Located in beautiful east Pasco County 45 minutes north of Tampa, Giraffe Ranch is on 47 acres of rolling countryside adjoining Florida’s second largest wilderness area, the Green Swamp. With huge live oaks, native orchids, lush pastures and ephemeral wetlands, our ranch is also a native wildlife preserve. Every night up to 200 sand hill cranes roost on our grounds.
Giraffe Ranch offers five kinds of intimate safaris, each led by experienced driver-guides. Firstly, we offer drive-thru safaris where you stay in your own vehicle and follow your guide in a lead vehicle providing real-time commentary though an FM transmitter that you can hear on your FM car radio. Secondly, we offer a safari in our customized 4-WD tour vehicles. You will be safe, comfortable and get a terrific view, as each vehicle is fitted with shade canopies and stadium seating. You will learn about native and exotic animals and their habitats from your safari guide. You will see our ongoing conservation efforts with endangered species including some that are extinct in the wild. Lastly, you may choose a guided custom safari by camel-back, by riding one of our off-road Segway X2s or by walking with one of our llamas. Many of our visitors have experienced all five types of Giraffe Ranch Safaris. Each safari is unique and dynamic with no two ever being the same.
Our safaris are close up, hands-on interactive experiences. All safari types include giraffe feeding, with the exception of the drive thru safari. You will get right up to a camel, rhino, Brazilian tapir, and pygmy hippo. Our animals, both exotic and domestic, are from Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.
Additionally, we maintain a breeding tower of giraffe, including specimens of all ages, which live in upland habitats on the ranch.
Giraffe Ranch is not a zoo or theme park. It is a hands-on real working game farm and wildlife preserve where animals have room to roam.
Family-owned and operated for over 20 years, Giraffe Ranch is a Florida agritourism enterprise, and is open by reservations in advance only. All bookings are done on line at girafferanch.com Custom vehicle tours, camel, segway and llama treks can be booked on line and occur at 11 AM and 2 PM daily. Drive-thru safaris occur hourly from 9-4 pm and must be book on line. Tours are strictly limited in size and are fun, educational adventures.
Giraffe Ranch is a working ranch licensed by USDA, Florida Department of Agriculture, and FWC. We do not accept walk ons or parties without reservations
IN THE PRESS:
- Giraffe Ranch brings a unique safari tour, complete with camels, to Central Florida – Orlando Sentinel
- Safari on a Segway at Dade City’s Giraffe Ranch – Fox 13 Tampa Bay
- Getting Up Close At The Giraffe Ranch – WUSF
- Step into the Wild of Africa at Giraffe Ranch in Pasco Co. – WFLA
- The Giraffe Ranch – Hernando Sun
- 5 Fun Places to See Giraffes for World Giraffe Day – Travel Pulse
- 27 Things To Do With Your Kids This Fall In Tampa That Don’t Include A Pumpkin Patch – Narcity
- 10 Things To Do In Florida Besides Theme Parks – The Travel