Undiscovered Jungle Safari

Embark on a holiday with a difference at South America's last frontier. On this adventurous safari you will have 12 days to navigate through Guyana's unspoilt and wild rainforests, witness the impressive Kaieteur Falls and explore the wildlife-rich savannah, all alongside a chance to visit colourful and culture-rich Georgetown.

Itinerary Summary

Duration
12 Days
Price From
£4600
Destination
Guyana
Type
Tailor-Made
Duration Price From Destination Type
12 Days £4600 Guyana Tailor-Made
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About this trip

Guyana is the continent's best-kept secret. This lesser-known country is ideal for those looking for something a little different, you will find no better place for an authentic and raw adventure than here. Guyana offers both cultural and natural wonders to discover, being dense in tropical rainforest and extensive rivers that have been left largely undiscovered. Consequently, it is a remaining haven for some of the rarest animals in South America; expect plentiful tapirs, giant anaconda, metres-long caiman, a plethora of bird species, large troops of river otters, giant anteaters and with luck — jaguars.

On this 12-day trip feel like an early explorer as you traverse into the depths of the rainforest and work the winding rivers of the wilderness, searching for wildlife at every turn. Also on the agenda is the spectacular Kaieteur Falls with its micro-environment and the beautiful Georgetown botanical gardens, home to a wide variety of bird species, all alongside the contrasting yet equally stunning Savannah and an opportunity to climb the Sumara Mountain for incredible views. Throughout your journey you'll also be staying in some of the country's best-situated and most environmentally-conscious lodges.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Explore South America’s unexplored gem in search for tapir, giant anteater, caiman and the majestic harpy eagle
  • Marvel at the impressive Kaieteur Falls, Guyana’s most recognizable landmark
  • Search for majestic jaguars, frequently seen in the country’s heartland region
  • Spend time in unspoilt rainforest, wildlife-rich savannah and colourful Georgetown

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A 12-day adventurous safari featuring Guyana's highlights 

from $5,865 per person, excluding international flights

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Guyana arrival - Georgetown

Upon arrival in Cheddi Jagan International Airport you will be met by our local representatives and transferred to your hotel in Georgetown, where you can relax, recuperate from your flight and look forward to your imminent adventures.

Day 2

Mahaica River & Stabroek Market

Before dawn depart your hotel and travel eastward along the Atlantic coast down to the Mahaica River, where you will meet your guide and join the boat to start looking for wildlife. Be on the lookout for a variety of wildlife, such as river otters, howler monkeys and with more than 150 species of birds on this river there will be plenty for you see, including Guyana’s national bird, the hoatzin and the rare blood-colored woodpecker. After you will return to the banks of the river for breakfast in the home of the boatman. On your drive back to the hotel you will stop along the way at locations that offer excellent spotting opportunities for scarlet Ibis, black skimmer, brown pelican, black and yellow crowned night-herons, rufous crab hawk to name a few birds. Relax at your hotel and get ready for your afternoon outing to the Stabroek market area, which is the heart of the city. Here you will join the ferry to slowly sail along the banks of the Demerara river, whilst your guide gives you a brief history of the city and as the sun sets over the river you may witness a flock of scarlet ibis and egrets as they fly to the mangroves to settle in for the night.

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Day 3

Botanical Gardens & Kaieteur Falls

An early start today as you head to the beautiful Georgetown Botanical Gardens where you may have a possibility of seeing the blood-colored woodpecker, snail kite, gray hawk, pearl kite, carib grackle, red-bellied and red-shouldered macaws and many more birds. Stroll the trails of the garden in search of many birds or perhaps feed some manatees in one of the nearby ponds. Transfer to Eugene F. Correia airport for your scheduled flight to Kaieteur Falls for a day visit. Kaieteur supports a unique micro environment with tank bromeliads, the small golden frog, the rarely seen Guiana cock-of-the-rock, kaieteur swifts and makonaima birds which all nest close by the river. After your day at the falls, fly back to Georgetown and relax at your hotel for the rest of the evening.

