If you’re hoping to shake things up for your next corporate party, retreat or off-site event, we’ve got an idea for you that includes a chance to meet a cheetah, feed a giraffe, and go on a wild safari tour. You might even hop in a hot air balloon, ride a zipline through the forest, or glamp overnight in luxe accommodations. The best part? You don’t have to hop on a plane to Africa to pull off an event that supports wildlife conservation efforts around the globe. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park hosts corporate functions that are wild, interactive, and a whole lot of fun.
Set in Northern San Diego, the Safari Park hosts events of various sizes, which can be as focused on the animals as you’d like them to be. Here’s what a day at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park might include.
Whether you choose to zipline, ride a hot air balloon or tackle the ropes course through the jungle, seeing the safari park from another vantage point is a great bonding activity. For those who prefer to keep their feet planted on solid ground, scavenger hunts and guided walks are great alternatives.
Start the day strong by letting your guests get up close to the wild animals of the zookeeper’s choice. Maybe you’ll get to chat with an exotic bird or see how the cheetahs get along with other furry friends.
Open-air trams and caravans can be booked for private groups, taking your crew through the African plains to feed giraffes and enjoy the many habitats and animals roaming throughout. You might even be lucky enough to spot a baby rhino following her mama.
This isn’t your regular paper bag lunch kind of picnic. Instead, the safari park picnic options include a few different barbecue cookout options or a taco bar. Cool off with sliced watermelon and ice cream for dessert.
Prefer a more formal setup for lunch with your colleagues? The Station sits in the Australian section of the safari park, providing an optimal viewpoint for tree kangaroos. Here, you can opt for a casual lunch with an Aussie influence.
Put your teamwork skills to the test with a Zopper Team Challenge, a high-energy scavenger hunt that requires teams to work together and decipher a series of clues all around the park. Every team has a different version and time is of the essence. Ready, set, go!
Wander through the bamboo forest to an Indonesian hut where you can gaze at Sumatran tigers through floor-to-ceiling windows. Here, you’ll find a VIP room that can be set up with small bites and refreshing sips.
For a large dinner event with up to 300 guests, the Hunte Nairobi Pavilion offers an open-air dining space with full catering services. If you’re considering throwing an annual award ceremony or holiday toast into the mix, this is a great spot to do so.
Just before sunset, you’ll want to gather the troops and head to the Kijami Overlook to sip cocktails, craft beers, and local wine. This thatched-roof hangout overlooks the Asian and African plains, home to giraffes, rhinos, gazelles, and many other roaming animals.