For a hassle-free birding trip, it is best to stay connected with local tour operators who can be your eyes and ears on the ground. Choose from seasoned tour operators, guides and itineraries to develop a plan to see the birds that are on your list based on your budget, interests and time availability.
The most popular birding field guides in use in Guyana are the Birds of Northern South America: An Identification Guide and the Birds of Venezuela (Helm Field Guides). Many birders use the eBird app to record their sightings. Click here for a copy of Guyana’s bird list.
Wichabai Ranch & Rockview Lodge
Set in the heart of the South Rupununi amid rolling hills and ponds, Wichabai Ranch and Guest Houses is a fantastic base for birding throughout the region. The Red Siskin and a diversity of other birdlife can be found around the ranch and in the immediate vicinity.
Rockview Lodge is the ideal gateway for both rainforests and grassland experiences. Located at the edge of the North Rupununi, it is centrally located, making many birding regions of Guyana relatively accessible. It also provides convenient access to local naturalists.
Equipment and Clothing
The weather in Guyana is hot and humid, which makes your packing list a bit easy.
Dull coloured breathable clothing that can be layered and that blends into the
environment is recommended. Carry mosquito repellent and sun protection including
a hat and sunscreen. Binoculars and cameras with extra batteries will ensure you
don’t miss anything. A light jacket for early mornings, a rain jacket for unexpected
showers, and waterproof boots or hiking shoes are recommended as well. Looking
for a more detailed packing list, we have you covered.
Guides and Naturalists
Hiring guides and naturalists with the help of local tour operators and outfitters is
recommended, so you can ensure you get the best of the best. Most all eco-lodges
employ local indigenous guides who have been involved with research and
conservation and know the details about the birdlife in the regions in which they
specialise. This affords a great opportunity to interact with Indigenous Peoples who
have fascinating stories to share as well as local knowledge.
Limited internet and phone connectivity in the interior of the country can make the
booking and payment process challenging for international travellers. It is best to be
connected to local tour operators, outfitters, and guides who can take care of all of
the details on your behalf. They are regularly in touch with lodges, experience
providers and transportation service providers to ensure that your trip is smooth. It is
also best to book ahead in time to ensure you secure best lodging and guides. You
can contact our list of local tour operators here.
Best Time for Birding
The best time to travel to Guyana for birding is immediately after the two green
seasons: September to early December and January to late April. This is the most
vibrant time, as the vegetation is refreshed, and access is easier via dry roads.
During green season from late April to August, it can be difficult to travel to remote
locations. However, labouring through the rains is often rewarded when you see star
birds and nesting sites up close and personal, travelling via small boat in mangroves
and along remote creeks between the thick foliage.
Situated along the Burro Burro River, the eco-lodge offers the best of rainforest and riverside access to a variety of bird species. The lodge is owned and operated by the local community who has a great team of naturalists.
Saddle Mountain Ranch
Tucked away in the heart of the South Rupununi savannahs, Saddle Mountain is one of the oldest ranches in Guyana and also a hotspot for different varieties of birds. The Red Siskin is one of the many species that can be spotted here.
This community-led and owned eco-lodge provides a glimpse into the lives of the Indigenous Peoples of the area. It is also a great base location for birding. A number of birds are found along the mountains and riverways in this region, including herons, cormorants, ibis, storks, hawks, eagles, macaws, owls and others