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“Worth it but harder than it needed to be.”

Everglades Day Safari
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Small-Group Tour: Everglades Adventure Day Trip from Ft Lauderdale
Ranked #1 of 12 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!
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“Worth it but harder than it needed to be.”
Reviewed November 5, 2009

Overall, this is a great way to spend a day in SW Fla. Each of the activities on the tour were full of wildlife and great photo opps. The guide offered lots of interesting info.
The van had comfortable seating tho' be first in line if you want to avoid the back row of 4 seats across. The A/C in the back is SO cold!! If it was turned off we roasted. So bring a sweatshirt! Also, the ride between activities can be long. The guide provided alot of good info but having a good book really helped the ride fly by. The biggest drawback is lunch. The food is no better than fast food. The salad bar is mediocre, the blackened fish fillet was probably a frozen fillet, the grilled chicken was tough. If you like chicken fingers and french fries then you will be fine. But don't let a bad lunch keep you from seeing some amazing wildlife and an exciting airboat ride!

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“Wonderful Day”
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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“informative and fun trip”
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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“Awesome Tour”
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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“A Great Everglades Ecotour!”
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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