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Guyana Experience - wildlife group tour

The Guiana Shield is a 1.7 billion year old Precambrian geological formation in northeast South America and is one of the regions of highest biodiversity in the world. The Shield has 1400 vertebrate species and 1680 bird species. The Shield is overlain by the largest expanse of undisturbed tropical rain forest in the world.  Join us as we explore the Guianas: Guyana, Suriname and an optional extension to French Guiana.  Marvel at Kaieteur Falls, the highest single drop waterfall in the world and discover one of the greatest untouched rainforests left.  This region is home to endangered species such as jaguar, giant anteater, giant river otter, tapir and so much more.  Spend time learning about the cultures of the region with visits to Amerindian and Maroon communities.  This really is an untouched and totally unique part of South America.


Highlights

World’s highest numbers of fish (420) and bat (90) species for any area this size;

World’s largest scaled freshwater fish – Arapaima;


World’s largest alligator/caiman – Black Caiman;


World’s largest anteater – Giant Anteater;


World’s largest otter – Giant Otter;


World’s largest freshwater turtle – Giant River Turtle;


World’s largest snake – Anaconda;


World’s largest pit viper – Bushmaster;


World’s largest rodent – Capybara;


Americas’ largest eagle – Harpy Eagle;


South America’s largest cat – Jaguar.

Group Departure Dates for 2012:


28 April – 12 May 2012


11 August – 25 August 2012


24 November – 8 December 2012

Pre-tour extension to witness exciting Black Caiman research


Friday       


Arrive in Guyana.  Transfer to Georgetown.  Overnight at Status Hotel. 


Saturday   

Late this morning transfer to the Ogle Airport for a flight to Karanambu airstrip which departs at 1300.  Pickup and transfer by vehicle to the Amerindian village of Yupukari and Caiman House.  Caiman House is the hub of several participatory development projects, including the introduction of classroom libraries in all three village schools and an internet-enabled public library. Visitors may have the opportunity to meet local craftspeople, including the furniture builders at Yupukari Crafters, a nonprofit venture to create village jobs and generate income to sustain educational development.


Tonight enjoy a foray on the Rupununi River from Caiman House Field Station.  As a guest you have the unique opportunity to support and participate in an ongoing field study of the Black Caiman (melanosuchus niger), the largest member of the alligator family and an endangered species. Guests will observe the capture from a separate boat, but will be offered the opportunity to assist in data collection. Caiman are weighed, measured, sexed and tagged before being released back into the river.


The research has already discovered interesting information on caimans’ nests that was previously unknown.  During periods of high water it is difficult to capture Caiman to you will have another chance to enter the nocturnal world of the Rupununi River and associated gallery forests which offer an experience, and world of wildlife entirely different than those viewed on a day trip.  Skilled guides will expertly escort visitors to meet elusive denizens of darkness by outboard powered boats, while interpreting the sights, and sounds of Guyana after dark.  Just after darkness settles on the River many creatures emerge such as black caiman (to over 12 feet), spectacled caiman, tree boas, iguanas, frogs, and many fish species( i.e arrawana, piranha).


Sleeping birds (kingfishers, small perching birds) nightjars, potoos, Boat-billed Herons and other aquatic birds, bats, (harmless) spiders, insects, moths, and more can be closely approached in way not possible during the hours of light.  Less likely, but not rare inclusions for night viewing include possums, tree dwelling rodents, capybara and sleeping monkeys (esp. squirrel monkeys) amongst other mammals. Few nights pass without some unusual offering. 


Overnight at Caiman House.  Meals B,L,D


Pre tour extension = £335 Per Person Sharing

(based on 2 people traveling)

Subject to Change & Availability

Rate for a single traveller can be provided on request.

This tour is also available on a private basis any time.  

Friday. Depart for Guyana.


DAY 01. Saturday    Arrive in Guyana. 

Transfer to Georgetown. 

