Most regions in Guyana have their own history, character and special features. The name Berbice immediately conjures images of Dutch architecture, agricultural plots and industrial estates.
The Berbice County, commonly known as the Ancient County, is quickly transforming into a tourist location, where visitors can commute along the longest straight road in the Caribbean, and travel along its waterways where the national bird, Hoatzin, locally referred to as the Canje Pheasant can be seen. In addition, a visit to any of the four sugar estates, Blairmount, Rose Hall, Albion or Skeldon, would reveal wooden edifices in their original design, reflecting previous symbols of wealth and prestige of the colonial planters.
Cuffy, a house slave, grew up on a plantation in Lilienburg, and subsequently lead the infamous Berbice Slave rebellion in February 1763.
The Berbice river bridge, linking the region with Demerara is described as a part of the South American highway network which will improve, significantly, the road system between several regions. In addition to a scheduled ferry service across the Corentyne River where daily visits can be made to our neighbouring country Surinam, a swim at the Number 63 beach is a must for every visitor.
Symbols of the various religions, reflective of our history, are seen in all the towns and villages; and for those who prefer to be otherwise engaged, particularly on a Sunday morning, a battle for supremacy among the Ruddy breasted seed eater or the Towa Towa and the fire red birds can be seen in the vicinity of Chapel Street in the New Amsterdam township. The winner then flies off with the title of the best whistler and shares his trainer earnings.