location. Each additional guest is $25 plus tax. A continental breakfast is included.
Please also keep in mind that Safari West is a wildlife preserve. You will be surrounded by conditions very close to a natural habitat in Africa. You will likely hear noises from the animals as they eat, socialize and go about their daily and nightly activities. There may be noises from particularly vocal animals at night, like the flamingos or the Sarus crane, and we hope you will embrace these situations as part of the unique experience of staying at a wildlife preserve. With gentle but wild sounds carrying you to sleep like the sweetest lullaby.
SAFARI WEST IS A WORLD CLASS DESTINATION AND RESORT
An African adventure in the heart of California wine country. Guests may explore the Sonoma Serengeti on an African wildlife safari alongside romping herds of exotic wildlife or relax in a luxury safari tent under the gaze of a graceful giraffe. Our goal is to actively promote conservation and environmental education concepts to our guests, whether they are with us for an hour or a week. We are extremely proud to say that Safari West is fully accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Safari West serves two important functions: first and foremost, we are a wildlife preserve, with several important ongoing projects such as:
• The propagation of endangered species. Safari West is the home of zebras, giraffes, cheetahs and many more exotic creatures.
• Under the directorship of Nancy Lang, Safari West is breeding several endangered bird species.
• Several Research and Conservation programs are ongoing: Conservation through Education
But Safari West is more than a preserve. We are dedicated to raising awareness of our exotic neighbors and promoting understanding through in-person contact. That’s why we offer safaris year-round. If your only experience with a zebra or giraffe has been at a zoo, you should see these beautiful animals in their natural habitat. You owe it to yourself, and to them.
" We can, we should, and… we must teach our children to live in a world that values all living creatures, great and small. "
- Peter Lang, Safari West founder…