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Guyana Safaris

There are few places on Earth that offer adventure as raw and authentic as tropical Guyana. South America’s best-kept secret, this lesser-known country is ideal for those looking for something a little different, you will find no better place for an authentic and raw adventure than here.

A land of few roads, pristine forest and ecotourism opportunities aplenty, Guyana is a true wild frontier. With coastal regions dominated by a rich honeypot of coconut palm, Calypso music, Hindu temples, rice and sugar fields, Guyana’s mainland is a tropical paradise with abundance of waterfalls and rainforests, giving way to wildlife-rich havens. With nearly 80 percent of its land carpeted by lush rainforest, Guyana forms part of the Guaiana shield of the Amazon forest, the source of 20 percent of the world’s fresh water. This remarkably intact ecosystem sustains Guyana’s treasure trove of more than 7,500 species of organism.The capital city, Georgetown, is known as the Garden City of the Caribbean, easily depicted by its wide, tree-lined avenues and canals, a welcoming draw for romantic getaways, wildlife watchers and relaxing retreats. With dense tropical rainforest and extensive rivers, it is a remaining haven for some of the rarest animals in South America; expect plentiful tapirs, giant anaconda, metres-long caiman, a plethora of bird species, large colonies of river otters, giant anteaters and even elusive black jaguars.

Why NWS for your Guyana Safari?

Our passion for unique wildlife encounters whilst travelling off-the-beaten path, discovering the unknown and unusual, is one of the many reasons we fell in love with South America’s last frontier. With remote and pristine environments ranging from thick jungles to lush grass plains, whilst working to benefit local communities, nothing embodies this more than Guyana. As specialists in travel to some of the most remote corners of our planet, our considerable wealth of experience and knowledge of this country, from the deep vibrant jungles of Kaieteur, to the bustling vibrant streets of Georgetown, has led to our carefully selected expeditions. Providing you with nothing but the best access and highly experienced wildlife trackers and guides, we guarantee you will be placed in the right place at the right time to maximise the quality of your encounters with outstanding South American wildlife.

How much does Guyana cost?

Typically, expect to budget around £5500 per person for a 14 day small group safari in Guyana. For a 14 day tailor made safari experience expect to budget £6500 per person. For a shorter 9-day experience expect to budget from around £3500 per person.

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The Guyana Safari Experience

Guyana offers both cultural and natural wonders to discover, being dense in tropical rainforest and extensive rivers that have been left largely undiscovered. The thinly populated interior of the country remains almost untouched and often, rivers become the only way to get around. Although the country has a troubled history of political instability and tension, a joyful and motivated community of people are working hard to turn this country into the continent's best-kept ecotourism secret.

You may wish to include the following in your Guyana itinerary:

  • Climbing & Hikes - Marvel at the impressive Kaieteur Falls and climb the Sumara Mountain for incredible views
  • Rainforest Discovery - Encounter tapir, giant anteater, caiman and the majestic harpy eagle
  • Track Jaguars - Search for majestic jaguars, frequently seen in the country’s heartland region
  • Eco-Lodges - Stay at incredible eco lodges in the heart of the rainforest with monkeys and colourful birds
  • Nesting Turtles - Spot four species of endangered sea turtles at Shell Beach on the Atlantic Coast of Guyana
  • Bird Watching - Discover more than 800 species of birds including the harpy eagle, red-and-green macaws and the cock-of-the-rock
  • Indigenous Villages - Visit indigenous tribes such as the Makushi who are actively involved in eco-tourism
  • Walk the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway - Situated 33 metres off the canopy floor, get a bird’s eye view of the the outstanding jungle scenery
  • Night Safaris - Head to the Iwokrama reserve and observe the nocturnal nightlife by boat, 4x4 or even by foot

Where to stay in Guyana?

Guyana offers a wide and diverse collection of hotels, rainforest lodges, and wildlife resorts found even in the most remote corners of the country. Whilst showcasing the best natural attractions and providing access to amazing wildlife opportunities, Indigenous community owned-and-led tourism is a key component of Guyana’s unique tourism experience with many establishments run by local Amerindian villagers who will turn your visit into a homestay experience. These lodges have a strong science and nature focus, providing a comfortable hospitality whilst offering guests the chance to learn about the vivid surrounding eco-systems.

When to go to Guyana?

Guyana has a warm humid equatorial climate with intense rains and scarce seasonal differences in temperature. The best time to visit will depend on the region you wish to go to, but in general, the rainiest months are to be avoided. For this reason, the ideal time to visit Guyana are the driest months between mid-January and April and between mid-August and October.

Guyana Safaris FAQs

What wildlife can I see in Guyana?

Known for its pristine rainforests, some of the animals you might see on your safari include the Jaguar, Giant Otters, Giant Anteater, Giant River Otter, Anaconda, Tree Frog, Giant River Turtle and Piranha.

Guyana is also home to over 700 bird species including the Harpy Eagle and Guianan Cock-of-the-rock.

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What are the requirements to travel to the UK from Guyana?

To travel from Guyana to the UK, Guyanese citizens typically need a valid passport, an entry clearance (visa) based on the purpose of their visit, financial proof to cover expenses, details of accommodation and itinerary, evidence of intent to return to Guyana, and health and travel insurance. Ensure you stay updated with the latest entry requirements and application procedures by checking the official UK government sources or contacting the nearest UK embassy or consulate before your trip.

Is Guyana tourist friendly?

Guyana has been increasingly recognised as a tourist-friendly destination in recent years. It offers a range of unique and authentic experiences for travellers seeking nature, adventure, and cultural exploration. The country's diverse ecosystems, including the Amazon rainforest, savannas, and waterways, provide opportunities for wildlife watching, birding, and eco-tourism. The welcoming local population and growing tourism infrastructure contribute to a fulfilling and immersive travel experience. However, like any destination, it's important for tourists to exercise general safety precautions, respect local customs, and be mindful of their surroundings.