Package #4 Cabin, Swamp & River, Instruction course

 

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Guided Paddle, Swamp, River / Instruction + Cabin Package # P-Pkg4
Price: $715 one or two people additional persons $150 each up to 4, taxes included – see below for more price info & larger group pricing

Paddle Pkg Tour #4

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Brief Description: 2 Private early morning Guided Paddle Tours – Okefenokee Swamp & the St Marys River or a Kayak Instruction Course, included 3 night stay in a Deluxe Cabin.
Tour Details
Guided Paddle, Swamp, River / Instruction + Cabin Package # P-Pkg4

This Package is a three night stay in one of our deluxe cabins. Including for experienced paddlers, 2 mornings filled with black water private guided paddling pastimes. One guided tour is in the Okefenokee Swamp and the other one is on the St Marys River (paddle tours are # P-OS9 & # P-IR11).

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This is ideal for the novice, total beginner or limited experience kayak paddler, here is how we do it. On the first morning you will receive private kayak tutoring, an entry level kayak paddlers instructional course (paddle tour # P-IR11) including, hands on personally tailored instruction, practice paddling and if you are a fast learner maybe some sightseeing paddling on the St Marys River at the end of the course. Then on the second morning, you will be ready and able to enjoy a private guided kayak tour of Okefenokee Swamp (paddle tour # P-OS9). Included with the paddling is a nice 3 nights stay in a deluxe cabin.

Lodging

This private guided Okefenokee and black water River Tour or Instructional package also features one of our Deluxe Cabin accommodations, located here at the entrance to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and a mile from the St Marys river.

You will be staying in one of our comfortable, clean, cozy and convenient Cabins while doing your private package tours or lessons. It sure makes things so much easier, nicer & better for everyone especially you, to be right here. Enjoy being in the country and the fine natural surroundings, not to mention some great bird watching found here on our 12 acre property.

Take a break from TV (you might need it) although the Cabins have high speed internet WIFI reception and decent cell phone service here. Cabins are Non Smoking. A butt-can and ashtray can be provided for outside only smokers.

Our Cabins are Clean! & Nice! & Private! & Fun! & Reasonable! Charming plus Romantic for couples! You could pay allot more to stay at a B&B in town but it would not be cleaner or nicer, just fancier furniture (ours is simple but comfortable).

A Deluxe Cabin can sleep 4 (but for normal to large size folks, the most comfortable situation is for 2 and no more than 3 adults) with bunk beds and 1 double bed. The cozy one room cabin is air conditioned, heated, has its private bathroom, shower, toilet, sink, a small refrig, microwave, coffee pot, tables, chairs and a screened porch. All the bedding, towels etc. are provided (cabin is non-smoking and candles or cooking with any type of open flame is not allowed in the cabin, see  Deluxe cabin page for details. A picnic table for outdoor cooking (if you bring or rent a stove) and eating on is next to the cabin. A grill and fire ring can be made available for use, certain restrictions apply see the fire info on cabin rental page. Local grocery stores have food & beverages.

Private Kayak Paddling Instruction Course:

This basic instructional course is best done on weekdays and non-holidays during (hot weather) peak seasons. In the warmer months, it may mean instruction with nearby swimmers and some outside distractions. The course may involve up to 3 hours of instruction and practice paddling. You will be given a basic kayak paddling instructional course that hopefully upon completion of this course, (99% pass and are good to go for all our swamp paddle tours) you may have some sightseeing paddle time on the river. The course may include a partial St Marys River Tour if you pick it up quickly.

The focus here will be on you developing the basic paddling skill set and the techniques you will need for swamp and river paddling. Importantly stressed as well, is a thorough instruction on all gear and the safety aspects needed for kayaking in these unique black water worlds, the River and the Swamp. The river does have alligators but nothing like the numbers found in the Okefenokee and not in the area we will be using for the instructional course.

This course is tailor designed for beginners and entry-level paddlers or for those who are a little rusty and would feel better with a brush up. The quicker you get it and the more competent you are with your newly acquired  skills & paddle situation, well then, the more paddle time we may have to enjoy paddling on the beautiful St Marys River.

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A Private Guided St Marys River Tour:

Experienced paddlers will not need an instruction course, so we get right to the private guided St Marys River Paddle Tour. A more experienced yaker or canoeist will certainly enjoy the paddling environment of this isolated and unspoiled river with its beautiful sand bars and older massive cypress formations guaranteed to delight even a jaded river rat. You will be shown some beautiful spots hidden in this pristine treasure. The joys of kayaking or canoeing in this very gentle flat-water wonderland will be apparent.

