“ Sightseeing Type: Tours „
The Isalnd Safari was the second of the two excursions we went on in Barbados - it wasn't quite as good as our sailing cruise (through Calabaza, also reviewed today), but it was a fun and interesting experience.
As you can see from the picture above, you're seated sideways-on in a covered 8, 10 or 12-person jeep whilst your guide takes you around the island, pointing out places of interest and telling you stories about Barbados in general. The ride can be a bit bumpy and you'll get to hang on at times, so it's not recommended for the elderly or any women who might be expecting.
We were collected from our hotel at around 8.30am (the driver was a little late, but Barbadians don't generally run to time anyway!). After picking up the rest of the group and paying what we owed, we set off across the island.
Our guide was a nice dreadlocked guy named Rastaman (that was his nickname, he wouldn't tell us his real name!) who seemed to know anything and everything about the island. He talked to us throughout the trip, telling us about life in Barbados, the education system (including how kids respect their parents), the sugar cane that's exported and how the island was formed. He was a very knowledgeable and extremely likable chap who brought a lot of character and personal opinion to the trip.
The guide was wired-up with a headset microphone and regaled us with stories about himself and the island. When not talking, he'd tune the radio in to some Caribbean music to help set the scene - I'm actually listening to Eddy Grant as I write this, cos it reminds me of the trip! :)
The tour included 3 stops at various places on the east coast, including the newest bit of land to be pushed-up out of the sea and Barclays Park - a nice rest area by the beach. To be honest, the stops themselves weren't particular spectacular - although the last place we stopped at was at the top of a cliff that had a 900ft sheer drop... it was quite scary and I certainly didn't go too close to the edge!
The tour included a meal at a lovely old sugar plantation. Sadly the food wasn't quite as nice as the mill but I'm a fussy eater and everyone else seemed to like it!
After dinner, we headed back to our hotels where we were dropped-off by 3pm.
The tour was a great way to see the island and really takes you off the beaten track to show exactly how beautiful Barbados is. It cost $80US each, but you can get it on a buy one get one free deal if you use your Barbados VIP card - which is free to get online.
A jeep safari tour that takes you to some of the most beautiful, yet inaccessible places on the island.