Welcome to
Konashen Community-Owned Conservation Area

Located in the far south of the country, Konashen is Guyana’s first community-owned protected. The Wai Wai Indigenous People are the keepers of this land. Regarded as Guyana’s most traditional tribe, they worked hard to have their ancestral lands recognised as a conservation area and now have the title to the 2300 square mile protected area. They did this for strictly one reason – the forests of Konashen have been intact for millennia, and their dense forests are a sanctuary for wildlife. The reward for travelling to the deep south comes in the form of spotting giant armadillos, harlequin toads and tapirs – three globally threatened species. Apart from these, one is never too far from labbas, jaguars, giant anteaters and at least 400 species of birds. It is a virtual paradise for nature lovers looking for an offbeat wildlife vacation and intrepid travellers who enjoy remote wilderness areas that have had little impact from the outside world.

Getting To And Around

Located in the deep south, Konashen and the village of Masakenari are situated among the beautiful untouched Amazon forests of South America and the golden savannahs of the Rupununi.

Air

You can travel through a charter plane from the Eugene F. Correia International Airport in Georgetown to a small airstrip found just on the outskirts of Gunns. But keep in mind special permission must be secured from the Toshao or Village Council prior to your visit.

Road

Regional buses, private mini buses and 4x4 vehicles are the best way to get to Konashen via Lethem. Though this is a long journey, practically cutting through a large swath of the country, the journey can be broken up by staying at various eco lodges and communities along the way.

River

Since the source of the Essequibo River can be found within the protected area and the Kassikaityu River is also navigable during and after the green season, the riverways in the protected area allows for smaller boats to connect to the various attractions. Bushmasters recommends travelling from the Kassikaityu River downstream to the Essequibo River rapids then heading upstream on the Essequibo to Masakenari village.

THINGS TO SEE AND DO

Wildlife Spotting & Birding

The tall evergreen highland forests are home to192 creatures, including tapir, giant anteater, Harpy Eagles, all six of Guyana’s monkeys, anaconda, black caiman, giant river otters, and the rare blue poison arrow frog. Jaguars have been spotted many times during outfitted visits. Amongst the 170 species of birds, the Screaming Pihas, trogons, parakeets, manakins and antbirds offer birding enthusiasts ample reason to visit. The nature trails are raw and untouched – a delightful proposition for both real nature enthusiasts.

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Village Tour

The isolation and low-density population of the Wai Wais makes Konashen even more intriguing. The locals have maintained their traditional lifestyle, including hunting with bows and arrows, blow pipes and curare tipped darts. They are happy to share their culture and daily practices with visitors partial to sustainable tourism. The agro practices, handicrafts and cultural traditions are enriching for anyone who visits. This village is not as established for tourism as is Surama or Rewa, but this makes the experience that much more immersive.

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Active Adventures

From experiencing timeless culture, canoeing the Kassikaityu River and hiking through pristine rainforest to fishing in oxbow lakes, seeking out ancient petroglyphs and visiting the Great Falls of the Essequibo, there is a lifetime of adventure experiences to be had in Konashen. The best way to visit is through one of the few tour operators that are permitted to visit, which include Bushmasters and Rupununi Trails.

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