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Day 4

Georgetown – Surama Amerindian Community

Take a flight to Fair View Airstrip and transfer to the Amerindian community of Surama. This village is set in five square miles of savannah surrounded by the forest and Pakaraima Mountains. Surama’s inhabitants are mainly from the Macushi tribe and still observe many of the traditional practices of their forebears. Upon arrival you will receive a warm welcome and time to settle into your accommodation at the Surama Eco-lodge. A local guide will escort you on a short walk on the trails to observe the forest and bird life, these guides have lived their entire lives in the rainforest and have incredible knowledge they will pass onto you. In the cooler weather of the afternoon your guide will take you on a tour of the village where you will visit the local school, medical centre, church and some of the village houses. After dinner, enjoy an educational walk through the forest to observe the wildlife.

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Day 5

Surama Mountain & Burro Burro River

Rise early for a walk across the Savannah and then climb the Surama Mountain for incredible views. This is not a technical climb but if you do not wish to do this climb then your guide will arrange an alternative activity for you. Return to the village for lunch and then take a three mile walk across the savannah, through the rainforest to the Burro Burro river. Here you will board a canoe and your guide will paddle you along the Burro Burro river whilst you look for giant river otters, tapir, tayra, spider monkeys and many more species. Return to the village to watch the sunset.

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Day 6

Surama - Iwokrama Rainforest

Enjoy dawn breaking across the rainforest, today you can choose from a forest walk to look for wildlife and birds or you can relax around the lodge before you depart for your next destination on your adventure. You will transfer and walk to the nearby Harpy Eagle nest, providing it is active. The nest is located in a huge emergent tree and if you are lucky enough you might see one of the adult birds bring food back to feed their chick. Continue walking through the rainforest to Corkwood in the Iwokrama Forest which is located in the pristine rainforest as the guides explain how the plants are used for medicines and other uses. Next you will make your way to the Atta Lodge located 500 meters from the base of the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway. Late in the afternoon you will be driven through the forest to an area well known for jaguar sightings in a search to try and find these elusive animals. Return to Atta Lodge for a relaxing evening.

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Day 7

Iwokrama Rainforest

Before dawn you will return to the canopy with your guide for more birdwatching, from the tree top vantage you might see red howler and black spider monkeys as well. Spend the day walking the trails in the area enjoying the wildlife and birdwatching or relax at the lodge and wait for the deer, tapir and agouti who are regular visitors to the lodge. Night walks are also possible where you might see the white-winged potoo or the occasional jaguar that walks the transnational road near to the lodge.

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Day 8

Iwokrama Forest – Rupununi River

There is an opportunity for early morning birding on the walkway or a jungle walk before breakfast and the departure through the rainforest and across the savannah to Ginep Landing. From here you take a boat trip on the Rupununi river to Karanambu Lodge. Late afternoon you will travel by boat on the lookout for wild giant river otters and as dusk falls you will see the giant Victoria Amazonica water lily which bloom only at dusk. Return to the Lodge to relax for the rest of the evening.

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Day 9

Rupununi River

This morning you will make an early start in search for the giant six-foot-long anteaters in the hope of seeing them excavating a termite mound for their breakfast. Take a nap and relax this afternoon until it’s cool enough for your evening visit to the nearby pond to see hundreds of birds.

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Day 10

Rupununi River – Yupukari

If you did not see a giant anteater yesterday then there is still time to go out and try to spot one before your departure. Alternately you can explore the Rupununi river by boat in search of giant otters, black caiman and arapaima. After breakfast you will be transferred by motorized boat to the nearby Amerindian village of Yupukari and Caiman House. At Caiman House you are invited to accompany the indigenous crew in their search and capture the black caiman on the river. Guests will observe the capture from a separate boat and will be offered the opportunity to assist in collect data. Caiman will be weighed, measured, sexed and tagged before being released back into the river.

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Day 11

Yupukari - Georgetown

This morning after breakfast, board your scheduled flight back to Georgetown for some time at leisure. Why not return to Stabroek Market, called the bizarre bazaar as it sells everything one could need from gold jewellery to house hold good and vegetables; visit St George’s Cathedral rising to a majestic height of 43.5m and is amongst the tallest wooden buildings in the world; see the famous Parliament buildings, the Town Hall and admire the old colonial houses that fill the city. In the evening, get ready for your dinner at the Backyard Café which is an exclusive hidden gem. Chef Delvin Adams will tantalise your taste buds with a menu of Guyanese fusion food from around the world depending what is in season.

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Day 12

Depart Georgetown

This morning, your adventure into South America’s last frontier comes to an end, as you are met and transferred to the airport for your international flight home.

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