Nature Travel Specialists
nature tours & travel, wildlife tours, adventure travel and general travel to Australia, Southeast Asia, South America and Alaska
The Wildlife of Guyana
Date: September 6 - 18, 2012. The Extension adds an extra day with your return on September 19.
Cost: $5180 based on a minimum of 8 paying participants
Single Supplement: $395. Note that a single room may not be available at Atta or Rewa due to restricted room availability. We will endeavor to find a partner for those willing to share, but if a partner cannot be found the single supplement will be due.
Extension: $365 based on 4 or 8 participants, $325 based on 6 or 10. Single supplement is $85.
Cost includes airport transfers in Guyana, double or twin accommodation, meals as listed, all road and river transfers, internal flights in Guyana, activities as described, local guides, VAT, limited local bar at Karanambu, Kaieteur National Park Fees, Iwokrama Forest User Fees, Iwokrama Canopy Walkway Fees, tips to local guides, lodge staff, boat/vehicle drivers and porters, services of specialized naturalist/birding guide traveling with the group in the Rupununi from Day 2 to Day 12, and on the extension, services of a Nature Travel Specialists tour leader traveling with the group from Day 1 to Day 13, full pre-departure preparation and information, phone and email access to a Nature Travel Specialists Guyana expert from first inquiry until departure, assistance with international air booking and travel insurance. We have also included a booked seat that will be unoccupied to gain the person and luggage allowance of that seat, which will be spread among the participants.
Cost does not include items of a personal nature, alcoholic drinks except where mentioned above, departure tax, international flights and domestic flights, visa, tip to tour naturalist guide, any items not specified in cost inclusions above. Flights from Miami and New York are approximately $650-700 (as of June 1). Capacity is limited so fares are likely to rise closer to the date.
Medical/Accident/Evacuation Travel Insurance is compulsory for this tour and we will be happy to advise on the most suitable alternatives for this. Proof of insurance will be required, and no refunds will be considered if participants fail to take out insurance. Suitable coverage can be had from as little as $32.
VERY IMPORTAN TOUR INFORMATION - PLEASE READ BEFORE PAYING DEPOSIT
Guyana is a developing country where services outside Georgetown are generally basic and simple. Once we leave Georgetown there is no air conditioning at any of the lodges, may be hit or miss in the 4WD pickups, and is not present in the Bedford truck. Lodges do have fans of varying efficiency, but at Rewa and Atta electricity is turned off late evening. While Iwokrama and Karanambu have comfortable rustic rooms with private bathrooms, the other lodges have very basic rooms, and showers and toilets are shared. Hot water is available at all lodges, though at times this can be in short supply. Food at Atta and Rewa is simple and varies little, and those with major dietary restrictions or serious allergies may have problems. Other than at Iwokrama and Atta no rooms are well sealed, and so insects and small wildlife may be sharing with you at times. Bedding nets are provided at Rewa, and although the room has insect screens, the door does not, and there may be holes. Dining/lounge areas in all lodges except Iwokrama are unscreened, as are shared bathrooms. As with most tropical areas, an overabundant fear or dislike of small things that fly, crawl, scurry or hop can be a problem in Guyana. At all lodges the dining/lounge area is separate from the sleeping cabins, with paths but generally no outdoor lighting.
Regardless of the time of year rain is likely, and participants can expect to be rained on at some time during the tour when on foot and traveling by boat. Boats are often accessed from river banks rather than docks. Roads we'll be traveling are mostly unsealed, and so can be rough and potholed in parts. The vehicles used are pickups and the truck, none of which have car-soft suspension. Dust will also be experienced in the savannah, and in other areas if there hasn't been rain for several days. To fully participate in the tour you should be comfortable walking over uneven ground for several hours, possibly with muddy sections and with some uphill (however, the two main uphill tracks, at Rewa and Iwokrama, can be skipped without major impact on the tour or wildlife and birds seen). Temperatures will be in the upper eighties during the day, and mid seventies each night, with humidity around 70%+.
All this being said, any reasonably active person with no major health or mobility issues will be able to participate in this tour. However, should you arrive in Guyana and not be suitable for this tour, no refunds will be made. If you are in any doubt please call and discuss this with us. Nature Travel Specialists and the Tour Leader, at their sole discretion, reserve the right to have any participant return to Georgetown, at the participant's expense, if their unsuitablity for tour conditions impacts other participants in other than minor or unexpected ways. This is a nearly non-smoking, and definitely non-perfume tour. Smokers who are happily willing to walk a long way and downwind from other participants and buildings to grab a puff and have a butt container that does not smell will be OK. Smokers who are indignant about this rule, but will grudgingly comply, are not welcome. Clothes that swish with every step or arm swing are really annoying too.
Luggage is very restricted on the internal flights, just 20lbs in total, not just checked. As indicated above, we have booked a seat that will not be used for its person/luggage allowance, which should give us an extra 13lb or so per person. Regardless, both passengers and luggage are weighed, and there is a maximum weight for the flight. If total weight - people and luggage exceeds this amount, items must be left behind until the limit is not exceeded, so it is essential to pack extremely lightly. We have seen a bottle of water not allowed as the total weight limit was exceeded. For this reason we will be asking participants to accurately advise their weight in the clothing they will wear on the plane. We can then estimate the amount of luggage we can take in total, and will advise guests so they can pack appropriately. Please don't fudge this, as we have seen luggage and in one case a person left behind as the plane was overweight. We are able to store luggage in Georgetown while we are in the field, so the suggested packing method is to bring a standard wheeled bag (if that's what you use) in either the carry-on or smaller checked size, with a lightweight tote/duffel type bag inside, or as your carry-on for the flight to Georgetown. We like the ASAK brand carry-on size, weighing just 3lb but holding a lot and pretty tough. The carry handles can be converted to a should strap. You can then repack in Georgetown, leaving the clothes you wore to and in Georgetown, and clothes for when we return there and for the flight back, in storage. This will allow you to reduce the amount of luggage taken aboard the internal flights considerably. Once you sign up you will receive more extensive information about Guyana, including luggage recommendations and other tips.