Wildlife Safari Guyana
Set off on a wildlife safari through the Guyana rainforest. Spot jaguars, the largest and most elusive predator in the Americas, look for giant anteaters and river otters.
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Set off on a wildlife adventure through the Guyana rainforest. Spot jaguars, the largest and most elusive predator in the Americas, and look for giant anteaters and river otters.
Departures dates: All year round
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Tour information and prices are subject to change without notice.
Hotels and lodges are subject to availability.
Arrival in Guyana
On arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel, located in the centre of Georgetown, the capital of Guyana.
Georgetown City Tour
This morning you will enjoy a tour of the city including St. Georges Cathedral, the tallest freestanding wooden building in the world; picturesque city hall; the Victorian law courts; the national museum; the botanical gardens; the zoo and many heritage sites. After a full day return to your hotel. (Meals: breakfast)
Kaieteur/ Orinduik Falls
Depart in the morning to Ogle airport, where you will board your flight to Kaieteur Falls. Kaieteur is a natural wonder with a sheer drop of 741 feet (5 times the height of Niagara Falls).
Kaieteur National Park is situated on the Guiana Shield, a plateau that is one of the world's oldest and remotest geological formations.
The entire National Park is located within one of the world's largest and most biodiverse rainforests and is home to the tiny golden frog, which spends its entire life in the large tank bromeliads.
The park is also home to White-chinned and White-collared swifts, red and green macaws, Morpho Hecuba, South America's most giant butterfly, the Ocelot, and the Cock-of-the-Rock. After a fascinating tour of Kaieteur Falls, fly to the jasper-lined Orinduik Falls located in the Rupununi savannahs and at the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains. The Orinduik is ideal for swimming. Late afternoon return to Georgetown. (Meals: Breakfast, lunch)
Overnight in Georgetown
Day 4 - 5
Karanambu is one of Guyana's leading ecotourism destinations. Located in the Rupununi, Karanambu offers a sense of serenity and is a home away from home. Typically there are two guided excursions each day — one early in the morning and another late in the afternoon and into the evening. As well as being the most extraordinary times to be out, these are usually the best times to see the different birds and animals. Trips may be on the river by boat, on the savannahs by Land Rover or along forest trails on foot to the various ponds.
Activities usually include:
o Searching for wild otters along the river and among the ponds
o Tracking a giant anteater across the savannahs
o Sipping rum punch while watching the giant Victoria Amazonica lily blossom before your eyes
o Boating through the flooded forest in the wet season
o Enjoying flora and fauna along the walking trails among the forest ponds
o Spotting all sorts of amazing animals when they come out of hiding at night
Wildlife usually seen along the rivers and ponds include Black Caiman, Capuchin monkeys, Red Howler monkeys, Squirrel Monkeys, Black Spider Monkeys, Capybara and Giant River Otters. Birdlife in these areas is rich and varied, both on the savannah and along the rivers and ponds. You may have exciting encounters with Jabiru stork, the Great Egret, the Agami Heron and the Great Blue Heronandas, different species of Kingfishers, Green Ibis, Snowy Egrets, Boatbill heron, the Purple Gallinule and the Wattled Jacana. (Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Explore Surama Village
After breakfast, transfer by 4x4 to Surama Village, located in the heart of Guyana, where the forest-covered Pakaraima Mountains surround eight square kilometres of savannah. Surama's inhabitants are mainly from the Makushi tribe, who still observe many of the traditional practices of their forebears. Surama Eco-Lodge features four simple cabins with ensuite bathrooms and a central dining room, bar and lounge area offering fantastic views across the savannah, rainforest and mountains. Surama village has embarked on a community tourism project that provides employment opportunities to many of its inhabitants and benefits the village as a whole. On arrival in Surama, receive a welcome from a village councillor and settle into your accommodation. A local guide will escort you for a short walk on trails to observe the forest and birdlife. As the afternoon cools, your guide will take you on a village tour. Visit the local school, medical centre, church, and some village houses. Tonight enjoy an educational walk to observe wildlife and experience the forest's mystique after dark. After lunch, enjoy a walk across the savannah and then a short, challenging climb up Surama Mountain in the cool morning air. This is the best time to observe birds and wildlife along the trail. Breakfast will be served at a lookout point, which affords incredible views across the village and savannah to the Pakaraima Mountains. Return to town for lunch (Meals; breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Rise before dawn for a walk across the savannah and then a short, challenging climb up Surama Mountain in the cool morning air. This is the best time to observe birds and wildlife along the trail. Breakfast will be served at a lookout point, which affords incredible views across the village and savannah to the Pakaraima Mountains. Return to the village for lunch and then take a 3-mile walk across the savannah and the rainforest to the Burro-Burro River. Your guides will then paddle you on the Burro-Burro River for opportunities to observe Giant River Otters, Tapir, Tira, Spider Monkey and many more species. Return to the village for sunset and to overnight at Surama Eco-lodge. (Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Overnight at Surama Eco-lodge
Iwokrama Rainforest Adventure
Depart Surama by 4x4 to Iwokrama. On your way, visit the Canopy Walkway and enjoy this spectacular and exhilarating experience of the tropical rainforest canopy. Observe the wildlife and birdlife from 35m up in the trees. The walkway is the only one of its kind in the Guiana Shield. Afterwards, continue to the river lodge overnight. (Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Overnight at Iwokrama River Lodge
At dawn on the 2nd day, enjoy a boat ride around Indian House Island. After breakfast, leave the Field Station travel by boat for half an hour to the foot of Turtle Mountain, then commence a stroll up the mountain to its summit at 953ft (approx. 106m). This mildly challenging stroll takes about 1 to 1 1/2 hours to walk up the mountain, but the effort is more than worth it for the breathtaking views over the forest canopy. Return to the Field Station for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the Kurupukari Falls to see the Amerindian petroglyphs (dependent on the water level), then visit the small indigenous village of Fair View. After dinner, enjoy a relaxing evening in the beautiful setting on the bank of the Essequibo River. (Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Overnight at Iwokrama River Lodge
Rock View Lodge
After breakfast, transfer by 4x4 to Rock View Lodge. Overnight at Rock View Lodge. Take some time to relax or visit nearby villages at an additional cost. (Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Overnight at Rock View Lodge
Return to Georgetown
Return to Georgetown in the afternoon. (Meals: Breakfast, lunch)
Overnight at Hotel
Transfer to the airport for your return flight.
Accommodation, internal flights, transfers between airports and hotels, listed hotels and hotel taxes, activities as described and admission charges where applicable, river and land transfers, listed, lodges with full board and other meals as indicated. Local guides, local beverages.
International airfare, airport/departure taxes, gratuities, optional excursions, travel insurance.
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