The Ultimate Exotic Experience – Black River Safari Cruise in Jamaica!

All India, 10th October 2014:Jamaica’s South Coast is a vast and beautifully exotic territory yet relatively untouched by industrialization. It is the best kept secret of Jamaica and a side of the island worlds apart from the more popular sun, sand and sea of the North Coast. It is this very diversity that makes it so appealing to eco-tourists and nature enthusiasts the world over. Enter the Black River Safari, the perfect way to soak up the ecological wonderland that is Jamaica’s South Coast.

Set amidst massive banks that serve as a habitat for much of the South Coast’s wildlife, the Black River is Jamaica’s longest river. Its name refers to the darkness of the river bed that has been lined with thick layers of decomposing vegetation. The Safari Cruise offers visitors the chance to discover the beauty of the South Coast with a 1 and ½ hour boat tour up the river and through the Black River lower morass, Jamaica’s largest wetland area. All this while searching for native crocodiles and experiencing the magic of the island’s wildlife.

Black River is located in St. Elizabeth but if you happen to be staying in Montego Bay or Negril a bus tour through the scenic coast can be arranged to transport you to the river where you will board the safe, canopied boat. Sail six miles up the river and return, while listening to the running commentary given by your tour guide on both Black River’s ecology and a little glimpse of the area’s history.

The wetland vegetation is of special interest with three species of mangrove, Thatch palms, Royal palms and freshwater swamp forest. Over 100 species of birds have been recorded in the morass and many are seen during the trip. The endangered American Crocodile (cactus) inhabits the area and sightings are very frequent. Many a times the crocodiles come close enough to be fed by the tour guide, giving a thrilling view up-close. Along the journey, the river merges with the waters of the YS River, an area well known for its crayfish that are sold at roadside stands as ‘peppered shrimp’.

Further upriver, the YS Falls are a delightful contrast to the somnolence of the Lower Black River and you have the option of incorporating a visit to the invigorating falls in the tour. They are famous for their jagged sky-high rocks with crystal clear torrents of water flowing over them for 120 feet to form one of the largest and most stunning waterfalls in Jamaica. Large pools at each level allow for a refreshing swim and are accessed by stairs alongside the river. Your guide gives you the opportunity to then swim in the lakes and picnic beside them on the expanse of fields nearby, where you can just sit back and enjoy the view. Whether you’re a returning visitor or a first-timer to Jamaica, be sure to enjoy the wonder of the Black River Safari.

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About Jamaica Tourist Board
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. The JTB was declared the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards (WTA) from 2006 to 2013. Also in 2013, Jamaica earned the WTA’s vote for the World’s Leading Cruise Destination, Caribbean’s Leading Destination and Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination for the seventh consecutive year. Additionally, the Historic Falmouth Cruise Port was recognized as the World’s Leading Tourism Development Project while Ocho Rios was named the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Port and Sangster International Airport was voted the Caribbean’s Leading Airport. In Canada, Jamaica was voted the Favourite Honeymoon Destination by Travel Agents.

JTB offices are located in Kingston, Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Delhi and Tokyo.

For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the JTB’s Web site at www.visitjamaica.com or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422). Follow the JTB on Facebook at www.facebook.com/visitjamaica, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/visitjamaicanow, on Instagram at www.instagram.com/visitjamaica,  on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/myjamaica, or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/myjamaicajtb. View the JTB blog at www.islandbuzzjamaica.com.

For Further Information, please contact:
Jamaica Tourist Board
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Ms. Mariya Kapadia     | 022 24981777 | Email: visitjamaica@gmail.com