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Myrtle Beach Safari

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A trip to the Myrtle Beach Safari is truly one-of-a-kind. Visitors will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of mother nature’s most majestic creatures. The safari is located on a 50-acre tropical wildlife preserve where the animals live year-round. Look forward to cuddling with the tiger cubs, laughing at the playing wolf pups, and taking photos with animals big and small. 

The exact location of the preserve is not disclosed (until you book a tour) to protect the animal’s safety, but it’s less than a 20-minute drive from South Bay Inn & Suites. MB Safari also has a smaller, remote location, the Preservation Station at Barefoot Landing, in North Myrtle Beach where guests have the chance to take photos with some of the cutest baby animals! 

Both the main location of the MB Safari and the remote Preservation Station is operated by T.I.G.E.R.S., The Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species. This education organization’s main purpose is to promote global wildlife conservation with informative and interactive programs. T.I.G.E.R.S. not only educates guests locally through their tours and Wild Encounters but also supports the Rare Species Fund (R.S.F.) in its efforts to provide funding to international wildlife conservation programs. 

Myrtle Beach Safari Animals 

The Myrtle Beach Safari is home to nearly 200 different exotic animals. One of the animals you will meet while on the reserve is Ramses the cheetah. He was adopted from South Africa and loves to show off how fast he is. Myrtle Beach Safari - lady w cheeta

You will never forget Bubbles once you have met her. Weighing in at about 9,000lbs, Bubbles is 34 years young and was rescued from ivory poachers in Africa. Be sure to check out the tour where you get the chance to swim with Bubbles! 

Hercules is the safari’s world-record-holding liger. He is the offspring of a lion father and tiger mother and weighs more than 900 pounds. Just wait until you see him run!  

Other stars of the MB Safari are Ahren the African fish eagle and Stripes the Bengal cub. Guests will also get to meet numerous chimpanzees and gibbons (a smaller breed of ape) and bundles of Siberian and Bengal tiger cubs. 

Myrtle Beach Safari Tours 

Visitors have the option to choose from 4 different tours at the Myrtle Beach locations. Please note, no photos are allowed at any of the tours/locations, but visitors do have the option to buy a photo with the tigers or purchase Digital Photo Packages of their tour experiences. All photo proceeds help support the R.S.F. and include a $50 discount to the other tour options.

  • The Preservation Station at Barefoot Landing offers a free tour to see the rare adult and baby tigers. Photos with the animals are an additional charge.
  • The Wild Encounters Tour is a 3-hour daytime safari that explores the whole 50-acre reservation and all of the animals. The tour begins at 10:00 am, but visitors must arrive at 9:00 am, and usually leave the preserve at around 1:30 pm.    
  • Their newest tour is the Night Safari Tour, which you guessed it, is a night tour of the preserve totaling 3 hours. Visitors must arrive by 6:30 pm (spring/fall) & 7:30 pm (summer). Tour includes dinner plus the opportunity to safely feed the big cats. 
  • The last tour option is the Swim with the Animals Private Encounters Tour. This tour is the most exclusive experience which allows visitors to swim with tiger cubs, the 9,000lb elephant, or both, for a higher price. 


Myrtle Beach Safari Swim with BubblesThe Wild Encounters Tour, the Night Safari Tour, and the Swim with the Animals Private Encounters Tour are only available by reservation. Visitors should schedule their tour three weeks in advance to assure that the tour can accommodate your preferences. 

Visitors must be 6 years of age or older for the three encounter tours. All ages are welcome at the Preservation Station for tours and photos. 

In addition, prices vary depending on the type of tour and amount of guests so we recommend looking at the pricing before you book. 

South Bay inn & Suites welcomes all Myrtle Beach safari-goers, with a convenient location to both of the Myrtle Beach Safari locations. Book now to enjoy South Bay’s amenities and the excitement of the Myrtle Beach Safari. We also can’t wait to share even more fun family activities with you throughout your stay!