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15605
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From A to Zebra: A Sonoma Serengeti Safari With Your Grandchild

Spot African animals like giraffes and zebras from an authentic safari jeep and camp in tents on a wildlife preserve in the “Sonoma Serengeti” with your grandchild.
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Program No. 15605RJ
Length
4 days
Starts at
1,399 / ADULT
649 / CHILD
California

From A to Zebra: A Sonoma Serengeti Safari With Your Grandchild

Spot African animals like giraffes and zebras from an authentic safari jeep and camp in tents on a wildlife preserve in the “Sonoma Serengeti” with your grandchild.
Length
4 days
Starts at
1,399 / ADULT
649 / CHILD
Program No. 15605 RJ
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Aug 2 - Aug 5, 2021
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Jun 6 - Jun 9, 2022
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Jul 11 - Jul 14, 2022
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At a Glance

Go “wild” on an adventure with your grandchild at the Safari West Wildlife Preserve. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the Serengeti of East Africa as you jump into a real safari jeep to search for spotted cheetahs sunbathing on a hill and neon pink flamingos wading through shallow pools of water. Trek through the inner grounds to look for giraffes towering over the grasslands and grazing gazelles. Become an expert on an animal as you put together a research project to present to your new friends. Experience the sights and sounds of the Serengeti as you learn with your grandchild about some of nature’s most majestic animals!
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile, some uneven gravel terrain with slight incline to and from tent cabins and meal areas. Flashlights provided at night. Must be able to climb a few steps into a safari jeep and tent cabins.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Enjoy a truly immersive African experience by staying overnight in tents imported from Africa with views of grazing giraffes!
  • Get up close with a private presentation of mammals and other fun reptiles of all shapes and sizes.
  • Move to the rhythm and beat of African music during a private dance lesson.

General Notes

For a comparable family adventure for all generations, check out "From A to Zebra: A Sonoma Serengeti Safari With Your Family" (#22166)!
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Jenny Peterson
Jenny Peterson is a native Minnesotan who has lived in Minnesota all but her college years in California. After working most of her life in local government, she realized retirement was not for her and now works in the airline industry. With her husband of over 30 years, she has four children adopted from the Philippines. Now that her kids are older, she has the time to pursue has hobbies as a Road Scholar Group Leader in Minnesota and California, bridge, biking, and traveling.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Jenny Peterson is a native Minnesotan who has lived in Minnesota all but her college years in California. After working most of her life in local government, she realized retirement was not for her and now works in the airline industry. With her husband of over 30 years, she has four children adopted from the Philippines. Now that her kids are older, she has the time to pursue has hobbies as a Road Scholar Group Leader in Minnesota and California, bridge, biking, and traveling.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals
by Jonathan Kingdon
The Tree Where Man Was Born
by Peter Matthiessen
African Critters
by Robert Haas
The Magnificent Book of Animals
by Tom Jackson
Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale
by Verna Aardema
Folktales from Africa
by Dianne Stewart
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4 days
3 nights
8 meals
3 B 2 L 3 D
DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Game Night
Santa Rosa, CA
D
Safari West

Activity note: Check-in from 3:00 p.m. at the front office. Remember to bring your name tag (sent previously).

Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:30 p.m. After you have your tent assignment from the front office, join us at the Road Scholar table in the Elephant Room, next to the Savannah Café restaurant, to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your up-to-date schedule reflecting any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: 5:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar Grandparent program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Minors are never to be left unsupervised. As a special feature of this program, each kid will choose an animal for a study project to learn everything we can about that animal and give a report about it on Day 3. During the upcoming jeep safari drive and animal observation time, we will have a chance to ask questions about our chosen animals. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: In the Elephant Room.

Evening: To close out the evening, we’ll play cards and board games together. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Jeep Safari Drive, Animal Observation, Animal Project
Santa Rosa, CA
B,L,D
Safari West

Activity note: Getting in/out of a jeep; driving about up to 2.5 miles, approximately 3 hours. Climbing and walking at field trip site.

Breakfast: In the Elephant Room.

Morning: We’ll answer the call of the wild and board our open-air jeep for a safari drive through parts of the 400-acre Safari West Wildlife Preserve — accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, one of only six in the U.S. Safari West has two big goals: preserving and propagating endangered species, and promoting conservation by raising awareness of these animals through education. Led by an experienced wildlife expert, we’ll explore natural habitats of this “Sonoma Serengeti” that’s the closest we can come to Africa without going there. Amid the 400-acre wilderness, there are more than 900 animals representing 90 different species. They roam across some of the largest enclosures in the country. We’ll observe animals from antelope to Cape buffalo, gazelle, giraffe, rhinoceros, warthog, wildebeest, zebra, and more. Then, we’ll walk through the grounds with enclosures for many other animals, including a cheetah (or two!), lemurs and colorful birds in the open-air aviary. Kids will have opportunities to ask the animal keepers about their selected animal for tomorrow’s presentation.

Lunch: In the Elephant Room.

Afternoon: Next in the Elephant Room, we’ll organize into grandparent-grandchild teams and engage in animal observation. Each team will then spend time in the wildlife preserve with our experts for field observation of our chosen animals. We will walk about a block in our family groups with zoo-keepers. Questions are encouraged! After observing our animals and making notes, we will head back to the Elephant Room for an engaging talk with Safari West’s keeper staff. We will learn about their exciting careers and how they work with the animals. Next, we’ll have time to work on our animal projects.

Dinner: In the Elephant Room.

Evening: We’ll gather for a campfire chat at the fire pit.

DAY
3
Meet An Animal, Conservation, Presentations, African Dance
Santa Rosa, CA
B,L,D
Safari West

Activity note: Walking about 2 blocks; uneven gravel roadway, slight inclines. Flashlights provided at night. Elective 1/4 mile walk; dirt road.

Breakfast: In the Elephant Room.

Morning: Safari West staff will join us in the Elephant Room. The presenter will bring out animals and talk about each one. We’ll then work on a conservation project led by a Safari West staff member.

Lunch: In the Elephant Room.

Afternoon: We will be joined by an expert for a up-close look at some of the unique insect inhabitants of the Sonoma Serengeti. We’ll then take some time to finalize and deliver our animal project presentations in the Elephant Room. After making our presentations, we’ll gather in the Elephant Room for a wildlife movie before dinner.

Dinner: In the Elephant Room. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: Members of the staff will lead us in an African dance lesson to get us all out of our seats and moving. Then prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
4
Wrap-up, Program Concludes
Santa Rosa, CA
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: In the Elephant Room.

Morning: We’ll have a wrap-up session with our Group Leader and say farewells. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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