|Ideal length||14 days|
|When to go||October to May|
Sunrise over the savannah at Surama Mountain
Exploring Devil's Island off the Cayenne coast
Swimming with otters at Karanambu
Witnessing the mighty Kaietur Falls, five times higher than Niagara
British Guyana is a well-kept secret, perfect for intrepid adventure and brimming with lush Amazonian rainforests. You'll start in Georgetown, staying at the clapboard Karanambu Ranch as your base, join Diane McTurk, the world’s leading expert in the rehabilitation of orphaned giant river otters. Paddling down the Burro Burro River to see them in the wild is an awesome experience. Watch out for the protected scarlet macaw, spider monkeys and Arapaima - the largest fresh water fish in the world.
Next, take a small plane to the mindblowing Kaieteur Falls. With a drop of 822 feet (that’s five times the height of Niagara falls), you’ll be knocked off your feet by the immense power of this wonder of the natural world (so to speak).
A boat and 4x4 trip will take you across the border to Suriname: arguably the most scenic of the three Guyanas. Paramaribo is a rare UNESCO World Heritage capital, crammed with charming wooden structures and an original Dutch influenced canal system. Staying at the Eco Resort Inn, take in the sights of this beautiful, colonial port before a tour of Marienburg: the oldest sugar-cane plantation in Suriname. Just south of here, on the banks of the Suriname River, you’ll come to Jodensavanne, home to the ruins of the most ancient synagogue in all the Americas. After uncovering Jewish history in the village and graveyard, (sounds spooky but trust us, its fascinating) cool down in the fresh water creeks of neighbouring Blakawatra. Total bliss after a day in the tropical heat.
The French influence in Cayenne is still a major attraction of this capital: a charming port town which promises to intrigue and delight the curious traveller. From your base at Hotel des Roches, take a stroll around the Place du Coq and sample the home-grown delights overflowing from this cute local market. Capture the picturesque views of the port town from the remains of Fort Ceperou, or simply unwind in a side-street café, surrounded by the beautiful, colonial architecture in its tropical setting.
The Isles du Diable, or ‘Devils Island’, which formed the French penal colony from 1884-1946 is a comfortable catamaran hop from the coast of French Guiana. Visit original guard and convict buildings straight from the pages of the classic novel ‘Papillion’, a true story of ex-convict Henri Charriere. Our private guides will bring these stories to life as you are led through the lush, tropical wilderness to walk in the footsteps of literary history.