Photos: You Can Feed Zebras And Sample Wines On The Malibu Wine Safari
If drinking some wine and feeding carrots to rescued zebras sounds like your idea of a good time, we'd recommend Malibu Wine Safari.
A few LAist editors recently went on a tour of the scenic vineyard. Saddlerock Ranch, which includes Malibu Family Wines, a vineyard, and the safari, has been home to Ronnie and Lisa Semler, plus their nine children, for nearly three decades. A tour of the property reveals horses, llama, rescued zebras and camels, a donkey, bison and other creatures, several of them available for feeding carrots, which we did. In the near future, they'll be adding a rescued giraffe to their menagerie. We were also able to see some preserved cave paintings from the Chumash tribe and learned about the winemaking process at the vineyard.
We sampled three whites at Camp Cabernet, which has several restored vintage cars and vintage Airstream trailers that you can check out (but not sleep in). We also tried three reds at the hilltop Chateau Le Dome. (There were some snacks along the way, too, to soak up the alcohol.) Both spots are often used for weddings and other private events with pretty breathtaking views. Lately Uber has been offering a promotion where you can fly a helicopter to the winery. But you don't need $1,500 or the excuse of a wedding to come up here. On this particular tour, we were taken in a safari bus, and it lasted just shy of two hours at a relaxed pace.
Malibu Wine Safari is located at 32111 Mulholland Hwy in Malibu. Tickets are $65.