There are sounds of the jungle just outside your tent's thin canvas walls — the incessant birds, the occasional shriek by creatures unknown, the rustling of trees. You're frozen in place under your warm blankets, not anxious to stick your head out of the tent door because you don't know what might lunge at you from the darkness. It sure would be good to have that bear gun cocked and loaded — but of course, you don't.
One reason you don't is that the owners of Safari West really frown on guests bringing guns along on their weekend getaways to this unique outpost just a few miles outside of Santa Rosa. The other reason is that none of the wildlife you hear during your overnight stay is going to get you. All the really dangerous animals are fenced off or caged.
By day, Safari West is a beehive of activity with numerous day visitors and tours, especially on weekends. By night, Safari West turns to black with absolutely no outside lighting to spoil the illusion you are in Africa. Guests are advised to bring flashlights if they plan to walk the grounds after dark. But the creature sounds make it clear you are not alone and we're guessing most people just hunker down after dark.