Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago,

The Natural Highlights Of Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago

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Tailor-Made Tour
15 Days
From £4058
GEOIP Not Available
Birding
Snorkelling and Diving
Country Combo

Tour Introduction

15 Days from £4058
GEOIP Not Available
per adult.

Combining two of Guyana’s best wildlife highlights with the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago, this is an itinerary of tropical wildlife, beautiful beaches, exceptional snorkelling/diving and friendly, English-speaking populations. Guyana’s premier wildlife lodge combines exceptionally well with the spectacular waterfall and cloud forests of Kaieteur and the colonial architecture of Georgetown, affording a comprehensive overview of the country and all its manifold attractions. Adding the famous Asa Wright Nature Centre on Trinidad and the white-sand beaches and coral reefs of Tobago results in a three centre holiday of great variety and attraction which should prove hugely stimulating and enjoyable.

Full Itinerary

Price from £4058
GEOIP Not Available
per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms
Day 1
Arrive in Georgetown

Arrive in Georgetown, Guyana. Met on arrival and transfer to hotel.

Staying at Cara Lodge. Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2
Karanambu

Fly to Karanambu. Met on arrival and transfer to the ranch located in the northern Rupununi region - a cross over area for wetlands, forests and savannahs. Karanambu is the home of the indomitable Diane McTurk who is well known for her work in rehabilitating orphaned giant otters back to the wild. Afternoon excursion exploring the waterways searching for wild giant otters, primates, black caiman and other wildlife.

Staying at Karanambu Ranch. Includes All Meals.

Day 3
Karanambu

Full day exploring the rivers and savannahs of Karanambu. Search for giant anteaters early in the morning on the nearby savannah. There will be further opportunities to explore the waterways and surrounding gallery forest in search of giant otters and birds such as the beautiful agami heron. In the evening Diane may share some stories from her long association with the area where she was born.

Staying at Karanambu Ranch. Includes All Meals.

Day 4
Karanambu

Full day of exploration around the ranch in search of wildlife. Some great birding can be done around the lodge and a particular highlight is the capuchinbird lek only a short walk away. In the evening there will be a visit to oxbow lakes to see the world’s largest water lily, Victoria Amazonica, bloom at dusk. Returning to the lodge in the dark there will be the chance to find opossums, black caiman, Amazon tree boa and other exciting nocturnal wildlife along the rivers with spotlights.

Staying at Karanambu Ranch. Includes All Meals.

Day 5
Georgetown

Fly back to Georgetown in the morning. Afternoon guided city tour of the principal sites including St Andrews Kirk, St George’s Church, Stabroek Market and the Botanical Gardens.

Staying at Cara Lodge. Includes Breakfast.

Day 6
Kaieteur Falls

Charter flight to Kaieteur Falls. Full day to explore the area with guide. With a drop of 741 feet, it is five times the height of Niagara but benefits from very few visitors and virtually no man-made infrastructure. The falls have even produced a special microclimate that has resulted in a cloud forest ecosystem supporting the massive tank bromeliad – the world’s largest – which is home to the endemic Kaieteur golden frog. Return flight back to Georgetown.

Staying at Cara Lodge. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 7
Asa Wright Nature Centre

Transfer to the airport and fly to Port of Spain, Trinidad. Transfer to Asa Wright Nature Centre. The afternoon is free to explore the grounds and do some birdwatching. Over 400 species of birds, 108 mammals, 55 reptiles, 25 amphibians and more than 600 butterflies have been recorded in the area near to the centre.

Staying at Asa Wright Nature Centre. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 8
Asa Wright Nature Centre

Morning guided birdwatching excursions around the lodge to look for the diverse range of birds found in the nearby forest. The afternoon is at leisure, but a large number of birds can be seen in the garden of the lodge including many local specialties.

Staying at Asa Wright Nature Centre. Includes All Meals.

