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This lodge was conceived as a sustainable community project to develop ecotourism in the isolated Amerindian village of Surama, in the Pakaraima Mountains adjoining the Rupununi savannahs.  

Situated on the western edge of the village, the lodge occupies a clearing in the savannah with picturesque views towards the rainforest and surrounding mountains. The accommodation consists of four basic, private benabs (cabins) each with an en suite bathroom, plus a central dining, bar and lounge area where excellent meals are prepared using local produce. Another four basic rooms are available in the traditional village guesthouse.

The lodge was created by the local community, with assistance from volunteers, in the hope of creating employment for the people of the village so that they can remain at home, rather than being forced to leave to seek work elsewhere in Guyana. As well as those jobs created for the day-to-day running of the lodge, interpretative guides have been trained to accompany visitors to the area.

If you wish to increase the opportunity to see wildlife at dawn and at dusk, it may be possible to arrange an overnight stay at an extremely basic hammock camp on the riverbank. Note: this consists of little more than hammocks with mosquito nets slung under a thatched roof. 

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Key info

  • Available*: Oct-Apr * 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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Surama

The Amerindian community of Surama lies at the very heart of Guyana, where eight square kilometres of savannah are surrounded by the Pakaraima Mountains, at the edge of the Rupununi savannah. This isolated and idyllic location provides a fascinating insight into Guyana's rainforests.

  • Where: Rupununi Savannah
  • Ideal for viewing: giant river otter, spider monkey, Guianan cock-of-the-rock, anaconda, tapir
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, River safaris