Tobago Forest Reserve
Tobago Forest Reserve
4.5
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Established in 1763 to combat European deforestation of the island, this was the Western Hemisphere's first forest reserve.
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  • jdmowski
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gilpin trail with Fitzroy Quamina
    Organized a Gilpin trail hike with Fitzroy Quamina and a small group of 6, he's been guiding for 20 years and spotted and identified many birds and plants. We saw two hummingbird nests one with an egg and a hummingbird feeding her young. Would recommend bringing some good binoculars.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 20, 2024
  • Simon D
    Cambridge, United Kingdom5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A perfect tour
    We took what our guide Fitzroy Quamina (868-344-1895) called his 'short tour', which turned out to be a leisurely 2-hour walk down (and back up) the Gilpin Trace with all its beautiful sights and sounds. Fitzroy knows and loves the forest and everything in it, and is the perfect guide. We can't recommend him highly enough!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 21, 2024
  • Kay S
    North Houston, Texas26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Birding with Newton George
    We spent a morning birding in the reserve with Newton George. He picked us up at Castara Retreats and gave us a lot of great information about the culture and history on the drive to the Reserve. We didn't lug our camera equipment on this vacation; but Newton had a scope and would help us get some photos through it. We stopped at a few spots along the road when he heard a bird call or saw some activity. We hiked a couple of trails where we saw many birds, including 4 types of hummingbirds, as well as some other critters. The Reserve is beautiful and Newton is a great guide with a wealth of knowledge and experience.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 24, 2024
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Kay S
North Houston, TX26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We spent a morning birding in the reserve with Newton George. He picked us up at Castara Retreats and gave us a lot of great information about the culture and history on the drive to the Reserve. We didn't lug our camera equipment on this vacation; but Newton had a scope and would help us get some photos through it. We stopped at a few spots along the road when he heard a bird call or saw some activity. We hiked a couple of trails where we saw many birds, including 4 types of hummingbirds, as well as some other critters. The Reserve is beautiful and Newton is a great guide with a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Written May 24, 2024
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N7293RRmark
Cranbrook, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Newton George is a joy - a real expert, a charming man, and gently ensures everyone gets the full experience.
You cannot miss either the rainforest or Little Tobago tours.
Fabulous!
Written March 8, 2023
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Barbara M
Springfield, MO3,236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We arrived at the Gilpin Trace entrance, but alas, no guides were here, so we trecked in ourselves. So no wellies, but we cleaned up later. Even though we couldn't identify much on our own, it was still a great walk. The sounds of birds, and critters rustling, plus the eerie silence of the forest were wonderful. On our way back out, a huge hawk flew and landed just in front of us, spreading his wings to dry out. This is free without a guide, but we would have gladly paid for some knowledge! Still, a great stop.
Written March 11, 2020
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jdmowski
Toronto11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Organized a Gilpin trail hike with Fitzroy Quamina and a small group of 6, he's been guiding for 20 years and spotted and identified many birds and plants. We saw two hummingbird nests one with an egg and a hummingbird feeding her young. Would recommend bringing some good binoculars.
Written February 20, 2024
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LizG1963
Maidstone, UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
Wonderful experience of walking, climbing and looking at so much beauty in Tobago's lovely rainforest with Harris McDonald - who was so knowledgeable - thank you!
Written January 1, 2015
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Travel_Pisachi
Raleigh, NC4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
Don’t waste your money on Tobago - the pristine island that once was. Tragic! We spent about a week in Tobago in early August 2017. What a disappointment:
Angel reef and Buccoo reef are dead. Largest brain coral in the world? Peeled off like an orange!
Marine life is limited
Rainforest is overrun by bamboo and domesticated cows. Our “guide” was the only one to “see” the snake, the mama alligator with two babies…
Bird species are a lot fewer than listed
Argyle Falls was a joke – remember to set aside a whole 30 minutes for it

Also:
Air is quite polluted from vehicle emissions
Tobago does not recycle anything (Residents of Trinidad&Tobago use plastic like water)
Many residents are found idly hanging around by the roadside any time of day

Don’t believe a certain website that proclaims the island to be a paradise - it’s a fantasy version of reality. No wonder we ran into just a handful of foreign tourists during our entire week there!
Written August 15, 2017
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clickawick
Southampton, UK110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
A visit to here will convince you that have done tropical jungle and that it's worth saving. It is a good investment to take a guide. we ventured in once on our own and enjoyed the experience but we learnt so much more and saw so much more with a guide. We finished up at his place sitting on his verandah, drinking beer and watching the parrots coming in to roost. I have been in lots of jungle forest parks and this is among the best. Long may it continue to be protected.
Written January 4, 2015
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greenjenniferwalker
Montreal56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Friends
Would highly recommend him over any other guides if you are into birding. He is a pro! He spots birds in the trees while he is driving and stops. He makes sure everyone has taking photos and has seen the bird. Very patient.
Written November 27, 2014
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Megamiff
Malaga, Spain71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
Maybe this is dependent on your guide but ours was brilliant. A six foot eight Rastafarian, called Edwin, who looked real scary but turned out to be a smashing guy who when he found out my wife was having trouble with the rough ground treated her like his own grandmother. He really knew his subject and taught us a lot. Do not bother with the rubber boots offered for hire as they are wetter and more slippery inside than the forest floor itself.
Written September 4, 2014
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ilikestayingaway
Kent25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
Booked a bird watching trip in the forest with well known guide Newton George.

He was great! Had binoculars for us - we are amateurs! And made sounds to call the birds. His knowledge is extensive and he also is quite famous in his field.

If you are thinking about going here give him a call or email to arrange a tour with him!

http://www.newtongeorge.com/tours.htm
Written June 30, 2014
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