African Legacy Tours

4hours/US$35 per person

The history and heritage of Africans are all over the city of Port of Spain; you just have to know where to find them!

Come with us as we unlock the stories of battle, conquest and victory from historical times to the present day.

In downtown Port of Spain, we will show you where the Emancipation Proclamation was read in 1834 and again in 1838, and take you to the iconic Woodford Square, the site of much revolutionary activity, but also the place of much pain for the African.

Our tour will take you to Belmont, one of the suburbs of the city, formerly called Freetown because of the number of Africans who sought refuge there after enslavement was over. We will show you where the ordinary people of the city, led by stick fighters, successfully took on the British militia to save the T&T Carnival.

And finally, our tour will end at Fort George in St. James, another suburb, where you will be enthralled by the stunning views overlooking Port of Spain and learn of the significance of this site to the African community.

 

4hours/US$35 per person

The history and heritage of Africans are all over the city of Port of Spain; you just have to know where to find them!

Come with us as we unlock the stories of battle, conquest and victory from historical times to the present day.

In downtown Port of Spain, we will show you where the Emancipation Proclamation was read in 1834 and again in 1838, and take you to the iconic Woodford Square, the site of much revolutionary activity, but also the place of much pain for the African.

Our tour will take you to Belmont, one of the suburbs of the city, formerly called Freetown because of the number of Africans who sought refuge there after enslavement was over. We will show you where the ordinary people of the city, led by stick fighters, successfully took on the British militia to save the T&T Carnival.

And finally, our tour will end at Fort George in St. James, another suburb, where you will be enthralled by the stunning views overlooking Port of Spain and learn of the significance of this site to the African community.

 

4hours/US$40 per person

If you can believe it, today the traditional African Ifa/Orisa belief system is still practised in more than fifty shrines across Trinidad and Tobago! In these sacred places, ancient African songs and drum rhythms were preserved; in some of them, our national instrument, the steelpan was cradled.

Our tour will begin in Port of Spain, the capital city of Trinidad and Tobago where the Emancipation Proclamation was read to the enslaved in 1834 and then again in 1838 after full freedom was gained. We will pay respects at the Rada shrine in Belmont, one of the suburbs of the city, formerly known as Freetown. This is because so many former enslaved sought refuge there after enslavement was over.

You will have the opportunity to experience first hand some of the ancient rituals and practices at ancient Ifa/Orisa shrines along the way. Our tour of African spiritual places will end at one of the oldest ‘yards’ in San Juan just outside the city, where representatives of the shrine will close our experience by sharing wisdom, blessings and prayers.

 

7 hours/US$67 (includes lunch)

How are African Americans and Afro-Trinbagonians connected? Through the Merikens, former enslaved from North America who earned their freedom by fighting with the British in the 1812-1815 war. In return for their service, the British granted soldiers sixteen acres of land in various parts of their empire. The ones who came to Trinidad, came to be called – Meriken.

We head to a place in the south of Trinidad called Moruga. Filled with history and mystery, its heritage reflects not just that of the Africans who came, but also the First Peoples who walked the forested trails, and lived in harmony with Mother Nature.

Along the way, we will share the fascinating history of how African American soldiers came to make Trinidad their home in what were eventually called Company Villages. On arrival in Moruga, we will visit the site where Pa Neezer a famous healer and descendant of the Merikens made his home. You will not only learn about the ancient African martial art of ‘stick-fighting’ but also get a chance to participate in how it is still practiced today. You will also witness architecture from previous eras and before the tour ends you will hear stories from Meriken elders who helped to make Moruga into the vibrant town that it is, a fitting end to a day filled with discovery.

 

 

 

1 day/US$105 (includes round trip flight between Trinidad and Tobago, lunch & ground transfers); US$90 Tour participants in Tobago

The African presence is strong in Tobago! The influence of our African heritage is present in everything from food, to music, dances and folk traditions. Come spend a day with us for an exciting and informative tour experience!

We begin at the St. Patrick’s church, one of the oldest on the island. It was built, brick by brick, by enslaved persons who walked with the materials from the ship to the present site. Our tour will then take us to the legends aspect of this experience, as we visit the resting place of the famous healer Gang Gang Sara.

You will be treated to the famous cuisine of Tobago, inspired by our African ancestors. A visit to Scarborough, Tobago’s main town is where we will end. Nestled at the calm ocean’s edge, it pulsates with the sounds of the market, bars, route taxis plying their trade, and no doubt the energies of the Africans who were enslaved there centuries ago.

 

 

 

 

6 hrs/US$59 (includes lunch and community guides)

The Africans were enslaved, but they never accepted it. Resistance to enslavement was constant; running away a common method. Across the country, Africans ran to the hills and established their own societies called ‘maroon’ communities. Come with us as we retrace their steps, deep in the caves of Tamana where thousands of bats also live!

Arima is where we start, a town significant to our First Peoples. As we proceed we will share some historical information about these ancestors who first walked our land, including the fact that they gave Tamana its name.

On arrival at the village, we will be met by the capable and pleasant guides from the community. We then head to the caves and beyond, retracing the steps of the Africans who ran for their lives, honouring their struggles and paying respect to their memory.

 

Important note: This tour is not suitable for children under 14 years old, senior citizens, persons with physical disabilities or conditions that affect breathing. Difficulty level is challenging to difficult, as it involves climbing up and down hills and negotiating natural terrain. Guides from the community of Tamana will be present during the hike portion of the tour. Tour participants are required to walk with a full change of clothes and shoes

 

 

 

 

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African Spiritual Places

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They came to be called Merikins

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Legends & Lineage – The Tobago Story

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Of Mountains and Maroonage – Tamana

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