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Everglades Safari

Thursday, March 18, 2004
Ben cruises the Everglades as he goes gator spotting in one of America’s largest national parks.

The Everglades National Park in Florida is 480,000 sq km of swamps and marshes, and is under an hour from the thriving, busy city of Miami.

One of America's largest national parks, granted that status in 1947 by President Harry Truman, much of it remains untouched. It is an ecologically sensitive area and home to thousands of indigenous species of wildlife, including 750,000 alligators. Those who live on the outer rim have lost any fear they may have had of boats, and will surface at the sound of a guide emulating a female alligator call.

Their very existence is governed by the weather. The amount of sun determines the sex of the embryo in the egg — temperatures above 90°F produce males, and below 90°F, females. Too many of one sex can create large problems. An over-abundance of males means not enough partners and savage fighting breaks out.

Everglades Safari Park operates airboat rides through the waters and it's the only way to get the feel of what is there. This well-known operator enjoys the favour of local government as they are particularly careful about the delicate environment.

Experienced guides glide you through the natural wonder of breathtaking views, lush vegetation and tranquillity.

The Alligator and Wildlife Nature Show gives visitors the chance to get close to and learn about alligators, crocodiles and other exotic creatures.

A stroll along the Jungle Walking Trail with its observation platforms and exhibits is where you spot exotic birds, flora and reptiles. There is also a replica Cheekee Village and the experience is a must for you to photograph.


The southern tip of Florida in the United States


Everglades Safari Park eco adventure tour, including airboat ride and alligator wildlife nature show costs around $30 per person.
Qantas flies daily to Los Angeles with American Airlines codeshare connections to Miami, starting at $2931 from Sydney, $3014 from Brisbane, $3015 from Melbourne, $3329 from Adelaide, $3705 from Darwin and $3836 from Perth, per person. Prices include charges/taxes and are current at time of writing but may vary at time of booking. Seasonal surcharges and conditions apply.

More information

Everglades Safari Park
26700 SW 8th Street
Miami Florida 33194
Ph: 305 226 6923
Fax: 305 554 5666

Qantas: 13 13 13

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