Day 9
Asa Wright Nature Centre

Guided visit to the Dunston Cave to see the famous colony of fascinating oilbirds, the world’s only nocturnal fruit-eating birds, which roost in the cave during the day: all very bat-like. In the afternoon visit Caroni swamp, an excellent example of a mangrove ecosystem. Many wetland birds can be seen here including large flocks of scarlet ibis returning to roost in the evening. With luck, the tiny silky anteater and impressive Cook’s tree boa can be seen on boat trips through the mangroves.

Staying at Asa Wright Nature Centre. Includes Breakfast.

Day 10
Tobago

Transfer to the airport and fly to Tobago. Met on arrival and transfer to Blue Waters Inn on the north east coast of the island. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Staying at Blue Waters Inn. Includes Breakfast.

Day 11
Tobago

A day at leisure on Tobago. The hotel offers its own sandy beach and has 46 acres of gardens teeming with wildlife. There are optional activities on offer such as snorkelling and diving with chances to see hawksbill and green turtles, eagle and manta rays, and over 70 species of corals including some of the world’s largest brain corals. Little Tobago is the island’s largest bird sanctuary and is only a few minutes’ boat ride away, or take a longer boat ride to St Giles Island. Both islands have significant seabird colonies of red-billed tropicbirds and red-footed and brown boobies. Between March and June, turtle watching tours can be arranged that take guests to traditional nesting sites where the entire egg laying process can be witnessed.

Staying at Blue Waters Inn. Includes Breakfast.

Day 12
Tobago

Another day at leisure with optional activities available.

Staying at Blue Waters Inn. Includes Breakfast.

Day 13
Tobago

Another day at leisure with optional activities available.

Staying at Blue Waters Inn. Includes Breakfast.

Day 14
Depart Tobago

Transfer to the airport and connect with your onward international flight home.

Includes Breakfast.

Tour Accommodation

Trinidad and Tobago Tobago

Blue Waters Inn

Overview

Blue Waters Inn is a small, 38-room hotel nestled in a secluded horseshoe bay in the quiet north-eastern end of the island, with a beautiful sandy beach plus 46 acres of wildlife-filled tropical gardens. The hotel benefits from friendly service and pleasant, well-kept rooms, each with air-conditioning, ceiling fans and (for most) sea views and a patio to enjoy. Rooms with extra beds and presidential suites are also available.

Blue Waters Inn offers safe swimming and excellent doorstep snorkelling and diving on reefs featuring over 70 species of coral as well as turtles, eagle rays and manta rays. There are hummingbird feeders and nature trails through the forest at the back of the property where many birds can be seen including rufous-vented chachalaca, Trinidad motmot and orange-winged parrot.

The Captain’s Table restaurant serves a freshly updated menu including delicious locally caught fresh seafood as well as a selection of Caribbean and western cuisine. On certain days a BBQ with a steel drum band performance is offered.

The well-stocked bar serves a wide range of cocktails and beverages as well as snacks with wonderful sea view backdrop. Free Wi-Fi with good signal is available throughout the communal areas.

Other facilities include a games room, tennis court, infinity pool and Jacuzzi, TV and tea and coffee facilities in the lobby, dive centre, sun loungers, currency exchange and a safety deposit box.

Little Tobago, the island’s largest bird sanctuary, is only a few minutes away by boat and half an hour away is St Giles Island, the southern Caribbean’s largest seabird colony.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
38
Facilities

Restaurant, bar and lounge, infinity pool, Jacuzzi, sun loungers, dive shop, gift shop, tennis court, room service, currency exchange, safety deposit box, BBQ, games room, free Wi-Fi in the communal areas and air-conditioning.

Local Wildlife

The coral reef just offshore from the beach is teeming with a large diversity of reef fish including jacks, groupers, kingfish, angelfish, moray and spotted eels, octopus, cuttlefish and the endangered hawksbill turtle.

In deeper waters, eagle and manta rays, sharks, jacks and other large fish can be seen. Night dives can also be arranged which provide a completely different underwater experience and give a chance to encounter eels, lobsters and sharks. For those who prefer to stay dry, glass bottom boat tours are also available.

