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An airboat tour of and with the Miccosukee Indians
If you’re in Miami, you have to go to the Everglades! In our search for a special & animal friendly tour, we discovered Buffalo Tiger’s Airboat Tours.
From Miami, the trip takes about 40 -60 minutes, depending on the traffic. One must not be put off, when you pass by a variety of very touristic operators, such as Gator Park and Everglades Safari Park. Eventually one discovers Buffalo Tiger’s Airboat Tours on the right side.
The trip is worth it!
Buffalo Tiger’s is a traditional family operated business in the Miccosukee Tribe’s Reservation. They have been conducting tours, to share the beauty of the Everglades with people, for over 20 years. It was founded by the leader of the Buffalo Tiger Family, William Buffalo Tiger (1920-2015). In 1980 he began conducting tours with hovercraft through the Everglades. Ever since then, guided by natives, you can experience and observe the alligators in their natural habitat.
The River of Grass
The Airboat was not crowded, as is the case with other operators. We were only 6 people, including the two of us. The rapid ride on the airboat through the Everglades is loads of fun. Tip: Sit at the front. There you get to experience the ride even more intensely.
We had a very nice native guide named Fabian, who gladly answered all our questions. He even imitated the sound made by the alligator’s mother, which in turn lured them to the boat. You could absolutely see how at ease he was with the animals. Very impressive indeed!
The alligators came so close to the boat, we even could have touched them. They seemed very loving, especially when you consider how dangerous they can be. Really exciting!
During the tour you also get a glimpse into the life of a former Indian village.
Price: $ 27.50 per person
Children 6-10 years: $ 13.75
Children under 5: free
For a 45-minute ride to the different alligator spots and the excursion into the native Indian lifestyle, this price is really ok! Tip: Private tours are also offered.
Buffalo Tiger FL Everglades Airboat Rides
29701 SW 8th St, West Miami, FL, United States