Trinidad Wildlife and Nature Travel
Trinidad Wildlife and Nature is one reason travellers visit Trinidad as the birdwatching is outstanding. Another reason is for the annual Carnival, but not for me. Trinidad, together with Tobago, is an island republic in the Caribbean just off the northeast coast of Venezuela. The republic is wealthy with an industrial petrochemical-based economy and reliable financial services, and fledgeling tourism industry. As independent travellers, we had some concerns about personal safety, mainly because of high crime levels, sometimes aimed at tourists. Therefore, I planned the tour with security high on the agenda. Having said that most crime seems to be drug or domestic-related.
The album comprises several galleries of fauna and flora photographed at Asa Wright Nature Centre. Moreover, staying at the Lodge on a full board basis gives excellent nature photo opportunities from dawn to dusk.
The main draw at Asa Wright Nature Centre is birdwatching. Also, excellent opportunities for photographing wildlife from the veranda, along the trails and in the garden. Furthermore, a guided half-day orientation tour along the discovery trail and a second to view oilbirds at Dunston Cave.
Grande Riviere is on the northwest coast, and in season, Leatherback Turtles nest on the beach. Mt Plaisir Estate Hotel fronts the beach. However, the Turtle Village Trust restrict beach access at night. But, when day breaks, photo opportunities open as stragglers may still be nesting.
Port of Spain is a good base for day trips to wildlife hot spots such as Caroni Swamp, La Vega Estate and Orange Valley Mudflats. Furthermore, the Chaguaramas Peninsula, the north coast road, Arima and Mt. St. Mt St Benedict Abbey are accessible.
Tour Plan and Accommodation
My wife and I arrived in Trinidad in the early evening for a three-week stay in April 2015. We decided to stay in a hotel near Piarco airport to avoid travelling at night. So, we took a taxi to Asa Wright Nature Centre (AWNC) for a four-night stay in the morning. Next, Mt Plaisir Estate Hotel arranged a car transfer to Grande Riviere on Trinidad’s northeast coast. We stayed here for four nights over a long weekend before transferring back to the airport. Here we picked up a hire car and drove to our accommodation, the Gingerbread House in Port of Spain, our base for the next couple of weeks.
Trinidad Wildlife and Nature Travel References and Bibliography
Printed Resources (Books)
1. De-Light, D., Thomas, P., Coates, R. and Velton, R. (2010). The rough guide to Trinidad & Tobago. London: Rough Guides.
2. Kenefick, M., Restall, R., Hayes, F. and Kenefick, M. (2007). Birds of Trinidad & Tobago. (2nd ed, reprinted 2013). London: Christopher Helm (An imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc).
3. Murphy, W., (2004). A birdwatchers’ guide to Trinidad & Tobago. United Kingdom: Prion Ltd.