The forest around Blue Water Inn is a good spot to see the beautiful ruby topaz hummingbird, Trinidad motmot and range-restricted rufous-vented chachalaca. The nearby island of Little Tobago has a large colony of nesting seabirds with magnificent frigatebird, red-billed tropicbird, brown noddy, sooty tern and red and brown-footed boobies all easily seen depending on the season. There is also the possibility of seeing the rare Audubon’s shearwater and roosting white-tailed nightjar.

Optional Activities

Swimming, snorkelling and diving and excursions to Little Tobago and St Giles Island. Longer excursions to the main ridge forest reserve (Tobago’s largest area of rainforest), Charlottesville and turtle nesting beaches are also possible.

Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad

Asa Wright Nature Centre

Overview

The world famous Asa Wright Nature Centre was set up in 1967 by a group of passionate conservationists and birdwatchers to protect part of the biodiverse Arima Valley. Asa Wright is located in a remote part of Trinidad’s northern range which rises to a little over 3000 feet and is mostly covered by tropical rainforest.

Asa Wright Nature Centre has an exceptionally diverse fauna. Its species list includes 108 mammals, 400 birds, 55 reptiles, 25 amphibians and 617 butterflies. The main building is actually an old coffee plantation house with décor reminiscent of its colonial past. There is a large dining room and lounge where an extensive collection of natural history books can be browsed. The most famous feature of the centre is its verandah which looks down the Arima Valley and onto multiple bird feeders that attract a constant stream of colourful and exciting species. The close proximity of the feeders affords guests rare photographic opportunities for a great diversity of species ranging from purple honeycreepers to bay-headed tanagers and copper-rumped hummingbirds.

The world’s second smallest bird, the tufted coquette, can often be seen feeding from flowering bushes just below the feeders.

Accommodation is in 26 comfortable but fairly simple rooms with private bathrooms. There are 2 special rooms with king-size beds located in the main house designed specifically for handicapped guests, and the rest are in private cottages situated in the lovely gardens. All the rooms have twin beds and private verandahs and are kept cool by ceiling fans.

The main building has free Wi-Fi and a dining room that serves buffet meals – there is also a sandwich bar service. A natural swimming pool in the forest is available to guests and in the evenings there are often talks by the local naturalist guides concerning the work of the centre.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
26
Facilities

Dining room, lounge, natural history libary, veranda, laundry service, gift shop and free Wi-Fi in public areas.

Local Wildlife

Asa Wright Nature Centre is most known for its bird life and in particular its feeders that attract some of the most beautiful and localised birds on the island. Some of the avian highlights include Trinidad motmots, bearded bellbird, tufted coquette, collared and green-backed trogon and golden headed and white-bearded manakins. Red-rumped agoutis, red-tailed squirrel, golden tegu lizard and green iguanas are seen quite regularly too. The centre also has the world’s most accessible colony of oilbirds, the only nocturnal fruit eating (frugivorous) birds in the world. Night walks can often reveal many exciting creatures including the Trinidad chevron tarantula, whip scorpion spider, fer-de-lance, Cook’s tree boa and various species of owls.

Optional Activities

Guided walks through the reserve and local forest. Excursions further away are also available to other key wildlife sites and turtle nesting beaches. Evening lectures about the centre and its wildlife and night walks are often held.

Guyana The Rupununi

Karanambu Eco Lodge

Overview

Karanambu Ranch is the family home of Diane McTurk who founded the Karanambu Trust and is the world expert on giant otters and their rehabilitation. Karanambu is a leading center for the recovery and rehabilitation of injured or orphaned giant river otters and has attained worldwide recognition for its conservation work.

Over the years Karanambu has been visited by Sir David Attenborough, the late Gerald Durrell (Three Singles to Adventure), National Geographic and the BBC’s Really Wild Show. As well as tame resident individuals, wild otters are frequently seen here. The rainforested banks of the Rupununi River are also home to large numbers of birds, squirrel and capuchin monkeys and plenty of other forest wildlife. Diane sometimes has resident orphaned otters and it may be possible to help her as she tends to them. Diane now takes a back seat and the lodge is currently managed by Andrea and Salvador of American and Guyanan descent who make wonderful hosts.

