Wildlife Group Tour

Guyana - Travels into the Land of the Giants

Various departures in August, September, October, November and December

14 days

from £4,295pp
  • Go off the beaten path and explore a country rich in wildlife.
  • Search for jaguars in the Iwokrama Rainforest.
  • Look for black caimans and assist researchers in gathering data.
  • See giant anteaters, giant river otters, capybaras, tapirs, monkeys, and other jungle animals.
  • Spot colourful forest birds; catch a glimpse of the iconic cock-of-the-rock.
  • Visit Kaieteur Falls, the world's highest free falling waterfall

In a corner of South America is a land of spectacular wildlife experiences; jaguars hunt for the world's largest rodent, giant caimans hide beneath murky piranha-rich waters, and colourful cocks-of-the-rock flirt beside thundering waterfalls. Offering a magisterial selection of splendidly diverse wildlife, the little-discovered country of Guyana is a nature lover's paradise.

Located at the point where the Caribbean meets the Amazon, this small country is a vast wilderness of jungles, wetlands, and savannahs. Chances of seeing some of the continent's more elusive animals are better here than almost any other country. Jaguars, harpy eagles, giant anteaters, cocks-of-the-rock and anacondas can all be sighted with a dash of luck. As well as searching for wildlife, get involved with conservation efforts, helping researchers gather data on the fearsome black caiman. Visit local villages where age old traditions remain and explore the colonial capital city of Georgetown.

Please note that for 2020 the itinerary differs slightly from shown. Please ask for details. 

Departing on:
  • 5th October 2019
  • 9th November 2019
  • 7th December 2019
  • 1st January 2020
  • 8th February 2020
  • 21st March 2020
  • 18th April 2020
  • 2nd May 2020
  • 8th August 2020
  • 5th September 2020
  • 3rd October 2020
  • 14th November 2020

For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.

STARTFINISHPrice Excluding Flights £Flight cost fromSingle SupplementTour ExpertStatus 
5th Oct 2019 18th Oct 2019 £ 4,295 £ 1,000 £ 495 Local Guide Available
9th Nov 2019 22nd Nov 2019 £ 4,295 £ 1,000 £ 495 Local Guide Available
7th Dec 2019 20th Dec 2019 £ 4,295 £ 1,000 £ 495 Local Guide Available
1st Jan 2020 14th Jan 2020 £ 4,695 £ 1,050 £ 565 Local Guide Available
8th Feb 2020 21st Feb 2020 £ 4,695 £ 1,050 £ 565 Local Guide Available
21st Mar 2020 3rd Apr 2020 £ 4,695 £ 1,050 £ 565 Local Guide Available
18th Apr 2020 1st May 2020 £ 4,695 £ 1,050 £ 565 Local Guide Available
2nd May 2020 15th May 2020 £ 4,695 £ 1,050 £ 565 Local Guide Available
8th Aug 2020 21st Aug 2020 £ 4,695 £ 1,050 £ 565 Local Guide Available
5th Sep 2020 18th Sep 2020 £ 4,695 £ 1,050 £ 565 Local Guide Available
3rd Oct 2020 16th Oct 2020 £ 4,695 £ 1,050 £ 565 Local Guide Available
14th Nov 2020 27th Nov 2020 £ 4,695 £ 1,050 £ 565 Local Guide Available
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what is included

  • 24 hour UK and overseas contacts
  • Activities as per the itinerary
  • All accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • All roads and river transfers
  • Domestic flights
  • Entry fees
  • Accompanied by local guides

what is excluded

  • Items of a personal nature, drinks, etc.
  • Pre and/or post accommodation
  • International flights (which we can be arranged)
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers and porters


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Day at leisure in Georgetown

The only large city in Guyana and the country's capital, Georgetown lies at the mouth of the Demerara River. An attractive colonial city, British-inspired architecture and a profusion of flowering trees fill its charming streets. Dotting the city are a fine selection of jazz bars and cafes, serving delicious local cuisine.

Packed with striking buildings, Georgetown's highlight is the impressive St. George's Cathedral, which is said to be the tallest wooden structure in the world. Other popular sites include the cast-iron Stabroek Market, the Parliament Building and the Victorian-era Botanical Gardens.

