Wildlife Holidays and tours in Guyana

Pristine Guyana

Style: TravellerCultural discovery away from the crowds
Duration: 14 days
Type: GroupTravel with a small group of other travellers


Day 1 – Georgetown

Arrive in Georgetown, Guyana’s capital and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at Cara Lodge or similar.

Day 2 – Kaieteur Falls

Take a scheduled flight over the Demerara and Essequibo Rivers and hundreds of miles of unbroken tropical rainfall to visit the famous Kaieteur Falls, the world’s highest free-falling waterfall, where the Potaro River drops 741 feet into the gorge below. Afterwards we return to Georgetown for the evening. Overnight at Cara Lodge or similar. (B)

*On occasion the visit to Kaieteur Falls may need to be re- scheduled.

Day 3- Iwokrama

Fly over Guyana’s rainforest to land at Fair View Airstrip, from where we transfer by 4WD to Iwokrama, an incredible region of rainforest with a breathtaking diversity of species. Iwokrama offers one of the best opportunities to see Jaguar in the wild. This afternoon we explore the trails with a ranger, and later we take a night boat trip to look for Caiman and other nocturnal creatures. Overnight at Iwokrama River Lodge. (BLD)

Please read the notes on luggage under “Preparing for your Tour” 

Day 4 – Turtle Mountain

Making an early start we take a morning boat ride on the Essequibo River around Indian House Island, followed by a boat journey for the hike to Turtle Mountain, where we walk to the summit (approximately 2 hours) for spectacular views over the forest canopy. The area is home to Red Howler Monkeys, Black Spider Monkeys, and five different eagles. For those who feel that the walk may be too strenuous an alternative boat ride can be taken to Stanley Lake to search for Giant River Otters and Black Caiman. Afterwards we visit Kurupukari Falls with their prehistoric Amerindian rock arts (dependant on the river level). Overnight at Iwokrama River Lodge. (BLD)

Day 5 - Iwokrama

After breakfast we transfer to a 4WD vehicle to travel along one of the best trails for seeing Jaguar. Sightings cannot be guaranteed but if you are very lucky you may see one of Guyana’s most elusive creatures. Along the road we will look out for a myriad of bird species that frequent the edge of the forest. The road is the only north to south access in Guyana and links the country to Brazil, but there is very little traffic and wildlife such as Agouti, Tayra, Puma, Tapir and Black Curassow are sometimes spotted. We then head to the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, 35 metres up into the canopy for a different perspective of the forest. Overnight at Atta Rainforest Lodge. (BLD)

Day 6 – Iwokrama

Enjoy a full day exploring the forest around Atta Lodge, and also the clearing around the lodge, where you will have an excellent chance of spotting the Crimson Fruit Crow. Overnight at Atta Rainforest Lodge (BLD)

Day 7 - Surama

Experience the dawn chorus from the canopy walkway and look out for Red Howler and Black Spider Monkeys, before setting off for the Amerindian village of Surama, stopping on the way at a spot known for sightings of one of Guyana’s most intriguing birds, the Cock of the Rock. We then continue to Surama, where a local guide will give us a tour of the forest and the village, with an opportunity to visit some of the houses, the church, the medical centre and the local school. This evening we head out to experience the forest at night. Overnight in the basic accommodation at Surama Eco Lodge. (BLD)

Day 8 - Surama Mountain

Rise before dawn and walk across the savannah in the cool morning air to climb Surama Mountain. This is not a technical climb but can be arduous, and for those who prefer, the local guides can arrange alternative walks. After lunch back at the village we set off this afternoon to walk the three miles to the Burro Burro River for a canoe trip, hoping to spot Giant River Otters, Tapir and Spider Monkeys amongst other wildlife. Overnight in the basic accommodation at Surama Eco Lodge. (BLD)

Day 9- Rock View Lodge

Enjoy an early morning walk through the forest before departing by vehicle to Rock View Lodge in Annai. You can see how cashew nuts are roasted and observe some local handicrafts, finishing off with a dip in the swimming pool. Overnight at Rock View Lodge. (BLD) 

Day 10 –Karanambu Lodge

We will take a dawn hike in the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains on the Panorama Trail with spectacular views across the savannah. After breakfast we travel south to Ginep Landing from where we take a boat on the Rupunini River, to Karanambu Lodge which was established by the late Diane McTurk. Towards the evening we take a boat out on the river to look for Giant River Otters and other species. As dusk falls we continue by boat to the ponds to see the giant Amazonia Regis water lily which blooms at this time of day. On the boat ride back a spotlight will be used to search for Black Caiman and other night animals. Overnight at Karanambu Lodge. (BLD) 

Day 11 – Karanambu Lodge

This morning travel out to an area of rolling grassland which is home to a population of Giant Anteaters There is a good chance of seeing some of these remarkable looking creatures. During the afternoon you can explore the area around the river to glimpse some of the many birds, and in the evening, walk along the airstrip for the chance to spot some of the seven species of Nightjar that live there. Overnight at Karanambu Lodge (BLD)

Day 12 – Caiman House

This morning transfer by boat, looking for birds along the way, to the Amerindian village of Yupukari and Caiman House. Tonight enjoy a foray on the Rupununi River from Caiman House Field Station. As a guest you have the unique opportunity to support and participate in an ongoing field study of the Black Caiman, the largest member of the Alligator family, and an endangered species. If the water level is low enough you will be invited to accompany the indigenous crew as they search for and capture these magnificent reptiles on the river. Overnight at Caiman House. (BLD)

Day 13- Georgetown

After breakfast transfer to Letham for your flight to Georgetown. On arrival enjoy a city tour of the capital and in the evening visit the Backyard Café for dinner. Overnight at Cara Lodge. (BD)

Day 14 – Tour ends

Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

Please note that the tour which begins on 5th December 2020 operates in reverse.

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