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“Wonderful Day”

Everglades Day Safari
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Small-Group Tour: Everglades Adventure Day Trip from Ft Lauderdale
Ranked #1 of 13 Outdoor Activities in Davie
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Owner description: The Everglades Day Safari is the only full-day ecotour of the Everglades. Guests are escorted around the Everglades by boat cruise through the mangrove forest, by airboat across the sawgrass prairie and on foot through a cypress swamp. Lunch is provided including alligator appetizers!
Reviewed October 14, 2009

I can't express how absolutely wonderful this trip was. We had so much fun. While we were exhausted by the end of the day, we would do it again and recommend this trip to everyone in the area. Our trip was great, our tour guide was beyond wonderful )unfortunately I don't think he's there any longer - Dwayne I think it was). This trip is worth every penny and then some. We had a great time, took wonderful pics and had an experience not everyone gets to have - do not let the competitors fool you, these are the guys you want!

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Reviewed May 20, 2009

We were picked up, with one other couple, at a location just outside Ft. Myers Beach at 7:30am, and for the rest of the day the four of us didn't have to worry about a thing. Manfred, our guide and driver, was wonderful. Great sense of humor, and kept us informed throughout the day. Even provided binoculars for our use for the day. The boat ride was relaxing and fun - saw lots of birds from eagles to herons, as well as dolphins. The airboat ride was amazing. So many alligators! We stayed close to shore so also saw many birds and the occassional cow - Manfred said there must be a hole in the dairy farm's fence. Manfred took us down a dirt road to see the different landscapes of the Everglades and was very willing to stop for photos at any time. We went at the end of the "dry" season so not much water throughout, but Manfred described what it would be like after the rains come so well that we could visualize it.
The trip isn't cheap, but we found it a great way to see the most of the Everglades for the least amount of stress - actually, no stress. We would definitely recommend it.

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Reviewed January 26, 2009

I recently had the greatest vacation experience ever! I went on an in-depth tour of the Florida Everglades with Everglades
Day Safari. The naturalist who led our tour was so knowledgeable - it seemed that he knew and cared about everything in the Everglades. We went on an airboat ride that was thrilling and a boat ride and saw dolphins!!!! Lunch was wonderful - I would love to go back to Florida and go on this safari again!!! Everglades Day Safari was one of the best things I have ever done while on a vacation. I highly recommend it.

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Reviewed January 25, 2009

My husband and I took the Everglades Day Safari out of Ft. Myers. We absolutely loved it! Our guide, Dr. Manfred Dangel, was unbelieveably knowledgeable with a touch of humor. He made the periods of driving most educational and enjoyable. An hour nature walk took us into a Cypress Swamp where we saw bald eagles, two snakes, a mother alligator and a few generations of her babies at an alligator hole. Many birds were also seen. From there we went to Everglades National Park and took a 90 minute boat ride through the mangroves into Florida Bay and out to the Gulf of Mexico. We saw dolphin and many shore birds. A manatee was also seen as we arrived back at the dock. After a great lunch, we drove through back roads and wound up at Lake Trafford where we boarded an airboat for a truly fantastic hour of wildlife viewing - hundreds of alligators and birds. We will recommend this GREAT trip to all of our northern friends and family!

4  Thank lac1229
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Reviewed December 6, 2008

I heard of the tour through blogging on a cruise chatboard and was given an e-mail address. I sent an e-mail asking how to book the trip and appropriate clothing required but the response was somewhat disappointing and simply provided the office's main telephone number.

Being reassured by folks on the chat board I was using that the neither the trip ot the guide would be disappointing, I waited until we arrived in Fort Lauderdale and called the number and I am pleased to say the response was extremely pleasant. After answering all my questions, the person on the end of the telephone took our booking and gave very clear and helpful directions to our meeting point, took our cell number incase of emergencies and ensured we had a contact number should the need arise prior to the trip.

We were picked up for the eco tour promptly and the guide, Dwayne ensured my husband knew what time to expect us back.

Though the drive was long to each point (the boat rides and the hiking point), our guide stopped many times to point out wildlife and at any time we asked to stop for a 'photo he was very obliging. There were about 7 folks on the trip and the van was clean, well air conditioned and very comfortable with easy viewing from all seats.

The relaxing boat cruise thru the Everglades is about 1 1/2 hours long and narrated by a concessionaire of the National Park Service - We were thrilled to see dolphins galore and many beautiful birds.

The nature walk was so much fun and our guide showed us so many hidden treasures and unusual foliage as well as answered many questions.

The Airboat ride was on a very shallow everglades lake full of alligators and birds. During this we saw snakes (uggh!), many alligators, fabulous birds and turtles. We also visisted a hammock and heard how the native Indians lived in these communtities.

The rest stops are pretty basic but there are souvenirs to be had too. The restaurant we stop at for lunch is well organised and situated but some on our trip felt they needed a longer break there than was provided.

Overall, this was an amazing experience. There is a lot of driving but all the time it is informative but the time actually experiencing and seeing the beauty of the Everglades is so worth the drive.

Take along a good supply of drinking water and a couple of snacks to keep you going before and after the lunch.

5  Thank MAXII
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