You will be staying at Cara Lodge, bed and breakfast

Day 2

Day Trip to Kaieteur Falls
Transfer to the airport for a flight over the Demerara and Essequibo Rivers and hundreds of miles of unbroken tropical rainforest, to land at Kaieteur Falls, the world's highest free-falling waterfall. At 228 metres, Kaieteur is nearly five times the height of Niagara Falls. First discovered in 1870 the falls are located in the heart of Guyana on the Potaro River, a tributary of the Essequibo. The water of Kaieteur flows over a sandstone conglomerate tableland into a deep gorge below and Amerindian legend of the Patamona tribe has it that Kai, one of the tribe's chiefs (after whom the falls is named), committed self-sacrifice by canoeing himself over the falls. It was believed this would encourage the Great Spirit Makonaima to save the tribe from being destroyed by the savage Caribishi. Kaieteur supports a unique micro environment and is famed for its tank bromeliads. The largest of all bromeliads, these strange plants act as lifelong sanctuaries for the tiny golden frog. The rarely seen Guiana cock- of-the-rock also nests close by. There is also a chance to see the flight of the Kaieteur Swifts or Makonaima Birds which nest under the vast shelf of rock carved by the centuries of cascading water. It is also possible to upgrade to a flight including Orinduik Falls.

*Flights to Kaieteur Falls are operated on chartered aircraft and all flights have a minimum passenger restriction. Any booking to Kaieteur and Orinduik Falls is subject to a minimum of 12 passengers being available to travel. In the rare case that required numbers cannot be met, every effort will be made to reschedule the trip to an alternative day. All flights are also subject to weather conditions.

You will be staying at Cara Lodge, bed and breakfast

Day 3

Fly Georgetown to Annai

Drive from Annai to Iwokrama River Lodge

Leave the small airstrip at Annai and travel by 4x4 to Iwokrama River Lodge. This journey can take up to six hours, depending on weather conditions.

A vast one million acre wilderness, the Iwokrama Rainforest was established as a protected area in 1996. The heart of the Guiana Shield, one of the last untouched tropical forests, Iwokrama is as a living laboratory for tropical forest management. Home to the indigenous Makushi, it is protected through a unique partnership between the local people and conservation organisations.

Rich in flora and fauna, this pristine rainforest is home to a startlingly large number of species. It contains particularly sizeable bird and fish populations, with more than 400 species of fish and 500 species of birds discovered thus far.

Afternoon to Explore Iwokrama
This afternoon is free to explore the trails around the river lodge, accompanied by an Iwokrama Ranger. Look out for Guianan toucanets, rufous-winged ground-cuckoos, black spider monkeys and brown capuchins.

Evening River Trip
After dark set out on the river in hope of spotting some of the four species of caiman. Look out for nocturnal birds, such as spectacled owls and nightjars, whilst keeping watch for boa snakes, tree frogs, puma or capybara.

You will be staying at Iwokrama River Lodge, full board

Day 4

Early Morning River Trip
Rise early to embark on a boat trip down the Essequibo River, circumnavigating Indian House Island. Listen to the dawn chorus from birds such as quails, swifts, swallows and antwrens, before returning to the lodge for breakfast.

Half Day Turtle Mountain Hike
After breakfast, board a boat from the lodge and sail towards Turtle Mountain, watching out for wildlife along the way. The exhilarating trek to the 360-metre summit of Turtle Mountain will be a journey of approximately two hours, an effort which is rewarded with breath-taking views over the forest canopy. Along the route to the summit look out for green aracaris, white bellbirds and eagles, as well as black spider monkeys, red howler monkeys and the elusive jaguar.

Late Afternoon Boat Trip to Kurupukari Falls
As the afternoon cools, set out on a boat to visit Kurupukari Falls. Depending on water levels, it is possible to see some of the Amerindian petroglyphs that cover the rocks.

You will be staying at Iwokrama River Lodge, full board

Day 5

Dawn Wildlife Walk
Take a sunrise wildlife walk, with an Iwokrama ranger, on the trails that surround the lodge.

Drive from Iwokrama River Lodge to Atta Rainforest Lodge

Leave Iwokrama Rainforest Lodge and travel by 4x4 to Atta Rainforest Lodge, a journey of approx. 2 hours, depending on weather conditions. The Iwokrama forest is rapidly gaining a reputation for its healthy population of jaguars, who seem to be untroubled by the appearance of curious humans.

This track is the only road linking the country to Brazil, and wildlife is often seen along the road. While driving, look out for the myriad of bird species, including the crimson topaz and green oropendula, as well as agouti, tayra, puma and tapir. The journey concludes at the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway with some bird-watching from a 30-metre high vantage-point in the canopy.

