Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Our Travels to Billi's Swamp Safari


Billie Swamp Safari, Florida Everglades

Billie Swamp Safari[/caption] Billie Swamp Safari is located on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation in Clewiston, FL.  This is a great place to visit, to learn about the different types of snakes and animals found in the Everglades.  They have different shows, air boat rides and the famous Swamp Buggy Tour.  I have been wanting to visit here forever.  I had always wanted to ride on that Swamp Buggy and when i told people about it, they would just look at me crazy. - LOL Well, Nadia came home from school one day with a permission slip for the Billie Swamp Safari.  There was no way she was going without me too.  Yes, I will chaperone!  Yikes, I have never chaperoned a class field trip before!  Yes, I have volunteered at the school before, but never on a field trip. So, before I arrived at school that day I was more nervous of the kids than of the swamp critters, but as soon as I arrived in the class room, I was at ease.  I love kids and the whole grade was so well-behaved and good.  We ALL had a great time. Anyway let me tell you about the adventure:


Nadia's class was on the last bus and Nadia wanted us to sit up front.  We drove a while on Alligator Alley and then turned off halfway and headed 30 miles North to Clewiston.  I did not realize it was this far away from Alligator Alley.  We were traveling on a two-lane highway for quite sometime and you could spot some alligators  in the water along side the road.  The kids were very excited.  Then all of a sudden, I spotted a WILD HOG come running out in front of the bus.  I was in such shock that all I could yell out was "there's a PIG!"  The bus driver was able to slow down in time and I think we were all in shock.  We all laughed afterwards.  It was big, tan in color with black hair on its razor back. Sorry guys, I was in such shock, I could not get to my camera in time. As soon as we all arrived, we headed over to The Swamp Critter Show.

Billie Swamp Safari, Florida Everglades

Billie Swamp Safari, Florida Everglades

We then headed over to the Air boat Rides.  What fun was that and such beautiful scenery.  I am used to seeing just miles of miles of sawgrass when I go on an air boat ride, but this place had much different views.

Billie Swamp Safari, Florida Everglades

Billie Swamp Safari, Florida Everglades

Billie Swamp Safari, Florida Everglades

Billie Swamp Safari, Florida Everglades

Billie Swamp Safari, Florida Everglades

Yes, even this big guy was found out there.  It was neat to see the water buffalo cross through the water.  Our guide was really good with the kids.  We learned about mistletoe and that it is very poisonous.  I did not even know we had that in Florida let a lone in the Everglades. After lunch we walked over to the Florida Panther Exhibit.

Panther at Billie Swamp Safari, Florida Everglades

We then went on a nature walk.  Good Lord! were the Alligators huge!  I have never seen any that big before let alone not behind a wall in the zoo.  We were up on a boardwalk.  Look how they blend in:

Billie Swamp Safari, Florida Everglades

On our walk, we saw one of the Chickees you can rent to camp in.

Billie Swamp Safari, Florida Everglades

Now it was time for the Venomous Snake Show. This was great, because the guide showed all the poisonous snakes of Florida except for the Coral Snake.  He really stressed to the kids to be very careful out in nature cause the snakes can really blend in to their surroundings and they are not to be played with.
Pygmy Rattlesnake - Billie Swamp Safari, Florida Everglades
Pigmy Rattlesnake
Cottonmouth Water Moccasin  Billi's Swamp Safari, Florida Everglades
Cottonmouth Water Moccasin
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake  Billi's Swamp Safari, Florida Everglades
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
I did not get up close to these snakes.  The guide took my camra and kept it up there with him so he could take the pictures safely. Alright, now was the time I had been waiting for, the SWAMP BUGGY TOUR!!!
Swamp Buggy Tour at Billi's Swamp Safari
The Swamp Buggy
I think we had about 4 Swamp Buggies for our group.  It was a lot of fun as we bounced along. Our guide was very good and joked around with the kids, while teaching them about how the Seminoles survived in the swamp.  It was very interesting.  We drove through water and on land.  We passed some more Buffalo and drove through a Hammock Area, where Panthers have been seen, unfortunately we did not see any Panthers on this ride. Our buggy passed by an air boat tour:

Here are some other sights that we saw:

Billi's Swamp Safari Florida Everglades

Billi's Swamp Safari Florida Everglades

Well, that concludes our Billie Swamp Safari Adventure.  We all had a great time, learned a lot and the staff was really great and patient.



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