Community-led and owned lodges are located throughout the interior regions of Guyana and are places that you will certainly never forget. They teach travellers the importance of conservation and sustainability, as well as providing a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Expect to be treated as part of the family and to be forever remembered once you leave!
Daily life in community-led and owned lodges begins at sunrise, with delicious, fresh fruits, food and juices prepared for residents and guests. Morning activities include river or jeep tours, wildlife spotting, horse-riding, hiking, fishing, or birdwatching. If you are lucky enough, you may see some of Guyana’s most treasured species such as Giant River Otters, Red Howler monkeys, Giant Anteaters and even the Black Caiman to name just a few!
Once the morning activities have finished, you will be welcomed back to the lodge for another tasty, cooked meal using homegrown produce such as okra and cassava, among others. Some guests choose to cool down with a fruit juice over lunch, whilst others will crack open a refreshing Banks Beer. It’s entirely up to you!
Residents and guests will usually retire to their accommodation for a few hours after lunch, to rest up and refuel ready for an afternoon of more activities. At Karanambu Lodge, Melanie, the Managing Director proudly calls this their “siesta period”. Canoeing down the Rupununi River, mountain biking or pedal boating are just some of the activities that travellers can enjoy.
The evenings give guests the opportunity to learn more from the lodge owners and workers about local life and culture, as well as share stories about wildlife encounters. Travellers can also put their feet up and enjoy the glorious sunsets over the panoramic Guyanese landscapes. To round the evening off, a bottle of El Dorado rum can be opened but be careful… while it is tasty, it sure does creep up on you!.
For more information about family and community-owned lodges, visit https://guyanatourism.com