You will be staying at Atta Rainforest Lodge, full board

Day 6

Canopy Walk at Dawn
Welcome the dawn chorus from the canopy walkway. Short-tailed nighthawks settle in for the day, swifts take to the sky and toucans fill the forest with noise. The unusually timid black curassow can also be seen from the tree-top vantage: at least one family party has become habituated and regularly feeds in the clearing of Atta Rainforest Lodge. Deer and agouti are also regular visitors to the lodge, and serious birders can head to the undergrowth to search for the rarely seen rufous-winged ground-cuckoo.

Explore the Canopy
Spend time spotting forest fauna from the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway. The walkway has five suspension bridges leading to four
platforms, the highest of which is over 30 metres above the ground. These will allow great views of a range of canopy species, many of which you would struggle to see well from the forest floor. Green puffbirds, painted parakeets, waved woodpeckers and purple-breasted cotingas can all be sighted from the walkway; whilst red howler monkeys and black spider monkeys are occasional visitors. As darkness falls there is the chance to see the white-winged potoo as well as the occasional jaguar.

You will be staying at Atta Rainforest Lodge, full board

Day 7

Drive from Atta Rainforest Lodge to Surama via Cock-of-the-Rock Trail

After breakfast, depart Atta Rainforest Lodge and travel by 4x4 to the beginning of a trail in the Iwokrama Forest. Set off on foot with the hope of spotting the brilliantly colourful Guianian cock-of-the-rock, Guyana's most iconic bird. During the trek, also learn about the uses of some of the forest's fascinating plants.
Afterwards, continue on to the Amerindian village of Surama. The driving time can be up to 90 minutes, depending on weather conditions.

Set upon a small patch of savannah and surrounded by the densely forested Pakaraima Mountains, the village of Surama is lost amidst Guyana's vast interior. Sporadically inhabited throughout the years, the village's current inhabitants are from the Makushi tribe. Life for many of the residents has hardly changed and many still observe the traditional practices of their forebears.

Village Welcome and Tour
On arrival in Surama, receive a welcome from a village counsellor and settle in. Explore woodland trails with a local guide, observing forest and bird life, then as the afternoon cools take a tour of the village. Visit the local school, medical centre and church along with some of the village houses.

Early Evening Walk
Tonight, venture out on an educational walk to observe wildlife and experience the mystique of the forest after dark.

You will be staying at Surama Eco Lodge, full board

Day 8

Half Day Trek of Surama Mountain
Rise before dawn to walk across the savannah, then begin to climb Surama Mountain in the cool morning air. This is the best time to observe bird life along the trail. Stop for breakfast at a lookout point and admire the incredible views across the village and savannah, towards the Pakaraima Mountains.

Half Day Walk & the Burro Burro River
Set out on a three mile walk across the savannah, and through the rainforest, to the Burro Burro River. Transfer to a boat on the Burro Burro River - paddled by the guides - and take the chance to spot some of the animals that inhabit the river and its banks. Observe giant river otters, tapirs, tayras, spider monkeys and many other species. Return to the village for sunset.

You will be staying at Surama Eco Lodge, full board

Day 9

Drive from Surama to Karanambu Lodge, Rupununi Savannah

As dawn breaks across the rainforest choose between a morning forest walk in search of wildlife or relaxing at the lodge. Have breakfast before departing Surama by 4x4 vehicle or Bedford truck for the journey to Ginep Landing, a journey of about an hour. From Ginep Landing travel by boat on the Rupununi River to Karanambu Lodge, a journey of two hours depending on river levels. On the way look out for the giant otters who live along this stretch of the river.

An extensive area of grassland that is scattered with termite mounds and riparian woodland, the Rupununi Savannah is squeezed between the Rupununi River and Guyana's borders. Home to a number of indigenous Amerindian tribes, this sparsely populated area is famed for its biological diversity.

Large parts of the savannah are devoted to cattle raising and ranches dot the empty grassland areas. Many of the 'vaqueros', or cowboys, that work on these ranches are said to be descended from 19th century Scottish immigrants.

Late Afternoon Boat Trip
Set out by boat to look for giant river otters. As dusk falls continue to the nearby ponds to see the giant Amazonian water lilies, which bloom in the evening. On the way back use a spotlight to search for black caimans and other nocturnal animals.

You will be staying at Karanambu Lodge, full board

Day 10

Day of Bird or Wildlife Watching
Rise early this morning to travel to an area of rolling grasslands in the savannah which is home to a population of giant anteaters.

This evening visit a nearby pond where hundreds of ibis, anhinga, heron and egret roost during the rainy season. Species including spotted puffbird, striped woodcreeper and pale bellied tyrant-manakin can be found in nearby woodlands and a feature bird for this area is the agami heron. An evening walk along the airstrip offers seven species of nightjar and among the grasslands the double striped thick-knees.

