Guyana holiday, wildlife & culture

“Our only wildlife focused holiday in gorgeous Guyana, on a 15-day, small group, specialist holiday that takes you into neighbouring Suriname as well.”


Georgetown | Karanambu Ranch | Rupununi River | Amerindian village of Surama | Surama Mountain | Canoe trip Burro Burro River | Iwokrama rainforest | Pakaraima Mountains | Kaiteur Falls | Suriname | UNESCO World Heritage Site of Paramaribo | Suriname River | Anaula Nature Resort | New Aurora

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

01273 823 700

Check dates

For departure dates contact us on 01273 823 700
Our top tip:
Bring lots of insect repellent, and be prepared to spend plenty of time on the road.
Trip type:
Small group.
Activity level:
Eco lodge, ranch and guesthouse.
Accommodation, most meals, transfers, domestic flights, expert local guides.
Solo travellers welcome. Surcharge for own room.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Guyana holiday, wildlife & culture


This tour focuses largely on the natural wealth of Guyana and Suriname, concentrated in parks, reserves and conservation areas. By visiting these regions we contribute to crucial conservation and research projects designed to ensure the long term well being of the wildlife that lives here. We work with local guides in the parks who know the areas well – these are from the communities that surround the parks and this therefore ensures that these vital areas are seen not just as the preserve of wealthy western tourists but as a valuable source of employment and income for local people, thus further contributing to conservation and acting as a discouragement to unsustainable use of the parks’ resources. We issue guidelines to our travellers about the importance of leaving these parks as they were, and taking all litter out when we leave.

We spend two nights at Karanambu as guests of Diane McTurk, an almost legendary figure in Guyana and well known for her conservation efforts. Diane frequently cares for orphaned giant river otters and nurtures them until they are able to return to the wild – your stay here provides vital funds to enable this important work to continue.

At Iwokrama we stay at the research station, set up to conduct research on rainforest environments. Again, this allows money to be channelled towards an important project.

Where appropriate and feasible we will always incorporate walking tours of cities rather than being reliant on private transportation - not only reducing our carbon footprint but we believe leading to a more enjoyable and intimate experience for our clients.


Our philosophy is to only use small and locally owned suppliers, meaning that the income remains within the country and creates a real economic contribution. We also feel that the passion inherent within such suppliers means that your experience will be enhanced. We also try to engage with our suppliers on an equal basis – getting the lowest possible price usually isn’t the best outcome for local communities and is ultimately unsustainable. We aim to always treat our suppliers fairly and with respect; they are after all part of the key to our success and to us working together is much more than just a business arrangement, but an ongoing relationship that we aim to ensure truly benefits everyone involved.

We believe that tourism is a double edged sword that needs to be wielded very carefully. Our philosophy is to have a limited amount of departures – usually between one and three a year - for each of our itineraries. By limiting our presence in areas where local culture can be quite fragile, we hope to avoid as much as possible the phenomenon whereby an area changes in character due to repeated and prolonged exposure to tourism. We want to visit an area as friends, not intruders and to ensure that what we see will also be there for others to enjoy for many years to come.

We only employ local staff and unlike many operators we believe that to send a foreign Tour Leader along to accompany your trip is an unnecessary burden on your wallet and our carbon footprint. We believe that locals know best. Our local operators only use locally owned accommodation. This means your money stays in the area to benefit the local community. When possible we use local transport, (i.e. rail or bus) and we always use local restaurants, markets and shops and encourage our clients to interact both financially and socially with the communities that they are passing through. In doing this your travels are supporting and encouraging the development of local services.

We only work with operators who are as committed as we are to putting something back into the communities we visit. This may include giving a percentage of the profits from each tour to a foundation to help street children or local conservation projects. Our local partner in Guyana is particularly passionate about helping remote communities realise some of the benefits that tourism can provide and has been instrumental in pioneering community led projects within the country.

On this trip we spend two nights at Surama. Surama is a village inhabited by Makushi Amerindians on the edge of the rainforest – it is very isolated and many miles from other settlements. The Eco-Lodge here is a community initiative that has been set up to allow local people to benefit from tourism, and the villagers take an active part in all aspects of the lodge, from managing it to acting as guides along the nearby trails. While here we are taught about the customs of the indigenous people of Guyana and shown their local traditions – not only is this a fascinating experience but it shows younger generations, who previously might have been tempted to leave the village and migrate to the capital, that there is value in maintaining these traditions. The employment that this lodge provides means that it is now a more viable option for younger people to remain in their home community.

Our groups average only six clients, and many tours operate on a private basis with just two travellers. This has much less impact when travelling through rural areas, reducing our environmental and social affects. Finally to emphasise our commitment to Responsible Tourism all clients will receive a copy of our Travellers Code of Conduct with their travel documents.

Reviews of Guyana holiday, wildlife & culture

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the holidays.

I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

All of it.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Don't expect luxurious accommodation and protect yourself well against biting
insects. In fact, the lodges were a little less basic than we had been expecting.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The local people certainly seemed to think that tourism benefited them and at
Surama in particular were very keen to encourage it. The small group size and
reliance, where possible, on local transport reduced the environmental impact and the use of the forests for tourism should probably discourage the government from damaging them through extractive practices such as logging and mining.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

We had a whale of a time!

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Guyanan rainforest and savannah.Staying at Karamambo and Surama.Seeing the giant anteater and cock of the rock.Flying over Kaieteur Falls.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Surinam busier and less wildlife interest than Guyana. Considerable travelling,moving on every couple of days.Both countries were historically and culturally fascinating. Spend a day in Trinidad if flights permit,and visit the Asa Wright centre-fantastic for birds!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Lodges in Guyana appeared to benefit local people.Conservation issues very important to hosts wherever we went

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very good

Popular similar holidays

Jungle trekking holiday in Guyana

Jungle trekking holiday in Guyana

Trek through the jungle of Guyana to Kaieteur Falls

From £1614 8 days excluding flights

Trinidad and Guyana birdwatching & nature tour

Trinidad and Guyana birdwatching & nature tour

Adventure, wildlife and birds tailor-made Caribbean holiday

From £3890 - £4150 15 days including UK flights

Guyana & Suriname wildlife small group holiday

Guyana & Suriname wildlife small group holiday

Discover the incredible wildlife of Guyana and Suriname

From £4799 14 days excluding flights

Guyana wildlife holiday

Guyana wildlife holiday

One of the premier wildlife destinations on our planet

From £3999 15 days excluding flights

Convert currencies