The Wildlife and Waterfalls of Guyana

Guyana represents the perfect fusion of Caribbean and South American culture, a beautiful country with vast swathes of unexplored rainforest, incredible biodiversity and crashing waterfalls. Following an evening in Georgetown to recuperate you will be transferred to the Eugene F. Correia International Airport for a domestic flight to Kaieteur Falls. At a staggering 228m high it is the largest free-falling waterfall in the world and is five times the size of Niagara Falls. The walk to the lookout point passes a Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock Lek and hopefully you will get the chance to watch this charismatic species displaying as you return to the airfield for your onward flight to the Surama airstrip. Over the upcoming 10-days you will have a chance to explore a series of fascinating eco-lodges throughout the Iwokrama Rainforest. Starting at the Surama Eco-lodge which is run by the local Macushi Tribe and if active, you may have the opportunity to go on a one hour long hike to a Harpy Eagle nest. The Atta Rainforest lodge is home to a 30m high treetop walkway which offers a unique perspective to observe various canopy specialist species. The Rewa Eco-Lodge was established in 2005 by Macushi, Wapashani and Patamona tribes on the banks of the Rupununi River. Karanambu Lodge is a 110 square mile former cattle ranch that now encompasses savannah grassland, marshy ponds, riparian forest and a 30-mile stretch of river, excursions here are generally rewarding when going in search of Giant Anteater. The Caiman House Field Station at the Amerindian village of Yupukari is a combination guest lodge and education centre. You will have the unique opportunity to accompany the indigenous crew (on a separate boat) as they traverse the Rupununi River looking for Black Caiman and assist in data collection. Your journey will end in the capital city of Georgetown where on your final day you will be accompanied around this historic port town including a trip to the botanical gardens. A particular highlight not just for the wide range of colourful flora but because it also attracts a large array of avifauna. You will then enjoy the night in comfortable accommodation before being transferred to Cheddi Jagan International Airport for your departing flight.

Why we love this trip

  • Spend an enchanting morning watching a cultural presentation comprised of local dances, music and folklore at the Surama eco-lodge.
  • Chance for a pre-dawn hike up the Surama mountain for incredible views of the village and the surrounding panoramic savannah grasslands.
  • A small motorised boat will take you down the Burro Burro River and in to the territory of various Giant River Otter families.
  • One of the best areas in the world to see Giant Anteater.
  • The heterogeneity of habitats at Karanambu Lodge means that you can choose to do walking tours, vehicle drives or a boat trip.
  • Directly participate in the ongoing study of Black Caiman at the Caiman Field House Station.
  • Explore the vibrant flora and fauna of Georgetown Botanical Gardens.

Where

Guyana, South America.

When

12-days in September to April.

What to look for

Giant River Otter, Brazilian Tapir, Giant Anteater, Red-faced Spider Monkey, Red-rumped Agouti, Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock, Harpy Eagle, Crimson Fruitcrow, Red-and-Green Macaw, Agami Heron, Black Caiman, Arapaima, Capybara and many more.

Please contact us for further details.

Reference: SAS-WWG1, Supplement Codes: AT, SPS, F