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Cara Lodge is one of Georgetown’s best preserved wooden buildings,, built in the 1840s. Exuding colonial charm and the nostalgia of a bygone era, it offers first-rate service in a congenial atmosphere.

The historic property originally consisted of two houses and has a long and romantic history. It was the home of Georgetown’s first Lord Mayor, and over the years has attracted many dignitaries including King Edward VII who stayed in 1923. Other eminent guests include President Jimmy Carter, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Mick Jagger.   

The 34 rooms reflect the traditional building-style of Guyana during the colonial era, with Demerara shutters and polished wooden floors, but feature an en suite bathroom and modern amenities that include individual climate control, IDD phones, cable television, minibar, tea and coffee-making facilities. hair dryer, iron and ironing board. Standard rooms come in two types: Gallery Rooms vary in size and atmosphere, but all reflect the hotel’s Victorian elegance and charm; Verandah Rooms are furnished with the finest locally-crafted wicker and kufa vine furniture, and open onto an ornate wooden verandah overlooking gardens.

Executive rooms – with a choice of king or queen beds, decorated in the warm colours of the Caribbean, again furnished with the finest kufa vine furniture and with complimentary internet access – open onto a verandah of polished hardwood that overlooks the Mango Tree Patio, where an 80-year-old, 17-metre-tall tree provides shade from the tropical sun and an abundant supply of fruit for the hotel! There are also two suites: the Quamina and the Sir Walter Raleigh. The hotel’s Bottle Restaurant is highly regarded for its atmosphere and cuisine, and is one of the best in Georgetown; it uses fresh produce to create an international menu with a local flavour, and a patio bar serves snacks.

Cara Lodge is located in a quiet part of the city an hour’s drive from Cheddi Jagan International Airport and 15 minutes from Ogle Airport. 

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Key info

  • Available*: Jan-Dec * The dates shown are when the accommodation is generally available. Please enquire for specific availability.

Wildlife trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itineraries:

Caribbean Wilderness

Journey to the Caribbean to explore untouched rainforest, sprawling savannahs and tropical reefs that offer a variety of captivating wildlife encounters and incredible nature experiences. This itinerary combines birding in Trinidad with the diverse wildlife and scenery of Guyana, before a few days relaxation in Tobago.

  • When to go: Sep-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 19 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £7,645 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Lost Land of the Jaguar

This exceptional adventure penetrates the densely forested interior of Guyana, the ‘land of many waters’. Staying in Amerindian villages and former cattle ranches, you will travel by light aircraft, four-wheel-drive vehicle, dugout canoe, and on foot, discovering the rich and colourful birdlife and searching for jaguar.

  • When to go: Sep-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,445 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Rainforests, Savannahs & Wetlands

Guyana is a tiny but wildlife rich country containing pristine rainforest. Giant river otters, caiman, extraordinary flora and lekking sites for the spectacular cock-of-the-rock, together with the spectacular Kaieteur Falls, all combine to make this tour the perfect introduction to bird and wildlife watching.

  • When to go: Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,695 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Ultimate Guyana Nature Experience

This expertly guided group adventure takes you deep into Guyana’s pristine interior to explore its rainforests, rivers and savannahs, and see a remarkable variety of wildlife. Travelling by air, land, river and on foot you’ll stay in Amerindian villages, research stations, ranches and jungle lodges.

  • When to go: Mar-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,495 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
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Georgetown

The chief port, capital and largest city of Guyana occupies the right bank at the mouth of the Demerara Estuary, where a fort was constructed to guard the early Dutch settlements. The Botanical Gardens house one of the most extensive collections of tropical flora in the Caribbean.

  • Where: Demerara-Mahaica region
  • Excellent for: City stopover