Overnight at Status Hotel. Meals (B)


DAY 02. Sunday    

This morning transfer to the Ogle Airport for a flight to Karanambu airstrip which departs at 1030.  This is the home of Diane McTurk, widely known for her work in rehabilitating orphaned, giant river otters. Diane and her otters have appeared on National Geographic, Jeff Corwin Experience, Really Wild Show (BBC) and the Calgary’s “Zoo World”.  Karanambu has a long history of visiting naturalists and Diane’s father, Tiny McTurk, has welcomed David Attenborough and Gerald Durrell (Three Singles to Adventure). 


Diane sometimes has resident orphaned otters and you observe as she tends to them.  Late in the afternoon we will travel by boat to look for wild Giant River Otters and as dusk falls to the ponds to see the giant Victoria Regis waterlily, bloom at dusk.  On the return trip we will spotlight for Black Caiman and birds and creatures of the night.  Dinner with Diane will include stories on the history of the family and the Rupununi Savannahs.

Overnight at Karanambu Ranch. Meals (B,L,D)


DAY 03. Monday   

Diane sometimes has resident orphaned otters and you can help her as she tends to them.  You can explore the flooded forest or savannah.  An evening visit to Crane Pond to see hundreds of Ibis, Anhinga, Heron and Egret roosting is a highlight. If you are interested in birdwatching you can explore woodland patches or gallery forest along the river where we’ll hope to find such species as Spotted Puffbird, Striped Woodcreeper, Pale-bellied Tyrant-Manakin, Golden-spangled Piculet, Bearded Tachuri and Capuchin bird. 


When water levels are appropriate a wooded swamp near the ranch is the site of a surprisingly large colony of Boat-billed Herons, as well as several species of Egrets, Anhingas and Wattled Jacarnas. A feature bird for the area is Agami Heron.


Overnight at Karanambu Ranch.Meals (B,L.D)


DAY 04. Tuesday   

This morning travel out onto the savannah to search for a Giant Anteater.  After breakfast we travel slowly on the Rupununi River by boat and this should give us another excellent opportunity to look for various river-edge, wetland and open country species and we stand a good chance of seeing Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Jabiru, Wood Stork, Green Ibis, Northern (Crested) Caracara, Black-collared Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, Brown-throated Parakeet, Crestless Curassow, Bat Falcon, King Vulture, White-necked Jacobin, Golden-spangled Piculet, Drab Water Tyrant and Swallow-wing. 


Depending on the river level, this trip offers an excellent opportunity to look for Giant Otters as there are several family groups which live along this stretch of the Rupununi River.  Both Black and Spectacled Caimans also inhabit the river and several species of monkey including Red Howler, White-faced Saki and Squirrel Monkey can be found in the riverside trees.  Eventually we reach Ginep Landing, continue transfer by vehicle to the Amerindian village of Surama. The village of Surama is situated in a small savannah, deep in the rainforest and surrounded by forest clad hills.  It was here that Charles Waterton passed through in 1812 in search of the secrets of the useful Wourali poison known as Curare.  Waterton was so stunned by this spot that he wrote in his memoirs “The finest park that England boasts falls short of this delightful scene”.  Surama’s inhabitants are mainly from the Macushi tribe and still observe many of the traditional practices of their forebears.


On our arrival, we will receive a warm welcome from the local people and will be shown to our basic accommodation. Your guide will take you on a tour of the village.  Visit the local school, medical centre and church along with some of the village houses. As the afternoon cools a local guide will escort you for a short walk on trails to observe the forest and bird life.  See the forest through the eyes of your indigenous guide and learn about the medicinal plants and their uses in the Amerindian culture.  Tonight enjoy an educational walk to observe wildlife and experience the mystique of the forest after dark.


