In the old time the trails were the way to go around the island. It connected all the villages. The Sabans used to use donkey’s to transport everything between the villages. Nowadays it is the way to enjoy nature at its best and do some exercising at the same time.
Maybe you are into birding? Or you just want to proof that you can reach the top of our volcanic island! Queen’s Gardens Resort & Spa is located close to several trailheads of the trail network. Six of all seventeen trails are within reach at the resort. When you are checked in at the resort we will provide with you all detailed information about the trails.
Hiking on Saba is a rewarding experience, nature above the waterline is as unique and varied as that which lies below. Let’s take a walk down the slopes of Mt. Scenery and see what you can expect to find! The island’s vegetation varies with distinctive zones which are related to altitude and precipitation. The top of Mt. Scenery is more often than not enshrouded by clouds resulting in a cloud-forest environment. At slightly lower elevations rain-forest vegetation is present. Humidity decreases as one descends and the vegetation reflects the drier climate. Plants and trees found close to shore have adapted to the salty environment.
Mt. Scenery is the highest point in the Dutch Kingdom (877m or 2877ft) and is Saba’s dominant feature. Dense vegetation with a variety of species cover the summit and upper slopes. The Elfin Forest (cloud-forest) dominates the upper 50m (150ft) of the mountain and is comprised of Mountain Mahogany covered with Epiphytes, Orchids and a myriad of other unique and rare plants.
If you are interested in learning everything about the rainforest and its trail network, we can connect you with a professional guide of the Saba conservation foundation. James Johnson, known by our regular visitors as “Jungle James” knows everything what there is to know about the nature on Saba, and he has nice stories to tell you about the history of Saba too.
Saba’s plant and animal life is a mixture of native and introduced species. This occurred hundreds of years ago and it is very difficult for the average tourist to tell the difference today. Mango, banana, Black-Eyed Susan, tree frogs, goats and chickens were all brought to the island. Some of our endemic species are the Saban Anole lizards (found only on Saba), Green Iguanas and Red-Bellied Racer Snakes (completely harmless).
Saba is home to over sixty species of birds, many of which are seabirds. Bridled Terns, Sooty Terns and Brown Booby birds breed every year in late spring on Green Island. Red Billed & White-Tailed Tropicbirds nest in the high cliffs while Frigate Birds and Brown Boobies soar near the coast. Other feathered visitors include the Common Ground Dove, Bridled Quail Dove, Red-tailed Hawks, Thrashers, Hummingbirds and Bananaquits.
Just below the summit, Mountain Palms, Tree Ferns, Elephant Ears and Heliconias dominate. Secondary rainforest and dry evergreen forest are found lower down on the slopes. Species in this zone include Redwood, Sea Grape, White Cedar and Turpentine trees as well as Cacti species such as the Prickly pear. Closer to the sea, grassy meadows with scattered shrubs predominate. Steep cliffs and bluffs can be seen throughout the island with several sheer walls rising over 100m (330ft). Due to its rugged terrain, Saba does not have typical Caribbean beaches but there are several sandy bays that change with the prevailing ocean swells.