You travel by foot and by canoe as you journey to Kaieteur Falls, the world’s highest single-drop waterfall in the world, 5 times the height of the Niagara Falls.
After a city tour, we leave civilisation and enter the Guyana’s beautiful rainforest.
By walking along small jungle trails and over tree trunk bridges, you get a real feeling of adventure and feel as close to lush and green nature as you can get.
The lucky ones amongst you might even return home having seen a Jaguar.
Passing the Kaieteur Gorge with towering mountains on either side, there is plenty to see and a refreshing dip in the river awaits.
The highlight awaits as you reach the base of the Kaieteur Falls. After you have successfully scrambled all the way to the top you are stunned by the views.
You have stumbled across a real hidden gem and thanks to that you might even be the only people there. And if you are patient enough you may spot the Golden Frog or the brightly coloured Cock-of-the-Rock.
At night you camp at scenic campsites in beautiful locations and will fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle by night – a truly unforgettable experience.
Intrepid trek through virgin rainforest on trails known by very few.
Swim across creeks and cross rivers on jungle bridges.
Challenging climb to reach your first viewpoint of the famous Kaieteur Falls.
One of the rainforest's most rewarding trails.
Overall I thought the guides everywhere were fantastic.
A. Thomson, Guyana Highights
Arrival in Georgetown.
Pick up and transfer to Cara Lodge, a 150-year-old heritage building converted into a beautiful small hotel.
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. The city of Georgetown was designed largely by the Dutch and is laid out in a rectangular pattern with wide tree lined avenues and irrigation canals that criss cross the city.
Most of the buildings in the city are wooden with unique architecture dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.
During your visit to Georgetown there are a number of interesting sights that should not be missed: the most famous being St. George’s Cathedral. The Cathedral is one of the world’s tallest free standing wooden buildings and was consecrated on 1892. The foundation stone was laid on November 23, 1890 and the building was designed by Sir Arthur Bloomfield. 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 Carnegie 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. St. Andrew’s is the oldest surviving structure of any church in Guyana.
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.
No trip to Georgetown would be complete without a visit to the Botanical Gardens and zoo. The Botanical Gardens houses one of the most extensive collections of tropical flora in the Caribbean and are laid out with ponds, canals, kissing bridges and bandstand. Over 100 species of Guyanese wildlife can be observed at the Zoo including a wide variety of tropical fishes and birds.
The National Museum which contains a broad selection of our animal life and heritage should not be missed, nor the Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology, which explains Amerindian history and life style.
It is an early start as you depart Georgetown at 6.30am for an 8 hour journey inland, passing through the town of Linden, then through miles and miles of lush rainforest and rolling hills.
Your journey takes you to the bustling gold-mining town of Mahdia, and on to Pamela Landing.
From here it is 2 ½ hours by boat to Amatuk, a beautiful island of white sand, with the 170 ft drop Amatuk falls just a few yards away.
Overnight at Camp Amatuk. Here, on this beautiful island of white sand with the 170ft drop Amatuk falls just a few yards away, you camp for the night.
A refreshing bath in the river and enjoy a sumptuous meal this is all you need before climbing into your hammock. The fresh, clean air will soon render you fast asleep.
Today you set off by foot, trekking through the jungle, swimming across creeks and walking across bridges made of tree trunks.
A short boat-ride through the rapids and you arrive at Waratuk where you camp for the night.
Overnight at Waratuk Camp.
After a good night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast, you trek to Tukiet with the enigmatic Ibini mountain range in a distance as your constant companion. After another short boat ride and you reach Tukiet at the bottom of the Kaieteur Falls just in time for lunch.
A cool dip in the river and a healthy meal will put you in top gear to begin your climb up the ‘O my God’ mountain. Did you say you liked challenges?
After four and a half exhilarating hours of scrambling you reach the top. The feeling of achievement is indescribable as you take in the spectacular view of the mighty Kaieteur Falls, the highest single-drop waterfalls in the world.
Overnight at Kaieteur Guest House.
A tour around the Kaieteur Park will prove to be a truly fascinating experience. You will get the chance to view the Kaieteur Falls from several view points that offer excellent photo opportunities.