Overnight at Surama Eco-Lodge.  Meals (B,L,D)


DAY 05. Wednesday   

Rise before dawn for a walk across the savannah and then the exhilarating and challenging climb up Surama Mountain in the cool morning air.  This is the best time to observe bird life along the trail.  Breakfast will be served at a lookout point which affords incredible views across the village and savannah to the Pakaraima Mountains.  Return to village for lunch and then take a three mile walk across the savannah and through the rainforest to the Burro Burro River. Your guides will then paddle you on the Burro Burro River for opportunities to observe Giant River Otters, Tapir, Tira, Spider Monkeys and many more species.  Return to village for sunset. 


Overnight at Surama Eco Lodge. Meals (B,L,D)


DAY 06. Thursday   

After breakfast depart Surama by 4x4 vehicle along the road, we will watch for the myriad of bird species that frequent the forest edge,   continue transfer by vehicle to a trail in the Iwokrama Forest to hopefully see the amazingly brilliant Guianan Cock-of-the-rock.  It is an easy 20 minute walk, to hopefully have a great view of the Guianan Cock-of-the-rock.  Most trips see at least one male and often the female or even a juvenile on the nest.  Then continue our journey to the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway which allows you to view the forest from 35 M up in the canopy.


The Iwokrama Rainforest is a vast wilderness of one million acres.  This protected area was established in 1996 as the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development.  The Iwokrama Forest is in the heart of one of four last untouched tropical forests of the world - The Guiana Shield of North-Eastern South America. Iwokrama was established as a living laboratory for tropical forest management because the unsustainable utilisation of these forests will result in the extinction of half the world's plant and animal species and unknown changes to global climate. 


This is a protected area with a difference - the full involvement of people. Iwokrama is exceptional among conservation organizations because it joins with local people in every aspect of its work.



From research to business, Iwokrama ensures local economic and social benefits from forest use and conservation.  The Forest is in the homeland of the Makushi people, who have lived here and used the forest for thousands of years. Although the forest around Atta Rainforest Lodge is excellent for birds, the major attraction here is a 154 metre long canopy walkway which is only 750m from the lodge.  The walkway has four platforms, the highest of which is over 30 metres above the ground, and these will allow us to get great looks at a range of canopy species, many of which we would struggle to see well from the forest floor. 


Amongst the likely highlights are Painted, Brown-throated and Golden-winged Parakeets, Caica Parrot, Guianan Puffbird, Waved and Golden-collared Woodpeckers and Spot-tailed, Todd’s and Ash-winged Antwrens.  The walkway is also an excellent place to look for various species of cotinga including the poorly known and range-restricted Dusky Purpletuft and if there are any suitable fruiting trees nearby, we stand a good chance of seeing this bird, as well as the more widespread Purple-breasted Cotinga. 


Experience the activity in the mid and upper canopy of the forest and see darkness settle over the forest.  From this tree top vantage you can sometimes see Red Howler Monkeys and Black Spider Monkeys.  As darkness falls on the Canopy Walkway, we will hope to see the White-winged Potoo. 


Overnight at Atta Rainforest Lodge.  Meals (B,L,D)


DAY 07. Friday   

Welcome the dawn chorus from the canopy walkway.  Short-tailed Nighthawks settle in for the day, Swifts take to the sky, White throated and Channel-billed Toucans yodel, and Barred Forest Falcons call.  The unusually timid Black Curassow can also be seen as at least one family party has become habituated and regularly feeds in the clearing of Atta Rainforest Lodge.  Another area where we will want to spend some time is the clearing around the lodge, as this is one of the best places to see another of Guyana’s “must see” birds, the Crimson Fruitcrow.



