Even though your own dad forbid you from having pets for fear that he'd end up loving them more than he loves you, luckily for the world, the dude behind Safari West's didn't. After growing up on his director father Otto Lang's film sets (Daktari, Sea Hunt, Flipper!!!), and becoming so enamored with exotic animals he decided to open a 400-acre nature preserve in the late '80s, he's now launching a sudsy tour enabling you to booze like an animal among them.
The Lodgings: Stake your claim on a raised, canvas-topped, luxury tent imported from Africa (available with king/ king & double bunk bed/ two double bed configurations), which features deck views of the wild things, running water, and full bathrooms. Or if you prefer a roof your average malicious wolf can't puff away, reserve the one-and-only, two-bedroom cottage with a mini-fridge, microwave & coffeemaker in the kitchenette.
The Tour: Because alcohol consumption and wild animals go together like a really good episode of When Animals Attack, SW's freshest addition takes you on a 2.5hr open-air jeep safari through the “wilds of the Sonoma Serengeti”, which'll work its way to a scenic hilltop for a beer expert-guided taste of Sonoma's burgeoning scene (think Russian River, Lagunitas, Bear Republic, etc.) while surrounded by the likes of Cape buffalo, zebra, blue wildebeest, and even the scimitar-horned oryx, which's extinct in the wild, as one would hope most things with murderous sword horns are.
If you're not feeling beer, wow. Just... wow. But you could also just hop on the Winos & Rhinos tour, keep things mellow with in-tent massage services, or just make up for all that time lost as a child by posing with a big cat at a “cheetah photo session”.
Published: May 18, 2012 at 4:00am EDT
3115 Porter Creek Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
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