Wilderness Southeast Tours
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Wilderness Southeast (WiSE) has been leading people into nature for 40years. WiSE Nature Tours can be 2 hours to a whole day, and are eitherScheduled or Customized. You might choose to paddle a quiet blackwatercypress swamp, indulge in close (but safe) observation of alligators and/orbirds, or ride a motorboat through winding marsh creeks to stroll down awide, empty beach while you beachcomb for seashells. All tours are easyadventures; none are strenuous. Most are as appropriate for seniors as foryoung families.Professionally led by personable and local guides, WiSE tours occur allaround Savannah. All feature seasonal native flora and fauna, and will helpyou see and understand more about this beautiful and intriguing part of theworld. Expert guides weave stories of human history and culture into thenatural environment you are exploring. The friendly and professional staffis passionate about the area and loves sharing it with you. Guides enjoyanswering questions, and yet will always give you time to relax and enjoythe beauty of the place. You choose the focus and whether you want tostroll, motorboat, or paddle.Having a car is easiest as tours typically begin 15 to 30 minutes away fromdowntown Savannah. Efforts will be made to accommodate those withoutvehicles. If you have a vehicle for just a day, staff can providesuggestions of places to enjoy following your tour. Choosing betweenscheduled and customized tours involves questions of cost and flexibility.The WiSE office staff will happily answer your questions (phone or email),and help you choose the best exploration for you and your companion(s). Theywant to enhance your enjoyment of the Savannah area. Marvelous experiencesawait singles, couples, families, groups of friends, seniors, photographers,birders, clubs and school groups.
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Abigail W
2 contributions
May 2021
I can't recommend this trip enough. The creek was absolutely gorgeous, and Garrett was incredibly knowledgeable about every aspect of it, from the history of the area to each and every plant and animal that we encountered - he even knew where to look for certain "local" alligators (one of which we ended up catching a glimpse of!) The three hours flew by. I was initially a bit leery of a three-hour canoe trip as I'd just been getting over a bad injury, but Garrett was more than accommodating and it turned out to be no issue at all. It was relaxing, fun, and informative, and we definitely considered it to be a highlight of our trip - we'll definitely book one of the other tours when we return!
Written June 27, 2021
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care_traveler
atlanta, georgia47 contributions
Sep 2020
We were fortunate to spend the better part of a day with Garret and captain Joel at Wassaw Island which is essentially a nature preserve. Garret is knowledgeable about the island's history, ecology, flora and fauna and was happy to share his knowledge with us. Our trip was easy-going and not a pressured experience. We were able to spend time to ourselves walking the island's flat sandy beach while marveling at the many horseshoe crab exoskeletons, sand dollars and letter olive shells present that day during low tide. Late September seemed to be a fantastic time to visit the island due the abundance of brightly colored butterflies in the wooded marsh area we walked through and also along the beach dunes and ridges.
Written October 4, 2020
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RL-ATL
Atlanta, GA43 contributions
May 2021
Our canoe trip with Garret was the highlight of our vacation in Savannah. Beautiful, relaxing and a great tour guide. We want to return and take a wild island tour with him. It is not rough waters and does not require much kill, just a little patience sometimes as we navigated around the cypress trees. And a great lunch recommendation at The Wyld!
Written May 15, 2021
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lmcarter77
Kenton, OH62 contributions
May 2012 • Family
Our family loves Savannah so much. We decided to make the 13 hour drive to spend the weekend. Each time we go we try something new. I came across the Savannah National Refuge on a website. I had debated on spending the money for the tour because I saw you could drive the trail for free. I am so glad I decided to spend the money. Becky was our tour guide and was excellent. She was friendly, knowledgeable, and even gave us the name of a local BBQ restaurant. While on our tour we saw many cars drive through, but they missed out on seeing the alligators and hearing the history of the area from Becky. Most of the alligators we saw we never would have seen without her. Our kids range from age 5-23 and they all loved the tour as much as the rest of us.
Written August 13, 2012
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1see-the-world1
Beijing China7 contributions
Jul 2012 • Couples
Took a canoe trip down Ebenezer Creek and we really enjoyed the tour. Our guide, Kristin was friendly and very knowledgeable. The experience on the creek was relaxing and informative. I would highly recommend this tour and Wilderness Southeast Tours for anyone wanting a nice peaceful day out on the river

