Embark on an unforgettable expedition into Florida's Green Swamp. Hop up on a camel or safari vehicle to see more than 400 species of animals including elands, zebra and ring-tailed lemurs.

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!

Summer Sunset Safari

Sunset Safaris provide an opportunity to see magnificent animals at a time of day when they are most active. You’ll get spectacular close-up encounters with Scimitar-horned oryx (a species that is extinct in the wild), zebra, camels, ring-tailed and red-ruffed lemurs, nilgai, kudu, watusi cattle, and more unique and endangered species in large herds. 

Sunset Safaris are a seasonal offering available at select times on Friday and Saturday nights during the months of June, July, and August.

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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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Monday - Sunday Reservations Only

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Sunset Safaris are a seasonal offering available on Friday and Saturday nights during June, July and August.

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We took our 9 and 12 year old granddaughters on the 9 AM Monday morning safari ride. We all had a great time. JJ was our tour guide and she was very knowledgable about all the animals... Read Full Review

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I found Safari Wilderness on TripAdvisor while planning my daughter's graduation trip to Florida. Her only request....to feed lemurs. Well, Safari Wilderness allowed her the opportunity to not only... Read Full Review

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I brought my son (15 yrs old) out here for the safari ride and we had a blast! Where else can you get up close and personal with these kinds of animals right here in our own back yard! I feel bad I... Read Full Review

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