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“You may see a jaguar...”

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Dangriga
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This reserve was established to help protect the endangered jaguar and other species native to Belize.
Reviewed 26 June 2014

Wonderful nature and rainforest, best to rent a car and drive yourself on these sandy/muddy roads. You may see a black jaguar if you have a luck...

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

We spent a pleasant morning with another couple tubing down the South Stann Creek, numerous birds no Jaguars or other furry creatures. But learnt a great deal about the local plants and their medicinal uses. Our guide was great and very well informed.

3  Thank sierratraveller53
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

We drove to the reserve in our 4WD hire car from the ATM cave, which took about 2.5 hours. The road to the reserve is a dirt road with a fair few potholes, so I would recommend a bigger car for this drive. We arrived shortly after 6pm and the night warden was very helpful in showing us to our accommodation and explaining the trails. We stayed in the private cabin, which was very basic, but adequate and clean. We decided to do a 'night hike' on one of the shorter trails (taking torches/headlamps) and were so glad that we did! So much activity! We saw fireflies, nocturnal birds and, we think, a puma (imagine a couple of big cat eyes staring at you from the bushes! Of course, it was more scared of us than we were of it and it was gone quite quickly). We could also hear monkeys crashing through the trees and saw many massive frogs. It was exhilarating, especially as we seemed to be the only people staying overnight at the park and had the trail to ourselves.
We cooked dinner in the communal kitchen- there was a stove and various cooking utensils- good to cook spag bol with. And then after a shower we settled in for our sleep in the cabin- which was a little warm, but otherwise comfortable enough - awesome to hear the monkeys in the night and the rain on the tin roof.
Being jet lagged, we arose at the crack of dawn and set off on the Tiger Fern trail at 530am- it was already very light at this stage. Observations from the hike: we did not see any animals; recommend wearing a tonne of bug spray and the hike was quite steep and slippery in places. The waterfall was very beautiful and you can swim in the pool at the bottom. We returned from the hike at around 730am.
Later in the morning we decided to try the tubing down the river- 5 belize dollars per tube. This was fun and relaxing. A very different way to see the sights (including an otter!) From start to finish (including hiking to and from the river) it took about 1.5 hours- most of the time was spent on the river.
I very much enjoyed our trip to the reserve, which was not much more than 12 hours in total, but seemed like a good amount of time to spend there. Highly recommend the night hike, given this seemed to be the peak time for animal activity and, indeed, we did not really see any animals on our morning hike.

6  Thank JTravelBug1
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

We were delivered to the office/HQ (and subsequently picked up) by taxi from Hopkins. Our driver on the way was an excellent guide, knowledgeable about plants, animals. and their Mayan uses. We brought lunch and water with us. The rangers on site were very knowledgeable and helpful, both in planning our hike and afterward in explaining some of what we'd seen - such as the incredible leafcutter ants. We hiked to Ben's Bluff, after waterfall turn off a tough sweaty hike, nearly but not quite killed our 11-year old. Also gravel on the way back down a bit treacherous for brittle bones. Lunch on top with fabulous views, then back down to waterfall and cool pools for a great refreshing break. There are other including longer trails and you can rent a tube at HQ to float too. Map available for purchase but not needed for what we did. We were alone going up, another couple at the waterfall, met another group heading home when we were almost back to HQ. We spent many more days in or around jungle during our Belize trip, but this was the only great opportunity to hike and explore on our own.

1  Thank Sarah G
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

What a wonderful excursion to Cockscomb Basin. Our guide, Bredda David Obi, one of Belize's well-known musicians, did a fantastic job walking us through trails, pointing out interesting facts about various plants, birds and other wildlife we came across.

What made this tour that much better was the wealth of knowledge Bredda David was able to share - not only about Dangriga and Cockscomb Basin, but about his experiences touring worldwide and playing for audiences in the tens of thousands.

Should you get the chance to go on tour, don't pass up the opportunity to have meaningful discussions about culture and history of the Garifuna people.

1  Thank AlexDmitriyU
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