My family and I had the wonderful pleasure of spending the day in the ‘wild’ side of Lakeland. Off the beaten path away from the main highway is this amazing 265 acre ranch called Safari Wilderness. It was so much fun. We had the opportunity to go on a Safari and feed Water Buffalo’s and some ring tailed lemurs as well. We also got to see and learn so much about other animals with our guide Art, who told us all about the Camel’s, 3 different kinds of Lemurs, Porcupines and soooo much more. Our 16 year old daughter Abi was in awe. When it was her turn to feed the Lemurs with our guide Phil, she was so excited that she couldn’t stop smiling from ear to ear. It was such a wonderful experience that we can not wait to go back again.
The safari we went on was the guided vehicle tour with our guide JJ and it was about 45 min’s long. They do have a longer safari that can last anywhere from 1 1/2 to 2 hours. On our safari tour we saw a variety of animals like Zebra’s, Reindeer’s, Zedonks (zebra/donkey) and got up close and personal to Llama’s and Water Buffalo’s, it was really cool.
They offer a few more safari tours and they each have their own amazing special experiences.
- Camel Expedition: The camel safaris are about an hour and a half in length and are led by two experienced tour guides/camel handlers. Become a part of the herd, joining the exotic animals in their natural state. Rediscover the experiences our human ancestors had with these magnificent animals, viewing magnificent herds of game animals from your bestial perch.
- Kayak Expedition: This hour and a half experience will navigate you through the freshwater areas, getting spectacular close-up encounters with the wetland species and see a variety of common local waterfowl and upland birds which may include the following: killdeer, egrets, herons, ibis, spoonbills, cormorants, wood duck, anhinga, bald eagle, kestrel, red-shouldered hawk, meadowlark, black and turkey vulture. Half way through your safari, you will navigate to lemur island, where you’ll hand-feed grapes to two different species of lemurs. After kayaking and feeding lemurs, you’ll take a behind the scenes tour of the small mammal night house! See what goes into the daily care of some of the smaller critters.
- Vehicle Safari’s: Your safari will take you through their expansive 260-acre wilderness ranch in comfort and safety where you’ll get spectacular close-up encounters with eland, red lechwe, sitatunga, waterbuck, Grant’s zebra, greater kudu, Watusi cattle, barasingha, axis deer, fallow deer, water buffalo, scimitar-horned oryx, nilgai, and more unique and endangered species in large herds! Also, take part in real hands-on interactions with many species that feed from the vehicle.
- Sunset Safari’s: You’ll get a spectacular close-up encounter 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! The Sunset Safari provides an opportunity to see these magnificent animals at a time of day when they are most active. All Sunset Safaris include a stop at their Tree House! This peaceful deck in the middle of the 260-acre preserve provides a 360-degree treetop panoramic view of the wildlife. The Tree House overlooks a gorgeous lake and landscape with roaming herds.
All these experiences and more are available at Safari Wilderness. We certainly had a wonderful time and did I mention it’s a photographers dream setting. For prices, to book your expedition or for more information you can visit their website at SafariWilderness.com
At Safari Wilderness you can also book one of their 3 venue locations for your special occasions or events. Weddings, Corporate Events, Birthdays, Baby Shower and more, they got you covered. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your next event! You may also request a rentals brochure for more information.
Check out our video below and see just some of the fun we had on our adventure and be sure to subscribe to our Center of Magic Youtube channel for more videos from around Central Florida and more.