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“Good tour of the island, poor beach choice.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Greg's Safaris

Greg's Safaris
Wigley Avenue | Fortlands, Basseterre 00265, St. Kitts
+1 869-662-6002
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Ranked #17 of 37 Activities in Basseterre
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Adventure
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Owner description: Greg was born and brought up on St. Kitts and Nevis and following his return home from College in Nova Scotia Canada in 1980, started working at his Parents hotel, the Ocean Terrace Inn, with one of his jobs being to do tours for the hotels guests. While growing up on St. Kitts, Greg's parents became leaders in the local Tourism Industry, starting one of the first hotels in the islands, with Greg's Dad, eventually receiving the "Order of the British Empire" (OBE), from the St. Kitts Government for his outstanding achievements in local Industry. This has given Greg a unique grounding as well as a deep sense of understanding for his home country and coupled with his tourism training abroad, has allowed him to become one of leading and longest serving tour guides in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. Greg and his team of certified Tour Guides have won many awards from the Tourism Authority for their businesses high standards of service. From the very beginning Greg has used modified, 4X4 Land Rovers to do his "unique" island Safaris with. Being specially made, the 8 Land Rovers he uses today, are all open sided with mostly forward facing, stadium orientated seating, that provide his guests with the best way to experience exploring beyond the shores of St. Kitts and Nevis. Greg's Safaris is the only tour company in the Federation that uses 4X4 Land Rovers for touring on both islands! For your private, half days hiking pleasure, Greg has created two "unique looped hiking trails", one at the Phillips Mountain Valley (2 miles long), and at the other at the Wingfield River Valley (2 1/2 miles long), on St. Kitts. His company is also the only one on St. Kitts to offer driving tours from coast to coast through the lushly forested interior and while traveling through the mountains his guests would have access to a private 5 acre "mountain top property", perched1000 feet sea level, a place of cool temperatures and breathtaking views, that can only be experienced on a "one of kind" 4X4 Safari Tour with him and his guides. Greg is one of the founding members of the St. Christopher National Trust and as well, sits on the Central Forest Reserve National Park Committee. He is also a Life Member of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Brimstone Hill National Park and is also part owner of Sky Safaris, a company he started in 2009.
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“Good tour of the island, poor beach choice.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We took this tour as sponsored by a cruise ship where the last stop was advertised as "relaxing at golden sandy beaches". We're from an area were all we saw was snow this winter and wished to savor every golden beach of every island we visited while additionally learning island history; that part didn't disappoint The tour itself was excellent, the 4x4 ride fun, and the guide was great. Greg told us at one stop that we were allowed to use the complimentary beach chairs at the resort area near the Marriott. While Trip Advisor reviews of the Timothy Bay Resort are exceptionally favorable, no one sites the beautiful beaches in their reviews and that's the ONLY reason we were there. I found the beach dirty with litter, the chairs rusty, broken & spray-painted and the shoreline rocky, really unsuitable for swimming. The 10 of us were under impressed and back in the jeep way before our time was over waiting to be brought back to the ship. Really nice tour with Wilson, poor beach choice at the end.

Visited March 2014
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Safarigreg, Owner at Greg's Safaris, responded to this review, April 6, 2014
Hello,
Thank you for taking the time to write about your "4X4 Island Safari and Beach Tour" with us here on beautiful St. Kitts.
I was happy to read that the 4X4 drive itself, in our specially modified Land Rover, was worth while but was surprised by your description of our beach stop at Frigate Bay.
Unfortunately, the day you toured with us, the condition of the beach when we got there, was not at its' best, due to bad weather, as it is not always "too rocky to swim"
In fact, the beach here offers some of the best beach swimming anywhere on St. Kitts and has a nearby reef that is excellent for snorkeling too.
Also you mentioned having Wilson as your driver, but we don't have a Wilson working for us so that was not a correct name and too, you mentioned having been told that you were offered complimentary chairs on the beach by the Marriott by Greg?, which is not correct, as our beach stop is on the Caribbean side of the peninsular at the Timothy Beach Resort at Frigate Bay whereas the Marriott's beach is located on the Windward side of this peninsular, a mile away.
I was very surprised by your description of the lounge chairs on the beach, here at the Timothy Beach Resort, as being in terrible shape, as this can not be correct!
The Timothy Beach Resort, our hotel on the beach for this tour, not the Marriott, is well deserving of the high praise your email mentions it gets from reviews you have read and to that end, this hotel has lounge chairs available that are in very good condition, in front of it on the beach, not the rusty and spray painted ones you mention in your review that you where told to use. What must have happened is that you went to another section of the Frigate Bay Beach where there is an individual who rents lounge chairs there that could be described as you suggested, rusty and spray painted, but definitely not at the Timothy Beach Resort, where their standards are far better than that of the Vendor you must of visited, by Accident! I would very much appreciate it if you would be more careful with your statements about the beach at Frigate Bay and the amenities found there, as there is allot of wrong information in it.!
I hope the rest of your vacation went well and that you will return to our sunny shores one day!
Best Regards,
Greg Pereira
Owner and Manager of Greg's Safaris
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“Bait and Switch”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

I was drawn to Greg's Safari because of all the great review I read here on Tripadvisor. My family booked a 4X4 rainforest hike privately, not using the cruise line.

