We wouldn’t blame you if the first thing that came to your mind when thinking of Florida geography were swamps, followed swiftly by pristine beaches. We’re pretty proud of both, to be honest. But surprisingly, there is much more to the environs of the Sunshine State than wetlands and sand. There are even areas where you can traverse across the plains on camelback! At this Florida wildlife preserve, you can actually go on a camelback safari.

Giraffe Ranch is not a zoo, and it’s definitely not a theme park. It’s 47 acres of rolling plains, and native wildlife preserve.

Located in Dade County, just 45 minutes from Tampa, Giraffe Ranch has been family owned and operated for over 19 years, and they pride themselves on the care and natural space their animals are provided.

Can you imagine meandering across the grassy plains atop a camel, like some middle eastern adventurer? It’s easy to forget your in Florida at Giraffe Ranch, especially the myriad of exotic animals that are cared for there.

The camel tours are led by two experienced guides, and you can take your pick of a dromedary (one hump), or Bactrian (two humps) camel. The camels are not treated as a sideshow or entertainment, but with love and respect.

They enjoy the long treks, which gives them ample exercise, and after the tours, they return to their herds in their large, grassy pasture.

On your trek, you’ll roam through huge live oaks, native orchids, lush pastures, and wetlands. You’ll get to view giraffes, rhinos, hippos, tapirs, sandhill cranes native to Florida, and much more!

So as not to wear out the animals, there are only two tours per day, and they are only available through reservations. Each tour lasts between 1 and 1 ½ hours, and there are four ways to enjoy them! Adventurous camelback, safari truck, Segway, and even a llama trek!

You’ll definitely want to come back again to experience them all!

For more unique Florida experiences, check out these fighter jet flights, and this amazing Chinese lantern fest.

Giraffe Ranch

Price: $199 per person for camel tour

When: Two tours a day; 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Address: 38650 Mickler Rd, Dade City, FL 33534

Why You Need To Go: This camel safari tour is unique to Florida, and there are four different ways to explore the preserve grounds!

We strongly advise that before you go visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security and animal rights. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and the animals.