• Duration 7 days
  • Difficulty 3/5
  • Group Size 8

Guyana

9-15 November, 2024


Our trip explores Guyana’s unspoiled interior with a focus on close-up wildlife observation. We will visit the spectacular Kaieteur Falls, the highest single-drop waterfall in the world, the Amerindian village of Yupukari, where we stay at Caiman House Lodge in the Rupununi savanna. In the various ecosystems we explore, we will have opportunities to see several species of monkey, giant water lilies, diverse birds including the Guianan cock-of-the-rock, giant anteater, giant river otter, possibly tapir, black caiman and the possibility of harpy eagle, ocelot, jaguar, anaconda and goliath bird-eating spider. It will be an adventure that takes us into remote and pristine locations. This seldom visited, English-speaking, country remains an undiscovered jewel of South America.

The map is a visual representation of the locations included in this trip. Click over the image to zoom into the map. For more information, please refer to the itinerary for this expedition.

Trip Details

General Information


USD $TBA Per person sharing


Single Supplement: USD $TBA


Arrival: Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Georgetown, Guyana


Arrival time: Morning of 9th November, 2024


Departure: Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Georgetown, Guyana


Departure Time: Morning of 15th November, 2024


INCLUDED

  • Airport transfers.
  • Double or twin accommodation as per itinerary.
  • All meals and water, tea, coffee.
  • Internal flights in Guyana.
  • Activities as described.
  • Kaieteur National park fees.
  • One local English-speaking guide.
  • One Pete Oxford Expeditions Tour Leader.

NOT INCLUDED

  • International airfare to and from Cheddi Jagan International Airport.
  • Items of personal nature including laundry, bar, personal shopping and internet.
  • Travel/medical insurance.
  • Laundry service where possible in the lodges.
  • Tips for local guides and lodge staff.

VIEW ITINERARY

CDay 1, November 9th, 2024: Pick up from Georgetown to Kaieteur Falls

We will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to the Eugene F. Correia International Airport (Ogle) for our onward charter flight to Kaieteur Falls.
We fly by chartered aircraft over the Demerara and Essequibo Rivers and mile-upon-mile of pristine rainforest to land at the stunning Kaieteur Falls, the longest single-drop waterfall in the world, plummeting 224 m (741 feet). Set in the middle of the rainforest the falls do not even have guard rails such is the unspoilt nature of the attraction. Kaieteur supports a unique micro-environment where you will see giant tank bromeliads (the largest in the world), in which the tiny golden frog spends its entire life, as well as some carnivorous plants. We will also look for the rare Guianan cock-of-the-rock, which nests close by, as well as the orange-breasted falcon and flights of white-collared swifts below the falls.
While those delegates not travelling onward on this itinerary return to Georgetown in the same private charter aircraft, our group re-boards at Kaieteur and heads south. We land on a dirt airstrip at Karanambu in the Rupununi savanna. From there our vehicle will transfer us to Caiman House, in the village of Yupukari where we will stay for two nights.
Overnight at Caiman House Lodge.

EDays 1-2, November 9th – 10th, 2024: Kaieteur to Caiman House Lodge

Caiman House is located in the North Rupununi, a region of south-western Guyana known for its expansive wetlands and savanna, as well as its biological and cultural diversity. This region is rich in history, too. The North Rupununi is the homeland of the Makushi and earlier peoples dating back almost 7,000 years ago. Several prominent explorers and naturalists have written about their experiences here, including Robert and Richard Schomburgk, Charles Waterton, Evelyn Waugh, Gerald Durrell, and David Attenborough. Lake Amuku, not far from the area, was once considered by Sir Walter Raleigh, and later by Alexander von Humboldt and others, to be the location of Lake Parime on whose banks the golden city of “El Dorado” was said to be located. Time allowing this afternoon we will travel by boat to look for wild giant river otters amongst other wildlife and possibly to the ponds to watch giant Victoria amazonica water lilies bloom. On the return trip we intend to capture black caiman for tagging and biometric data collection as part of a long-standing scientific project regarding these endangered crocodilians – the largest in South America. Caiman House, a community run project, is also very involved in a turtle conservation program supporting both yellow-spotted and giant river turtles.
From our first morning in the Rupununi we spend a full day ranging from Caiman House searching for wildlife in the savanna. Early morning we visit an area of rolling grasslands, which is home to a population of giant anteaters. We hope to see these strange and magnificent animals as well as possibly burrowing owls and savanna fox. If we spot one of these six-foot-long anteaters it will likely be as it returns to shade after feeding from the red termite mounds that stud the savanna.
After breakfast back at the lodge we head out again either by boat or on foot. Regular sightings on the rivers and ponds include egrets, herons, ibis, waterfowl, kingfishers jacanas, monkeys and otters. For those interested we might also try some fly fishing.
Overnights at Caiman House Lodge.

FDay 3, November 11th, 2024: Caiman House Lodge – Mapari

In the event that we did not see a giant anteater on the morning of the 10th we will head out again early morning for a second attempt. We return to the lodge for breakfast before boarding a boat to Mapari Wilderness Camp set on a clear-water creek within the Kanaku Mountain range. It is a stunning area, pristine and with abundant wildlife including a full complement of megafauna. We will spend 3 nights at this location.
Overnight at Mapari Wilderness Camp.

FDays 4-5, November 12th – 13th, 2024: Mapari

Our time at Mapari is true adventure. It is a highlight of the trip. It is a hammock camp set in pristine wilderness. We sleep three nights in hammocks, which are far more comfortable and easier to negotiate than imagined! We will be fully enshrouded with mosquito nets. I expect that on return home, your 3 nights in a hammock, in a remote rainforest, will be a source of oneupmanship storytelling! Our days will be full and might include: a short walk to a normally active harpy eagle nest, river cruising looking for wildlife, snorkeling in a clear water creek looking for sting rays and electric eels (bring mask and snorkel!), walks in the forest, hunting for goliath bird-eating spiders, night drifts downstream with a spotlight and night walks in the forest. We will bathe either in the river or under a bucket shower.
With the attitude of an explorer Mapari is a magical experience!
Overnight at Mapari Wilderness Camp.

GDay 6, November 14th, 2024: Mapari – Ogle airport

After an early morning drift down river from Mapari and then continuing under motor we arrive back to the Rupununi for lunch at Caiman House before we transfer back to the Karanambu airstrip to board our charter flight for the return journey over Guyana’s pristine rainforest to land at Eugene F. Correia International Airport (Ogle).
We either transfer to Cheddi Jagan International Airport for our departing flights home, or overnight in the Hilton, Georgetown for those not able to connect home tonight.

ADay 7, November 15th, 2024: Hilton Hotel – Cheddi Jagan International airport

For those that are not able to connect to an international departure on return from the Rupununi we will transfer from the Hilton to Cheddi Jagan International Airport for our departing flights home.
Here the trip ends.

Expedition Leader

Discover the world with experienced travelers


Pete Oxford

Photographer | Owner | Trip Leader

Pete and his wife Reneé Bish have published two important books on Guyana. Rupununi: Rediscovering a Lost World with Conservation International and a foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales and Undiscovered Guyana, with WWF and a foreword by His Excellency David A. Granger, President of the Republic of Guyana. This book was commissioned by the government to celebrate 50 years of Guyanan independence.
Pete works in some of the world’s most pristine and remote wildlife and cultural destinations as a full-time professional conservation photographer. His images have appeared in major magazines including National Geographic, Time, Outdoor Photography, and Smithsonian, and have been featured ten times in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards.

Photo Gallery

Some of the amazing scenery, wildlife and cultures you will discover during this unforgettable experience


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