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Black River Safari and Y.s. Falls

Duration: 7 Hours

black river safari and y.s. falls

A trip to truly discover and enjoy the Jamaican rainforest in all its glory! Explore the interior of the forest as we pass through picturesque villages that dot the coastline and enjoy a sailing experience along Jamaica’s longest river. A day full of exciting activities that will end with a visit to the historic “Bamboo Avenue” and a cool dip at the Y.S. falls! 

The trip begins along Jamaica’s dramatic south coast as we go past sleepy fishing villages located by the shore of miles and miles of sandy beaches and centuries old houses. Take the time to fully enjoy the views on the way as we travel to our first destination at Black River. Long ignored as a tourist destination; the Black River is the largest in Jamaica and also the richest in biodiversity. Its surroundings areas still retain the flavour of ‘old’ Jamaica at its most natural with historic buildings, quaint farms, an abundance of wildlife and blooming flora.

From here onwards we start a journey by boat all the way up the Black River to fully admire its many hidden wonders. During our gentle navigation through the river you will encounter many exotic creatures in the form of colourful birds and plants among another species of amazing wildlife, such as the endangered American crocodile.

We continue towards one of the most photographed places in Jamaica; the unique 2.5 mile long “Bamboo Avenue” located on the main road between Black River and Santa Cruz. This peculiar road is adorned by tall bamboos that form a natural arch over the lined path. But furthermore, this incredible Bamboo Avenue also happens to be in a stunningly beautiful area where these strands of bamboo form green feathery tunnels that flutters with the slightest of breezes. It is absolutely prohibited to leave your camera home since this is a sight that you will want to keep forever.

Lunch will be included and will consist of a typical locally prepared Jamaican meal. Enjoy the island’s spicy flavours of baked chicken, Jamaican style pork, fresh fish or tender beef which will be served with succulent accompaniments like pasta salad, rice and peas. Finally, wash it all down with a delicious and refreshing tropical fruit punch before leaving for our final destination. 

We finish off with a visit to the dramatic Y.S. falls to give you the chance of enjoying a cool swim in these refreshing waters as they come cascading down from an altitude of 120 ft. Nestled in the hills of southern Jamaica, this spectacular succession of 7 waterfalls are surrounded by an amazing lush tropical forest. Most of these 7 waterfalls cascade all the way down into their own natural pools. You will have the chance to bathe in these pools so bringing along appropriate swimwear is a definite must! There is even a smaller natural pool fed by underground and above-ground springs which is suitable for children or others unable to swim. The amazing vegetation surrounding the area includes many indigenous plants and flowers such as the beautiful bromeliads.

What else could we possibly say to make this trip more irresistible? This excursion simply has it all for a day of bonding with nature and seeing the best of Jamaica’s natural splendour!

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