Behind the Scenes: Elephants & Friends

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About Behind the Scenes: Elephants & Friends at the Safari Park

Go on safari behind the scenes at Elephant Valley! This guided tour will take you on a journey through the Safari Park; learning about the amazing ways we care for our animals and how what we do here can help their wild counterparts. You will enjoy an up close animal encounter in addition to a visit behind the scenes to discover what it takes to care for our one of a kind African Elephant herd.

Subject to change.Tour includes:

  • Partial Asia Loop around our Asia field exhibits
  • Animal Presentation at Wildlife Workshop
  • Moderate walking or standing (30-60 mins) on uneven terrain
  • Subject to change

NOTE: Subject to change


  • To book, please call Reservation Sales at 619-718-3000
  • No service animals permitted on tour


  • Admission is NOT included in the price of Behind the Scenes Safaris and is required. Please ensure each guest has a valid Admission ticket or Membership.

Age Restrictions

  • Minimum age is 3 years old
  • No lap children permitted
  • 15 and younger must be accompanied by a paid adult


  • Join-in Tour
  • Minimum: 1
  • Maximum: 10

Change / Cancel Policy

  • Changes or cancellations are not permitted.

Check In

  • 10 minutes prior to tour time
  • Location: Next to Cart Safaris at Okavango Outpost. Look for the Behind the Scenes icon on our Park map (next to Africa Tram). Allow approximately 30 minutes to walk from front turnstiles.

  • NOTE: Please allow suffient time for travel to the Safari Park, parking, and to find Check In location inside park. Allow additional time for busy peak and holiday periods.


  • Daily, year round, at various times


  • Late guests will be admitted only up to 5 minutes past advertised tour time
  • Children must be able to walk as strollers cannot be taken on tour
  • No restroom break (unless absolutely necessary)


  • A nominal parking fee is paid upon arrival.

Program Advisements

  • NO Selfie sticks
  • No tripods
  • No food or drink except for water
    • Medical exceptions can be made
  • No smoking
  • No restroom break
  • No camera supplies will be provided
  • No large or bulky camera equipment; no tripods except as used as monopods
  • Strollers cannot be taken on tour
  • May be cancelled due to safety reasons
  • This is an all-weather event
  • Parking fee is not included and is paid upon arrival


  • Adult/Child Ratio 1A/2C