This species is seen here on a reasonably regular basis, as it often comes to feed in some of the nearby trees.  After breakfast we will transfer you by 4 x 4 along the trail that is one of the best places to see the elusive Jaguar. The Iwokrama forest is rapidly gaining an international reputation for its healthy jaguar populations that seem not to be troubled by the appearance of curious humans. No promises, but many have been lucky!  Along the road, we will watch for the myriad of bird species that frequent the forest edge, including Crimson and Purple-necked Fruit-crow, Crimson Topaz, Green Oropendula, Spotted and Guianan Puffbird, Scarlet and Red-and-Green Macaw, Blue-cheeked and Orange-winged Parrot and Gray-winged Trumpeter.  This road is the only north – south access in Guyana and links the country to Brazil.  Even so traffic is only very occasional and wildlife is often seen along the road, such as Agouti, Tayra, Puma, Tapir and Black Curassow. 


The road travels through the savannah and the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains with excellent opportunity for savannah birding.  Jabiru Stork are often seen along this stretch of road.  Eventually we reach the Rupununi and Annai, its northernmost community. The Rupununi Savannah is to Guyana what the Gran Sabana is to Venezuela, an extensive area of grassland with termite mounds and scattered or riparian woodland.  It differs in that much of it is devoted to cattle raising, though the large ranches are not very productive.  Indeed, one can travel for hours without seeing a domestic animal of any sort. Needless to say, the birdlife here is markedly different from that of the rainforest. Rock View Lodge is located where the savannah meets the forest-covered foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains. 


With its tropical gardens and flowering trees, the lodge resembles an oasis in the savannah, and attracts many species of birds, particularly nectar feeders and frugivores.  Nearby patches of light forest are home to certain ant birds and flycatchers, and of course the grasslands support an avifauna of their own.  This afternoon you can visit nearby Amerindian villages.  Enjoy an explanation and demonstration of traditional cashew nut roasting.  Finish the day with drinks around the pool. 

Overnight at Rock View Lodge.  Meals (B,L,D)


DAY 08. Saturday   

At dawn take a hike in the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains on the Panorama Trail where you might see Cinereous Mourner, Finsch’s Euphonia, Reddish Hermit, Rufous-bellied Antwren, Green-tailed and Yellow-billed Jacamar. The views across the savannah and villages as the sun rises are spectacular.  After breakfast take a flight back to Georgetown at approximately 1000.  Enjoy an afternoon Georgetown City Tour.


This evening you can take an optional tour to the Roy Geddes Musical Museum for a cultural evening and local dinner.  Roy is Guyana’s most famous steel pan player and maker.  He will demonstrate how steel pans are made and discuss their history and a rendition of pop, rock, soca, classical and jazz numbers of the pans.  Overnight at Status Hotel.  Meals (B)

(Dinner included with optional tour to Roy Geddes)


DAY 09. Sunday    

Today is free to explore Georgetown or an optional tour to Kaieteur Falls  and Orinduik Falls.


Overnight at Status Hotel.  Meals (B)

(Lunch included on Kaieteur optional tour).


DAY 10. Monday   

Transfer to the airport for flight to Zorg-en-Hoop Airport in Paramaribo and transfer to Eco Resort Inn.  This afternoon we take you on a Paramaribo City tour, on foot you will visit one of the most attractive cities of South America, Paramaribo, the capital city of Suriname and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its magnificent architecture. 


During this tour you will visit the Palm Gardens, the Waterfront and the Central Market.  Naturally, you will also see the many historical buildings like the recently renovated Presidential Palace, the Mosque and Synagogue next to each other and the magnificent Hindi Temple.


Overnight at Eco Resort Inn.  Meals (B)


DAY 11. Tuesday    

Today we cross the bridge over the Suriname River and drive into district Commewijne for an idea of how life must have been on the plantations during their booming period in the colonial times. Most plantations are now no longer active. We make our first stop at Meerzorg, formerly the cross-over site from Paramaribo to Commewijne, which was once a coffee plantation. We continue our trip towards the open-air museum at Nieuw Amsterdam. Then continue to Mariënburg, a former sugar plantation to view a stylish plantation residence from the golden days, and where the first group of Javanese indentured laborers were put to work.



