Turks and Caicos 4x4 Off-road Jeep Safari
Duration: Half Day
Discover the natural treasures and rich cultural heritage of Grand Turk on this exhilarating, safari-themed jeep adventure across the capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Beautiful beaches, historic architecture, old Salinas and endemic wildlife are just some of the highlights you can enjoy as you travel off the beaten track on a journey to remember.
Grand Turk is reputedly the place where Christopher Columbus made his first landfall on his voyage to the New World in 1492. Since then, the island has changed considerably but it still boasts a rich history, outstanding natural beauty and its very own unique Caribbean charm. One of the best ways to appreciate Grand Turk’s scenery, architecture and native wildlife is to take a 4x4 jeep safari ride across the island with an experienced guide, who will point out all sorts of interesting sights on the way.
Your tour begins by driving to Governor's Beach, one of the most beautiful stretches of white sand on the island, before passing Freighters Dock, the only cargo port on Grand Turk. We then continue onwards to the historical city of Cockburn Town, the administrative and political capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Driving down Pond Street, enjoy the views of the ruins of the old Salinas (natural salt ponds) which depict how salt was derived through the natural process of “solarisation” during the booming salt trade in the late 17th and 18th centuries.
You will also be able to see the ancient windmills that were used to funnel natural sea water from one Salina to another. Stopping near the town centre, your guide will then escort you on a short leisurely walk down the historical Front Street, which is lined with 18th and 19th century landmarks such as St Mary’s Anglican church and Odd Fellows Lodge, as well as picturesque, Bermudan-style colonial buildings that reflect the wealth of the island’s prosperous salt era.
Buckle up tightly as we venture off the beaten path to North Wells, where you will hopefully be able to catch a glimpse of the island’s endangered pink flamingos bathing in the Salinas, as well as other endemic birds such as ospreys, sand pipers and pelicans fishing amongst the mangroves. You are also likely to see indigenous wild horses on the journey, many of which roam free on the island. We also pass North Creek, a long salt-water bay at the north end of Grand Turk, on the way. This is the only remaining hurricane shelter for vessels sailing between Nassau and Puerto Rico, and many of the locals moor their boats here all year round.
We soon pass St. Thomas Anglican Church, the oldest church on Grand Turk, on our way round to the south-eastern side of the island. You can enjoy beautiful views of Gibb's Cay and many small uninhabited islands scattered across the Atlantic Ocean in the distance before heading back to your hotel. This diverse tour is a wonderful addition to your holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
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