Guyana has enjoyed a higher profile in the last decade as people have become more aware of the unspoilt natural wonders it has to offer. A holiday to Guyana means seeing incredible pristine rainforests, open savannahs and rivers and waterfalls, not to mention a vast population of wildlife and birdlife.
Here it is possible to see the ‘Neo-tropical Big Five’ - jaguar, giant river otter, giant anteater, black caiman and harpy eagle. The interior of the country is largely uninhabited by humans except for a number of indigenous Amerindian tribes, who, through sustainable community tourism, you have the opportunity to meet.
In the early 1980s, Diane McTurk made the bold decision to open Karanambu, her family’s cattle ranch, to the few tourists that ventured into the savannah and wetlands of Guyana’s interior. It was also around this time that this inspirational woman started to care for injured and orphaned wildlife - and in particular for the giant otter, or waterdogs as they are called in Guyana. Diane has since become a world expert on the rehabilitation of giant otters, and in Karanambu Lodge she has created a unique opportunity for adventurous travellers to experience wildlife and habitat conservation at work.
One of the highlights of Guyana is the Iwokrama International Centre where research is carried out into the conservation of the rainforest. The Iwokrama forest’s eco-system teems with plant species as well as animal species that are under threat.
Guests stay here at the Field Station which has a number of comfortable thatched cabins, all with private facilities. From Iwokrama there are opportunities to spot jaguar, or black caiman (at night), or to trek to Turtle Mountain. The Iwokrama forest also has a 30 metre high canopy walkway from where you can view the tree tops and listen to the dawn chorus.
Guyana’s tourism infrastructure is developing with improved roads and additional lodges that offer simple but clean facilities and blend in with the environment. Due to it’s colonial links to Britain, the spoken language is English. A typical itinerary to Guyana is suitable for those who are reasonably fit and are prepared to accept occasional discomforts in return for a truly rewarding experience.
The Amerindian community of Surama is located in the heart of Guyana. The village is set in five square miles of savannah which is ringed by the forest covered Pakaraima Mountains. Surama’s inhabitants are mainly from the Macushi tribe and still observe many of the traditional practises of their forebears. This isolated and idyllic location offers an escape from the concrete jungle to a serene and peaceful existence with nature. The guides have lived their entire lives in the rainforest, and have an incredible understanding of nature and how to utilise its resources.
We suggest rising before dawn to walk across the savannah to climb Surama Mountain for incredible views across the village and savannah to Pakaraima Mountains.
The Iwokrama forest’s ecosystem teems with plant species as well as animal species that are under threat.Guests stay here at the Field Station which has eight of comfortable thatched cabins, all with private facilities. Wrap-around verandas with hammocks overlook the Essequibo River.The restaurant serves traditional food, and there is a gift shop and general shop nearby.From Iwokrama there a...
Atta Rainforest Lodge is located in the heart of the Iwokrama Forest Reserve in Guyana, only a short distance from the Iwokrama canopy walkway; a great place to see the flora, fauna and birds of the rainforest.The lodge is constructed using natural materials and offers only eight rooms each with private bathroom, fresh and delicious meals and a bar.Visitors to the lodge can enjoy bird-watching, wa...
Surama Eco-Lodge is uniquely located inside the village of Surama bordering Iwokrama and the Pakaraima Mountains and is the home of an Amerindian community.There are eight simple and basic benabs (cottages) which offer running water and comfortable stays yet the highlight of your stay in the Surama Eco-Lodge will be the surrounding area and tours offered including, hiking excursions and a visit to...
Rock View Lodge is a lovely property owned by an Englishman with a passion for Guyana!Located nearby to the villages of Annai and Rupertee, Rock View Lodge is a great spot from where you can visit the Iwokrama rainforest and canopy walkway as well as, neighbouring villages.You may enjoy hiking or bird-watching in this area and returning to Rock View Lodge to relax in the pool and at the bar....
Karanambu Lodge, once a 110-square mile cattle ranch is located in North Rupununi beside the meandering Rupunini River.Simple Amerindian style accommodation consists of claybrick thatched huts with verandah, twin beds, and an attached washroom featuring a cool shower and flushing toilet. Electricity is produced by solar power and available during specific time slots.Landscapes around the lodge dis...
- Spectacular Kaieteur Falls
- Iwokrama Jungle Hikes, Boat Trips & Canopy Walkway
- Spot the Elusive Jaguar
- Makushi Village of Surama
Nestled on the Mighty Essequibo River, and covering 187 acres, Baganara Island Resort is the ideal spot to escape during your Guyana holiday.The resort consists of 15 simply furnished rooms cocooned within nature. Within the resorts lush green gardens you will find numerous fruit trees, an abundance of flowering plants, countless species of birds along with occasional surprises such as sloth and a...
- Spot the Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock
- Search for Harpy Eagle
- Admire the Jabiru Stork
- Black Currasow
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