What Is This At Billie Swamp Safari?
This is a shot we took at a Seminole Indian Reservation in the Florida Everglades known as Billie Swamp Safari. Geared toward families, school groups, tourists, or just anyone who likes roughing it in the backcountry, the 2,000 acre reservation offers guests the chance to go airboating through the swamps, spying on bison, water buffalo, heron, turtles, snakes, and, of course, alligators.
The two frisky reptiles you see pictured above? Those would be a pair of African spur thighed tortoises, who live in a herpetarium at the main visitor's center. Though the land-dwelling creatures get plenty of attention, it seems they couldn't resist putting on a little show for us when we arrived.
But the best part about this place are the "chickees," or thatched roof dwellings, where visitors can spend the night. The accommodations are certainly rustic, but isn't that part of the fun?
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The native-style chickees are offered a few different ways: single bed, double beds, or waterfront.
We'd recommend coming with a significant other and taking a weekend getaway. Wild gators. No electricity or toilets. The hum of dragonflies. What could be more romantic?
In all seriousness, the site is a ton of fun. On-site activities are limited, so there's no need to spend longer than a night here. But for the thrill of waking up along the banks of a swamp (and maybe even being woken up by the sounds of two tortoises getting to know each other), the trek out to Billie's Swamp Safari is totally worth it.
Basic accommodations start at $40/night for non-waterfront and $50/night for waterfront. Sheets, blankets and pillows are provided, but guests are required to bring their own flashlights, towels and toiletries.
[Photos: HotelChatter; Billie Swamp Safari]