Book a tour at Safari Wilderness, an expansive 260-acre wilderness ranch in Lakeland where you’ll get spectacular close-up encounters with eland, red lechwe, sitatunga, waterbuck, Grant’s zebra, greater kudu, Watusi cattle, barasingha, axis deer, fallow deer, water buffalo, scimitar-horned oryx, nilgai, and more unique and endangered species in large herds!
Take a Walk on the Wild Side
If you’ve always dreamed of taking the family on an African safari, but just couldn’t find room in the budget, here’s your chance. Safari Wilderness is conveniently located just six miles north of I-4 between Orlando and Tampa, and was recently voted by Fodor’s Travel as one of the “10 Best Safaris in the U.S.” You’ll see wildlife herds in huge, immersive natural landscapes, and witness the inner working of a genuine farm operation. It’s not a theatrical production for visitors -it’s the real thing!
Safari Wilderness is home to a large herd of scimitar-horned oryx, a species extinct in its native Africa. And because they specialize in animals that do well in their 260-acre multi habitat preserve, they have been able to cultivate one the largest herds of Defassa Waterbuck in the country. Safari Wilderness also raises free-spirited lemurs, eland, Red Lechwe, zebras, fainting goats, ostriches, llamas, camels and so much more.
Amusing, but Not an Amusement Park
Safari Wilderness is not a zoo or theme park. There are no crowds, lines or scripted presentations. You will enjoy a natural adventure while your knowledgeable and experienced guide tours you through various animal habitats and answers all of your questions about the fascinating wildlife found on the ranch.
Camelback or Safari Bus - Your Pick
Up to 20 people can board an converted bus that is oh so breezy, and super convenient to reach out of when domestic Asian water buffalo wander close for a snack or good ol’ petting.
If you’re feeling a little more daring, you can explore Safari Wilderness from a camel’s back with the assistance of an animal keeper and tour guide. Speaking of tour guides, the employees are truly passionate about what they do, which makes the experience all the more entertaining.
Close Encounters of the Exotic Kind
You don’t just get to admire exotic animals from afar, you can feed, pet, and even ride them. You haven’t lived until you’ve fed grapes to a lemur; they will lick the juice off of your fingers. And camel kisses are the best kisses – trust us.
Even those who choose to tour the property via safari bus haven’t necessarily forfeited their chance to ride a camel. You can add an à la carte camel or horse ride to your experience if you just can’t bear for the fun to end.
Early Birds Get the Tour
Visitors to the Safari Wilderness are strictly limited in number for preservation purposes.Tours are offered daily, but advance reservations are required to ensure your spot.
Special Events, Meetings & Weddings
Seeking a truly unique setting for your wedding, corporate event, family, or special celebration? Enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view overlooking exotic wildlife from their main events facility, the Safari Lodge. The two-story, 13,000-square foot, multi-purpose agricultural building is perfect for events and even features a walk-through aviary and small mammals section located just outside.Rental Brochure
Let Us Help You Plan Your Next Event
For more information and for meeting and event planning assistance call 863-551-4718.
Read more about other meeting and event venues in Polk County at Meetings & Conventions.
Safari Wilderness is a Florida agri-tourism project and is accredited by the Zoological Association of America (ZAA) and licensed by the USDA.