The Natural History Highlights of Guyana

14 Days from £5325 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
14 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Primate Watching
Birding

We have selected Guyana’s premier natural history highlights to produce a wildlife tour of great breadth. There is potential for encounters with some of South America’s most engaging mammals, including giant river otter, giant anteater, red howler monkey, black spider monkey and, with lots of luck, the elusive jaguar, as well as hundreds of bird species and a great diversity of reptiles and amphibians. You will gain a good insight into the vastness of this little-known and largely intact nation of few people, vast virgin rainforests, wide savannahs, hidden waterfalls and sweeping vistas.

Itinerary

Price from £5325 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart UK

Depart the UK and connect via Barbados or Antigua to Georgetown, Guyana. Met on arrival and transfer to hotel.

Staying at Cara Lodge. Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Kaieteur Falls

Take scheduled flight to Kaieteur Falls and enjoy exploring the area with guide. With a drop of 741 feet it is five times the height of Niagara but benefits from few visitors and virtually no infrastructure. The falls have even produced a special microclimate that has resulted in a cloud forest ecosystem supporting the massive tank bromeliad (world’s largest) and the endemic Kaieteur golden rocket frog. Return flight back to Georgetown.

Staying at Cara Lodge. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 3 - Iwokrama

Transfer to airport and catch flight to Annai. Met on arrival and transfer to Iwokrama River Lodge. Afternoon exploration of trails with a ranger looking for wildlife. Eight species of primate occur here and there are possibilities to see a wide range of birds including the bizarre capuchinbird at its lek (display ground), and other fauna. In the evening, take a boat trip downriver to spot black and spectacled caiman, tree boas and other nocturnal wildlife.

Staying at Iwokrama River Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Iwokrama

Early morning excursion by boat along the river to spot wildlife. Later hike to the summit of Turtle Mountain where there are sensational views over the pristine rainforest as far as the eye can see. Black spider and red howler monkeys, the rare orange breasted falcon and various macaws are frequently seen from here. After a picnic lunch on the mountain, return to the lodge and visit Kurupukari Falls to see the Amerindian petroglyphs, and then continue by boat to Michelle Island.

Staying at Iwokrama River Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Iwokrama Canopy Platform

An early morning walk in the forest to spot primates and birds then transfer along a forest road (with good past sightings of jaguar and ocelot) to Iwokrama Canopy Platform. Spend the afternoon exploring the canopy walkways and platforms looking for birdlife, primates and animals using the trails below. Stay up on the walkway until dusk to watch the sunset and hopefully see the rare white-winged potoo after dark.

Staying at Atta Rainforest Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Surama

An early morning excursion to a Guianan cock-of-the-rock lek. Transfer to the Amerindian village of Surama, set in a patch of savannah and surrounded by forest. There will be a warm welcome from the community and a tour of the village. Afternoon excursions with the local guides followed by a night walk in the forest for nocturnal species.

Staying at Surama Eco Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Surama

Today rise early and take a pre-dawn hike to the top of Surama Mountain to watch the sun rise and enjoy exciting birdwatching after first light. After lunch back at the village, hike to the Burro Burro River and take canoes to search for wildlife from the river. Possible sightings include giant otters, black spider and weeping capuchin monkeys and scarlet macaws.

Staying at Surama Eco Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Annai

Transfer to Annai and Rock View Lodge, nestled between the Amerindian villages of Annai and Rupertree. The rest of the day is at leisure. There are the swimming pool and hummingbird-filled gardens to enjoy, and the surrounding savannah is home to many birds such as double-striped thick-knee, burrowing owl and South American snipe, as well as occasional giant anteaters.

Staying at Rock View Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Karanambu

Walk to the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains at dawn for superb views across the savannah and possible sightings of the striking black-and-yellow poison dart frog. Afternoon transfer to Karanambu Ranch, located in the northern Rupununi region, a crossover area for wetlands, forests and savannahs. Karanambu is the home of Diane McTurk who is well known for her past work in rehabilitating orphaned giant otters back to the wild.

Staying at Karanambu Ranch. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Karanambu

Morning excursions into the local flooded and gallery forests where many wetland and forest species can be seen including capuchinbird and yellow oriole, squirrel and brown capuchin monkeys. Afternoon visit to a swamp for great bird watching with large roosts of ibis, herons and egrets: snakes and caiman can be seen on the return journey.

Staying at Karanambu Ranch. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Caiman House

In the morning, explore the savannah behind the lodge in search of giant anteaters. The large expanse of savannah here supports a high density of anteaters and the chances to find one are very high. Transfer by boat and then drive to Yupukari and Caiman House. During the afternoon take an excursion along the river to search for giant otters, primates, caiman and other wildlife. In the evening you will be invited to watch, and even participate in, the capture and study of black caiman along the Rupununi River. Researchers catch and collect data from caimans which are then released back into the river.

Staying at Caiman House. Includes All Meals.

Day 12 - Caiman House

Morning excursion to the local village for an insight into the life of the Yupukari communities. Alternatively it is possible to have a guided exploration of the savannah and gallery forest in search of more wildlife. Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly back to Georgetown followed by a short guided tour of the city.

Staying at Cara Lodge. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 13 - Return Flight

Transfer to the airport and catch flight to Barbados or Antigua and onward flight to the UK.

Includes Breakfast.

Day 14 - Morning arrival in London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
British Airways fly from London Gatwick to Barbados or Antigua where a connection (unprotected) with Liat Airlines can be made to Georgetown, Guyana.

Area Specialist

Ian Loyd
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Include a few days at the community run Rewa Eco Lodge where large numbers of macaws and primates are commonly seen. Also rise early at Karanambu for a chance to see the elusive tayra around the Mango trees just after dawn.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

We really enjoyed this tour – every location was thoroughly enjoyable for different reasons. [WILDLIFE HIGHLIGHTS] River otters at Karanambu (wild and tame); macaws from the top of Turtle Mountain at Iwokrama (nice to look down on them for a change!); St Giles Island, Tobago – literally thousands of birds, frigate, boobies, tropic etc; cock-of-the-rock and golden frog at Kaieteur Falls. We have now taken 5 trips with Reef & Rainforest – all great!

Ms H P - Kent

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Cara Lodge: 6.812775, -58.156061
Iwokrama River Lodge : 4.670600, -58.684759
Rock View Lodge: 3.962746, -59.130581
Caiman House: 3.661194, -59.352903
Surama Village Eco-Lodge: 4.133333, -59.033333
Atta Rainforest Lodge : 4.244635, -58.904994