Run by: Windows On The Wild
Reference number: WOTW-08
From: £Prices on request
Guyana is an untouched wilderness located between Venezuela, Brazil and Suriname. Relatively few travellers have visited this pristine and unspoilt destination with amazing bio-diversity of over 800 species of birds and hundreds of species of mammals and reptiles.
Arrive in Guyana. Transfer to Georgetown. Overnight at Cara Lodge.
Today enjoy a trip to Kaieteur and Orinduik Falls. Overnight at Cara Lodge. (B/L)
Morning transfer to Ogle Airstrip for a flight€ross the rainforest to Annai. Lunch will be served at Rock View Lodge before you transfer by 4x4 vehicle to Iwokrama River Lodge. Your afternoon is free to explore the trails around the field station with an Iwokrama Ranger.
Iwokrama is home to many bird species. After dinner, you will go out on to the river to spot caiman and other nocturnal wildlife. Overnight at Iwokrama River Lodge. (B/L/D)
Making an early start you will embark on the Essequibo and circumnavigate Indian House Island giving you the chance for dawn song on the river before returning to the Field Station for breakfast.
After breakfast, travel to Turtle Mountain, for a leisurely stroll up the mountain to its summit at 935ft (approx. 360m). It takes an hour to walk up the mountain, but the effort is more than worth it for the breathtaking views over the forest canopy. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the forest. On the return trip, visit Kurupukari Falls to see the Amerindian petroglyphs (dependent on the water level). Then visit the small Amerindian village of Fair View before returning to the Field Station. Overnight at Iwokrama River Lodge. (B/L/D)
At dawn take a wildlife walk with an Iwokrama Ranger close to the Field Station. After breakfast you will transfer by 4x4 vehicles along the trail that is one of the best places to see the elusive Jaguar. The journey ends at the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway which allows you to view the forest from 35m up in the canopy. From this tree top vantage you can sometimes see red howler monkeys and black spider monkeys. Overnight at Atta Rainforest Lodge. (B/L/D)
Welcome the dawn chorus from the canopy walkway. After breakfast travel by 4x4 vehicle to a trail in the Iwokrama Forest. Continue your trip onto the Amerindian village of Surama.
The village is set in five square miles of savannah and surrounded by the densely forested Pakaraima Mountains. On arrival in Surama receive a welcome from a village counsellor and settle into your€commodation. Your guide will take you on a tour of the village. Visit the local school, medical centre and church along with some of the village houses. Tonight enjoy an educational walk to observe wildlife and experience the mystique of the forest after dark. Overnight at Surama Guest House. (B/L/D)
Rise before dawn for a walk€ross the savannah and then the exhilarating climb up Surama Mountain in the cool morning air. Breakfast will be served at a lookout point which affords incredible views€ross the village and savannah to the Pakaraima Mountains. Return to village for lunch and then take a three mile walk€ross the savannah and through 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 monkeys and many more species. Return to village for sunset and to overnight at Surama Guest House. (B/L/D)
After breakfast depart Surama by 4x4 vehicle for Rock View Lodge at Annai. The road travels through the savannah and the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains with excellent opportunity for savannah birding. Eventually we reach the Rupununi and Annai, its northernmost community.
Rock View Lodge is located where the savannah meets the forest-covered foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains. Overnight at Rock View Lodge. (B/L/D)
At dawn take a hike in the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains on the Panorama Trail. The views€ross the savannah and villages as the sun rises are spectacular. Today you can join the vaqueros on horseback* as they take cattle out to graze on the savannah or visit nearby Amerindian villages. Finish the day with drinks around the pool. Overnight at Rock View Lodge. (B/L/D)
After breakfast transfer by 4x4 vehicle to Ginep Landing for a boat trip on the Rupununi River to Karanambu Ranch. This is the home of Diane McTurk, widely known for her work in rehabilitating orphaned, giant river otters to the wild. Diane and her otters have appeared on National Geographic, Jeff Corwin Experience, Really Wild Show (BBC) and the Calgary’s “Zoo World”.
Late in the afternoon you will travel by boat to look for wild giant river otters and as dusk falls to the ponds to see the giant Victoria Regis waterlily, bloom at dusk. Dinner with Diane will include stories on the history of the family and the Rupununi Savannahs. Overnight at Karanambu Ranch. (B/L/D)
Diane sometimes has resident orphaned otters and you can help her as she tends to them. You can visit Simoni Pond for some of the best inland fishing* in Guyana including Peacock Bass or explore the flooded forest or savannah.
An evening visit to Crane Pond to see hundreds of ibis, anhinga, heron and egret roosting is a highlight. Overnight at Karanambu Ranch. (B/L/D)
This morning travel out onto the savannah to search for a giant anteater. After lunch transfer by boat to the Amerindian village of Yupukari and Caiman House.
Tonight enjoy a foray on the Rupununi River from Caiman House Field Station. As a guest you have the unique opportunity to support and participate in an ongoing field study of the black caiman (melanosuchus niger), the largest member of the alligator family and an endangered species.
Overnight at Caiman House. (B/L/D)
This morning we will have some time to visit the village, to learn about their way of life or go birdwatching in search of the many good savannah, gallery forest and river-edge birds found in the Caiman House area. After an early lunch take a flight back to Georgetown. Enjoy an afternoon Georgetown city tour. Overnight at Cara Lodge. (B/L)
Transfer to the airport for your departing flight. (B)
* There is an additional cost for these€tivities
Price Includes: all transfers€commodation and meals as listed, internal flights in Guyana€tivities as listed, local guide, Kaieteur National Park Fee, Iwokrama Forest User Fee, Iwokrama Canopy Walkway Fee.
Please note International flights are not included, please contact us for competitive fares.
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