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Wildlife Locations

6 recommended locations:

Iwokrama Rainforest

Named after the 1,000-metre-high Iwokrama Mountains that lie at its heart, this area of dense rainforest covers some 3,710 square kilometres of central Guyana, and is one of the world’s four remaining pristine tropical forests – along with those in the Congo, New Guinea, and Amazonia.

  • Where: Central Guyana
  • Ideal for viewing: red howler monkey, red-and-green macaw, Guianan cock-of-the-rock, black caiman, black spider monkey
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, River safaris, Jaguar watching

Kaieteur Falls

This spectacular waterfall, along with the surrounding national park, is Guyana’s most famous visitor attraction, as well as one of the world’s great natural wonders. The dramatic view down the deep gorge in the opposite direction is almost as good as that of the waterfall itself.

  • Where: Central Essequibo district
  • Ideal for viewing: Guianan cock-of-the-rock, red-and-green macaw, white-chinned swift, golden frog, band-rumped swift
  • Excellent for: Flying safaris

Rewa

The remote Amerindian community of Rewa is located in the north Rupununi , at the confluence of the Rewa and Rupununi rivers. The village has a population of around 300 inhabitants, mostly made up of people from the indigenous Makushi tribe, along with a few Wapixani and Patamona families.

  • Where: Confluence of Rupununi & Rewa rivers
  • Ideal for viewing: jaguar, peccary, capybara, brown-backed bearded saki, giant armadillo
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, River safaris, Jaguar watching

Rupununi Savannah

This diverse area of mixed savannah, moist tropical forest and mountain takes its name from the floodplain of the Rupununi River in the southwest of Guyana, along the border with Brazil – one of the country’s most complex ecosystems, and among the earth’s last great wildernesses.

  • Where: Southwest Guyana
  • Ideal for viewing: giant anteater, giant river otter, armadillo, anaconda, black caiman
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, River safaris

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

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

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Wildlife trips

Guyana combines Amazonian wildlife in pristine rainforests, with Caribbean coastal fauna and flora. The forests and rivers boast fascinating fauna including iconic mammals such as jaguar, giant anteater, giant river otter, and exquisite birds such as the Guianan cock-of-the-rock – just one of 800 bird species recorded here.

4 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

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 £5,425 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

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 all combine to make this 2-week itinerary the perfect introduction to bird and wildlife watching.

  • When to go: Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,495 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

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

When to go

Guyana's climate is tropical and temperatures remain relatively constant throughout the year. The combination of heat and humidity can feel oppressive, but afternoon breezes provide some relief on the coast.

Seasons

  • Wet season

    Dec to Jan: The shorter of the two wet seasons on the coast
  • Dry season

    Feb to Mar: The short dry season ; Feb tends to be the coolest month of the year
  • Wet season

    May to Jul: The longer and wetter of the two wet seasons (even longer in the interior); July is generally the hottest month
  • Dry season

    Sep to Nov: The longer dry season

Wildlife events

  • Feb to Feb:

    Cock-of-the-rock birds display and start nesting

  • Mar to Apr:

    Harpy eagles nest, river turtles lay eggs, young giant river otters appear

  • May to Jul:

    North Rupununi forest floods; jaguar mating period; parrots and macaws nest

  • Aug to Sep:

    Black caimans hatch; anacondas bask in sun along Georgetown/Lethem road

  • Oct to Nov:

    Migrant birds arrive on the coast and in some wet patches in interior (savanna)

  • Dec to Dec:

    Cashew nuts ripen, so parrots and macaws raid the trees

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