Wildlife Holidays in Guyana and Suriname


Guyana and Suriname Revealed

Style: TravellerCultural discovery away from the crowds
Duration: 14 days
Type: GroupTravel with a small group of other travellers

Itinerary

Day 1 – Georgetown

Arrive in Georgetown, Guyana’s capital and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at Grand Coastal Hotel or similar.

Day 2 – Kaieteur Falls

Take a scheduled flight over the Demerara and Essequibo Rivers and hundreds of miles of unbroken tropical rainforest to visit the famous Kaieteur Falls, the world's highest free falling waterfall, where the Potaro River drops 740 ft into the gorge below.Afterwards we return to Georgetown for the evening. Overnight at Grand Coastal Hotel or similar. (B)

*On occasion the visit to Kaieteur Falls may need to be re- scheduled.

Day 3 – Karanambu Lodge

Transfer to the airport for a flight over the Demerara and Essequibo Rivers and hundreds of miles of tropical rainforest to land at Lethem, from where we will transfer by vehicle to Karanambu Lodge, which was established by the late Diane McTurk. Towards the evening we take a boat out on the river to look for Giant River Otters and other species. As dusk falls we continue by boat to the ponds to see the giant Amazonia Regis water lily which blooms at this time of day. On the boat ride back a spotlight will be used to search for Black Caiman and other night animals. Overnight at Karanambu Lodge. (BLD

Please read the notes on luggage under "Preparing for your Tour"

Day 4- Karanambu Lodge

This morning we travel out to an area of rolling grassland which is home to a population of Giant Anteaters There is a good chance of seeing some of these remarkable looking creatures. During the afternoon you can explore the area around the river to glimpse some of the many birds, and in the evening, walk along the airstrip to search for some of the seven species of Nightjar which live there. Overnight at Karanambu Lodge (BLD)

Day 5– Surama

Take a slow boat journey along the Rupunini River and on reaching Ginep Landing we transfer by vehicle to the Amerindian village of Surama. We take a tour through the village to learn about the local way of life, visiting the local school, the medical centre, the church and some of the village houses. Tonight enjoy an educational walk to observe wildlife and experience the mystique of the forest after dark, accompanied by our local guides. Overnight in the basic accommodation of Surama Eco-Lodge. (BLD)

Day 6 – Surama Mountain

Rise before dawn and walk across the savannah in the cool morning air to climb Surama Mountain. This is not a technical climb but can be arduous, and for those who prefer not to undertake it the local guides will arrange alternative activities. After lunch back at the village we set off to walk the three miles to the Burro Burro River for a canoe trip, hoping to spot Giant River Otters, Tapir and Spider Monkeys amongst other wildlife. Return to the village for sunset. Overnight in the basic accommodation at Surama Eco Lodge. (BLD)

Day 7 – Iwokrama

Depart Surama by vehicle looking out for the myriad of bird species that frequent the forest edge and transfer to a trail in the hope of seeing one of Guyana’s most spectacular birds, the Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock. We continue to the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, 30 metres above the ground, for a different perspective of the forest. We will also spend time exploring the clearing around Atta Lodge, where you will have an excellent chance of spotting the Crimson Fruit Crow, and Black Curassow. Overnight at Atta Rainforest Lodge. (BLD)

Day 8 – Georgetown

Our day starts with the dawn chorus from the canopy walkway where we may see Red Howler Monkeys and Black Spider Monkeys. Afterwards we will travel by vehicle 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. On arrival at the airstrip at Lethem we will take the flight back to Georgetown and on arrival take a city tour of Guyana’s capital including visits to St George’s Cathedral, Stabroek Market and the Botanical Gardens and zoo. Overnight at Grand Costal Inn or similar. (B)

Day 9 – Paramaribo

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Paramaribo, the capital of neighbouring Suriname and transfer to your hotel. We take a walking tour of the capital which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with beautiful architecture, interesting markets and historical buildings. We will transfer to the pier for our Sunset Dolphin cruise on the Suriname River to look for freshwater dolphins, which can often be spotted in groups of up to twenty. Overnight at Eco-Resort Inn or similar. (B)

Day 10 – Danpaati

We head south from Paramaribo by road to Atjoni, and then travel by motorised boat along the Upper Suriname River to Danpaati River Lodge which is situated on an island in the middle of the rainforest. We pass Maroon villages through breath-taking scenery. On arrival we can swim in the pool or the river and relax in the forest surroundings. In the evening we head out on the river in search of Caiman lying on the river banks. Overnight at Danpaati River Lodge or similar. (BLD)

Day 11- Danpaati

Today we will visit one of the twelve villages that are affiliated with Danpaati to learn about the customs and culture of the local Maroon groups. In the afternoon we take a forest walk and learn about the traditional medicinal uses of the plants here. The rest of the day is at leisure with the opportunity to take a dugout canoe around the island or try some fishing. Overnight at Danpaati River Lodge. (BLD)

Day 12- Paramaribo

This morning is at leisure until lunch, and in the afternoon we depart by dugout canoe for Atjoni and return by vehicle to Paramaribo. Overnight at Eco Resort or similar. (BL)

Day 13- Commewijne Plantations

Today we head to the Commewijne district to the east of Paramaribo across the Suriname River. The tour takes us along the former colonial plantations, most of which are now abandoned. We make a stop at plantation Peperpot where the old coffee and cocoa factory, deputy-director’s house and the old office are located. This former plantation is one of the oldest in the history of Suriname. Peperpot was established by the English and already existed before Suriname was conquered by the natives from Zeeland under the command of Abraham Crijnssen in 1667. This is one of the last plantations still in its original condition.  Peperpot is renowned for the many birds which can be spotted. From here we make a stop at the mini-museum of Marienburg, a former sugar plantation, before enjoying a delicious lunch in a typical Javanese restaurant (warung) in Tamanredjo. We then continue to the confluence of the Commewijne and Suriname Rivers at Nieuw Amsterdam. Here we will a visit the outdoor museum of Fort Nieuw Amsterdam, with its large fortress which was built as a defence for the crop fields that were situated along the upper parts of both rivers. Overnight at Eco-Resort. (BL)

Day 14 – Tour ends

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

 


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