Minelab Safari

Minelab Safari metal detector
  • Model Features

    • Manufacturer: Minelab (Australia)
    • Model: Safari
    • Year: 2009
    • Type: ground detector
    • Rating (owner reviews): ★★★★☆
    • Display: Yes
    • Technology: FBS
    • Frequency: 1,5...100 kHz
    • VDI / Numerical Target-ID: Yes
    • Manual ground balance: No
    • Automatic ground balance: Yes
    • Noise cancel: Yes
    • Sound, tones: 3
    • Adjusting the volume: Yes
    • Pinpoint: Yes
    • Using headphones: Yes
    • Search coil: Minelab FBS 11 DD
  • Parameters

    • Batteries: 8x AA
    • Weight: 1,65 kg
    • Length (min/max): 110-136 cm

Coils for Minelab Safari



The Minelab Safari is a simple professional metal detector. With the help of this device even a beginner will be able to find coins, lost jewelry and other no less valuable items. The Safari is exclusively designed for ground search, but it can also be worked with in water, however, the detector should be submerged up to the control box (the coil is waterproof only, whereas the control box of the detector isn’t).



The Minelab Safari metal detector is developed on FBS technology which allows the user to search at 28 frequencies in the range of 1.5-100 kHz. The device is equipped with an informative LCD-screen below which main control buttons are located.


The Safari has some preset detect modes that allow the user to begin searching for certain objects immediately after switching on the unit.



The metal detector has enough settings and functions which make it possible to enhance the abilities of the detector in search. For example, the basic ones include: VDI/TargetID, discrimination setting, adjustable sensitivity, ground balance, threshold, pinpoint mode and noise cancel for minimizing electrical interference.




The discriminator is adjusted in the range from -10 to +40. The sensitivity is set from 0 to 20.The Minelab Safari metal detector has an automatic and manual ground balance. The threshold is adjusted manually with the range of 0-40. A 3-tone audio response is applied for indicating a find and has an adjustable volume. There is a 6.35mm headphone socket.



The Minelab Safari metal detector comes with a Minelab FBS 11 DD coil as standard equipment. For this device there exist a great number of other coils of different manufacturers, sizes and parameters. The power supply of the unit is 8 АА usual batteries or rechargeable ones. The size of the detector is adjusted: 105-137cm. The weight of the Minelab Safari excluding batteries (assembled) is 1.65kg.








5 Responses to Minelab Safari

  • I am a beginner and plan to search for gold in the out back scrub lands of Australia. I am only looking for gold nuggets and do not have interest for coils or other rings in the sand etc. Is the Minelab safari Pro the ideal starter detector for gold nuggets or would another version of the Minelab range be better perhaps where price is not the essential factor to consider.

  • I recently obtained a Safari. I’m disappointed that there is not a verifiable way of seeing and feeling confident about its ground balance. I guess That I’m just supposed to just believe? Other detectors in this price range make ground balancing a big deal. With instructions like pumping the detector up and down to the ground to achieve a good ground balance. I haven’t found any instruction with the Safari other than it’s automatic. What gives?

    • That’s true Safari, Explorer SE and E-Trac have only “automatic Ground
      Balance”. It was specially made for more effective fight with heavy ground
      conditions. The point is not to use “automanic Gain Control” it decrease
      depth significantly. It is recommended to use “manual Gain Control” and
      select it properly for better depth.

  • I live in central Florida. The only historical significance of this state for metal detecting are the coastal areas.

    • As I heard Safari is very effective on salt beaches for Spanish gold
      coins, golden rings and other massive jewelry and not effective for
      thin golden chains.

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