We start our tour in Fort Lauderdale where our guide picks guests up in our custom tour van and begins narrating the tour as we head out to Everglades National Park. There we embark on an airboat ride that glides across the sawgrass prairies of the "River of Grass" in search of alligators, turtles, birds and other wildlife. Upon returning, we board the van and head on a wildlife drive through Big Cypress National Preserve. Guides stop at their favorite spots to sight wildlife including the nature walk - a one-mile round trip exploration of a unique "Cypress Dome" forest on boardwalk. After the walk, we head to the remote island of Everglades City where we enjoy lunch, including alligator appetizers and a choice of sandwiches, baskets and salads. Our final stop for the day is at the Historic Smallwood Store Museum - a century-old trading post which gives us a glimpse into the early life on the island. From there we hop aboard a six-passenger skiff that explores the mangrove wilderness of Everglades National Park in search of dolphins, manatee and other marine wildlife. And then it's back to Fort Lauderdale by sunset!
I am a native Floridian and a certified wildlife biologist. I have been conducting tours since 1998. My parents operated a primate sanctuary in South Florida for 20 years where I developed my interest in wildlife and ultimately the natural and cultural history of South Florida and the Everglades. I began as a tour guide in 1998 and became the owner in 2016, staffing our tours with other wildlife biologists who share their passion for South Florida by leading educational and entertaining tours throughout the Everglades.
Lunch includes alligator appetizers and a choice of beverage and entree. Entrees include shrimp, fish or chicken strip…
Entrance fees to Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve are included.
Our tour vans are suitable for small groups, including an 11, 12 and 13-passenger air conditioned van.
During the tour we will stop at several locations within Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve.
The safari is a day trip that is guided by a naturalist or biologist. Pickup in the greater Fort Lauderdale area is required. We do go rain or shine with the exception of tropical storms. Look at forecast in Ochopee, FL a few hours before the tour to get the only mildly reliable forecast.
Naturalist-led day safari to Everglades