If you’ve been following us for any length of time, you’ve certainly figured out that we are big fans of animal encounters. Recently, we discovered one of Central Florida’s best hidden gems. Hands down, Safari Wilderness Ranch is simply the best wildlife attraction we’ve found yet! If you love animals even just half as much as we do, this one should top your must-see list. If you only take one recommendation from our site, it has to be this one.
Safari Wilderness Ranch is a little bit of a trek – located between Orlando and Tampa in Lakeland, Florida. There are no thrill rides… it’s not a zoo… no costumed characters or parades – it’s just pure, rural, natural edutainment. Safari Wilderness Ranch is a family-owned, licensed, working ranch, removed from the chaotic bustle of tourism central, and it’s quite possibly the most memorable, unpredictable experience you’ll find in the region.
Situated in the middle of Florida’s Green Swamp, the ranch occupies 260 acres of expansive land covered in a variety of landscapes and greenery. It combines elements representative of Florida as well as the African ecosystems that many of its resident species hail from. Marshes, cypress domes, ample trees and ponds create a diverse, welcoming, year-round habitat.