I’ve jumped out of planes, driven race cars, and explored countless beaches. I’ve been pulled around a lagoon by two dolphins, cheered on Swamp Buggies spattering through the muck, and even heaved a dead fish into the air as part of a contest.
But there’s one thing I’ve never done as VISIT FLORIDA’s Beaches and Adventure Insider. It’s something I never even anticipated.
After all, who knew you can explore 260 acres of exotic wildlife from Africa and Asia from the back of a camel?
I jest not. Safari Wilderness Ranch (10850 Moore Rd., Lakeland, FL 33809, phone: 813- 382-2120) is located in an expansive wilderness area six miles north of I-4 between Orlando and Tampa, and is surrounded by Florida’s Green Swamp. It’s hardly a zoo or theme park.
Guides lead you on a tour through large herds of exotic game over 260 acres of pristine wilderness – either in customized safari vehicles or from the back of a camel.
The Camel Safari is the only full-on camel backed game-viewing safari outside of Africa. The experience lasts about an hour and a half in length and is led by two experienced tour guides/camel handlers. On the safari, you’ll encounter unique and endangered species of animals in large herds, including Grant’s zebra, greater kudu, Watusi cattle, water buffalo, nilgai, and many more.
And I’m going to try it, and share the experience with you in a video. It will be scheduled soon, so stay tuned for humps and bumps!