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Texas Safari Camp

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· Kaufman, Kaufman, Texas
31 acres hosted by Randall O.
1 lodging site · 40 tent sites
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Welcome to Texas Safari Camp Escape the stresses of city living on this heavily wooded 31 acre pristine wildlife habitat. Relax your body, refresh your mind, heart and spirit. Only one hour east of Dallas but it feels like another world. This piece of east Texas paradise is 20 minutes from Buc-ee's, restaurants, grocery stores and about 25 minutes from Canton First Monday. We offer a much more personal experience than any State Park. Your host is Randall Oliver, a woodworking artist whose energy, creative vision and love of the outdoors have transformed this property into the jewel that it is. He has been organizing group campouts for 30 years and enjoys hosting, bringing people together and inspiring a passion for the outdoors. Everyone is sincerely welcomed regardless of race, religion, color, creed or sexual orientation. Randall enjoys sitting around the campfire with his guests, sharing stories, laughter and good will. He can teach your kids how to build a campfire and paddle a kayak. This property is his back yard and the people who camp here are treated like family. At the end of a one lane rock road- this is a very secluded, QUIET and safe property. It is perfect for tent campers (sorry no RV's) with abundant clean, flat tent sites. It's positive vibe attracts good people (including a lot of first time campers) and is more peaceful and relaxing than most state parks. It is next to a 950 acre wildlife park. The Texas Zoofari Park has 900 exotic animals, many can be seen from the road (or you can pay to drive through). This can make for some interesting wildlife noises while sitting around a campfire. While it adjoins the wildlife park on two sides, Texas Safari Camp is in no way affiliated with Texas Zoofari Park. This is an environmentally important property. This is part of the largest virgin, old-growth forest in Kaufman county. The only clearing has been done around the ponds. No hunting is allowed. It has never been in ag use and all of the native brush and cover has been left to benefit the wildlife. Imagine two ponds in the middle of a forest. Enjoy swimming and kayaking in the clear water front pond. Kayaks and paddleboards are available on request. Both ponds are stocked with bass, cat, crappie and bluegill. You can hike the jungle trail back to a peaceful, secluded seating and hammock area we call Heaven. There is plenty of room for camping around the front pond and four established communal fire pits. You can camp on the front berm for an elevated view of the property. The back pond has two camping areas with firepits. Deep in the jungle, it offers a higher degree of seclusion but it is farther from the parking areas and outhouses. There are no preassigned campsites- it is first come first serve. Camping is $22 per person per night. Kids 12 and under are $12.00 per kid per night. Day visits are $12 each for kids and adults, payable in cash upon arrival. Friendly, non barking and leashed dogs are allowed for free. Most people camp around the front pond but you can camp anywhere. Campfires are restricted to the existing fire rings. There is a rustic outhouse with a modern, ventilated composting toilet and sink and a hummingbird window touch of class. Water and electricity is available behind my home as well as an open air cold water shower. The hand crafted Hummingbird Treehouse has leaded glass windows, screened operable windows and a loft sleeping area with an operable porthole window. It overlooks the front pond and features a full size bed, lights and outdoor tables and chairs. Bring your own sleeping bags to enjoy this comfortable and classy alternative to tent camping. It rents for $80 per night for two people. No food, smoking or pets are allowed in the tree house. Texas Safari Camp Rules There are no specific site reservations so it’s first come, first served. Tent camping only- no vehicles allowed on the property. Off road wagons are provided for hauling your gear back to camp. Front pond camping areas are 30-100 yards from the two parking areas. Wagons must be returned to parking area after being unloaded. Careful, humane catch and release fishing only in the two ponds and only single, barbless hooks are allowed. There is some split firewood and you can gather and burn sticks off the ground. Bring your own firewood is case we are running low. No chainsaws, no cutting, carving or harvesting wood from trees. All garbage (including food scraps) must be packed out. No burning of garbage. Parents of non swimming children must provide a personal flotation device (PFD / life jacket) and personally supervise their swimming. No sun block or insect repellent can be used by swimmers. All forms of hunting, guns, bow and arrows, bb guns, slingshots and weapons of any kind are forbidden. No electronic music is allowed (without ear buds), acoustic music is allowed but there is a 10pm to 8am curfew for noise. Campers must be respectful of the property and other campers. Auto alarms must be disabled. Loud, vulgar and drunken behavior, fireworks, generators or anything that disrupts the peace and tranquility of the property is forbidden. Property has minimal cellular service.
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David W.recommends
April 11, 2024
Texas Safari Camp
Camping with insects
We had a great time during our few nights stay at the campsite. There are several campsites to choose from and would highly encourage you to bring bug deterrent for ants, mosquitos and spiders. If you plan on staying more than one night, I encourage to bring a portable shower. kayaks are amazing and lovely hospitality.
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Morgan H.recommends
April 10, 2024
Texas Safari Camp
So much fun!
Camping at Texas Safari Camp was incredible! Our host made it easy to tote our supplies back and forth from our campsite, as there's no cars allowed in the back camping areas which we thought made the experience better. It is secluded, off the beaten path, and quiet. We passed beautiful fields of flowers on our way in, and ended up across the street from a real Safari park. We made friends with the Emu's! If you are really quiet at night you can hear some of the cool sounds they make. The pond provided more fun, with paddle boards and kayaks available. There are plenty of campsites to choose from, but they are primitive! He does have a beautiful outhouse and Porta potty for use and a sink near each. There is an outdoor shower too. He also built a little treehouse that we enjoyed some evening drinks at. The bugs were surprisingly not that bad either, but we did use bug spray. The stars were bright out there as well. It's also close enough to town (about 20 min) if you need to grab anything last minute! Highly recommend to anyone visiting this part of Texas.
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Dan W.recommends
April 10, 2024
Texas Safari Camp
Camping with nature
The area is beautiful with lots of trees for shade. Multiple locations to pitch a tent and still feel secluded from other campsites. He also has a pond where you can swim, kayak, paddle board or just sit there by the water!.
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Brittany P.recommends
April 10, 2024
Texas Safari Camp
Randall was a great host for a quick camping trip during the solar eclipse. The land was beautiful and tucked away for a quiet, secluded getaway. He even prepared his land to accommodate more campers for a more packed weekend due to the solar eclipse. All and all this is a great place and would recommend to others!
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Brandon S.recommends
April 9, 2024
Texas Safari Camp
It was a wonderful stay! We were able to hike, swim, kayak, and lounge on various equipment like hammocks and tire swings. It's also close enough to Dallas to have a full day of fun there and come back to a nice, quiet day. A refreshing retreat from the everyday bustle of life outside of the woods.
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David T.recommends
April 9, 2024
Texas Safari Camp
It's at the end of a long private road so there's very little reason for unwelcome visitors to be wandering by. It's not a state park. It's peaceful and serene and run by a guy with lots of experience hosting people camping on his land. The rules regarding vehicles and noise and trash and chemicals make for a very pleasant camping experience.
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Kaufman, Kaufman, Texas, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Jumanos, Wichita, Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo), and Tawakoni First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Randall O.Joined in January 2024
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