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Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Billie Swamp Safari Introduces New Exclusive “Swamp Buggy” Eco-Tour

Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Billie Swamp Safari Introduces New Exclusive “Swamp Buggy” Eco-Tour ( Billie Swamp Safari, located on the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation, will debut a new 90-minute, in-depth eco-tour of the Florida Everglades. The Exclusive Swamp Buggy Eco-Tour is a private tour that will be available for booking seven days a week between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The tour will be offered beginning April 1, 2008.

“This new tour is an extended version of our 60-minute, 32-person capacity Swamp Buggy Eco-Tour and is designed for guests who seek to indulge all five of their senses while exploring the Florida Everglades with our most experienced guides in a more personalized setting,” said Park Director Ed Woods.
Cost for the new 90-minute tour is $375 for up to four people, $425 for five people and $475 for six people maximum. Reservations are now being taken at 800-GO-SAFARI. The fee includes a traditional Seminole sampler platter (frog legs, gator nuggets, catfish, and fry bread) prior to departure, 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.

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 for 60 minutes. 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 8:30 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 7:30 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 To book a day or overnight package, log onto

Cindy Malin Billie Swamp Safari 954/614-6848

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