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Young Explorers’ Safari

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Rivaling the African savanna, the dramatic, 260-acre landscape of Safari Wilderness sets the scene for an unforgettable, family adventure. Located halfway between Tampa and Orlando in scenic Lakeland, Polk County, Florida, this family-owned, working game ranch offers an up-close encounter with herds of roaming exotic animals—without the crowds and lines found at theme parks and zoos.

The Young Explorers’ Safari is a great way for both young children and the young at heart to learn about a variety of species and some of their special features. During a 45-minute guided vehicle tour, the small group of adventurers will meet a variety of large hooved animals such as zebra, water buffalo, llamas, watusi cattle and barasingha deer. This tour will be followed by a short walking tour to meet smaller species, including ring-tailed lemurs, red-ruffed lemurs, coatis, kune kune pigs and more.


Duration: 45 minutes

Availability: tour departures at 1pm and 2pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Price: $39 per person

Note: This is a seasonal offering, only available select times Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons during the months of May–August.

From $125

Explore our 260 acre ranch from the comfort of your own vehicle! Explore our exotic animal reserve while maintaining social distancing. Get out in nature, relax, learn about, and interact with a variety magnificent wild animals in a safe environment. Optional add-ons available. Book online!

Our guides work rain or shine; tips are appreciated.