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!

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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.

Safari Wilderness
Safari Wilderness

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.

Safari Wilderness
Safari Wilderness

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.

Safari Wilderness Ranch
Safari Wilderness Ranch

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.

Safari Wilderness
Safari Wilderness

​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.

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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.

Address / Location

10850 Moore Rd
Lakeland, FL 33809
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Hours of Operation

Monday - Sunday Reservations Only

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Christmas Safaris include a 45-minute customized vehicle safari, free poinsettia, small mammal house tour and more.


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5 Star Rating

Family was visiting from out of state, and I looked online for things to do. I found Safari Wilderness on TripAdvisor and booked the vehicle safari. I am so glad I did! The safari was the... Read Full Review

5 Star Rating

Today we had the best day feeding animals that we never even knew existed. The staff where so friendly and very knowledgeable about all the animals we will definitely be back in April when we return... Read Full Review

5 Star Rating

This was a wonderful experience in a natural setting. A two-hour tour through over 250 acres of animals you may have heard of but never seen. Art was our guide and explained all about the animals... Read Full Review

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