Pristine Guyana Tour – a 14 day Small Group Tour.

The small South American country of Guyana rarely features on most people’s travel plans, but discerning travellers are coming to recognise it as one of the premier wildlife destinations on our planet.

Experience the very best of the country with our small group tours – look for Jaguar at Iwokrama, meet Amerindian villagers and see the Giant Otters at Karanambu.

A truly unforgettable trip that no serious nature lover should miss.



On this trip we travel deep into the rainforest to Iwokrama – one of the best places for spotting Jaguars – and gain a unique perspective of the forest from its amazing canopy walkway, as well as visiting the Amerindian village of Surama to learn more about the lives of Guyana’s indigenous people.

After experiencing nature walks and canoe trips to spot the flora and fauna of the region we travel to Rock View Lodge, where you can hike in the nearby mountains.

Finally we head to Karanambu Lodge with its landscape ranging from savannah to wetlands and forest where we take trips on the river, look for birds, monkeys and Giant Anteaters, and experience the overwhelming hospitality that characterises this part of the country.

Tour ratings.

  • Fitness
  • Off the beaten track 
  • Culture
  • History
  • Wildlife

Tour pace


Tour style


Relaxed Pace

Relaxed tours are easy paced with plenty of leisure time built in. The tour will in all probability still be off the beaten track, with the occasional early start and there may still be occasional long drives. In general on a relaxed pace tour you can enjoy easy-going activities and experiences with opportunities to absorb the sights and immerse yourself in the local surroundings.

Moderate Pace

Moderate pace tours are ideal if you want a tour experience that combines activities and experiences with some time to relax. Typically you will be active and busy for part of the day but then also have time to rest and recharge your batteries. In general on a moderate paced tour there may be some long journeys involved but the tour is not an expedition or a road trip. On a moderate paced tour it will be necessary to have some early starts.

Busy Pace

A busy paced tour means that you can expect to be doing, seeing or experiencing something new almost every day, and moving on from place to place to pack in as much as possible. There may be early starts, long journeys and tiring days along the way, but you’ll return home feeling you’ve really experienced as much as you possibly could.

Pioneer Class Tours

On our Pioneer tours, you will be amongst an elite group of intrepid travellers and some of the first to explore a country that few have been privileged enough to discover. Of course, exploring such areas of the world will come with its challenges; it may mean several nights camping, long journeys by 4WD and the need to maintain a degree of flexibility for when carefully laid plans change. These are challenging tours in countries and areas that may have poor infrastructure, high levels of poverty and illiteracy. This can translate in to low standards in hotels, bad roads and poor driving standards among other issues. We try and smooth out as much of these issues as we can but you should be prepared to experience the bad with the good.

Traveller Class Tours

Our Traveller itineraries are at the core of our programme. These journeys are designed for travellers who still want to discover a land away from the tourist crowds but expect minimum standards. Accommodation will be primarily hotel based, although you could still find yourself camping, or the guest of a local family. Depending on the destination and itinerary, you’ll likely be travelling in a private vehicle, with occasional use of public transport. This is adventure travel with some of the rough edges smoothed out.


Arrive in Georgetown and transfer to hotel accommodation. Overnight Cara Lodge or similar. No meals or guided arrangements included today.

After breakfast we return to the airport and board a flight over the Demerara and Essequibo Rivers and hundreds of kilometres of unbroken rainforest to the remote airstrip at the top of Kaieteur Falls.  The world’s largest single drop falls by volume see the entirety of the Potaro River plummet 226m into the gorge below. We have around two-hours to view the falls before returning to Georgetown in the evening. Overnight at Cara Lodge or similar. (B)

Please note: On occasion the visit to Kaieteur Falls may need to be re-scheduled.

Today we again take a flight from Georgetown, over apparently endless rainforest, to Fair View Airstrip, from where we transfer by 4WD to Iwokrama Forest. One of the world’s few remaining pristine rainforests, Iwokrama contains a breathtaking diversity of species, offering the best opportunity to see jaguar in the wild. In the afternoon we explore forest trails with a ranger, later taking a night-time boat trip in search of caimans and other nocturnal wildlife. Overnight Iwokrama River Lodge. (BLD) 

Please note: It is important to read the notes on luggage under ‘Preparing for your Tour’.