With a little patience you can get a close- up view of the beautiful, but poisonous ‘golden frog’ and, if you’re lucky you’ll catch a glimpse of the brilliantly coloured, orange ‘Cock-of-the-rock’.
The local flora boasts pretty carnivores’ plants, some of which feed on insects, and beautiful, wild flowers, including the decorative Heliconia.
After another night at the top of the Kaieteur, it is time to say our farewell.
On the plane to Georgetown you get a final, spectacular aerial view of Kaieteur Falls and the gorge and the awe-inspiring expanse of rainforest and rivers. Overnight at Cara Lodge.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
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Hotels, guest houses, camp, all meals on trek, transport throughout and to and from Georgetown airport, camping equipment, local guide.
International flights – we can arrange these for you, tips, sleeping bag, porters (can be hired), airport departure tax, personal items, towels, alcoholic drinks.
Being mainly rainforest, and because much of the trip takes place in the rainforest, you will sleep in beds surrounded by mosquito nets.
Sleeping within the rainforest and savannah is a fantastic experience, and comes as second nature after a day or two.
While no one comes to Guyana looking for a luxury travel experience, welcome creature comforts are on offer at the charming colonial boutique Cara Lodge in Georgetown as well as the storied Pegasus on the city’s northwest corner.
A variety of expert guides may accompany on this tour, all of whom have many years’ experience and plenty of enthusiasm to make sure your trip is a great one.
Below are a few of the guides.
Wally Prince: Unrivalled expertise and experience leading tours and teams in Guyana.
Wally is one of the most sought-after guides for professional birders, documentary teams, and scientific expeditions visiting Guyana. He served for seven years as the guide coordinator, resident wildlife biologist, chief trainer, and operations manager at Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development. He has identified more than 700 of the 800+ bird species recorded in Guyana and is intimately familiar with their habitats, behaviours, vocalisations, and mating rituals. He grew up wandering through Guyana’s lush and biodiverse interior.
Gary Sway: Amerindian, Expert Naturalist
Gary Sway is a Macushi Amerindian from the village of Surama. Having grown up in the rainforest he has a great understanding and affinity for his natural surroundings and the wildlife. He has been a guide at Surama Eco-lodge for nearly 15 years and is well loved by those who have explored and seen the rainforest through his eyes. Gary is also an experienced birding guide and has represented Guyana at the Bird Expo in Columbus Ohio, USA. His patience and keen eye means great rewards for those birding with him. In his spare time Gary is a leading player in the Surama Makushi culture group.
Nadir (Carlos) Allie: Guide, Bird Expert
Nadir (Carlos) Allie was originally from the west coast of the ancient county of Berbice. His family were rice farmers, but Carlos did not want to follow this path, and moved to Georgetown to learn his father’s profession and became a tailor. From an early age Carlos always had a love and passion for birds. He never joined the other boys in trying to shoot them with a slingshot, preferring to rescue and care for the injured ones.
In Georgetown, through his love of birds he became friends with Andy Narine and together they formed the Guyana Amazon Tropical Birds Society (GATBS). Through GATBS, Carlos was able to get involved in many different projects including bird counts for some of the interior lodges, and also collecting information on the avifauna of Guyana for a new Guyana bird list. Over the years Carlos has become an experienced bird guide, leading tours to Guyana’s top birding locations especially along the coastlands where he was born and continues to live. Carlos loves to share his passion and love of birds with visitors and locals whenever he gets the opportunity. He is especially fond of leading tours of the Botanical Gardens in Georgetown.
Almost all dietary requirements can be catered for – please enquire in advance as we have to organise supplied.
Whilst on tour the food is of a very good standard with fresh beef, chicken and fish and plenty of vegetables and fruit.
On camping trips/in remote areas, use is made of dried and salted produce, supplemented by fishing.
The blend of different ethnic influences – Indian, African, Chinese, Creole, English, Portuguese, Amerindian, North American – gives a distinctive flavour to Guyanese cuisine.