This private guided tour is about 3 hours of watery explorations, Flora and Fauna observations and just paddling fun on the River. The St Marys River is the Okefenokee’s daughter and Atlantic Ocean connection. The River is an incredibly undeveloped, not really very well known secret “Gem”. The St Marys divides the states of Georgia and Florida. Or, if you enjoy a New World European history perspective. The St Marys River separated colonial England’s southern frontier of the newest and youngest Georgia Colony from what was claimed by Spain as their territory. The Spanish called it Florida.  Kick back relax and enjoy your time paddling on her. We might even stop on one of the numerous sandy Florida or Georgia beaches along the river to get out and stretch a little bit.

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A private Guided Tour of the Okefenokee Swamp:

This is our most popular Paddle Tour for experienced paddlers.

This is an early morning private half day guided kayak or canoe Okefenokee Swamp Tour. It includes up to 3 1/2 hours on the water and it’s approximately 6-8 miles of paddling.

Enjoy the great Okefenokee up close and personal the way it should be in a Kayak or Canoe. We will be gliding under moss draped cypress trees and surrounded by Ty Ty and fetter bush, then venturing out onto Chesser Prairie and the Okefenokee’s grand expanse of low vegetation not to mention the assortments of birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects we’ll share these waters with. Relax and have fun, you can feel the stresses of modern living leaving your body, like letting the air out of a tire.

You should bring: A dry bag for your stuff (seal able plastic or large zip-lock bags will do), optics, field guides, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, rain jackets (we will go rain or shine, remember it is a swamp) you need to bring your own rain gear, insect repellent, comfortable shoes, comfortable clothes, full water bottle, snack and/or gatorade + extra water & bandanna in warmer weather. A small simple first aid kit is a good idea to have along for the self guided river trip (your guide will have one for the swamp). Be prepared and in shape to get some exercise, 6-8 miles of paddling a day is nothing to sneeze at. Hot and cold times of year please check with us about some special instructions. Check our Tour Particulars for weather cancellation policy.

Timing Info: The busiest times at Okefenokee and the River are usually the weekends or holidays, a Friday afternoon, Saturdays and a Sunday after 11AM or almost any time of year except for the slowest months can mean sharing the waterways with others. For those reasons and some other good ones, (like early bird catches the worm). It is important that we go early AM when there is less activity, because we will probably have a better shot at solitude and a higher probability of wildlife sightings along many sections of waterway.

Please understand we must operate on a tight schedule and need for you to respect departure times. Please be punctual, otherwise it lessens your amount of time on the water.

The guided parts of this package are not for a beginner paddler unless they have completed our instruction course. Tours may be seriously be cut short or could be cancelled entirely without a refund if we find participants have not been truthful about paddling experience and/or skill levels. It is important that we have an accurate assessments of all participants paddling skills before getting on the water. We reserve the right to change locations or duration or to make any adjustments necessary according to perceived skill levels in order to have safety as a priority.

Instructional course is for kayakers only.

All participants for guided paddles must choose their boat types at booking time either  kayaks or canoe and remain with that choice throughout the paddle experiences. Sorry no exceptions. If no choice is made at booking time we will choose for you when we load up the boats/gear and no substitutions will be permitted after that time or at the last minute without incurring an outrageous additional fee.

Guide Steve Knight (see guide bio)

Please Note: This package might not be available during our busiest times of March 14th through April 28th. We strongly suggest you book this package 2-3 months ahead during the March 1 through May 15th Springtime period or try for another time. Order and timing of activities is subject to change and rearrangement because of weather factors and certain conditions.

Package info and discounts for more people with more cabins & boats:

To make this package most comfortable for more than two adult size people we suggest you book more than one package. Each package involves one cabin and will be limited to 4 people in a cabin per package. You will have to know an exact number of people participating to be able to book multiple packages.

We offer an extra $100 discount which we will apply to each package purchased after the first one, provided everyone participates together in the multiple packages and at least one adult (parent, guardian or responsible party) is present in each cabin accommodation.

Special considerations please note:

A package with 4 or less participants will always be in one cabin unless additional packages are purchased.

This package might not be available March 1st – May 15th because we book up our few available time slots and cabins fast at these times. Weekdays are your best bet.

Sometimes additions and for sure subtractions of participants in packages especially those wishing refunds for the changes, will not be possible after setting up package reservations especially in Spring, March – May. Please be sure before you book.

There are no refunds on multiple cabins package cancellations – this is usually very costly for us if we are expected to do a cancellation refund.  We will not do it. So again we stress – please be very sure before you book.

Please understand we must operate on a tight schedule and need for you to respect departure times. Please be punctual, otherwise it lessens your amount of time on the water.

The guided parts of this package are not for a beginner paddler unless they have completed our instruction course. Tours may be seriously be cut short or could be cancelled entirely without a refund if we find participants have not been truthful about paddling experience and/or skill levels. It is important that we have an accurate assessments of all participants paddling skills before getting on the water. We reserve the right to change locations or duration or to make any adjustments necessary according to perceived skill levels in order to have safety as a priority.

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