Nature of Guyana Tour – a 13 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.


Guyana is an irresistible combination of fascinating and breathtaking natural beauty, pristine rainforests, immense waterfalls and amazing wildlife all blended with a vibrant indigenous culture, rich heritage and some of the most hospitable and friendly people in the world. On this trip we travel deep into the rainforest to Iwokrama 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. This is a truly unforgettable trip through a stunning land that no serious lover of the wild should miss.


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, Guyana’s capital, and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at Cara Lodge or similar. No meals nor guided arrangements are included today.

Note – The main international airport is approx. a 1 – 1.5-hour journey into central Georgetown depending on traffic levels.

Enjoy an early morning birding tour in the city Botanical Gardens. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Later take a flight over the forest and visit the spectacular Kaieteur Falls, the world’s highest free-falling waterfall, where the Potaro River drops impressively 741 feet into the gorge below. Afterwards we return to Georgetown for the evening. Please contact us if you would be interested in an option evening experience (additional cost), sampling the atmospheric nightlife of the seawall area in Georgetown. Overnight at Cara Lodge or similar. (B)

Notes: On occasion the visit to Kaieteur Falls may need to be re- scheduled due to unfavourable weather conditions or other uncontrollable extenuating circumstances. Note you are required on arrival at the airstrip at Kaieteur to be able to walk to various viewpoints of the falls. The walking is generally straightforward but there is some uneven ground. The authorities have restricted travellers going right up to the edge of the drop off for obvious safety reasons.

Take a breathtaking flight over Guyana’s rainforest to the Rupununi, from where we transfer by 4WD to Iwokrama, an incredible region of rainforest with a breathtaking diversity of species. Iwokrama is the most likely place to see Jaguar on this tour, although due to the density of the forest, chances are always slim. This afternoon is free to explore the trails with a local ranger, and later we take a night boat trip to look for Caiman and other nocturnal creatures. Overnight at Iwokrama River Lodge. (BLD)

Note: Please 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)

Note – Hiking in the Rupunini involves walking in hot and humid conditions. We recommend that to enjoy hikes in Guyana, you are a regular hiker, used to walking on uneven terrain and in warm/hot conditions. Travellers who feel the hike may be too much, are welcome to enjoy the surrounds of the lodge. Good footwear is essential as conditions can be slippery after rain which is common at any time of year.

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 are rare and cannot be guaranteed but travellers have been lucky in the past, so it is best to keep a keen eye out and you may see one of Guyana’s most elusive creatures. We then head to the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, situated close to Atta Rainforest Lodge 35 metres up into the canopy, for a different perspective of the forest. Overnight at Atta Rainforest Lodge. (BLD)

Note – The walk to the Canopy Walkway involves initially a flat walk through the forest until then a series of steps to the beginning of the walkway. Once at the walkway you will need to cross hanging bridges between platforms at height. Those who suffer from vertigo, may not wish to take this excursion, and can bird watch from the lovely grounds of Atta Lodge. Good foot wear is essential.

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

Experience the dawn chorus from the canopy walkway before setting off for the Amerindian village of Surama, stopping on the way at a spot known for sightings of one of Guyana’s most intriguing birds, the Cock of the Rock. We then continue to Surama, where a local guide will give us a tour of the forest and the village, with an opportunity to visit some of the houses and the local school. This evening we head out to experience the forest at night. Overnight in the basic accommodation at Surama Eco Lodge. (BLD)

Note – The walk to try and observe the beautiful Cock of the Rock can be hot and humid and involves walking across uneven terrain and up and down slopes which can be slippery in wet weather so good footwear is essential.

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, the local guides can arrange alternative walks. After lunch back at the village we set off this afternoon departing by vehicle to Rock View Lodge in Annai. You can see how cashew nuts are roasted and observe some local handicrafts, finishing off with a dip in the swimming pool. Overnight at Rock View Lodge. (BLD)

We will take a dawn hike in the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains on the Panorama Trail with spectacular views across the savannah. After breakfast we travel south to Ginep Landing from where we take a boat on the Rupununi River, 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)
Note – During times of high-water levels it may be more difficult to spot larger mammals such as giant River Otters and Caiman.

This morning 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 for the chance to spot some of the seven species of Nightjar that live there. Overnight at Karanambu Lodge. (BLD)
Note – You have a good chance of seeing the Giant Anteater, but it cannot be guaranteed. If you do not see one on the first outing, the local staff will make efforts to take you out again for a second opportunity.

This morning transfer by boat, looking for birds along the way, to the Amerindian village of Yupukari and Caiman House. Tonight, enjoy a foray on the Rupununi River from Caiman House Field Station. As a guest you have the unique opportunity to support and participate in an ongoing field study of the Black Caiman, the largest member of the Alligator family, and an endangered species. If the water level is low enough you may be invited to accompany the indigenous crew as they search for and capture these magnificent reptiles on the river. Overnight at Caiman House. (BLD)

After breakfast transfer to the frontier town of Lethem for your flight to Georgetown. On arrival enjoy a city tour of the capital and in the evening, enjoy a fantastic local culinary experience, visiting the Backyard Café for dinner, where you will enjoy delicious Guyanese dishes, all freshly served from Delven and the team. Overnight at Cara Lodge or similar. (BD)

Note – It is possible to extend your trip with a stay at Waikin Ranch. This is a particularly good option if you enjoy horse riding or just relaxing in a remote off the beaten track working farm environment, with good food, plenty of birdlife, big skies, and a refreshing local swimming hole.

For those that wish to explore more of Guyana’s superb nature, a trip on the Mahaica River is an early morning option (additional cost), where you may be able to spot coastal endemics such as Guyana’s national bird the Hoatzin (also known as the Stinkbird), and perhaps Blood Coloured Woodpecker amongst others. For those that wish to relax, enjoy your final hours at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your flight home. You will be able to keep your room until your departure transfer. (B)

Dates & Price.

Tour Notes

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

Tour single supplement from £795.

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.

Ranch extension – Enjoy the surrounds of a working farm and ranch in the Rupunini. Please contact us for more details.

Please note that weather and climate in Guyana is increasingly very difficult to predict, especially with Climate Change. Typically the drier time has been November – April but it cannot ever be guaranteed, and when water levels are higher, some wildlife is more difficult to see.

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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
  • Optional tours as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of personal nature
  • Tips (Discretionary)
  • Covid-19 test/s and related procedures, as required

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