Guide to Wildlife Watching
Best Time to Visit
The dry season is the peak season and is the optimal time to explore Guyana’s landscapes. Expect the days to be warm with the shade of the forest to keep things cool. On the coast this is between mid-July to mid-November and January to April, and between September to April in the rainforest and savannahs. Getting around the interior in the green season (wet season) can be a challenge as overland travel by road can quickly become a 4×4 safari. But the river ways are most always an option making this the best time to see the rain-washed forests that are home to beautiful waterfalls and the wildlife that are prevalent during this period. You should therefore time your visit based on the birds and wildlife you want to see.
Time Based Itineraries
With just a few days in hand, you can experience the wonders of Guyana. With robust air, land and river transport systems, and 80% of the country being covered in rainforests, you can get your fill in just one weekend. If you want a longer experience, seven to ten days is the ideal time it takes to cover both the rainforests and savannahs of Guyana and get a 360-degree wildlife view of the country. Choose from itineraries here.
What to See
You can plan your trip according to the specific species of plant life, wildlife, or marine life that you wish to see. For example, the Rupununi is great to spot giant anteaters, giant river otters, and black caiman. The Guianan Cock-of-the-rock and the Kaieteur Golden Rocket Frog can be spotted in the Kaieteur National Park and the Hoatzin is largely found in the Mahaica River basin. It’s best to discuss with local tour operators who can advise and make a plan as per your interest.
Although Guyana is known to be relatively expensive compared to other South American countries, the cost largely depends on your needs and the time you have available. A number of flights and river systems connect the key wildlife areas of the country, but you need to plan this in advance. While travelling by road from Georgetown to the interior savannahs and rainforests is cheaper, it is more arduous and takes longer as opposed to travelling by air. This comes with a number of benefits though – you will be rewarded with excellent views of the beautiful landscapes and wildlife throughout your journey. A general rule of thumb would be US$150-300/day for a budget trip, US$300-600/day for a mid-range trip and US$600+ a day for a top-end trip.