SPRING SAFARI
March 16–May 12, 2024

SPRING SAFARI

Featuring Butterfly Jungle

At A Glance

Spring is the season to get outdoors, spend time with family, and experience bold, colorful new adventures while making memories to last a lifetime.

 

SAFARI BASE CAMP

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Safari Park Radio 197.2

  • Daily
  • March 16–May 12: 9 a.m. to close (continuous)
  • Safari Base Camp, near Barking Deer Pizza

The Safari Park’s popular radio station returns with pop/rock hits from yesterday and today. Interact with our live host and listen for “Did You Know?” segments about the fascinating conservation efforts you make possible to save, protect, and care for monarch butterflies and burrowing owls through our Southwest Conservation Hub.

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Bee Plus

  • Daily
  • March 16–May 12: 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m., and 4:15 p.m. (30 minutes)
  • Various locations throughout Safari Base Camp and Nairobi Village

You’ll want to swarm around our talented performer as they show off their incredible juggling and balancing skills which are as smooth as honey.

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The Bee Team

  • Daily
  • March 16–May 12: 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m., and 4:45 p.m. (30 minutes)
  • Roaming, Safari Base Camp to Flightline Plaza

This high-energy dance squad creates a buzz as they travel throughout the Safari Park. You’ll want to get into the act and learn how to bust a move as they showcase amazing dances.

NAIROBI VILLAGE

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Robert the Zebra

  • Daily
  • March 16–May 12: 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., and 2:15 p.m. (30 minutes)
  • Denny Sanford Wildlife Explorers Theater, Nairobi Village

Our fun and silly virtual wildlife ambassador interacts with guests of all ages and offers tips on how everyone can help protect nature and wildlife, including the iconic monarch butterfly.

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Spring into Action

  • Daily
  • March 16–May 12: 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. (30 minutes)
  • Village Playground, Nairobi Village

It’s fun in the sun as Wildlife Explorers of all ages are invited to take part in energetic, engaging dances and exciting games that are sure to bring the smiles.

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Safari Parker's Spring Has Sprung

  • Daily
  • March 16–May 12: 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. (20 minutes)
  • Village Playground, Nairobi Village

Join Safari Parker as he reads his interactive springtime tale, The Pollinator Club, filled with surprises about a group of wildlife friends and their love of the season.

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African Spring

  • Daily
  • 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. at Mawazo Kitchen, Africa Walk (20 minutes)
  • 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Village Playground, Nairobi Village (20 minutes)

Feel the beat of interactive, African-inspired percussion, songs, and stories celebrating spring as this performer gets the whole family up and moving.

Walkabout Australia and World Gardens

 

 

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The Bluebirds

  • Daily
  • March 16–May 12: 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. (30 minutes)
  • Roaming, Walkabout Australia and Condor Trail

This strolling acoustic guitar duo named for the birds that symbolize spring will entertain guests with upbeat songs of sunshine and fun, happy days—and may just have you singing along!

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Gardens Galore

Stop by and explore the amazing world of plants. During Spring Safari, visit the Native Nectar Garden (Arbor Walk) and Baja Garden (World Gardens) for narrated information about this extraordinary flora and the unique roles plants play in our ecosystems.

Upgraded Experiences

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Butterfly Jungle Safari

  • $15 per person
  • March 16–May 12
  • 30 minutes from check-in to exit; 20 minutes inside Butterfly Jungle
  • Hidden Jungle
  • Butterflies

Guests of all ages will love this immersive wildlife experience. Enter the alluring world of the Safari Park’s Hidden Jungle Aviary, filled with colorful, fluttering butterflies. Snap breathtaking photos while you discover the important roles butterflies play in their ecosystems.

Butterfly Jungle Safari requires an additional ticket for each person. If you’re planning on enjoying this experience, all members and guests can purchase tickets here. Additionally, all guests ages 3 and older require a valid Safari Park admission ticket or membership to visit the Safari Park.

This 20-minute experience includes nectar to offer the butterflies while you explore the habitat. Guides and wildlife experts will be available inside the Hidden Jungle to enhance your experience throughout your visit. For more information about this year's Butterfly Jungle experience, visit our Seasonal Events FAQ page.

Flutter into this magical moment today!  

Due to fire safety codes, we are limited to five carried infants (under the age of 1) in the Butterfly Jungle experience at the same time. To ensure a spot for everyone in your party, please reserve and purchase a space for everyone, including infants under the age of 1. Groups with infants under the age of 1 without a purchased ticket may be rescheduled to another time slot upon arrival.

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Wildlife Photo Trek: Butterfly Jungle

  • Ages 12 & up
  • $29 & up, per person
  • Offered on select weekend dates
  • 90 minutes
  • Hidden Jungle
  • Butterflies
  • View Age/Safety Restrictions
    • This tour involves about 15-20 minutes of walking, mostly on established pathways with moderate slopes.
    • Mobility devices are permitted. Due to the early start time, wheelchairs and ECVs will not be available to rent on grounds prior to the tour starting.
    • No cart/shuttle transport available.
    • No strollers and wagons allowed inside of the habitat.
    • No food or drink allowed inside of the habitat; water is okay.
    • Service animals are not permitted inside of the habitat due to the direct contact with wildlife.
    • No restrooms available inside of the experience. Guests are advised to use the restroom before tour begins.
    • Tours may be canceled for animal welfare reasons.
    • Comfortable attire, walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat are recommended

This 90-minute photography experience allows guests to spend 1 hour inside of Butterfly Jungle to photograph the birds and butterflies. Starting just beyond the turnstiles at signpost 1, the guide will walk Wildlife Photo Trek guests to the Hidden Jungle where they are invited to set-up camera equipment and capture their moment.

Tours are available to guests ages 12 and older of all abilities. Mobility devices are permitted, strollers and wagons are not permitted inside of the habitat. This tour involves about 15-20 minutes of walking on established pathways, and 60 minutes of standing with access to limited seating.

Camera equipment is not provided, and no assistance is provided for the transport of personal equipment

Culinary Offerings

Spring is the season for strawberries! And during Spring Safari, the strawberry is the star of many delicious dishes available at the Park’s culinary outlets. From salads to desserts and beverages, our chef has created the best that spring has to offer featuring this popular fruit that is cultivated worldwide. Menu subject to change.

 

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  • Daily
  • Times vary by location
  • Throughout the Park

Barking Deer Pizza and Beer: Strawberry Balsamic Pasta Salad

Barking Deer Bar: Strawberry Margarita

Kibo Cones: Strawberry Soft-serve

Mawazo Kitchen: Strawberry Shortcake; Strawberry Fruit Cup; 

Mombasa Cooker: Strawberry Chipotle Tenders—with strawberry pico de gallo; Strawberry Balsamic Pasta Salad; Strawberry Shortcake; Strawberry Fruit Cup

Thorntree Terrace: Cream Cheese Wontons—served with strawberry jam; Strawberry Shortcake; Strawberry Fruit Cup

Oasis Deli: Strawberry Skewer; Strawberries and Cream Fudge; Spiked Strawberry Lemonade; Strawberry Tequila Sunrise

Okavango Outpost: Strawberry Balsamic Pasta Salad; Strawberry Shortcake; Strawberry Fruit Cup

Rift Sand Bar: Strawberry Tequila Sunrise; Strawberry Mojito

Sheared Sheep: Strawberry Shortcake; Strawberry Fruit Cup; Strawberry Mule; Spiked Strawberry Lemonade

Watering Hole: Strawberry Mojito; Strawberry Tequila Sunrise

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