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Buffalo Safari Jeep Tour

Custer  South Dakota
United States
(605) 255-4541
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Midwest Living Review

Joan Lynch Luckett
Get up close and personal with bison and burros during a fun, educational and family-friendly wildlife tour in South Dakota's beautiful Custer State Park.

You can usually see wildlife driving through Custer State Park on your own. But to learn more about what you're seeing and to head through off-road areas only accessible by tour, it's worth for signing up for these 90-minute tours. Meet your guide in front of the State Game Lodge, pile into the open-air wagon and get your camera ready. As you ride through the park, your knowledgeable guide chats about its history, environment and the wildlife. The informative commentary is often spontaneous, as your guide answers your questions and adds fun facts to boot. We like that our guide stopped so we could take pictures and get a closer look at the wildlife.

You may see pronghorn antelope, wild turkeys, deer, mountain goats, prairie dogs and burros. Used to the jeep tours—and to the bread some guests bring—burros aren't shy about approaching the jeeps or poking their heads in to see what they might find. Though the herd of roughly 1,300 bison can roam freely throughout the park, you can see hundreds up close in this restricted, off-road area. Bulls (reaching 2,000 pounds), cows (reaching 1,000 pounds) and calves roam everywhere: along the road, in the middle of the road, up the hills, wherever they want. It's amazing just to watch these massive creatures in their natural environment; the information and stories your guide shares makes the experience even more interesting and fun. 

The experience isn't cheap for a family: Admission is $40 for adults and $30 for children younger than 12. But we think the splurge is worth it to see these majestic animals up close.

September 23, 2012

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