Guyana Nature Experience
Kaieteur Falls  
Otter  
 
 
 
14 day tour
Including flights and transfers
Prices from
£5995

Tour Highlights

  • Spectacular Kaieteur Falls
  • Iwokrama Jungle Hikes, Boat Trips & Canopy Walkway
  • Spot the Elusive Jaguar
  • Makushi Village of Surama
  • Giant River Otters, Giant Anteater, Black Caiman
  • Exceptional Birdwatching opportunities
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Guyana Nature Experience

Guyana

This classic small group adventure takes in many of the highlights of Guyana: visit Kaieteur and Orinduik Falls before travelling to Iwokrama for jungle hikes, boat trips, the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, and the chance to see the elusive jaguar. Stay in the Makushi village of Surama before going into the savannahs in search of giant river otters, giant anteaters and black caiman.


Day 1
Day 1
UK - Georgetown
Daytime flight to Georgetown and transfer to Cara Lodge. Dating back to the 1840's, the hotel is one of the oldest wooden buildings in the city. Over the years it has hosted many dignitaries including George V who back in 1923 planted the sapodilla tree in the front garden. Rooms are in keeping with the traditional style of the property and ooze old world charm.
Accommodation: Cara Lodge
       
Day 2
Day 2
Kaieteur Falls
Take the scheduled flight over the Demerara and Essequibo Rivers to Kaieteur Falls. From the air marvel at the lush green tropical rainforest before landing at the local airstrip. At 228 metres, Kaieteur falls is almost five times the height of Niagara Falls and a truly wonderful sight.
Accommodation: Cara Lodge
       
Day 3
Day 3
Iwokrama
Take a scheduled flight over hundreds of miles of tropical forest to Fair View Airstrip and transfer by road to Iwokrama River Lodge. The Iwokrama Rainforest stretches over one million acres and is a specially protected area located inside one of the last remaining untouched tropical forests. Inside the Iwokrama Rainforest, the Makushi people have lived for the last thousand years. In the afternoon, explore the trails around the lodge which is home to many bird species as will as many mammals; you may see Red-rumped Agouti and various species of monkey including Red Howler, Black Spider and Wedge-capped and Brown Capuchins. Under the cover of darkness head out in search for caiman, snakes, tree frogs, night birds and even puma and cabybara.
Accommodation: Iwokrama River Lodge
 
Day 4
Day 4
Iwokrama
In the early morning you will travel on the Essequibo and to Indian House Island spotting birds along the way and then arrive back at the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast you will climb for just under two hours up to the peak of Turtle Mountain where you can enjoy amazing forest canopy views and en route possibly spot the red howler monkeys and maybe even a jaguar! After lunch at the lodge you will travel to Kurupukari Falls by boat to see the Amerindian petroglyphs.
Accommodation: Iwokrama River Lodge
 
Day 5
Day 5
Atta Rainforest Lodge
This morning explore the trails surrounding the lodge accompanied by an Iwokrama ranger before setting off in a vehicle in search for the illusive jaguar. Along the road, look out for the myriad of bird species. The journey ends at the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway with its four suspension bridges leading to three platforms, the highest of which is over 30 metres above the ground, allowing for great views into the canopy. Another area where we will want to spend some time is the clearing around the lodge, as this is one of the best places to see another of Guyana’s “must see” birds, the Crimson Fruitcrow. This species is seen here on a reasonably regular basis, as it often comes to feed in some of the nearby trees. The clearing is also a reliable site for Black Curassow as there is a family party which has become habituated to people and regularly passes through the clearing. Spend the night at Atta Rainforest Lodge, close to the canopy walkway.
Accommodation: Atta Rainforest Lodge
     
Day 6
Day 6
Atta Rainforest Lodge
Before dawn return to the canopy for birdwatching and monkey spotting from this treetop vantage. Apart from the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway itself, here you can enjoy wildlife and birdwatching walks on the trails around the lodge. For those interested in botany many of the trails have the key trees species marked. Many bird species, stunning insects, noisy amphibians, and playful primates make the surrounding forest their home and you can be fairly certain to spot some extraordinary wildlife without even trying too hard. Deer and agouti are also regular visitors to the lodge. Serious birders will want to search the undergrowth for the rarely seen Rufous-winged Ground-cuckoo.
Accommodation: Atta Rainforest Lodge
     
Day 7
Day 7
Surama Eco-Lodge
Welcome the dawn chorus from the canopy walkway and then return to the lodge for breakfast before departure. After breakfast travel by 4x4 to a trail in the Iwokrama to try and spot the Guianian Cock-of-the-rock. Afterwards you will travel to another Amerindian village, Surama, which is located deep within the rainforest and surrounded by forest clad hills. At Surama, you will be welcomed by the people and taken to the simple accommodation and afterwards you will go on a tour of the village seeing the church and school. In the evening there will be a wildlife walk and you will have the opportunity to see the forest by night.
Accommodation: Surama Eco-Lodge
 
Day 8
Day 8
Surama Eco-Lodge
Rise before dawn for a walk across the savannah and then climb up Surama Mountain for incredible views across the village and savannah to the Pakaraima Mountains. This is not a technical climb but can be arduous, especially after rain, and not for everyone. Your guides will happily offer alternative activities if you prefer not to do this climb. Return to village for lunch and then take a three mile walk across the savannah and through the rainforest to the Burro Burro River. Your guides will then paddle you on the Burro Burro River for opportunities to observe Giant River Otters, Tapir, Tira, Spider Monkeys and many more species. Return to village for sunset.
Accommodation: Surama Eco-Lodge
 
