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 the second largest collection of oryx in North America, and two of the largest herds of defassa waterbuck and water buffalo in the country, thanks to their 260-acre expanse of preservation paradise.They’ve also got free-spirited lemur, eland, zebra, 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

A wonderful time spending a morning excursion here. The staff clearly loves working here and their enthusiasm is contagious. Our guide, Kathy, knew the animals by name and had a thorough knowledge of... Read Full Review

5 Star Rating

Took my adult niece and her two children ages 7 & 11 - they loved this park and listed it first on their list of the "funnest " things they did all week! (that includes going to LEGOLAND and Disneys... Read Full Review

5 Star Rating

We went here for my 50th birthday and absolutely loved it!! Our guide, Kathy, was excellent. We did not expect to see and learn about so many different animals. We fed giant water buffalo and... Read Full Review

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