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Guyana and Suriname ExplorerScores 6.6 out of 10 based on 7 reviews
(4 out of 10)

Nicholas

Barnstaple
Don't think you're going to see much in the way of wildlife on this trip, except for birds - Explore really shouldn't advertise as a wildlife trip. Very long (12 hrs) transfer inland from Georgetown in cramped vehicle totally unsuitable for unmade roads. Main highlight was the Kaitur Falls which was an expensive extra so not strictly part of the tour at all. Altogether a rather disappointing trip. Lots of walking through forest with little to see. In Guyana at least the locals still hunt in the forest and my guess is that any mammals reasonably close to the villages have been eaten long ago. The idea of this trip - huge expanses of untouched forest - turned out to be rather more exciting than the reality.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 01 April 2017
Published on: 08 April 2017

Thank you for your feedback on this trip, Nicholas. I’m sorry that you were disappointed with your experience on this occasion, especially as you did not get to see as much wildlife as you’d hoped. As I’m sure you can appreciate, when dealing with true wildlife viewing, there is no guarantee that you will have a sighting every day as there is always an element of luck involved. In addition, the visit to Kaieteur falls is an optional extra, this is because the flight required needs a minimum number of passengers to run – so this is not a visit that we can guarantee and why it is not included as part of the itinerary.

(8 out of 10)

Catherine

Guyana and Suriname are not a major tourist destination, but the local guides were very welcoming and enthusiastic making sure we made the most of what was there. There are huge expanses of jungle which does make it difficult to get around, or to see lots of wildlife, in other countries such as Costa Rica the wildlife may be more accessable, but it does give you a good idea of how big the jungle is. There are two long days in the van but this is minimal on other days. Kaieteur falls is stunning, and the plane trip highlights the remoteness of everything. Paul our guide was great, a wealth of knowledge of the country, and birds. The accommodation was better than I expected. The Cock of the Rock was the star!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 27 March 2017
Published on: 13 April 2017
(7 out of 10)

Andrew

Interesting exploration of two under-visited countries. This trip concentrated a little too much on birds for my liking, I'd have liked to find out more about the culture of the countries. We didn't get to find out much about the flora (no mention of the medicinal plants, brief visits to the plantations, etc.). Not much to do in Suriname, the Guyana 'canopy' was empty, but we saw lots outside of the lodge and on the road! Liked the Kaieteur and Surama lodge the most. Be aware that it's not an active trip. Paul is a good leader, very knowledgeable.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 27 March 2016
Published on: 09 April 2016
(4 out of 10)

Hannelore

California
I would not recommend this trip, the bird life sightings were minimum. To much time at
Anaula Lodge we did the same walk 4times. The lodging and food was good the people
really tried hard to make us comfortable. There just is not enough to see to validate the expense of the fight and the tour. Paul is a great tour leader very knowledgeable all around.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 31 October 2015
Published on: 03 November 2015

Thank you for your feedback. As we’re sure you can appreciate, wildlife can be very capricious, and as such our trip leaders do recommend walking at varied times of the day to increase the chances of a sighting. I am sorry that the guide did not clarify this with you.

(6 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

Hoped to see more birds and wildlife than we did Venezuela and the Pantanal (Brazil) were much better in that respect. Highlights were the Kaieteur falls and the troupe of Red Howler Monkeys waking us at dawn 100yards from our huts by the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway. An unforgettable sound! Excellent! One of the best we have had.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 09 March 2015
Published on: 07 November 2015