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By: San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Guests should pack an overnight bag along with their sense of adventure when they embark upon an exclusive camping safari at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Campers may fall asleep to lions roaring and awaken to elephants trumpeting. The Roar & Snore Safari sleepover experience combines the fun of camping with idyllic views and close-up wildlife encounters February through November. From a Wild West evening to a Butterfly Bash, there are a variety of sleepover themes and guests can have a completely different adventure each time. The all-inclusive overnight outing includes a range of tented accommodations, dinner and breakfast, private guided walking tours, and the rare opportunity to experience the Safari Park at night. Each night is a special event from beginning to end.

Nestled in a scenic grove, the campground overlooks East Africa, an expansive 65-acre enclosure where hundreds of exotic animals roam. Rhinoceroses meander by the campsite, close enough that guests can hear the crackling of leaves underfoot. Giraffes, gazelles, and wildebeest can be spotted at a waterhole nearby. Exotic animal ambassadors visit the campsite and guests come face to face with animals such as alligators and African crested porcupines.

The Park's canvas safari tents comfortably accommodate up to four people, offering sleeping pads and camp chairs. At an additional cost, the Classic tents can be upgraded to Vista, which offer spectacular views of East Africa. Comfy canvas Premium tents, accentuated with African decor, offer guests a queen-size platform bed with sleeping bags and pillows. Premium tents are placed next to the African elephant exhibit and come complete with electricity, camp chairs, a storage trunk, nightstand, and a welcome gift. Premium tents can accommodate a couple or families of four by adding six-foot-long cots with sleeping bags.

Roar & Snore is offered on Fridays and Saturdays, and some select Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. There are Adults-only Nights for ages 21 and older, Family Nights for families with children 6 and older, and Junior Nights for families with children 3 to 5 (and younger siblings are also allowed to camp). Guests are encouraged to bring appropriate overnight toiletries, a sleeping bag, and pillow. Bags and pillows may also be rented for an additional charge (Premium tent accommodations include sleeping bags and pillows). Guests ages 21 and over may purchase beer and wine.

If you love adventure, this is a unique and memorable experience you won't want to miss!

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