Things promised on website that were not delivered.

4x4 safari vehicle - we rode in a Toyota Pathfinder (using the 3rd row with small windows and no a/c

Greg's expertise - We met Greg at the vehicle for about 30 seconds before telling us that we had to ride in his SUV and have a different guide. Our guide was a local man who knew lots of information about the rainforest, however he seemed annoyed with us the entire time and never took questions.

I will give props to our driver though. He was very friendly and answered all of our questions.

Monkeys - no monkeys or any wildlife. The guide told us they never see monkeys on the trail because they are afraid of people and there isn't anything for them to eat in the part of the forest we walked through. No birds either.

Natural Spring Hole - We wore our bathing suits hoping to jump into this watering hole. It was 3 inches deep and no larger then the size of a bathtub. If you jumped in all that would get wet are the soles of your shoes.

Picnic with refreshments - They had exactly enough food so that everyone on the tour (10 of us) could eat 1 slice from each loaf of bread the slices were TINY. That was not a picnic but a taste test.

Kid's prices - at the end of the tour the guide charged us full price for my 11 year old daughter. This was an average experience at best and we spent $500 for 3 adults and 2 kids for a walk through a rainforest for 2 hours. Don't count the 4x4 ride as part of the trip. It is a quick ride through town and in the back of an SUV you really can't see anything.

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Safarigreg, Owner at Greg's Safaris, responded to this review, April 6, 2014
Hello,

I was relieved to read that your driver was, quote "I will give props to our driver though. He was very friendly and answered all of our questions" but was very saddened to read how unfortunate the rest of your families experience was with us on that day.

I need to answer a few things about the "Phillips Rain forest hike and Cross Country Tour" as allot of what you said is surprising to me.

We advertise our tours as "off road 4X4 island Safaris" and operate with six specially modified Land Rovers and two SUV's.

On the day of your families tour with us we where completely booked out by the cruise ships in regards to the availability of our six Land Rovers, however, and only as a last resort, we had to use our comfortable and fully air-conditioned SUV's to take your family in.

Unfortunately, I think a part of the problem you had with us on that day was that the second SUV on tour with yours, had to go to the other cruise ship dock on the island to collect a family from the AIDA cruise ship and this delay of leaving on time, of about 45 to 50 minutes, was very unfortunate and probably caused you some consternation, for sure.

Your tour review also mentions having no wildlife to view and being told not too expect to see any monkeys, however you need to understand that on our Rain-forest hike the viewing of the islands wildlife is not always a certainty, as they roam wild and free and trust me, in the past and for sure in the future, many of our guests have seen and will see, the Green monkey, hummingbirds, mongoose and other exotics while on tour, but unfortunately on the day of your tour, they seemingly, did not show up.

You also mentioned not having a chance to swim in the rain forest, however, the spring we visit on our tour, at this time of the year, ONLY, is reduced somewhat due to the dry season but it still is a place where we can sample its purity by drinking it and refresh ourselves with splashing it on our faces and necks. It is only this way for a couple of months in spring before the heavier rains return and make it a place to swim as well again.

Then I was very disappointed with your description of your picnic experience when you said quote, "Picnic with refreshments - They had exactly enough food so that everyone on the tour (10 of us) could eat 1 slice from each loaf of bread the slices were TINY. That was not a picnic but a taste test." Firstly we don't serve "bread" on our half day rain-forest tours, as we make a point to bring along an exotic picnic of freshly baked coconut pastries, homemade island sweets, unusual island fruits in season, tropical juices, spring water and a very good local Rum! I am still perplexed by your description of being offered a tiny piece of bread, each, to share among ten of you as my guide on that day told me otherwise.

Also you mention in your description of our tour, quote, "Kid's prices - at the end of the tour the guide charged us full price for my 11 year old daughter. This was an average experience at best and we spent $500 for 3 adults and 2 kids for a walk through a rainforest for 2 hours. Don't count the 4x4 ride as part of the trip. It is a quick ride through town and in the back of an SUV you really can't see anything" which is very confusing for me because, firstly, the cost of the tour is $65 for adults and $35 for children, as you know, but yet your calculation of having spent $500 dollars doing our tour does not seem to add up as 4 adults at $65 equals $260 and with one child at $35 the total would have been $295 and not $500 as you suggested you spent, unless you gave a very large tip to the driver you liked?

Also you mention not to count on the 4X4 drive as it is a quick ride "through town" but this can not be correct, as we travel 8 miles out of Basseterre using our windswept Atlantic coast road on this tour, to get to the coastal village of Mollineaux,, from where we then drive our vehicle inland on dirt roads, past farmers gardens and through rainforested valleys up to the rain-forest trail head, 1000 feet above sea level from where our two hour looped hike starts.

Also on the return drive to the coast road, after our hike is finished, we use a completely different route to the one used on the way up, so that the off road drive in our vehicle actually follows a giant loop itself, through the countryside! So i am very confused by your comment of only driving through town!

