Iwokrama River Lodge and Research Centre
Locally run wildlife lodge with impeccable environmental credentials, offering the chance to enjoy the area’s rich flora and fauna and learn about the work of local researchers and conservationists.
While terms like ‘eco-conscious’ and ‘sustainable’ are increasingly overused, Iwokrama River Lodge is the real deal. Not only is this pristine rainforest environment protected, but its local inhabitants – the Makushi people – have hands-on involvement in all aspects of the project, including scientific research, conservation and tourism.
Set on the Essequibo River are eight beautifully constructed wooden, thatch-roofed cabins raised on stilts, each with a veranda and hammock. The main building includes labs and a roomy semi-open lounge/dining area where you can mingle with the researchers and hear about work taking place at the lodge.
The whole area is fantastic for wildlife – expect to see macaws, toucans and howler monkeys, and if you’re very lucky, a wild cat. Don’t miss the hike to the top of Turtle Mountain from where the views over the jungle are simply breathtaking.
To reach the lodge you can fly from Georgetown to an airstrip a half-hour drive away, or travel overland from the capital across the unpaved red earth in a 4WD journey of about six hours.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
Thank you for arranging my holiday in Guyana. It was a real adventure and a wonderful experience including, meeting and staying with Diana McTurk. She is a legend, The trip to the Canopy Walkway was where I saw the Jaguar in the forest which was amazing, I cannot thank my guide enough. The breakfast following the Canopy Walk was excellent and there I saw a Crimson Fruitcrow which is one of the very rare birds in Guyana and which I have beautiful photos of.DT, Crowborough
Thoroughly enjoyed the river trips, meeting local guides, Karanaumba and Rock View. We met very few tourists which helps to explain why the visits are expensive. The 3 eco lodges surpassed our expectation.NN, South Uist
Most memorable experience: “We have lots. Thoroughly enjoyed the river trips, meeting local guides, Karanaumba and Rock View. We met very few tourists which helps to explain why the visits are expensive. The 3 eco lodges surpassed our expectation”NN, South Uist
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