Kwaamen Waterfalls / Kwame Falls hike
Kwaamen waterfalls and Kwame Falls are the same waterfall. Finding them is another challenge though! A challenge that will take you hiking through incredible terrain, coastal walks, black sand beaches, a local fishing village and the Jamaican jungle.
Kwaamen waterfalls or Kwame waterfalls are located near Robin’s Bay in St Mary’s. If you are staying at Green Castle Nature lodge the hike is one of the most beautiful you can witness. The hike starts from Green Caste Estate gardens, where you can see many endemic species of birds enjoying the flowers and habitat available. This is a 1.5 hour hike there and the same back to Robins bay, taking you through an incredible array of flora, fauna and nature. Green Castle offers 2 types of guided tours if you wish to visit Kwame falls / Kwaamen falls. A guide can accompany you on the 3 hour round trip hike, or alternatively, you can take a 2 hour round trip boat ride, both offering incredible views. You can start as early as 6am and get back for a hearty breakfast on the dining terrace at Greencastle, or if later you can book for lunch. Hikers will really enjoy the long walk, seeing Green Castle and the estate before taking in the wide range of scenic views that present themselves at every opportunity. Kwame Falls / Kwaamen falls are rumoured to be named after Kwame, one of the warriors who fought with Tacky in 1760. This was one of the most successful rebellions against enslavement in Jamaica. Rumour has it that Kwame Falls are smaller and less powerful than Tacky Falls, as Tacky was a more courageous and powerful leader than Kwame.
Along the coastal hike in Jamaica you’ll discover Robin’s Bay Black Sand beach. This is not a tourist hotspot, so you’ll be able to enjoy the peacefulness, and really savour the moment. Take your time, take some photos, see how life was meant to be enjoyed. It is worthwhile taking the option of a guided tour, as you start to venture into the jungle there are tracks and trails leading in every direction. It’s fine if you don’t mind getting lost, but a guided tour supports the local economy and you get to discover all about the rich multitude of flora and fauna, history and culture of the area. The hike takes you across a few rivers, only ankle deep, and you’ll dry off in no time under the Jamaican sun. As you ascend further into the rainforest the climate becomes much more warm and sticky, but you will soon adjust. There aren’t any crocodiles in the river (Crocodiles are only found on the South Coast of Jamaica) so you are safe to cross them, just be careful as some of the rocks can be slippery.
If you want to turn the hike into an epic adventure, enquire about the possibility of seeing Tacky falls as well. Hiking is a little more difficult along a 15 minute steep trail near Tacky Waterfalls. Once you’ve carefully navigated that trail, you’ll be blessed as a 60-metre waterfall appears out of nowhere in the jungle offering awe inspiring beauty, without a crowd of tourists jostling you to take a photo. Enjoy it at your leisure.
After a day hiking to these two natural wonders, you can look forward to a delicious meal cooked by the special team at Green Castle. Then you can relax, sip on a cocktail, cool off in the pool and watch the sun go down, at Jamaica’s best kept secret – The Green Castle Hotel. You can book the hotel room online.