- Duration 9 Days
- Difficulty 3/5
- Group Size 8
21-29/30 April, 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 villages of Rewa and 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, 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.
USD USD $9100.00 Per person sharing
Single Supplement: USD $550.00 where available
Arrival: Cheddi Jagan International Aiprort, Georgetown, Guyana
Arrival Time: Afternoon of 21 April, 2024
Departure: Cheddi Jagan International Aiprort, Georgetown, Guyana
Departure Time: Evening of 29 or morning of 30 April, 2024
- Airport transfers.
- Double or twin accommodation as per itinerary .
- All meals and water, tea, coffee.
- Internal flights in Guyana.
- Activities as described.
- One local English-speaking guide.
- One Pete Oxford Expeditions Tour Leader.
- Kaieteur National park fees.
- International airfare to and from Cheddi Jagan International Airport.
- Items of personal nature including laundry, bar, personal shopping and internet.
- Departure tax if applicable.
- Visa fees if applicable.
- Travel/medical insurance.
- Vaccination costs.
- Fly-fishing surcharge if applicable in Rewa.
- Tips for local guides and lodge staff.
ADay 1, April 21st, 2024: Arrival in Georgetown
We will pick you up at the Cheddi Jagan International airport and then transfer you to Cara lodge.
BDay 1, April 21st, 2024: Cara Lodge overnight
Cara Lodge was built in the 1840’s and originally consisted of two houses. It has a long and romantic history and was the home of the first Lord Mayor of Georgetown. Over the years, the property has been visited by many dignitaries including King Edward VII who stayed at the house in 1923. Other dignitaries have included President Jimmy Carter, HRH Prince Charles, HRH Prince Andrew and Mick Jagger.
Overnight at Cara lodge (check in time 14:00). Dinner
CDay 2, April 22nd am, 2024: Kaieteur Falls – Rewa
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 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.
DDay 2, April 22nd pm, 2024: Rewa
Re-boarding our flight after our experience at the falls we continue our journey on to the village of Apoteri. We then travel by boat along the Rupununi River with opportunities to see wild giant river otters and black caiman until we reach the confluence with the Rewa River and the Amerindian community of Rewa.
Rewa Village is located in the North Rupununi. The surrounding area is rainforest, mountains and oxbow lakes and teeming with all kinds of wildlife. The community of approximately 220 persons is predominately Macushi with a few families of the Wapishana and Patamona tribes. Villagers practice subsistence farming, fishing and hunting, with little opportunity for cash employment.
In 2005 the community constructed the Rewa Eco Lodge so that they could establish a sustainable eco-tourism business. The lodge itself is situated in a beautiful location on the river bank overlooking the Rewa River.
This afternoon we will explore the area either on foot or by boat. Whilst bird and mammal watching there is a host of wildlife to see which might even include fish!
Overnight at Rewa Eco lodge. BLD
DDay 3, April 23rd, 2024: Rewa
We spend a full day based out of Rewa Eco Lodge. Our activities will be dependent on the group interest and we might split groups to follow Lesley de Souza into one of the local ox-bow lakes to learn about her work with the Chicago Field Museum and the arapaima, (one of the largest freshwater fish in the world) or birding with Pete and a knowledgeable local guide. Other potential activities include a hike up Awarmie Mountain or a boat trip to the rock formation known as Seawall.
All the while we will be concentrating on wildlife viewing.
Overnight at Rewa Eco Lodge. BLD
EDay 4, April 24th, 2024: Caiman House Lodge
After breakfast we will visit the local community to learn more of their way of life before boarding our boat to travel along the Rupununi River to Kwatamang Landing. We transfer from Kwatamang to Rock View Lodge for lunch and continue by road, overland, to Caiman House Lodge or to Ginep landing for a boat ride depending on local water levels. 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. 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.
Overnight at Caiman House Lodge. BLD
EDay 5, April 25th, 2024: Caiman House Lodge
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 and jacanas. We return to Caiman House Lodge for dinner and overnight. BLD
FDay 6, April 26th, 2024: Caiman House Lodge – Mapari
In the event that we did not see a giant anteater yesterday 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. BLD
FDays 7-8, April 27th – 28th, 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. BLD
GDay 9, April 29th, 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 to the local 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 transfer to Cheddi Jagan International Airport for our departing flights home.
NB Overnight in Cara Lodge, Georgetown for those not able to connect home tonight.
ADay 10, April 30th, 2024: Cara Lodge – Cheddi Jagan International airport
For those that can not connect to an international departure on return from the Rupununi we will transfer from Cara Lodge to Cheddi Jagan International Airport for our departing flights home.
Here the trip ends.
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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.