If you are fortunate enough to visit the foothills of Trelawny then we hope you get a chance to hop on a bamboo raft and meander downstream the Martha Brae River. It is a relaxing journey of twists and turns that will see you wrapped up, not just in the sparkling emerald greens of the river and the lush vegetation, but also in the music of the waters as it dances and settles downstream.
Your journey may start at Rafters Village, which comprises of a souvenir shop, garden, bar, swimming pool and restrooms. Your raft will be made from the bamboo plant which grows along the river and the surrounding area in abundance. They may not look sturdy, but they are the perfect vessel for such a voyage and are fitted very comfortably with seat cushions. Scouts honour, your raft will glide through the water with great ease.
Your guide will provide you with invaluable information about the surrounding area that may include the interesting fact that the Martha Brae river was once used for transporting sugar and for irrigating the land during the colonial period. You may also hear stories about the Arawak Indians’ encounters with the Spaniards that dates back hundreds of years.
While you are at it, you may want to take the opportunity to develop a new skill as your guide gives you the reign and you navigate your raft down the river.
The rafting journey will cover an approximate three-mile stretch of this breathtakingly beautiful spot and will end at Martha’s Rest.
– The experience will last about an hour
– Bring a waterproof camera
– A little insect repellent will go a long way
– UYC Contributor Neisha Morris-Walcott. Find Neisha on Instagram: @neishamorriswalcott