Surama Eco Lodge
The Eco Lodge at Surama is the visitor’s gateway to the idyllic Pakaraima Mountains and Burro Burro River bordering the village. This part of Guyana features some of the most impressive examples of thriving rainforest ecology to be found anywhere on earth. The abundant flora and fauna is masterfully curated by local residents who convey a compellingly intimate fluency with nature through hikes, river canoe expeditions, and visits to community schools, centers, and traditional events.
The Eco Lodge—plus tours in and around Surama—are managed and operated solely by the Makushi. More than 70 people are employed either directly as hospitality staff, guides, cooks, artisans and drivers…or indirectly as farmers, hunters, fishermen, and construction and maintenance workers. Roughly 60% of the community’s income is now sustainably generated through tourism-related activities.
Surama demonstrates a conscious effort to preserve an intimate, authentic, and (in every sense of the word) familiar experience for visitors. The Eco Lodge accommodates small groups only, reducing visitors’ footprints not only in the wilderness but also in the classrooms, cassava factories, and village homes featured on a memorable visit to Surama.
Surama’s residents—especially the children—are personally invested in the preservation of the biological diversity that surrounds the village, leading visitors on hikes to nearby active Harpy Eagle nests, enforcing a ban on wildlife trapping, protecting groves of endangered bullet, letter, greenheart and waramaden trees, and introducing tourists and researchers to vast arrays of rainforest flora with time-honored medicinal properties.
Iwokrama River Lodge
At the heart of Iwokrama’s mission is a sustainable tourism program which hosts hundreds of visitors each year. Guests have an opportunity to learn about the research and conservation work at the Centre while experiencing the surrounding pristine rainforest first-hand. Accommodation is offered in eight timber cabins with thatched or shingle roofs, on the banks of the Essequibo River. Each cabin has it’s own bathroom facilities and veranda overlooking the river. Running water and flush toilets are standard, however water is not heated (and rarely desired in the tropical heat). Hammock accommodation with shared bathrooms is also available. Electricity is provided by a combination of solar and diesel generator systems, and wireless internet access is provided for free in the main building. Meals are served buffet-style in the Ron Allicock dining hall, where you can mingle with the rangers, administrative and scientific staff.
The most popular excursion is a climb to the top of nearby Turtle Moutain which offers breathtaking 360-degree views of the rainforest. This happens to be a great trek for birdspotting and wildlife observation, too. Boat trips up and down the Essequibo River – especially at dawn and sunset – never disappoint, nor do sundowners from a coconut at Michelles Island across the River. During the right season there is probably no better place on earth to see Jaguar in the wild with 1 in 3 visitors viewing the big cats at dusk or dawn. Iwokrama is reached by road less in than two hours from the Annai airstrip, however charter flights will land at nearby Fairview Village. The Iwokrama Canopy Walkway is about an hour away, with Surama Village a bit farther. Traveling north from Iwokrama requires crossing the river at Kurupukari Falls where the barge operates daily from 6 am to 6pm
Karanambu is dedicated to conservation of the Rupununi savannah and wetlands ecosystem and preservation of the traditional way of life of the indigenous Amerindians who make the area their home. This is a nature lovers paradise and is situated where the north savannah grassland, swamp and flood forest meet on the Rupununi River and the horse flats stretch towards the Pakaraima Mountains and into Brazil. The settlement has the flavour of an Amerindian village, with its clay brick and palm thatched cabanas set in a compound between the bush and the open range.
Diane McTurk, well known for her work in rehabilitating orphaned Giant River Otters to the wild, can accommodate guests in five cabanas with verandah, twin bedded rooms and ensuite bathrooms. Meals are served around a large dining table in the open hammock-swagged living room of the main ranch house. Electric lighting is generated until shortly after bedtime, so bring flashlights. Wireless internet access is available as long as there is electricity. Guests at Karanambu Ranch are treated as friends rather than as clients and the atmosphere is that of ‘living as family’ in a remote settlement on the banks of the Rupununi River. This approach is reflected in an all-inclusive tariff with few supplementary charges.
