camping accomodations at safari wilderness in lakeland, fl

Safari Wilderness Camping

Safari Wilderness provides a wonderous unique seasonal camping experience

Camp on your very on safari on this 260 acre African-esque savanna within Safari Wilderness Ranch, located outside Lakeland, between Orlando and Tampa. If you would like to know more about booking a Safari visit our Safari Wilderness page, but to learn more about camping, read on!

A Safari Camping Experience

There are many camping options out there, but none quite as unique as this. So if you have ever dreamt of camping out in the Serengeti planes of Africa, then Safari Wilderness will provide you as near an experience as you can get. Here you will spend the night surrounded by, though safely protected from, over 500 animals, representing 40 species.  And after your safari you can watch the sun go down, enjoy sundowner drink and have a moonlit evening meal with your friends.

Safari Wildernes Camping Aerial View of camping ground


Safari Wilderness will host a few special people per night in 10 beautifully appointed safari tents on the property. A continental breakfast is also included with your stay.

Camping at Base Camp

The safari base camp consists of 9 tents, each of which sits on its own mobile wooden deck for guest safety and comfort. Each tent has a panoramic view of the animal herds on the veldt. Base camp is close to the Welcome Barn, a 13,000 square foot, two-story safari structure that has indoor seating, a gift shop, restrooms, and 3 private showers for guests. The Welcome Barn tiki hut is where you will get your coffee and continental breakfast each morning.


Premium Camping at the Overlook

Guests looking for a few more creature comforts can opt for the Premium Camping experience. The Overlook, centrally located and with an unobstructed, 360 degree view of the entire property, is the site of the premium safari tent on top of a tall wooden deck. The Overlook has a private bathroom with air conditioning and a shower, as well as the best game viewing location on the property. Other amenities include a mini-fridge and counter with snacks and a Keurig coffee machine. And for an extra price you can take a camel ride out to the site. Not a bad honeymoon idea!

Right next to the Overlook you’ll find ring-tailed lemur pen fences, while two cheetah live on the far side of the pavilion. All safely fenced-off. In the evening the lawn will have a fire-pit set up, where you can sit back with a drink, and enjoy a relaxing evening out on safari.


The Animals

Safari Wilderness is not a zoo, this is an open roaming area for the animals, who live in a setting as close to their natural habitats in African and Asia as possible. While the camping area is well fenced off, its is close, and you’ll be afforded spectacular views of some of these wonderful animals. Animals such zebra, axis deer, antelope, warthogs, wildebeest, ostriches and giant spur-thighed tortoises abound. Pro-tip: Elect to have your safari in the evening or in the morning when the animals are most active.

To book a stay at Safari Wilderness Camping visit

animals at Safari Wilderness in Lakeland


Safari Wilderness is located in the Green Swamp area, six miles north of the I-4, just outside Lakeland in Central Florida’s Polk County. The Green Swamp is Florida’s largest wilderness area after the Everglades. The ranch puts you within easy reach of the amenities of Lakeland, and is about an hour from Orlando to the east and Tampa to the west.

Note that the camping experience is seasonal, so please reach out to Safari Wilderness if you are planning a trip.

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