We drive further along the old plantations of Ellen, Leliëndaal and Alkmaar and we enjoy a delicious lunch in a typical Javanese restaurant (warung) in Tamanredjo. After lunch, we visit Plantation Peperpot, this former plantation is one of the oldest plantations in Surinamese history.  Peperpot was established by the English and already existed before Suriname was conquered by the natives from Zeeland under command of Abraham Crijnssen in 1667.



This is one of the last plantations still in its former original state. On the plantation you can still see coffee and cocoa plants as well as an ancient shed and factory, the manager’s residence and a kampong (workers’ living area). Peperpot is renowned for the many birds which can be spotted. We continue our tour to the pier at Nieuw Amsterdam where we will be picked up for the Sunset Dolphin tour. While having a drink we enjoy the cool breeze and river views. Meanwhile the captain searches the horizon for the dolphins.


Normally we see them swim by in groups of up to 20 dolphins. Sometimes they’re very curious and if we are lucky they will jump and play close to the boat. After having enjoyed this playful company we part for former plantation Johan and Margaretha where we will enjoy freshly made local snacks like barra, baka bana or eggroll while experiencing the beautiful sunset. 


All this takes place in a relaxing atmosphere of the old plantation village on a wooden deck near the waterfront of the Commewijne River.  After the sun has set we will get back on board, pour you another drink, and slowly make our way back to Leonsberg.

Overnight at Eco Resort Inn.  Meals (B,L)


DAY 12. Wednesday   

This morning we start our nature and cultural experience as we depart from Paramaribo and head in southern.  At Paranam the asphalt road changes into laterite, and we drive passed impressive giant trees and small villages. After approximately 190 km we arrive at a place named Atjoni.  From here on we will take an exciting corial trip. By motorized dugout boat it will take us 45 minutes to get to the comfort of Anaula Nature Resort, situated at the foot of the Ferulassi falls.  During this trip we get to see various Maroon villages, breathtaking scenery, and the tempestuous Jaw Jaw rapid.  After some relaxation time we will take a dugout boat and go to an island in the Ferullasi rapid which has a sandy beach where we can relax, swim and enjoy a natural Jacuzzi.  After diner there is an exciting adventure to search for Caiman. The night dugout boat trip gives you the chance to enjoy the wonderful starry sky and the complete silence of the rain forest.  


Overnight at Anaula Nature Resort.  Meals (B,L,D)


DAY 13. Thursday   

                     

After breakfast we head for New Aurora, by dugout boat. During the guided tour through the village you will meet the local people and learn about their unique way of living including their traditions and customs. We will take you to see the Mission Station where there is a church, a primary school and a medical post. From New Aurora we walk to the nearest village of Gunsi where our dugout boat awaits.   After the lunch we will take a walk in the forest on the island. During this forest walk you will learn a lot about the local medicinal use of plants. After dinner it’s time to enjoy traditional and cultural dancing performances of the Seketi, Awasa and Bandamba dances. Our guide will tell you about the meaning of these dances. 


Overnight at Anaula Nature Resort. Meals (B,L,D)


DAY 14. Friday   

What you do this morning is entirely up to you and you can chose to go on tour to see the various agricultural plots of the local people, swimming, go for a stroll in the forest, relax in the lounge area or in a hammock, or just enjoy the peace and quiet of nature.   After the lunch we will go back to Atjoni by boat from where we will return to Paramaribo. Overnight at Eco-Resort Meals (B,L)


DAY 15. Saturday   

Transfer to the airport for departing Caribbean Airways flight. 


