Safari Wilderness Ranch

Safari Wilderness, Male Eland | Central Florida

Male Eland: Over 400 species of African, Asian and American animals welcome you at Safari Wilderness Ranch

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Forest Buffalo

Safari Wilderness, Greater Kudu | Central Florida

Greater Kudu: Meet a Greater Kudu at Safari Wilderness Ranch

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Hours of Operation

  • Tours Wednesday - Sunday at 10AM and 1PM, by Reservation Only.

Meeting & Convention Features

  • Number of Rooms : 1
  • Capacity : Over 300 People
  • Square Footage : 13000

Destination Features

  • Credit Card Accepted
  • Handicap Accessible

Embark On A Fun, Educational Journey At Safari Wilderness Ranch

Unique Opportunities 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 offers a stunning 260 acres of pristine wilderness filled with wetland exotic species. A number of safari options are available to choose from. You can explore the beauty of the landscape and observe the wild animals while riding in safari vehicles, in horse-drawn carriages, or even on camel back!

This is Lakeland (Blog)

Blogger, Erin Lavelle, spends the afternoon at Safari Wildernss with her three children. “You’re not going to believe this. But it’s true. About ten minutes from our home in North Lakeland, 260 acres of Central Florida is home to elands and zebras, ring-tailed lemurs and one- and two-humped camels. I share a zip code with a water buffalo.” Read more at

About Safari Wilderness

Knowledgeable tour guides will lead the way and answer all of your questions about the fascinating wildlife found on the ranch. Hands-on activities, such as lemur and budgie feeding, are offered to visitors; but these activities are scheduled on a limited basis in order to protect the animals. Tours are offered daily, but be sure to make your reservations in advance as visitors are limited for preservation purposes.

The Animals

Hundreds of animals from Africa, Asia and the Americas make Safari Wilderness Ranch their home. They are in large herds.

Safari Wilderness Ranch is not a zoo or theme park. There are no crowds and no lines. Here you will enjoy a natural adventure. Our knowledgeable and experienced driver guides will tour you through 260 acres of animal habitats in customized safari vehicles, fitted with shade canopies. For a more exotic adventure, view our wild game on camel back or by horse-drawn carriage. Indulge your senses in lemur and budgie encounters.

Special Events

Seeking a truly unique setting for your wedding, corporate event, family reunion, or special celebration? We’ve got you covered. Our main events facility, the Safari Lodge, is a two-story, 13,000 square foot, multipurpose agricultural building. Enjoy the 360-degree panoramic view overlooking our exotic wildlife. A walk-through aviary and small mammals section are located just outside.


Safari Wilderness Ranch is conveniently located six miles north of I-4 between Orlando and Tampa, surrounded by Florida’s Green Swamp, in an expansive and pristine wilderness area.

We are a family-owned, licensed working game ranch that specializes in wetland exotic species, Watusi cattle, and Haflinger horses.

850 square miles of pristine watershed that is the source of four of Florida’s finest rivers surround our dramatic landscape. Our visitors are strictly limited in number, reflecting the sensitivity of our area.

Safari Wilderness Ranch is a Florida agri-tourism project and is accredited by the Zoological Association of America (ZAA) and licensed by the USDA.

Blog Posts

Safari Wilderness Ranch Offers Visitors an Experience Unlike Any Other In Polk
Looking for a wild adventure in Polk County? Embark upon a journey unlike any other in the area when you arrive at Safari Wilderness Ranch in Lakeland! Here, you can not only take a vehicle safari tour across the 260 acres of pristine wilderness, but can also find a petting area, llama, horse and camel rides, budgie and lemur feeding, and an outdoor bird aviary. For those looking for transportation other than by vehicle and craving a more exotic rare experience, try traveling by carriage or atop a camel! [Read more]