Take a morning boat ride on the Essequibo River to spot wildlife, followed by a boat journey for the hike to  Turtle Mountain, where we walk to the summit (approximately 2 hours) for spectacular views over the forest canopy. The area is home to Red Howler Monkeys, Black Spider Monkeys, and five different eagles. For those who feel that the walk may be too strenuous an alternative boat ride can be taken to Stanley Lake to search for Giant River Otters and Black Caiman. Afterwards we visit Kurupukari Falls with their prehistoric Amerindian rock arts (dependant on the river level). Overnight at Iwokrama River Lodge. (BLD)

Our day starts with a dawn wildlife walk, and afterwards we will transfer to a 4WD vehicle to travel along one of the best trails for seeing Jaguar. Sightings cannot be guaranteed but if you are very lucky you may see one of Guyana’s most elusive creatures. We then head to the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, 35 metres up into the canopy, for a different perspective of the forest. Overnight at Atta Rainforest Lodge. (BLD)

Enjoy a full day exploring the forest around Atta Lodge, and also the clearing around the lodge, where you will have an excellent chance of spotting the Crimson Fruit Crow. Overnight at Atta Rainforest Lodge. (BLD)

Today we experience the dawn chorus from the canopy walkway and look out for red howler and black spider monkeys, before setting off for the Amerindian village of Surama. En route we stop at an area known for sightings of one of Guyana’s most intriguing birds, the cock-of-the-rock. Arriving in Surama there’s a guided tour of the forest and the village, with an opportunity to visit houses, the community church, the medical centre and the local school. In the evening we head out to experience the forest at night before returning to basic accommodation at the nearby lodge. Overnight Surama Eco Lodge. (BLD)

Rising before dawn, we walk across the savannah in the cool morning air to climb Surama Mountain. Though not a technical climb the ascent can be demanding, and for those who prefer, alternative activities are available with local guides. After lunch at the village, we walk the five kilometres to Burro Burro River for a canoe trip where we hope to see giant river otter, tapir and spider monkey. Overnight Surama Eco Lodge. (BLD)

This morning we take a guided walk through the forest before departing by vehicle to Rock View Lodge in Annai. Here we see how cashew nuts are roasted, observe local handicraft makers, and finish the day with a dip in the lodge’s swimming pool. Overnight Rock View Lodge. (BLD) 

A dawn hike in the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains, following the Panorama Trail, offers remarkable views across the savannah. After breakfast we travel south to Ginep Landing and take a boat on the Rupununi River to Karanambu Lodge. The lodge was established by the late Diane McTurk, renowned for her research on giant river otters. Later, towards the evening, we return to the river searching for otters and other species. As dusk falls, we cruise to riverine ponds where giant amazonia regis water lily blooms at this time of day. Returning to the lodge, we use a spotlight to search for black caiman and other nocturnal species. Overnight Karanambu Lodge. (BLD)

Today we travel to an area of rolling grassland, home to a population of giant anteater. Though never guaranteed, this is an excellent chance to see these strange-looking creatures. In the afternoon it’s possible to explore the area around the river and observe its rich bird life, including seven species of Nightjar. Overnight Karanambu Lodge. (BLD)

This morning we board a boat for a journey to the Amerindian village of Yupukari, and Caiman House. In the evening we head out on the Rupununi River from Caiman House Field Station. As a guest there’s a unique opportunity to support and participate in ongoing field studies of the black caiman, the largest member of the alligator family, and an endangered species. If the water level is low enough guests are invited to accompany the crew on expeditions to capture and record details of these magnificent reptiles. Overnight Caiman House. (BLD)

After breakfast we drive to Letham to board a return flight to Georgetown. On arrival there’s a city tour of the capital, later visiting the Backyard Café for dinner. Overnight Cara Lodge. (BD)

Time at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

Dates & Price.

Tour Notes

Return flights from London to Georgetown start from £890 return per person.

Extra night accommodation pre and/or post tour in Georgetown costs from £87 per person, per night sharing a twin/double room and £157 per person in a solo occupancy room.

Please note that the prices quoted above are for the category of accommodation and hotel used for this particular tour. Depending on the hotel eventually confirmed there may be some difference in the rate advertised by the hotel, and the prices available through Undiscovered Destinations. It should be noted we will not apply a surcharge should more expensive accommodation be used. At the same time in the event that a lower rate is available for the confirmed hotel we are unable to offer a refund.

Airport transfers are included if you are booking pre and/or post tour accommodation at the hotel mentioned in our tour dossier.

Please note that the rainy season is between May and September so if the rains have been heavy the water levels may be very high for the tours in August and September. Please contact us if you would like more information.

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Tour inclusions.

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Domestic flights
  • Transport throughout
  • All accommodation
  • Services of English speaking local guides – please note that you will have a different guide in each place on the itinerary, rather than the same guide throughout the trip
  • Meals as listed (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary

Tour exclusions.

  • International flights
  • Any airport taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Drinks
  • Items of personal nature
  • Tips (Discretionary)

My trip was amazing. The accommodation was basic but I was always made to feel welcome and looked after. Karanambu in particular – I almost felt like I was staying with a family! I may go back – all in all it was very special – a real adventure!

Thanks so much for arranging this. I had the time of my life!

Name withheld at clients’ request