Guyana offers magnificent natural treasures, and its rivers, jungles and savannas teem with wildlife, including jaguars and abundant bird varieties, as well as rare flora. The highlands are home to the world's tallest single-drop cascade, the mighty Kaieteur Falls. The tour includes all excursions as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner on the majority of days.
Fly to Georgetown, via the Caribbean. Stay at Cara Lodge for 2 nights. * Due to changeable flight schedules, it may be necessary to add an extra day to the itinerary and overnight en-route in Barbados or Port of Spain (Trinidad). (N)
Visit Kaieteur and Orinduik Falls by light aircraft. (B, L)
Fly to the interior and transfer to Iwokrama River Lodge for 2 nights. (B, L, D)
Early morning birding boat trip on the Essequibo river. Hike up Turtle Mountain for views over the forest canopy. Afternoon excursion to Kurupukari Falls to see the Amerindian petroglyphs and visit a local village. (B, L, D)
Wildlife walk along the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway and search for elusive jaguars. 2-night stay at Atta Rainforest Lodge. (B, L, D)
Take birding walks in the forest around the lodge or on the Canopy Walkway. (B, L, D)
Morning excursion to look for cock-of-the-rock birds. See village life in Surama and stay at the Surama Eco Lodge for 2 nights. (B, L, D)
Early morning birding walk, then climb Surama Mountain for views over the savanna. This afternoon, take a canoe trip along the Burro Burro river. (B, L, D)
Continue through the grasslands towards the foothills of the Pakaraima mountains and the Rupununi savanna. Stay 2 nights at Rock View Lodge. (B, L, D)
Today excursions include birding hikes and visits to Amerindian villages. (B, L, D)
Travel by land and river to Karanambu Ranch, home to Diane McTurk, well known for her work with rehabilitating orphaned giant river otters to the wild. Stay for 2 nights. (B, L, D)
Explore the flooded forest, fish in Simoni pond and enjoy a rum punch under the stars. (B, L, D)
Search for giant anteaters and wild giant river otters. Transfer to Caiman House, home to black caimans. Evening river excursion. (B, L, D)
Early morning excursions. Fly back to Georgetown and take a city tour. Stay overnight at Cara Lodge. (B, L)
Fly to London, via the Caribbean or USA. (B)
Arrive in London. (N)
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
2016 Departure Dates*:
16 April - *Plus departure - supplements apply
20 August - *Plus departure - supplements apply
10 September - *Plus departure - supplements apply
1 October - *Plus departure - supplements apply
26 November - *Plus departure - supplements apply
This tour is not exclusive to Cox & Kings clients and is based on small group departures on a shared basis within Guyana using local guides at each location. Groups operate with a minimum of two and a maximum of 10 people per tour. On selected 'Plus' departures a top local guide will accompany the group throughout the itinerary; supplements apply.
This tour has been specifically designed to showcase the highlights of Guyana and uses the best available accommodation. However, Guyana is a wilderness destination and accommodation is basic in many places, with electricity supplied by generators and limited to certain hours. Road transfers in the interior are often on unpaved roads and are taken by 4x4 vehicles or 4x4 Bedford trucks.
This itinerary may be taken at any time as an individual basis (subject to availability) or can be tailored to your requirements, either by shortening the duration or adding further areas of interest.
Break your outbound journey with a stop on a Caribbean island or take a pretour to explore the Guayanese coastal mangroves and wetlands. Guyana can also be combined with neighbouring Suriname or French Guiana. Alternatively, combine relaxation, exploration and birding on a Caribbean extension to an island such as St Lucia, Dominica or Barbados. Please inquire for details and prices.
Atta Rainforest Lodge is a comfortable camp with eight rooms with private bathrooms within the Iwokrama Forest Reserve, just a short walk from the Iwokrama canopy walkway. Surrounded by pristine forest and built in collaboration with the local communities using natural local materials, the lodge features an open-sided main building housing the bar and sitting and dining...
Caiman House is an eco-lodge providing basic accommodation, as well as being a field station. As a guest you have the opportunity to support and participate in an ongoing field study of black caimans, the largest members of the alligator family and an endangered species. Furthermore, Caiman House is the hub of several local development projects, including the introduction of classroom libraries in all three village schools in Yupukari as well as a public library with internet access. Visitors may have the opportunity to meet local craftspeople, such as the furniture builders at Yupukari Crafters, a non-profit venture intended to create village jobs and generate income in order to sustain educational...
Cara Lodge was built in the 1840s and originally consisted of two houses. It has a long history and was the home of the first Lord Mayor of Georgetown. Over the years it has hosted many dignitaries including Edward VII who stayed at the house in 1923 and planted the sapodilla tree in the front garden to mark the occasion. Other notable guests to have visited in recent years include former American president Jimmy Carter, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Mick Jagger.
The lodge does not have the full services of a 5-star hotel but this is made up for by the unique atmosphere and character of the property and the congenial family atmosphere. The rooms are all individually styled and decorated in Caribbean flavours with local kufa furniture. The Bottle restaurant is known as the best in the capital. It is open for lunch and dinner daily except...
The Iwokrama River Lodge is a field station and wildlife research centre located in Kurupukari on the banks of the Essequibo river, on the north-eastern borders of the Iwokrama forest. Accommodation is in eight timber cabins with thatched roofs, fans and private bathroom facilities. Meals are served in the main dining hall. The lodge is the base for exploratory trips into the forest, where you can sling a hammock at one of the numerous satellite camps. Turtle Mountain offers a challenging hike rewarded by spectacular views across the canopy and river to the distant...
Karanambu Lodge offers basic accommodation in six mud brick cottages with thatched roofs, and is very much part of the bush experience. The beds are comfortable and covered with their own mosquito nets and each room has a simple private bathroom with cold water shower. Electricity is only available for limited periods. Meals are served around a communal dining table in the living room of the main ranch. The lodge is run by the McTurk family on the family's former cattle ranch and was opened to the public by Diane McTurk, a world-renowned expert on giant river...
Nestled between the Amerindian villages of Annai and Rupertee, Rock View Lodge offers two guest houses each with four self-contained comfortable rooms. The lodge is set in gardens and orchards that attract hundreds of hummingbirds. You can join the local villagers in a game of volleyball, football or cricket, or just relax by the only pool in the Rupununi. The restaurant menu includes Brazilian barbecue prepared on a wood-fire grill under 50-year-old mango trees. Other delicacies are chicken and duck with coconut milk or baked fish seasoned in herbs from the organic garden. The Annai airstrip is located just 500 metres from the...
The Surama Eco Lodge is located in the village of Surama, which consists of a handful of small buildings surrounded by cattle grazing on the pasture. The community has embraced eco-tourism as a sustainable form of development and built this simple guesthouse complex in the centre of the town. The accommodation is in very simple yet comfortable rooms and cabins with private bathrooms. Experience a stay with friendly Amerindian people, converse with them in English, see the school and experience their...
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GYE2016: 14 Nights