Rainbow Tours takes your privacy very seriously and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please read our Privacy Policy so you can understand how we collect and use your personal data. https://www.rainbowtours.co.uk/content/privacy/

Guyana's Interior Holidays

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.


Read more about Guyana's Interior

Filter Holiday Ideas:
Holiday Type
Total Holidays: 2      
Birdwatching in Guyana
  • Wildlife
From £3895 per person
11 day holiday
Flights included
See the full trip
Visit the small English speaking country of Guyana on a birdwatching tour, visiting four key destinations. Birdwatching in Guyana is...
Guyana Nature Experience
  • Adventure
  • Small Group Tours
  • Wildlife
From £5995 per person
14 day holiday
Flights included
See the full trip
For a comprehensive nature experience in Guyana, seeing the Kaieteur and Orinduik Falls, enjoying exceptional wildlife spotting opportunities and gaining an insight into local culture and communities - look no further. This great two week nature experience is a real treat for nature lover's and those who appreciate the outdoors.
Calling from one of the countries below?
If so use the toll-free number listed.
USA611 3001 4894
Australia184 4332 5169
New Zealand184 4332 5137
Your bookings are protected by our travel guarantee Read More