You will be staying at Karanambu Lodge, full board

Day 11

Early Morning Savannah and River Trip
In the event that giant anteaters were not seen the previous day, this morning there is another chance to search the savannah. Alternatively, explore the Rupununi River in search of giant river otters, black caimans and arapaima. Afterwards, return to the lodge for breakfast before departure.

Travel from Karanambu Ranch to Caiman House

Leave Karanambu Ranch and travel upriver in a motorboat, bird watching on the way to the village of Yupukari, a journey of approx. 2 hours. Afterwards, transfer by vehicle to Caiman House.

Black Caiman Field Trip
This evening offers the unique opportunity to support and participate in an ongoing field study of black caiman, the largest member of the alligator family and an endangered species. Observe captures from a separate boat with the opportunity to assist in data collection. Caimans are weighed, measured, sexed and tagged before being released back into the river. The research undertaken here has already uncovered interesting new information about caimans' nests. During periods of high water, it is difficult to capture caimans, but there will still be the chance to enter the nocturnal world of the Rupununi River. Just after darkness settles on the river, many creatures emerge. These include black caimans, spectacled caimans, tree boas, iguanas, frogs, and numerous fish species. Observe sleeping birds, such as kingfishers, nightjars and herons. In the trees, look out for possums, capybara and sleeping monkeys.

You will be staying at Caiman House & Research Centre, full board

Day 12

Half Day Local Village Visit or Bird Watching
This morning, go on an adventure with skilled guides, who paddle their boats from the Awariku Lake through a lowland forest creek to the Rupununi River. Search for the many savannah, forest and river-edge birds, in particular the allusive agami heron and the rufescent tiger heron. Also search for the spectacular Victoria Amazonica giant water lily. After reaching the river, the guides will allow the boats to drift before journeying back to Caiman Lodge. After breakfast visit the Amerindian village of Yupukari to observe their way of life, perhaps learning to make cassava bread, spin and weave cotton, fashion bricks from river clay, or make rope from leaf fibres. Visit the Yupakari village school to meet the students and their teachers.

Dine Under the Stars
This afternoon, head out on to the Rupununi River in search of the perfect sandbank at which to stop and set up for an evening dinner under the stars. Try your hand at fishing, before relaxing with a drink as the sunsets and the crew prepare dinner over a campfire. Afterwards, head back to Caiman House, stopping to shine torchlight upon the surrounding nocturnal creatures.

You will be staying at Caiman House & Research Centre, full board

Day 13

Fly Lethem to Georgetown

Capital city tour
Georgetown the chief port, capital and largest city of Guyana is situated on the right Bank of the Demerara River Estuary. It was chosen as a site for a fort to guard the early Dutch settlements of the Demerara River.

Most of the buildings in the city are wooden with architecture dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Main Street Georgetown provides several excellent examples of old colonial homes, a prime example of which is the State House, built in 1852.

St. George’s Cathedral is one of the world’s tallest free standing wooden buildings and was consecrated on 1892. The story of the cathedral is told on the interior on tablets and memorials of a historical and sentimental nature: it is the tale of the history of Guyana in general and of the Diocese in particular.

At the beginning of the Avenue of the Republic stands the Public Library housed in the Carnigie Building. Other historic buildings along this promenade are the Town Hall, a splendid example of Gothic architecture, and further along are the Victoria Law Courts and St. Andrews Kirk.

The Famous Stabroek Market, once described as a “bizarre bazaar”, contains every conceivable item from house hold goods and gold jewellery to fresh meat and vegetables brought to town on the river daily. The clock tower can be seen for miles around and is a famous landmark.

You will be staying at Cara Lodge, bed and breakfast

Day 14

Day at leisure in Georgetown

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Our group tour to Guyana will be accompanied by local guides throughout. These guides will help you to discover the untrodden and unexplored parts of Guyana, known as South Americas best-kept ecotourism secret.
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Departure Date (S):

  • 5th October 2019
  • 9th November 2019
  • 7th December 2019
  • 1st January 2020
  • 8th February 2020
  • 21st March 2020
  • 18th April 2020
  • 2nd May 2020
  • 8th August 2020
  • 5th September 2020
  • 3rd October 2020
  • 14th November 2020

  • Moderate Activity - The tour may occasionally involve slightly longer walks, but nothing over 4 hours. The tour will involve visits to a variety of sites throughout the duration of the itinerary and be at a moderate pace.

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