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Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

Where can I start... This was my favorite part of our mini-cation in Savannah. We went on our last day before heading home, and I wish we would have went every day we were there. The scenery, the birds, the alligators, the turtles, the people; all of it was amazing. We met a local couple who were biking through the scenic drive, and they gave us tips on the best places to see gators (between mile 2.5 and 3.5, look on the bank of the water to the right). We wound up seeing 32 gators! There were oodles of birds, and we saw a lot of birders there enjoying it, as well. One of the park rangers also stopped to make sure we were enjoying it, and it turns out he grew up near where we live. Small world!

Thank Kristen C
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

I was debating whether or not we should come here since it was either this or Fort Pulaski, but I'm so glad we chose here instead!

We arrived at the visitor center and were greeted by a friendly lady (originally from Ottawa) who quickly acquainted us with things to do at the refuge. She even gave the kids some activity sheets to work on and gave them little prizes at the end of their completion~a nice touch!

It was raining lightly when we arrived, so we spent some time in the visitor center. Then the weather cleared up so we walked the trail in the back.

Since the ground was still wet, we decided to do the 4 mile driven trail. Thank God at this point it wasn't raining, so we were able to get out along the drive and stop for pictures. Even though the sun was out it was still a bit cloudy, so I was surprised at all the gators we were able to see. The kids were ecstatic,and said this was their favourite place of their whole 10 day vacation! And it cost me nothing!

Overall a great place to spend a few hours, or a full day. Would Highly recommend!!

Thank TOtravlr
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

We have revisited the Savannah Refuge a number of times since we first discovered it. It is easily our favourite place in the Hilton Head/Savannah area. These Wildlife Refuges are hidden gems, full of natural delights. On this visit we saw a few gators just stirring, but thousands of different types of birds. Don't expect fancy tourist facilities - these places are primarily what they say they are, safe places for birds and animals, and people are secondary. So I see it as a privilege to quietly observe all the creatures there.
The new Visitor Centre is wonderful, though not easy to find due to poor signage on the roads. This is not the fault of the refuge, apparently the Department of Transport will not allow them to place their own road signs. So the refuge has put a couple of excellent maps on line, which you should print out before you go... they are clear and precise.
This year we are in the area for 2 weeks and plan a second visit before we head home. And another bonus - it is free to visit!

1  Thank Monica W
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed this experience! The Wildlife refuge is a beautiful place with an easy to follow roadway system that allows you to stay in your car while traveling through the old rice plantation and seeing all of the wildlife there (I saw birds, turtles, crabs, butterflies, and alligators). While you can be more daring and get out of your car to walk down off-road paths, I felt that it was too much of a risk with no knowing where alligators or snakes may be lurking in the tall grass. I stayed in my car and was still able to see all of the wildlife I was promised and more. I highly recommend starting at the visitor center and watching the short 15min video of how the wildlife refuge came into existence. You can also pick up a guide map so you know what you will be running into while in the swampy area.

1  Thank LeahDB3
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

We drove around the refuge hoping to find a couple of alligators. We even parked the car a few times to really looked hard for gators but had no luck. After reading this, most people may think we were disappointed but truth be told we were happy. Instead of gators, we found peace and serenity surrounding us the whole time we were in the habitat. The day was cloudy and a little cool but it didn't dampen our spirits but instead uplifted it. So now every time I'm stressed out, I can look back to the afternoon we spent in heaven.

2  Thank MrEdnWilbur
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