Safari Wilderness Ranch

Take A Walk On The Wild Side At Safari Wilderness Ranch

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 Ranch 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 Ranch
Safari Wilderness Ranch

Amusing, but not an Amusement Park

Safari Wilderness Ranch 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 Ranch
Safari Wilderness Ranch

Camelback or Safari Bus - Your Pick

For $75, up to 20 people can load into an authentic 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, for $150 you can explore Safari Wilderness from a camel’s back with the assistance of an animal keeper and tour guide. Speaking of tour guides, their 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, even ride them. You haven’t lived until you’ve fed curious budgie or lemur grapes,then got the juice licked off of your fingers because you let them linger too long. 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 also 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 Ranch
Safari Wilderness Ranch

​Early Birds Get the Tour

Visitors to the Safari Wilderness Ranch are strictly limited in number for preservation purposes.Tours are offered daily, but advance reservations are required to ensure your spot on the Safari.

​Special Events

Seeking a truly unique setting for your wedding, corporate event, family, or special celebration? Enjoy the 360-degree panoramic view overlooking Safari Wilderness' exotic wildlife from their main events facility, the Safari Lodge. The two-story, 13,000 square foot, multipurpose agricultural building is perfect for events and even features a walk-through aviary and small mammals section located just outside.

Safari Wilderness Ranch 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

Wed. - Sunday Reservations Only


5 Star Rating

We visited SWR today. This was a super experience. A little chilly and windy but the animals were fantastic. Our guide JJ was very knowledgeable and quite entertaining too. She knows all the animals... Read Full Review

5 Star Rating

This was a beautiful ranch. You could tell the owners really cared for the animals and their habitat. I am sorry there wasn't a resident discount in the winter too, but I'm sure it costs a lot to... Read Full Review

5 Star Rating

It's a very nice place . The tour is excellent it well worth the money u spend . JJ the tour guide is very knowledgeable about the animals. Even the other staff members r excellent and very... Read Full Review

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