Outstanding tropical freshwater fish and teeming bird life abound. Excellent bird watching is available on the savannah, in the gallery forest and in particular in Crane Pond and bird watchers intrepid enough to brave the flood and insects of the wet season (June – August) are rewarded with water birds breeding in the nearby nursery. The area is also a last refuge for the Giant River Otter and Diane often has orphans in residence. The river reveals Black Caiman and for the lucky the huge Arapaima, the world’s largest fresh water fish.
Rock View Lodge
Rock View Lodge is nestled between the Amerindian villages of Annai and Rupertee on the North Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana, where the foothills of the Pakaraima mountain range meet the tropical rainforest. The Iwokrama River Lodge, the Canopy Walkway, the fourteen villages of the indigenous Makushi people, excellent birding locations and Karanambu Ranch are easily accessible from Rock View.
Evenings may be spent in the old family ranch house with a fine art collection, library and good music. All buildings have electricity and running water from a deep well. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with hundreds of palms, fruit and flower trees that enhance the natural beauty of the rolling hills and savannahs, the Rupununi River and wooded mountains nearby.
Rock View Lodge is managed by the owner, Colin Edwards, an Englishman who has been closely associated with Guyana since he came here as an agricultural volunteer in 1969. His love for the Guyanese interior, the arts and the people of both Guyana and Brasil may be seen in this unusual lodge and working farm which is both environmentally friendly and has a special relationship with the community development efforts of the surrounding Amerindian villages. The efficient and friendly staff are both members of the family as well as neighbours around Rock View. They are mostly trilingual, speaking a combination of English, Portuguese and their native Makushi language.
Atta Rainforest Lodge
Atta Rainforest Lodge is loacted at the base of the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, amidst towering trees and grassy lawns. The lodge provides comfortable accommodation with 8 private rooms. It offers three home-cooked meals per day, and ample opportunities to explore the surrounding rainforest by foot, canoe, or 4X4. Meals are freshly prepared local delicacies of free range beef, chicken and fish. Vegetarian and special diets are catered for with notice. Guyanese cuisine may vary from what you are used to at home, so feel free to pop in the kitchen and see what and how we are preparing the meals.
The Iwokrama Canopy Walkway is a series of suspension bridges and decks of up to 30 metres in height and 154 metres in length, located in the Iwokrama Forest. It gives visitors a new view of the mid and upper canopy of the forest and allows wildlife to be relatively free from human intrusion. The forest around the walkway contains some important flora and fauna. Among these are endangered and protected species such as the jaguar, the bullet wood tree, greenheart and the waramadan (endemic in Guyana only to the Iwokrama Forest). Visits to the Canopy Walkway are scheduled during your stay at Atta Rainforest Camp.
Baganara Island Resort
Baganara Island is one of three hundred and sixty-five islands in the mighty Essequibo River, five miles south of the town of Bartica. Baganara’s 187 acres are covered with lush green foliage and colourful tropical flowers.
The Resort has seventeen-rooms, with 13 self-contained superior rooms and 4 standard rooms. Additionally, the resort houses a modern conference facility with a 30-seat capacity and an additional gazebo that can accommodate up to 60 persons. A variety of other outdoor activities are available including canoeing, fishing, water skiing, kayaking, volleyball, table tennis, pools, riding wave runners, banana boats, pedal boats or good old fashioned sunbathing and swimming.
Bagnara has a private airstrip for your convenience and is a 20 min flight from Ogle International Airport. Getaway to a beautiful and peaceful setting with lots of activities available as well as off island tours. All the self contained rooms overlook the river, have hot and cold water and have wireless high speed internet access. Baganara has hosted many a special event, weddings and conferences and can help you organize the full event.
Cara Lodge was built in Georgetown in the 1840’s and originally consisted of two houses. It has a long and romantic history and was the home of the first Lord Mayor of Georgetown. Over the years, the property has been visited by many dignitaries including King Edward VII who stayed at the house in 1923. Other dignitaries have included President Jimmy Carter, HRH Prince Charles, HRH Prince Andrew and Mick Jagger. This magnificent home turned hotel offers the tradition and nostalgia of a bygone era, complete with service and comfort, in a congenial family atmosphere.