Unrivaled expertise and experience leadng tours and teams in Guyana
Wally is one of the most sought-after guides for professional birders, documentary teams, and scientific expeditions visiting Guyana. He served for seven years as the guide coordinator, resident wildlife biologist, chief trainer, and operations manager at Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development. He has identified more than 700 of the 800+ bird species recorded in Guyana and is intimately familiar with their habitats, behaviors, vocalizations, and mating rituals. He grew up wandering through Guyana’s lush and biodiverse interior.
Wally has worked with some of the true luminaries of rainforest conservation and bird population studies, such as Robert Ridgely, Angelo Caparrella, David Agro, Michael Braun, Mark Robbins Brian Schmidt, and Dr. Godfrey Bourne. He has led or participated in scientific expeditions to the top of Mount Ayanganna, the remote Wai-Wai village of Gunns Masakanari, the Acari Mountains, coastal Shell Beach wetlands, and just about every other river, valley, and nook and cranny in Guyana.
Wally was a participant in the Smithsonian Institution’s Man & Biosphere Biodiversity Internship in Washington DC. and is a member of the American Society of Ichthyology and Herpetology. He is a co-author on several publications on mammal behavior and has been interviewed by National Geographic Magazine and the Discovery Channel.
Expedition leader, naturalist, wildlife expert
Ashley Holland was born in England but moved to South Africa at 3 months of age, where he grew up on remote farms in the Transvaal. It was here he developed his love of wild and remote places and learnt to speak Afrikaans. At the age of 10 Ash moved to Botswana on the edge of the Okavango Delta where his mother was running a lodge. After two years they re-migrated to England for a couple years of education before moving to Guyana, where Ashley’s mother set up a bush camp on the Mazaruni River.
In 1994 Ashley travelled to the Rupununi and fell in love with the area and lifestyle and commenced working at Karanambu Lodge. Since then he has learned about the area, its people and the incredible flora and fauna. Ash is most at home out in the bush, especially on the rivers where he can fish, observe wildlife, explore new and remote areas, and learn from the locals about bush lore. He considers he was born 100 years too late, and would have been best suited as an early explorer, or naturalist of some kind.
Ashley is now a well respected guide who enjoys leading small groups into the remote and wild areas of the Rupununi. He is an excellent boat captain, fishing guide and naturalist.
Nadir (Carlos) Allie
Guide, Bird Expert
Nadir (Carlos) Allie was originally from the west coast of the ancient county of Berbice. His family were rice farmers, but Carlos did not want to follow this path, and moved to Georgetown to learn his father’s profession and became a tailor. From an early age Carlos always had a love and passion for birds. He never joined the other boys in trying to shoot them with a slingshot, preferring to rescue and care for the injured ones. In Georgetown, through his love of birds he became friends with Andy Narine and together they formed the Guyana Amazon Tropical Birds Society (GATBS). Through GATBS, Carlos was able to get involved in many different projects including bird counts for some of the interior lodges, and also collecting information on the avifauna of Guyana for a new Guyana bird list. Over the years Carlos has become an experienced bird guide, leading tours to Guyana’s top birding locations especially along the coastlands where he was born and continues to live. Carlos loves to share his passion and love of birds with visitors and locals whenever he gets the opportunity. He is especially fond of leading tours of the Botanical Gardens in Georgetown.
Master guide and Guyana expert
David has been guiding for Wilderness Explorers since 2007 including tours to the interior and Georgetown City Tours. He has trained with local master guides, completed a guide training program with Saga Holidays in the UK, and participated in the Explore Worldwide training course in Caracas Venezuela.
David’s obvious love for Guyana’s places and people belies his highly technical background. He attended the Guyana Industrial Training Center specialising in Agriculture Mechanics and later served as plant technician with Caterpillar and the US Embassy. When he is not showing off his newest favorite corner of the country, David still runs a part time maintenance business in Georgetown. He has led groups from the Caribbean, UK, USA, South Africa, and Japan… not to mention more and more returning Guyanese.
Rancher, bushman, expedition leader
Duane is a highly respected bushman and naturalist guide. He grew up in Georgetown before moving to Dadanawa Ranch to become a vaquero. He soon fell in love with the region and the lifestyle, before moving to Canada to study agriculture.
Returning with his new qualifications Duane became the manager of Dadanawa and still manages the ranch today, with his wife Sandy. In recent years he has been leading more and more tours into truly remote areas of Guyana and trained up an excellent crew that provide amazing comfort in otherwise harsh conditions. Duane has many repeat customers who enjoy his company and adventures.
Amerindian, Expert Naturalist
Gary Sway is a Macushi Amerindian from the village of Surama. Having grown up in the rainforest he has a great understanding and affinity for his natural surroundings and the wildlife. He has been a guide at Surama Eco-lodge for nearly 15 years and is well loved by those who have explored and seen the rainforest through his eyes. Gary is also an experienced birding guide and has represented Guyana at the Bird Expo in Columbus Ohio, USA. His patience and keen eye means great rewards for those birding with him. In his spare time Gary is a leading player in the Surama Makushi culture group.