In a city as diverse and exciting as San Francisco, the idea of going on “safari” through this hilly jungle is actually sort of perfect. Each neighborhood has its own distinct landscape, character, and, yes, even “wildlife” to see and learn about. And on the Urban Safari Adventure tour, you get a unique glimpse of the City by the Bay that you don’t necessarily get on other city tours.
This “unique” glimpse is made possible by the character and vibe that goes along with these tours. The Urban Safari is a small tour company with a big personality. With zebra-striped vehicles, safari hats for each guest, a driver who’s been growing out dreadlocks for 30+ years, and enthusiastic tour guides armed with plenty of knowledge and corny jokes, this is a tour that is just as much about the experience as it is the sites you’ll see.
You’ll see plenty of San Francisco sites; on the Urban Safari, you can expect stops at the Palace of Fine Arts, Fort Point to view the famous Golden Gate Bridge up close, Twin Peaks for some awesome views out over San Francisco, and the quirky Castro District for lunch.
The tour also drives through the North Beach Italian neighborhood, past Chinatown, through the Presidio and Golden Gate Park, past the impressive City Hall building, and down streets lined with Victorian houses in Alamo Square. You’ll soon realize that San Francisco is about so much more than just Fisherman’s Wharf.
What the Urban Safari does a good job of is mirroring San Francisco’s strong personalities with its own. This is the type of tour where you have to tuck away your pride and embarrassment before boarding the safari vehicle—in the best way possible.
Your guide will have you singing “That’s Amore” as you drive through North Beach, posing for silly “falling-off-a-cliff” photos at Twin Peaks, and jogging with him at Fort Point as you learn about Hopper’s Hands. At lunch, you’re likely to meet the company’s owner, decked out in a fez and perhaps a smoking jacket, and this is exactly the sort of thing that helps set the Urban Safari apart.
San Francisco may be a jungle, but it’s fun and easy to explore with these guys.
Note: Lunch is not included in the price of the tour, but the corny jokes and sing-alongs are.
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- Amanda Williams
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