Try dishes such as Pepper Pot, meat cooked in casareep (bitter casava) juice with peppers and herbs. Garlic pork, a specialty at Christmas. Curry and Roti is popular everywhere. Seafood is plentiful and varied, as is the wide variety of tropical fruit and vegetables. Try casava and yams.
Rum is the most popular drink and Guyana blends some of the worlds best. There are many inexpensive rums that are an excellent rum with mixers. The better rums such as Banks Extra, Banks XM 10 Year and DDL’s 12 year old King of Diamonds are smooth rums and great straight or on the rocks. DDL’s 15 year old El Dorado was voted the best rum in the world in 1999, 2000 and 2001, and is as smooth as a good brandy. The local Banks Beer is a good beer.
The water from the tap is brownish in colour, which is from the tannin in the water, and not polluted. However, it is recommended that bottled water, which is readily available, is used for drinking. Remember to drink plenty of it to prevent dehydration as it does get humid in Guyana.
This has been classified as an easy to moderate trek.
You need to be have a reasonable level of walking fitness to hike to Kaieteur Falls. The climb up from the Gorge to the top of the Falls is a hot and hard one which will take 4-6 hours, depending on the weather and your fitness levels. Most days you will walk for a few hours, bird spotting and searching for wildlife.
The humidity can make a short walk feel a lot harder than it is, and take on board lots of water.
The trip is open to anyone who wants to experience the rainforest, but particularly for those with an interest in hiking and wildlife.
Guyana is the only English-speaking country on the South American continent and has a Caribbean feel.
It is a destination for the nature lover looking for an off-the-beaten-path destination with many attractions. Guyana offers pristine rainforest, abundant wildlife, jaguars and the mighty Kaieteur Falls.
Start your adventure in the melting pot that is the country’s capital – Georgetown. Here Hindu, Muslim and Christian cultures blend in harmony.
Head off to visit the breathtaking Kaieteur Falls – the world’s highest single-drop waterfall.
Then the interior beckons. Jungle and Savannah await. With luck you might spot the Cock o’ the rock or a harpy eagle.
Bigger mammals such as the ant eater might surprise you or if incredibly lucky the mighty jaguar. Travel by road or river and stay in rustic but comfortable lodges – all with an authentic Guyanese welcome.
Guyana will be an unforgettable adventure.
Guyana has five natural habitats to discover, the most famous of which is is its dense rain forest.
This ‘jungle’ is also known as the Forested Highland Region and is in the south of the country, and is very sparsely populated.
The majority (around 90%) of Guyana’s population lives in a marshy plain on the Atlantic coast, known as the low coastal plain.
Most of the country’s mineral deposits (bauxite, gold, diamonds) are found a little further inshore in that is called the white sand belt.
The south west of the country gives way to a desert savannah which then becomes an interior savannah.
From here, the grasslands and mountains of the interior highlands start to rise towards the borders with Brazil and Venezuela.
This is the largest of Guyana’s geographical areas and consists a series of plateaus, flat-topped mountains, and savannahs.
The Pakaraima Mountains dominate the western part of the interior highlands and include Mount Roraima, Guyana’s highest peak at 2,772m (9,094 ft) on the Venezuelan border.
The largest expanse of grassland, the Rupununi Savannah, covers about 15,000 square kilometres in southern Guyana.
Guyana has three large rivers, the Essequibo at 1,010km(628 miles), the Courantyne River (which forms a natural border with Suriname) at 724kms (450 miles), and the Berbice – 595kms (370 miles).
Guyana is a hot and humid country. February and March are prime times to visit, along with Aug-Jan. Read our guide to Guyana’s weather for more.
The mean shade temperature is 27°C, while maximum is 31°C and the minimum is 24°C. The heat is greatly tempered by cooling breezes from the sea.
There are two wet seasons in the north of the country, from May to June, and from December to January.
The south and the Rupununi region receive one wet season from May to July.
All wet seasons may extend into months either side.
Rainfall averages 2,300 mm a year in Georgetown.
Good kit is vital for every trip.
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Guyana is a hot and humid country.
Take sunscreen, sun glasses and a hat to Guyana.
