With its large and diverse array of birds, Guyana is often on the ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ destinations list for serious birders all over the world. The eco-lodges and resorts situated amid the forests, wetlands, hilly sand and clay region, and the middle of the savannah grasslands provide great access to key birding locations. Along with that, many of them have local naturalists on staff, who can maximise the probability you will see the birds you’ve come to see, provide facts about the birds and their habitat, and share local lore on what makes these birds important to the natives of the land. Here are some of the best eco-lodges and resorts in the country.
Atta Lodge lies at the edge of the Iwokrama Forest in the heart of the country. Perched 100 feet off the ground, one of the highlights is the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway. The four metal rope bridges with viewing platforms are perfect to spot high canopy birds.
Caiman House Field Station
Dedicated to wildlife conservation and found in the Yupukari village, Caiman House is one of the top places to stay for birders who want to access both the savannahs and Kanuku Mountains. The eco-lodge partners with local and international biologists, herpetologists, and entomologists to support its conservation efforts.
The city hotels are great to settle into if you’re intent on exploring Georgetown’s green patches and viewing a sampling of more than 200 species of birds. Day trips to Mahaica and Abary can also be arranged from here.
Iwokrama River Lodge
If you’re starting your birding adventure in the North Rupununi, the first location should be Iwokrama River Lodge. Centrally located in the heart of the rainforest, Iwokrama is ideal for birdwatching whether it is from the lodge, across the river from Indian Island or on a hike to Turtle Mountain.
Formerly a ranch, which has now become a popular eco-lodge endorsed by the likes of Gerald Durrell and David Attenborough, Karanambu is synonymous to conservation. Well-known for river otter conservation, it is also a great place for birding in the surrounding savannah grasslands, riversides and dense forests
Set amongst the lush countryside and coast near the Essequibo River, Lake Mainstay offers a glimpse of coastal plains of the north. It allows for great access to birding sites along the Atlantic Ocean and the Essequibo and Pomeroon Rivers.
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
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.
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.
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.