News from Safari West
Safari West is Sonoma County’s African Adventure. Nestled in 400 acres, this wildlife refuge is home to 900 exotic mammals and birds and approximately 90 species. Recently updated, Amani Oasis is the spiritual center of Safari West. This massive walk-through aviary has been the centerpiece of Safari West for two decades now and no visit is complete without a leisurely stroll through the environs contained within.
You’ll never feel closer to nature than while standing beside a babbling brook as scarlet ibises soar overhead. Look in the branches of the trees spreading across the water and find African spoonbills busily at work constructing their nests. Gaze down to where the stream spills into a tranquil pool and watch the courtship antics of several duck species, each more iridescent and beautiful than the last. Demoiselle cranes, long necked and long legged strut alongside ambling knots of visitors while gloriously plumed pheasants and impossibly long-toed purple swamphens scurry through the undergrowth. There are even a few mammals to be found in the aviary; a family of blue duikers. These chihuahua-sized antelope are frequently found lounging in the shade of a thick clump of bamboo.
The Amani Oasis has never looked more beautiful than it does right now. At the tail end of 2015, the original aviary was dismantled and rebuilt from the ground up. Gone are the worn and pitted gravel trails, replaced by comfortable paved walkways. The old pond has been updated. In its place we now find a winding water feature that wanders down several tiers to the clear pool below. Waders of many colors spend their afternoons foraging for treats in the cool waters. Nesting platforms abound in every corner and crevice of the aviary; a fact the birds are taking full advantage of as the spring season unfolds. This new incarnation of the aviary is bigger, better, bolder, and more beautiful than ever before.
Safari West can host an off-site meeting for up to 95pp and will provide private safaris as a great option for a memorable group activity.