Getting To And Around
Mount Roraima can be accessed through Guyana, Venezuela or Brazil. In Guyana, one of the best options is to visit Paruima, which provides access to the base of the mountain. Since its sheer cliff walls can only be scaled by expert climbers, the second-best option is to charter a helicopter ride to the top or have the pilot on your charter flight fly by the mountain.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO
A night spent on top of Mount Roraima is the experience of a lifetime. Very few have done this on the Guyana side of the mountain. The preferred method is to helicopter to the mountain top, set up camp and spent a couple of days exploring the otherworldly landscape by day and sleeping at the top of the peak at night. You can watch the sun rise and set, and even try your hand at abseiling or rock climbing on the edge with Bushmasters, a professional outfitter with the equipment and expertise to lead this activity.
Biodiversity at Mount Roraima
Table-topped tepuis are found only in the Guiana Highlands of South America. 70% of the flora and fauna found on top of Mount Roraima is unique to these tepuis and one-third is endemic. The carnivorous pitcher plants and the Roraima bush toad – a tiny black frog with a yellow body found only on Roraima – often lie on top of the list for nature enthusiasts. The elusive brown-nosed coati is also said to live in these parts. Hummingbirds, tiny parrots and nocturnal oilbirds are some of the many species that are found in the region, making this one of the top wildlife destinations in the world for rare and endemic species.
Explore the ‘The Lost World’
One of the oldest rock formations on the earth, Mount Roraima is said to be the inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Novel, ‘The Lost World’. It is believed that his novel was inspired by endemic fauna and flora of tepuis, and that they represent the remnants of ancient species from the age of dinosaurs. Some hypotheses also claim that the mountain is not a natural formation but has an artificial origin from an unknown civilization. This region is way off-the-beaten-path, but like most far-flung destinations is highly rewarding. Trails to the base of the prow of Roraima are accessible from Paruima, as are the stunning Oshi Falls, and Kamarang Falls which compete with the grandeur of Kaieteur. Bushmasters is the only operator that currently serves this remote region, and they know it well.