If I could recommend 2 things that I think would make the tour more enjoyable - If the guides carried some bottled water on the trip for the guests it would make it a bit more enjoyable on the hot days and we seemed to encounter some difficulties paying online, though there was no problem paying the guide on the day of the trip.
Written August 1, 2012
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I am so very glad you enjoyed your tour! Thank you also for your suggestions, and I am particularly sorry that you apparently got thirsty during your time on the water. We used to send bottled water with the guide on every tour, but stopped when over a year went by with all guests having brought their own water bottles. So we just changed to listing water to bring on the tours, along with such things as sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, hat, and shoes that can get wet. We know the website needs updating, and that project is in the early stages. We certainly do plan to make the online payment easier for all. I am delighted that you enjoyed both the atmosphere and the informational content of your tour, as well as the genuine friendliness of your guide. Thank you again for your comments.
Written August 29, 2012
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Matt B
Washington DC, DC6 contributions
May 2012 • Couples
Anyone interested in the birds of Savannah/Tybee Island would do well to reserve a 3-hour tour with Diana Churchill. She literally wrote the book on birding in this area and is an informative and patient bird guide. We saw some great birds in the marsh and on the beaches of Tybee and Diana was a huge help in distinguishing the birds and teaching us how to do the same. Well worth the fee and we will definitely book tours with WISE on future visits
Written June 4, 2012
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Peace4theWorld
Asheville, NC11 contributions
Nov 2011 • Couples
Ours was the Beaches and Borders trip, though we spent most of our time in the borders - salt marsh on Tybee Island, with a brief stop at the beaches there. We got there just before the peak of low tide and got to watch egrets feeding and tiny fiddler crabs skittering among the grasses. Our guide, Becky, was deeply knowledgeable and engaging and not only showed us around the marsh but did a great job of putting it in ecological context. Our tour was 2-4 p.m. and we spent 3/4 of the time in the marsh, with no regrets. Definitely bring a camera and wading shoes. The time of our trip, over Thanksgiving weekend, turned out to be a great time of year to go. Temps were near 70 with no bugs. We strongly recommend this tour to anyone who wants a the larger picture of how the ecology of the Georgia coast works.
Written November 30, 2011
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Sky
Richmond, VA31 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
Did the Blackwater Creek canoe tour. It was beyond awesome! I am a bit scared of water but Wilderness made the whole experience very calming. After we booked, Garrett (I think) emailed us very detailed instructions and exactly what to do. Our tour guide was so helpful and didn't make fun of me for being nervous. He let us set the pace and pointed out points of interest. The scenery and experience is something I'll remember forever. A must do when visiting the area!
Written July 14, 2016
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brooksj
Ottawa, OH42 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
My husband, 21 and 17 year old sons, and I had been wanting to paddle a swamp and looked into Congaree National Park, but decided against it after reading about the family that go lost there trying to venture out on their own.

When we found this guided tour with Wilderness Southeast on Tripadvisor we called immediately to schedule. Garrett was our contact and guide for this wonderful experience. He made it so easy! He gave us directions. We showed up and he was already there with all the equipment ready to go. All we had to do was get in the canoes and enjoy nature at its best.

For several hours he guided us through the beautiful, peaceful tupelo and cypress swamp. Although the water was up several feet from a recent heavy rain, the water wasn't murky at all, and the paddling was very easy with almost no current. We saw a night heron on its nest, several kinds of woodpeckers, a gator, turtles, dragon flies,... Garrett was a wealth of information on all the species in the Ebenezer Creek ecosystem, the local history, and even gave us some recommendations for lunch and supper when we drove back to Savannah.

Truthfully, I enjoyed this paddle through the swamp much more than the tour of Savannah, the walk in Forsyth Park, and all the little touristy places we saw in Savannah combined. If my family returns to the area, we'll likely call Garrett at Wilderness Southeast and do the Wassaw Island tour with him next time.
Written June 20, 2016
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Stacey G
Savannah, GA3 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
Garret Jones of Wilderness Southeast took my cousin and myself on a fantastic kayaking tour just off of Skidaway Island. Garret took us on a low intensity tour with LOTS to see and appreciate. Its not often a teenager walks away impressed but my cousin really was. We were able to see (up close) dolphins, fiddler crabs, birds of so many varieties, live oysters, and periwinkles to name a few. I cannot wait to take another Wilderness Southeast Tour. Thank you so much.
Written July 14, 2015
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