I hope the rest of your cruise went well, though and thank you very much for coming to the Caribbean on your holiday with your family.

Sincerely,
Greg Pereira

Owner and Manager of Greg's Safaris
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“Greg cares for the land, very informative rainforest tour...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Booked the Phillips Rainforest Tour directly, no problems. Great tour, Greg obviously cares for the land and is extremely knowledgeable pointing out many interesting plants and animals on a nice little hike through the rainforest. If you’ve been only riding elevators on the ship you might find this a little challenging but it really adds a lot to a memorable experience because the frequent rest stops gives the group another chance to learn from Greg who is a fountain of knowledge about the rainforest and the island. Will definitely book one of his other tours on our next trip to St. Kitts.

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Safarigreg, Owner at Greg's Safaris, responded to this review, April 6, 2014
Hello,

I was relieved to read that your driver was, quote "I will give props to our driver though. He was very friendly and answered all of our questions" but was very saddened to read how unfortunate the rest of your families experience was with us on that day.

I need to answer a few things about the "Phillips Rain forest hike and Cross Country Tour" as allot of what you said is surprising to me.

We advertise our tours as "off road 4X4 island Safaris" and operate with six specially modified Land Rovers and two SUV's.

On the day of your families tour with us we where completely booked out by the cruise ships in regards to the availability of our six Land Rovers, however, and only as a last resort, we had to use our comfortable and fully air-conditioned SUV's to take your family in.

Unfortunately, I think a part of the problem you had with us on that day was that the second SUV on tour with yours, had to go to the other cruise ship dock on the island to collect a family from the AIDA cruise ship and this delay of leaving on time, of about 45 to 50 minutes, was very unfortunate and probably caused you some consternation, for sure.

Your tour review also mentions having no wildlife to view and being told not too expect to see any monkeys, however you need to understand that on our Rain-forest hike the viewing of the islands wildlife is not always a certainty, as they roam wild and free and trust me, in the past and for sure in the future, many of our guests have seen and will see, the Green monkey, hummingbirds, mongoose and other exotics while on tour, but unfortunately on the day of your tour, they seemingly, did not show up.

You also mentioned not having a chance to swim in the rain forest, however, the spring we visit on our tour, at this time of the year, ONLY, is reduced somewhat due to the dry season but it still is a place where we can sample its purity by drinking it and refresh ourselves with splashing it on our faces and necks. It is only this way for a couple of months in spring before the heavier rains return and make it a place to swim as well again.

Then I was very disappointed with your description of your picnic experience when you said quote, "Picnic with refreshments - They had exactly enough food so that everyone on the tour (10 of us) could eat 1 slice from each loaf of bread the slices were TINY. That was not a picnic but a taste test." Firstly we don't serve "bread" on our half day rain-forest tours, as we make a point to bring along an exotic picnic of freshly baked coconut pastries, homemade island sweets, unusual island fruits in season, tropical juices, spring water and a very good local Rum! I am still perplexed by your description of being offered a tiny piece of bread, each, to share among ten of you as my guide on that day told me otherwise.

Also you mention in your description of our tour, quote, "Kid's prices - at the end of the tour the guide charged us full price for my 11 year old daughter. This was an average experience at best and we spent $500 for 3 adults and 2 kids for a walk through a rainforest for 2 hours. Don't count the 4x4 ride as part of the trip. It is a quick ride through town and in the back of an SUV you really can't see anything" which is very confusing for me because, firstly, the cost of the tour is $65 for adults and $35 for children, as you know, but yet your calculation of having spent $500 dollars doing our tour does not seem to add up as 4 adults at $65 equals $260 and with one child at $35 the total would have been $295 and not $500 as you suggested you spent, unless you gave a very large tip to the driver you liked?

Also you mention not to count on the 4X4 drive as it is a quick ride "through town" but this can not be correct, as we travel 8 miles out of Basseterre using our windswept Atlantic coast road on this tour, to get to the coastal village of Mollineaux,, from where we then drive our vehicle inland on dirt roads, past farmers gardens and through rainforested valleys up to the rain-forest trail head, 1000 feet above sea level from where our two hour looped hike starts.

Also on the return drive to the coast road, after our hike is finished, we use a completely different route to the one used on the way up, so that the off road drive in our vehicle actually follows a giant loop itself, through the countryside! So i am very confused by your comment of only driving through town!

I hope the rest of your cruise went well, though and thank you very much for coming to the Caribbean on your holiday with your family.

Sincerely,
Greg Pereira

Owner and Manager of Greg's Safaris
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Durham, United Kingdom
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“4x4 safaris”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

best trip ever . wish it could have lasted allday . would go on trip again if we go back to st. kitts.

Visited March 2014
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“Worthwhile Tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

We stopped in St. Kitts, in January 2014, while sailing on The Celebrity Summit. We were met, right at the dock by Greg & 3 drivers. I appreciated the fact that the 4 x 4 had a roof to block too much sun or rain. Our driver warmed up, as the tour went on. We travelled to a private property which allowed us to get a spectacular view of the cruise ship & landscape. A stop at a local beach bar, before heading back to the dock was fun.i highly recommend this tour.

Visited January 2014
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