It can rain at any time, so always have a poncho/waterproof jacket handy.
Give plenty of thought to kit selection, and try to keep weight down.
Passenger/s traveling on internal flights in Guyana are allowed a free baggage allowance of 20lbs/9.1KG exceeding this weight passenger/s will incur a cost of GY$150.00 (price subject to change) equivalent to US$ 0.77cents per pound. Please note that additional baggage allowance is subject to availability and cannot be confirmed until day/time of check-in by the airline. We can book excess weight on your behalf but it is subject to being within the payload of the aircraft and at the discretion of the airline. We understand you may want more than 20lbs/9.1KG of baggage and wish to have guaranteed excess baggage/weight and so an alternative is to pre-book an extra seat on the flight which will afford you 175lbs/79.4KG for you to use individually or for your group.
Below is a more detailed guide.
Detailed kit list
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Get up into the trees like monkeys at Atta Lodge, for some up close and personal wildlife viewing.
The major attraction here is a 154m/505ft long canopy walkway, with four platforms some up to 30m into the canopy.
An array of birds and animals you struggle to see from the forest floor soon zoom into view.
Among these are endangered and protected species such as the jaguar, the bullet wood tree, greenheart and the waramadan (endemic in Guyana only to the Iwokrama Forest).
The lodge provides comfortable accommodation with 8 private rooms, three home-cooked meals per day, and ample opportunities to explore the surrounding rainforest by foot, canoe, or 4X4.
You’ll need to keep quiet in your kayak as you help researchers from Caiman House search and tag black caiman at night time.
By staying here, you’ll get an inside look at the work of those trying to protect this endangered species.
You can help to collect the data of any captured caiman – some reaching up to 12 feet in length! – before they are released back into the wild.
Caiman House is once-in-a-lifetime and thrilling part to any tour of Guyana, especially for wildlife enthusiasts who can also look out for snakes, frogs, bird spiders and more
The Atlantic gateway to Guyana, Georgetown is a fascinating mix of people, history fusions.
The ex-British colony contains influences from Amerindians, Asia, Brazil and more, making it a lively and welcoming destination.
The Natural History Museum is well worth a visit, as well as the world’s largest wooden cathedral and the thrumming market.
English is widely spoken and friendly local people are normally up for a chat about the unique atmosphere of Georgetown.
Deep into Guyana’s enormous rainforest lies Iwokrama, a one million acre wilderness full of wildlife.
Birds, trees frogs and the elusive puma live in the forests, whose verdant canopy you can enjoy from the Turtle Mountain vantage point.
The area is protected and known as Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation, with the full involvement of the local people.
You can see their history in the Amerindian petroglyphs close to some rivers, a fascinating insight into how animals and humans have coexisted for centuries in this pristine rainforest.
Flying over the jungle canopy, the views confirm that there are no other falls in the world with the magnitude of the sheer drop existing at Kaieteur.
Being so remote, you can walk right up to the flowing water, which gushes 822 feet into a deep and forested gorge.
Look for Golden frogs, unique to a tiny area, living in bromeliads growing in the warm, humid air.
Most likely your group will be the only souls in this remote location, adding to its incredible appeal.
Famous for rescuing orphaned giant river otters, Karanambu also represents the spirit of travel of old.
An outpost, miles from civilisation, there’s a warm welcome and great wildlife.
See the giant Victoria Regis water lily bloom at dusk, or cruise the river looking for giant otters and caiman.
If you wake early enough, you may be able to find a giant anteater snaffling around for a treat.
Sadly, Diane McTurk is no longer with us, but the ranch continues to write its own chapters in the history of conservation.
Rumoured to have inspired parts of Conan Doyle’s Lost World book, ‘Tepuys’, or table top mountains, after visiting, it’s easy to see why.
From the sabanna that links Guyana’s western front with Venuzuela, the Tepuys rise dramatically.
They provide unique eco-zones for many species and the lunar-like surface is home to species found nowhere else on earth.
Waterfalls, rapids and rainforest criss-cross the various faces and sections of the Tepuys, making Mount Roraima one of the most acclaimed sights in South America.
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