Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Billie Swamp Safari Introduces New Exclusive “Swamp Buggy” Eco-Tour.
BIG CYPRESS SEMINOLE RESERVATION / FLORIDA EVERGLADES – Billie Swamp Safari, located on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, now offers a new in-depth eco-tour of the Florida Everglades. The Exclusive VIP Eco-Tour is a private tour that is available for booking seven days a week between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Reservations are required 14 days in advance, call for earlier availability 800-GO-SAFARI.
Cost for the VIP tour is $200 per person which includes a 90 minute private swamp buggy eco-tour, 20 minute airboat ride, refreshments on excursions, sample platter, personal guide, access to all shows, private meet and greet with the animal handlers plus a special “survivor” memento.
On the personalized tour, visitors will have the opportunity to witness first-hand this unique ecosystem on the edge of civilization and the solitary beauty of tropical hardwood hammocks, cypress domes, air plants and gum sloughs.
Here are a few examples of what guests may experience:
SEE: Native and exotic animals from alligators, crocodiles, deer, antelope and bison to razorback hogs, snakes and countless species of birds plus the fascinating indigenous and endangered flora of the Florida Everglades. The rare Florida panther has even been sighted at Billie Swamp Safari.
HEAR: The varied avian songs and calls of wildlife as well as other mysterious sounds of nature heard only within this wetland.
TASTE: Seminole traditional foods such as gator tail, frog legs and fry bread in addition to numerous native fruits, berries, and plants of the Florida Everglades including muscadine grapes, beauty berries and bay leaves. (Based on availability).
SMELL: The fresh clean air and the many native flowering plants and trees.
TOUCH: The sharp “blades” of sawgrass and the rough scoots on an alligator’s back.
For more than 15 years, tourists from around the world have experienced the wonders of this amazing 2,200-acre eco-heritage wildlife park. On the large swamp buggies that can accommodate up to 32, guests travel comfortably high above the Everglades’ wet prairie edge. Visitors can also glide effortlessly on a watery trail aboard one of the park’s thrilling airboat rides. Snake and Alligator Shows as well as a Swamp Critter Show are scheduled daily. True adventurers can stay overnight in a traditional Seminole chickee.
In the main compound area, visitors can enjoy an authentic Seminole village with many native Seminole chickees, a beautiful boardwalk nature trail, live animal and bird exhibits, including a herpetarium, an alligator pit, a traditional council house, a restaurant and a gift shop. The gift shop is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is filled with native arts, crafts, clothing, jewelry and souvenirs. The Swamp Water Café serves American fare and Seminole delicacies and is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Billie Swamp Safari is located between Fort Lauderdale and Naples. Take Alligator Alley (I-75) to exit 49 (833) north for 19 miles. For further information, contact Billie Swamp Safari at 800-949-6101 (in the US and Canada) or 863-983-6101 (international.) Visit us online at www.billieswamp.com. To book a day or overnight package, log onto www.billieswamp.com.
Children 3 and under are not eligible to ride an airboat. PLEASE CALL 800-949-6101 FOR AVAILABILITY. All scheduled times are approximate. Inclement weather may affect tour/ride times. Sorry – NO pets allowed in park (PETS LEFT IN CAR WILL BE REMOVED AT OWNER’S EXPENSE) and no refunds.