End of our Services



Rate Includes :   

-    airport transfers in Guyana

-    double or twin accommodation

-    meals as listed

-    limited local bar at Karanambu Ranch

-    all road and river transfers

-    activities as described

-    local guides

-    VAT

-    Kaieteur National Park fee

-    Iwokrama Forest User Fee

  1. -Iwokrama Canopy Walkway fee

- Public liability insurance

  1. -     Internal Flights - Whilst these are included in the price, our ground agent will issue the ticket and a local payment to them will be required. The amount you need to pay for internal flights will come off the quoted price and you will pay that to our ground agent


Not Included :

-    items of a personal nature

-    alcoholic drinks except where mentioned above

-    departure tax

  1. -international flights

  2. Optional tours & activities mentioned in the itinerary.

  3. Beverages and personal expenses

  4. Other excursions and entrance fees

  5. Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including

  6. repatriation, in the event of accident of illness)

£1869 Per Person Sharing (based on 2 people traveling)

Subject to Change & Availability

Single Supplement £180

Please note single supplement is for a single room (where available), but as part of a group with a minimum of 2 pax.  Not for a single traveller on trip alone.  Rate for a single traveller can be provided on request.

This tour is also available on a private basis any time - please email paul@greigsmithtravels.com for a quote.


SUITABLE FOR

A veritable paradise for bird and nature lovers, adventure seekers, and open minded travelers alike.


ACTIVITY GRADING

Moderate - a good general level of fitness if recommended

Disclaimer:  Please be advised all tour customers must provide us with body weights of passengers booked to travel on tour to Guyana for all internal flights. Failure to provide us with this information or the incorrect information can cause delays to flights and inconvenience to other passengers and in some cases either passengers and/or luggage being taken off the flight.  To ensure a holiday that is enjoyable and hassle free, it is imperative that passengers provide us with this information.  We appreciate some people are sensitive about providing their body weights, but all customers and their baggage are weighed at check-in.  This is procedure by the airline so as to ensure that the weight of the load is within the payload limit for the aircraft, and neither they nor we or our ground agents will compromise on safety.  All passengers are subject to removal of themselves or luggage from the flight if over the weight they provided and/or over the baggage allowance.  Passengers are advised to provide a body weight with clothing similar to that which they would expect to travel in on the flight.  We cannot be held responsible for any passenger denied boarding or luggage not transported if they are over the weight provided.  Weights supplied are provided to the airline in advance to ensure the flight is within the allowable payload.


Georgetown City Tour


Georgetown the chief port, capital and largest city of Guyana is situated on the right Bank of the Demerara River Estuary.  It was chosen as a site for a fort to guard the early Dutch settlements of the Demerara River.  The city of Georgetown was designed largely by the Dutch and is laid out in a rectangular pattern with wide tree lined avenues and irrigation canals that criss cross the city. 


Most of the buildings in the city are wooden with unique architecture dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.  For the most part the buildings have Demerara shutters and designed fretwork which trim eaves and windows.  Main Street Georgetown provides several excellent examples of old colonial homes, a prime example of which is the State House, built in 1852.  The State House is set in large gardens and is painted green and white and has hosted many visiting dignitaries.


During your visit to Georgetown there are a number of interesting sights that should not be missed: the most famous being St. George’s Cathedral.  The Cathedral is one of the world’s tallest free standing wooden buildings and was consecrated on 1892.  The foundation stone was laid on November 23, 1890 and the building was designed by Sir Arthur Bloomfield.  The story of the cathedral is told on the interior on tablets and memorials of a historical and sentimental nature: it is the tale of the history of Guyana in general and of the Diocese in particular.


At the beginning of the Avenue of the Republic stands the Public Library housed in the Carnigie Building.  Other historic buildings along this promenade are the Town Hall, a splendid example of Gothic architecture, and further along are the Victoria Law Courts and St. Andrews Kirk.  St. Andrew’s is the oldest surviving structure of any church in Guyana.


The Famous Stabroek Market, once described as a “bizarre bazaar”, contains every conceivable item from house hold goods and gold jewellery to fresh meat and vegetables brought to town on the river daily.  The clock tower can be seen for miles around and is a famous landmark.


