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Little-visited but with a great diversity of landscapes and wildlife and a friendly, English-speaking population, Guyana is one of the natural world’s best kept secrets.

Little-visited but with a great diversity of landscapes and wildlife and a friendly, English-speaking population, Guyana is emerging as one of the natural world’s best kept secrets. Vast swaths of virgin rainforests give way to sweeping savannahs, and deep river gorges wind their serpentine way to spectacular waterfalls, including the world’s most spectacular unknown cascade: Kaieteur Falls. Around four times higher than Niagara, mighty Kaieteur is a magnificent sight to behold, especially as there is practically no development to spoil its original natural setting.

Although wildlife is often difficult to view due to the pristine environment, Guyana boasts a huge number of bird and mammal species, including a healthy population of jaguar and the world’s only giant river otter rehabilitation centre. There is a good chance to see the otters and also giant anteater and many bird species.


What To See

Rock View

Surrounded by stunning savannah and rainforest-topped hills (part of the Pakaraima Mountains range) this working ranch offers comfortable accommodation, swimming pool, private animal collection and extensive wildlife-filled tropical gardens.


Located in the heart of Guyana, the Macushi Amerindian village of Surama is set in savannah ringed by the forested Pakaraima Mountains. The inhabitants still observe traditional practises which maintain a peaceful co-existence with nature. Dawn hikes in the savannahs and mountains led by Surama guides, who convey a profound understanding of nature and its resources, may reveal a multitude of birds and wide vistas. The community has established a lodge which provides a base for night walks and daytime canoe floats on the river, providing the chance to see giant river otter, tapir, black spider monkey, red howler monkey and weeping and brown capuchin monkeys and many more species.

Iwokrama Rainforest Reserve

Established to protect and manage a huge, one million-acre rainforest reserve, Iwokrama holds records for the number of its bat (90) and fresh water fish (420) species. There have been over 500 species of birds recorded including five of macaw, 24 species of hummingbirds, and 29 species of raptors (including harpy eagle, crested eagle and osprey). Mammal highlights include eight species of primates (red howler monkey, spider monkey, brown capuchin, wedge-capped capuchin, squirrel monkey, bearded saki, white-faced saki and golden-handed tamarin), two species of sloth, giant anteater, giant river otter, Brazilian tapir, giant armadillo, deer, peccary and wild dog. Despite this richness, the wildlife tends to be wary and sightings can be infrequent. The station has a fairly good record of big cat sightings, particularly jaguar and ocelot – luck is needed, but many guests have had unforgettable encounters with wild felines. There is also a wonderful canopy platform giving a real bird’s-eye view of the forest.

Karanambu Ranch

A leading centre for the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned giant river otters, Karanambu has attained worldwide recognition for its conservation work. Wild otters are also frequently seen, and the verdant banks of the Rupununi River also provide habitat for many birds and other forest wildlife. The nearby savannah contains the strange, endangered giant anteater, commonly seen by lodge guests. The centre’s founder, Diane McTurk, was born and brought up there and is a fund of local knowledge and history, and a great host.

Kaieteur Falls

With a single drop of 741 feet, the falls are five times the height of Niagara yet with virtually no infrastructure and only visited by a handful of tourists each year. Kaieteur is most impressive in the rainy season when billions of gallons of water cascade over the falls creating a breathtaking fusion of noise, spray and colour. The cloud forest created by the unique microclimate of the falls is home to an impressive array of wildlife including tank bromeliads – the world’s largest bromeliad and themselves home to a tiny, endemic golden frog. Kaieteur swifts nest under the falls’ immense curtain of water and the brightly coloured males of the rare Guiana cock-of-the-rock display in a number of favoured leks nearby.


Located at the mouth of the Demerara River on the Caribbean Sea, Guyana’s small capital city comprises wide, tree-lined streets and interweaving canals. Most of its charming if ramshackle wooden buildings display unique colonial architecture reflecting Guyana’s history as both a Dutch and British colony.

Best Time To Visit Guyana

Guyana has a typically tropical climate, being generally warm, wet and humid throughout the year. There are two periods of heavy rains: May to July and November to January.

Guyana Travel

Getting There

Flight Time

Approximately 10 hours

Time Zone

GMT -4






Wildlife Holidays


Featured Places To Stay

Atta Rainforest Lodge

Set in the wildlife rich Iwokrama forest and close to the base of the impressive...

Karanambu Eco Lodge

Leading center for the recovery and rehabilitation of injured or orphaned giant ...

Surama Eco-lodge

A rustic but comfortable property within the Makushi community village set in sa...

Iwokrama River Lodge

Located right on the edge of the Essequibo River, surrounded by huge swathes of ...


Destination Map

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Guyana: 6.075011, -58.974609

Your Very Own

Guyana Specialist

Ian Loyd

Area Specialist

Since Guyana has an uninviting coastline of mudflats and mangrove, combining it with Trinidad and Tobago, or perhaps St Lucia, is highly recommended for their tropical beaches, coral reefs and excellent additional wildlife options (eg oilbirds at Asa Wright in Trinidad).

If you have any questions regarding travel to Guyana, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

WILDLIFE: EXCELLENT Giant anteater swimming across the river. Number of bird species in Trinidad and the tarantula! The otters of course! And a baby anteater which unfortunately died. At least 4 species of monkey. Amazonian water lilies. Bat hanging from shower head! Golden frog in bromeliad. Cane toad, boa constrictor, jaguar tracks in sand.

GENERAL COMMENTS: We saw an extremely varied range of landscapes, plants, animals. We met a lot of very friendly and very interesting people. We have travelled extensively and this was one of the best trips we have ever had. Guyana was special as it is one of the most unspoilt wildernesses we ever visited. We never reached the stage where we felt ready to return home and have found it very difficult to adjust to our normal lives. Apart from in the hotels, the food was excellent – a good range, well cooked using local ingredients imaginatively! We appreciated Delice’s visits to the hotel at both ends of the Guyana visit. The Asa Wright Lodge was extremely well run, with outstanding attention to detail. Keep finding people like the McTurks for us to visit!

Mrs F H - Middlesex