Wildlife holidays in Guyana
Previously known as British Guiana, Guyana achieved independence from Britain in 1966. It is a Commonwealth State and the official language is English.
Guyana lies at the point where the Caribbean meets South America on its North Atlantic seaboard. Although little known it is a wonderful country, blessed with unspoiled natural beauty and great rivers, waterfalls and unexplored rainforest.
It has five natural regions: fertile plains, an area of sand and clay, savannah, dense rainforest and interior highlands. More than 80% of the country is covered by forest.
Our Guyana specialist recommends...
"Our ‘Guyana – A Timeless Paradise’ tour is a 17-day holiday in search of the diverse wildlife of this spectacular country. With its pristine rainforests, rivers and savannahs this unspoiled South American country is well worth a visit."
Whats special about the wildlife?
Guyana is a land of immense biodiversity and a high degree of endemism. 799 bird species have been recorded, and it has one of the richest mammalian faunas of any country of its size in the world.
Its special wildlife includes Jaguars, Giant River Otter, Black Caiman and Arapaima (the worlds largest freshwater fish).
Over 700 bird species have been recorded, including Harpy Eagle and Guianan Cock-of-the-rock.
Naturetrek tour to Guyana
Naturetrek offers a 17-day wildlife holiday to Guyana which searches for birds, mammals and other natural history in this little known and unspoiled South American country.
Some highlights of the tour:
- Birding by canoe in search of Sungrebes & Sunbitterns in sheltered creeks
- Red-shouldered Macaws nesting in Moriche Palms
- The breathtaking Kaieteur Falls of Guyanas interior, situated on the Potaro River
- Pre-dawn visit to a canopy walkway in search of Harpy Eagles, macaws & toucans plus mammals such as Jaguar, Red Howler Monkey & Black Spider Monkey
- Looking for giants including Giant River Otters, Giant Anteaters, Capybaras & giant water lilies
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Guyana HOLIDAYS
Many thanks to you and Naturetrek for another great trip, Guyana was a fascinating experience and we were extremely lucky in our sightings including a male Jaguar, Giant Ant Eater, Cock of the Rock displaying, young Harpy Eagle and FOUR Potoos (Common, Long Tailed, White Winged and Great) and I was happy as I got to photograph my bugs (some extremely interesting ones) and Odonata (which were in abundance!!!)
Everything worked well...all the lodges were enjoyable and each had its own special element to offer; the hummingbirds at Arrowpoint, views and trails at Shanklands, Simplicity and quiet at Surama etc. Special thanks to the team at Karanmbo who went to particular trouble to find otters for us on our last day. Andy was a great trip leader; his expertise needs no comment from me and he retained his sense of humour throughout. The group was great too - we had lots of laughs and everyone got on with things together as a team. All in all, a wonderful experience of a pristine rainforest environment, bugs and all!
Guiding was splendid. Ron know his birds and was expert in both finding and showing them…we found most of the key bird species, and out final bird list was about 250; there were enough snakes, otters, caimans, spiders and so on to keep everybody happy. For me (and I think for others) the most memorable feature was the use made of waterways, both by day and by night; we will always remember the Topaz Hummingbirds at Arrowpoint.