No trip to Georgetown would be complete without a visit to the Botanical Gardens and zoo.  The Botanical Gardens houses one of the most extensive collection of tropical flora in the Caribbean and are laid out with ponds, canals, kissing bridges and bandstand.  Over 100 species of Guyanese wildlife can be observed at the Zoo including a wide variety of tropical fishes and birds.


The National Museum which contains a broad selection of our animal life and heritage should not be missed, nor the Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology, which explains Amerindian history and life style.   The Demerara Harbour Bridge is the longest floating bridge in the world and connects the east and west banks of the Demerara River.


The tour will include walking along the Avenues with an experienced guide who will give you the history, rumour and facts on Georgetown and its citizens.  The group will be accompanied at all times by a vehicle, which will be used for travel between areas of interest.  Along the way visitors will sample local exotic fruits, snacks and refreshments.  During the tour there is always the opportunity to purchase that unusual gift or unique Guyanese handicrafts, or for the daring the chance to delve into the gold and diamond market.


Kaieteur and Orinduik Falls - optional tour


The Kaieteur Falls which was first seen by a European on April 29, 1870 is situated in the heart of Guyana on the Potaro River, a tributary of the Essequibo.  The water of Kaieteur, one of the world’s natural wonders, flows over a sandstone conglomerate tableland into a deep gorge - a drop of 822 feet or 5 times the height of Niagara Falls.


There are no other falls in the world with the magnitude of the sheer drop existing at Kaieteur.  Amerindian legend of the Patamona tribe has it that Kai, one of the tribe’s chiefs (after who the falls is named), committed self sacrifice by canoeing himself over the falls.  It was believed this would encourage the great spirit Makonaima to save the tribe from being destroyed by the savage Caribishi.


Kaieteur supports a unique micro environment with Tank Bromeliads, the largest in the world, in which the tiny Golden frog spends its entire life and the rarely seen Guiana Cock- of-the-rock nesting close by.  The lucky visitor may also see the famous flights of the Kaieteur Swifts or Makonaima Birds which nest under the vast shelf of rock carved by the centuries of water, hidden behind the eternal curtain of falling water.


The Orinduik Falls is where the Ireng River thunders over steps and terraces of solid jasper, a semi precious stone.  With a backdrop of the rolling grass covered hills of the Pakaraima Mountains, this is truly one of the most beautiful locations in Guyana’s hinterland.


It’s name is derived from the Amerindian (Patamona) word, Orin, which is the name of an aquatic plant found in theses falls.  The Ireng river forms the border between Brazil and Guyana.  In contrast to Kaieteur, Orinduik is ideally suited for swimming and you will find natural Jacuzzi’s as the falls tumble down the steps of Jasper. 


Guyana’s most popular day trip takes in both of these spectacular falls.  The trip departs from Ogle Airstrip and lasts 7 to 8 hours with two hours spent on the ground at each water fall.



Rate: £200 per person.


Pickup Time: 0800 – 0830hrs, Flight departs at 0930hrs dependant on weather


Rates Include: Airport transfers, snack, lunch, drinks, guide and national park registration


RATES are subject to change without notice.


Condition of Sale :   

  1. 1.Flights to Kaieteur and Orinduik Falls are operated on chartered aircraft and all flights have a minimum passenger restriction.  Therefore, any booking to Kaieteur and Orinduik Falls is subject to a minimum of 8 passengers being available to travel.  In most cases we are able to fill flights, especially if scheduled for a weekend.  However, in the rare case that we cannot meet the required numbers we will reschedule the trip to another day during your stay, if this is possible.  Wilderness Explorers retains the right to reschedule a flight as a first option.  If we cannot reschedule the flight our ground agent will guarantee a flight, with a minimum of 7 passengers, to Kaieteur Falls only or a combination of Kaieteur Falls and Baganara Island Resort.  This means you see the major falls of Kaieteur, but miss Orinduik Falls. 

  2. 2.If a flight is cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control, such as weather, we will endeavor to reschedule the flight during your itinerary.