Guyana Wildlife: South America’s wild frontier
Overview & Highlights
This holiday visits virgin rainforest, savannah and ancient tablelands over which spill the stunning Kaieteur Falls. The undisturbed landscapes are populated by a proliferation of wildlife: birdwatching is especially rewarding.
- Day trip to Kaieteur and Orinduik Falls, on a shared basis
- Guided shared excursions from Iwokrama River Lodge
- Guided shared explorations from Surama Eco Lodge,
- Guided shared excursions from Karanambu Ranch
- Guided shared excursions from Caiman House Field Station
- Guided shared city tour of Georgetown
On this breathtaking holiday we introduce you to this emerging wildlife destination, English-speaking Guyana, formerly British Guiana. The Caribbean coast is a tangle of mangroves and sugar cane plantations. Inland is a landscape of savannah and rainforest; of ancient tablelands and waterfalls. In the back-country lodges here the few visitors are warmly welcomed. In the south, the wildlife, so rarely disturbed, seems oblivious to observers.
Wilderness waterfalls, vast tropical rainforests and horizon-bending grasslands: a nation the size of Great Britain, Guyana is unrivalled for its spectacular natural attractions and diversity of wildlife. Expect to spot all varieties of animals and birdlife from the cock-of-the-rock to the Black caiman, the tiny golden frog to the rare giant river otter- and maybe even a watchful jaguar.
After arriving in the idiosyncratic capital, Georgetown, you will head inland to the spectacular Kaieteur falls followed by the verdant nature reserve of Iwokrama Forest and onwards through Amerindian communities to the famous Karanambu Lodge. Guyana is rapidly becoming one of the most important ecotourism havens in Latin America- and it’s not difficult to see why.
Arrive in Georgetown and transfer to your hotel.
Day trip to Kaieteur Falls.
Fly to Fair View, transfer to Iwokrama River Lodge.
Hike to the Turtle mountain.
Wildlife spotting at Iwokrama. Stay at the Atta Rainforest Lodge.
Explore the rainforest around Atta.
By road to Surama Eco Lodge.
Climb Surama mountain.
Transfer to Annai.
Wildlife spotting in the area; transfer to Karanambu Ranch.
Explore the Rupununi region.
Discover the wildlife of the savannah; transfer to Caiman House Field Station.
Fly to Georgetown; guided city tour.
Transfer to the airport for your international flight home.
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