Karanambu Ranch was previously a huge cattle farm and now covers 100 square miles of protected wetlands, rainforest and savannah.

Away from the river there are vast tracts of savannah, home to endangered giant anteaters which are commonly seen by guests in the early morning.

The lodge has twin-bed clay, brick and thatched roof cabins, 5 of which accommodate up to 2 people and one for families of up to 4, with private bathrooms (cold water only) and flushing toilets, comfortable beds, verandas and hammocks.

Drinking water, a laundry service, solar powered electricity (available 6am and 10pm) and a complimentary supply of rum punches are also provided. The main building houses the dining room, communal lounge area and a small library. The service and locally produced food is of high standard and hand-made snacks, water, juice and rum punches are always readily available both at the lodge and on excursions.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
6
Facilities

Private cabins and bathrooms with cold showers only. Dining room, laundry service, drinking water, generator-supplied electricity, complimentary rum punches, hammocks and turn down service.

Local Wildlife

Both wild and orphaned giant otters can be regularly seen. Giant anteaters are frequently encountered on the savannah close the lodge. In the gallery forests surrounding the river and oxbow lakes red howler, common squirrel and brown capuchin monkeys and a wide diversity of birds are often spotted. Nocturnal boat trips reveal a high density of black caiman and snakes including the spectacular Amazon tree boa.

Fruiting mango trees around the lodge attract the elusive tayra in the early mornings and paca after dark. With luck a tapir, herd of collared peccary, armadillo or one of the six species of cat present in the area can be encountered.

Optional Activities

Excursions along the river by motorised boat during the day and night. Treks across the savannah and through the gallery forest. Fishing. Camping.

Guyana Guyana Coast

Cara Lodge

Overview

Built in 1840, Cara Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Guyana’s capital, Georgetown, and is steeped in history having hosted many world leaders, royalty and other dignitaries.

Built in the style of a traditional plantation house, Cara Lodge has spacious wooden verandas and large bedrooms with private facilities. There is a good restaurant serving good food, bar and comfortable communal area and the service is always attentive and friendly.

All rooms have air-conditioning, ceiling fans, cable TV, international direct dial telephones, minibars, hair dryers, tea and coffee facilities, private bathrooms with hot water and are decorated in colonial style. The rooms vary in size but all offer adequate space: some have verandas, and deluxe superior rooms are now available.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
34
Facilities

Restaurant and bar, 24-hour reception desk, internet access available: rooms have mini-bars, cable TV, direct dial telephones and tea and coffee making facilities.

Optional Activities

City tours of Georgetown and birdwatching excursions to the nearby Abary River. Charter and scheduled flights to Kaieteur Falls can be arranged.

Route Map

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Cara Lodge: 6.812775, -58.156061
Karanambu Eco Lodge : 3.751893, -59.315186
Asa Wright Nature Centre: 10.717817, -61.298272
Blue Waters Inn: 11.307028, -60.528751

Departure Dates

This tour has no set departure date and can be tailored to suit your travel requirements. Contact us for more details.

Travel Information

Are International Flights Included?

No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Flight Info:

Flight Info Caribbean Airlines flies 3 times a week from London Gatwick to Port of Spain, Trinidad with onward connections to Georgetown, Guyana.

Best Visited:

January to January

Are you ATOL Registered?

Yes. This means we are legally able to book your international flights in conjunction with your ground arrangements so you can book with us with complete confidence. Read more about our ATOL license here.

Ian Loyd

Area Specialist

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

We really enjoyed this tour – every location was thoroughly enjoyable for different reasons. [WILDLIFE HIGHLIGHTS] River otters at Karanambu (wild and tame); macaws from the top of Turtle Mountain at Iwokrama (nice to look down on them for a change!); St Giles Island, Tobago – literally thousands of birds, frigate, boobies, tropic etc; cock-of-the-rock and golden frog at Kaieteur Falls. We have now taken 5 trips with Reef & Rainforest – all great!

Ms H P - Kent