Day 9
Day 9
Rock View Lodge
Enjoy dawn breaking across the rainforest. Choose from a forest walk to look for wildlife and birds or relax around the lodge before breakfast and departure. Travel by 4x4 to Rock View Lodge at Annai. The road winds through the savannah and the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains and offers the perfect opportunity for savannah birding. Jabiru Stork are often spotted in this area. The Rupununi Savannah is an extensive area of grassland with termite mounds and scattered or riparian woodland. Rock View Lodge is located inside the Rupununi Savannah at the point of intersection with the Pakaraima Mountains and resembles an oasis which attracts many species of bird.
Accommodation: Rock View Lodge
   
Day 10
Day 10
Karanambu Ranch
Today, during the drive you might catch sight of a Jabiru Stork or Toco Toucan. You will take a boat trip to Karanambu Ranch and may spot some Giant Otters on the way. You will reach the ranch and once settled take a boat to see the otters and as dusk falls to the ponds see the giant Victoria Regis waterlily bloom. On the way back to the lodge look out for Black Caiman and the birds and creatures of the night.
Accommodation: Karanambu Lodge
       
Day 11
Day 11
Karanambu Ranch
This morning make an early start to reach an area of rolling grasslands, which is home to a population of giant anteaters. With luck you might spot one of these six-foot long animals excavating its breakfast from one of the red termite mounds that stud the savannah. In the evening visit a nearby pond to see hundreds of Ibis, Anhinga, Heron and Egret roosting (only in rainy season). If you are interested in bird watching explore woodland patches or gallery forest along the river where you might find such species as Spotted Puffbird, Striped Woodcreeper, Pale-bellied Tyrant-Manakin, Golden-spangled Piculet, Bearded Tachuri and Capuchinbird. A feature bird for the area is Agami Heron. Enjoy an evening walk along the airstrip which offers seven species of nightjar and among the grasslands the Double-striped Thick-knees.
Accommodation: Karanambu Lodge
       
Day 12
Day 12
Caiman House
In the event you did not see a giant anteater the previous morning, there is time to travel out to search the savannah again. Or explore the Rupununi River in search of wild Giant River Otters, Black Caiman and Arapaima, making a boat journey along quiet stretches of river. After breakfast transfer upriver by motorised boat to the nearby Amerindian village of Yupukari and Caiman House. At the edge of Yupukari Village in the Central Rupununi is Caiman House Field Station, a combination guest-lodge and education centre focused on research and conservation projects along the nearby Rupununi River. The Field Station is the hub of several participatory development projects, including the introduction of classroom libraries in all three village schools and an Internet-enabled public library. Visitors may have the opportunity to meet local craftspeople, including the furniture builders at Yupukari Crafters, a nonprofit venture to create village jobs and generate income to sustain educational development. As a guest at Caiman house, you have the opportunity to support and participate in an ongoing field study of the black caiman.
 
Day 13
Day 13
Georgetown
After breakfast take the short flight from Lethem to Georgetown, the capital of Guyana, where you will go on a city tour. Georgetown is situated on the Demerara River Estuary and was chosen as a site for a fort to guard the early Dutch settlements. Learn about the history of the city and take in the unique architecture whilst sampling the local exotic fruits. Visit the national museum as well as the fascinating botanical gardens and zoo with over a 100 species of Guyanese wildlife. In the evening enjoy a wonderful dinner with a local culinary master who welcomes those who want to get involved with the cooking!
Accommodation: Cara Lodge
       
Day 14
Georgetown - UK
Transfer to Georgetown airport for your return overnight flight to the UK.

Pricing Information & Dates

14 day tour, from £5995 per person
Price Includes:
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Guide
Price Includes
Rate Includes:
- airport transfers
- double or twin accommodation
- meals as listed
- limited local bar at Karanambu Lodge
- all road and river transfers
- internal flights in Guyana
- activities as described
- local guides
- VAT
- Kaieteur National Park fee
- Iwokrama Forest User Fee
- Iwokrama Canopy Walkway fee
Price Excludes
Not Included :
- items of a personal nature
- alcoholic drinks except where mentioned above
- departure tax
- visa
Price Notes
Trip departs with a minimum of two, maximum 12 participants.

This itinerary can be done on a private basis, please enquire for details. Please enquire for single supplements.

4th January – 17th January 2020
8th February – 21st February 2020
21st March – 3rd April 2020
18th April – 1st May 2020
2nd May – 15th May 2020
8th August – 21st August 2020
5th September – 18th September 2020
3rd October – 16th October 2020
14th November – 27th November 2020
5th December – 18th December 2020

Tour Route Map

  1.   Georgetown
  2.   Kaieteur Falls
  3.   Guyana's Interior

Accommodation on this Tour

Atta Rainforest Lodge
Atta Rainforest Lodge
Guyana's Interior, Guyana
Atta Rainforest Lodge Atta Rainforest Lodge is located in the heart of the Iwokrama Forest Reserve, only a short distance from the Iwokrama canopy walkway; a great place to see the flora, fauna and......
     
Cara Lodge
Cara Lodge
Georgetown, Guyana
Cara Lodge Cara Lodge is ideally situated in the centre of Georgetown and is a wonderful old property dating back to the 1840's with plenty of charm and style. Once the home of the first......
       
Iwokrama River Lodge
Iwokrama River Lodge
Guyana's Interior, Guyana
Iwokrama River Lodge 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......
 
Karanambu Lodge
Karanambu Lodge
Guyana's Interior, Guyana
Karanambu Lodge 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......
       
Rock View Lodge
Rock View Lodge
Guyana's Interior, Guyana
Rock View Lodge 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......
   
Surama Eco-Lodge
Surama Eco-Lodge
Guyana's Interior, Guyana
Surama Eco-Lodge 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......
 

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