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Kanuku Explorer

Tour Cost: From USD $3404

Group Size: Small groups up to 16 people

Difficulty Level: Moderately Rigorous Touring

Recommended for: Travelers interested in nature, culture, and adventure

Departures: We offer this trip to individuals, couples, and small groups all year long.

Scheduled Departures:
1-Aug 2011
1-Aug 2011

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Kanuku Explorer

The Kanuku Mountains in southwestern Guyana rise out of the grasslands and form a backdrop to the Rupununi savannahs. Their wild sculptured crowns peaking just below the level where the clouds would touch the mountain tops. The range, divided by the Rupununi River, is noted for it’s high diversity of bird and animal species, with approximately 80% of the known mammal species of Guyana being recorded.

With little or no human settlement on the eastern range, the area is still pristine and is perfect for the nature and adventure traveller to experience the diversity of the tropical ecosystems.

After flying to Lethem we will take an open backed jeep across the savannah to Dadanawa Ranch for some horse back riding or working cattle with the vacqueros. The real, adventure begins by boat travelling downstream on the Rupununi River, spending the first night near the Amerindian village of Sand Creek. From here the voyage enters the Kanuku Mountains- recognised by Conservation International as being one of the few remaining pristine Amazonian habitats.

We enter the Maparri River, a tributary of the Rupununi River, to reach the Maparri Wilderness Camp set on the banks of the river looking straight on to a set of falls. The area is rich in bird life and the river water is crystal clear. Early risers will have the opportunity of searching for rarely seen Tayra or even a Black Jaguar.

Our exploration continues on foot, trekking through the forest on steep trails and exploring the seemingly endless series of small waterfalls that are fed by the steep mountain slopes. From this remote and beautiful location our journey continues on to Karanambu Ranch to search for Giant River Otters and to enjoy the best inland fishing in Guyana.

 

Day 1 – Arrive in Guyana

Arrive in Guyana and transfer to Georgetown.

Overnight at Cara Lodge

Day 2 – Georgetown city tour

Today enjoy a Georgetown City Tour. (B,L)

Overnight at Cara Lodge

Day 3 – Fly to Lethem, 4X4 to Dadanawa Ranch

0915hrs transfer to Ogle Airstrip for a flight over the rain forest and savannah to Lethem and then by jeep across the savannah to Dadanawa Ranch. (B,L,D)

Overnight at Dadanawa Ranch

Day 4 – Explore the ranch and work the the vaqueros

Today enjoy horse back riding on the savannah and along the banks of the Rupununi River or working cattle in the coral with the vacqueros. (B,L,D)

Overnight at Dadanawa Ranch

Day 5 – Travel to Sand Creek by canoe

The adventure begins today as you leave the ranch by boat on the Rupununi River. Cruise through small rapids or help guide the boat through rocky outcrops as you make your way to the Wapisiana Indian community at Sand Creek. (B,L,D)

Hammock Camp at Sand Creek

Day 6 – Follow the Rupununi River to Crabwood Creek

Today continue the boat journey and travel down the Rupununi River through occasional rapids and into the Kanuku Mountains to Crabwood Creek. This area is uninhabited apart from a few traditional farmers from Sand Creek. The voyage enters the Kanuku Mountains – recognised by Conservation International as being one of the few remaining pristine Amazonian habitats. Visit an Amerindian Farm. (B,L,D)

Hammock Camp on Riverbank

Day 7 – Continue on Rupununi River to Maparri

Continue down the Rupununi River with the opportunity to see Black and Spectacled Caiman, Puma, Tapir, Giant Rivers Otters and Turtles. Turn into the Maparri River, a tributary of the Rupununi River, and travel six miles to the Maparri Wilderness Camp set on the river bank overlooking a small waterfall. The area is rich in bird life and the river water is crystal clear. (B,L,D)

Maparri Wilderness Camp

Day 8 – Explore widlife and nature around Maparri

Today explore forest trails that lead into the virgin Kanuku Mountains in search of Harpy Eagle, Guiaian Cock-of-the-rock, Cotingas, Three-toed Sloth, Tyra and many other exotic animals. Our exploration continues on foot, trekking through the forest on steep trails and exploring the seemingly endless series of small waterfalls that are fed by the steep mountain slopes. The river offers good fishing with light tackle with spinners or fly and heavy hand line at night for Catfish and Haimara (large predator fish) in clear water. Night boat trip to spot wildlife and see Electric Eels and Dwarf Caiman by torchlight, and the river is also home to Small and Giant River Otter. (B,L,D)

Maparri Wilderness Camp

Day 9 – More wildlife and nature around Maparri

Today explore forest trails that lead into the virgin Kanuku Mountains in search of Harpy Eagle, Guiaian Cock-of-the-rock, Cotingas, Three-toed Sloth, Tyra and many other exotic animals. Our exploration continues on foot, trekking through the forest on steep trails and exploring the seemingly endless series of small waterfalls that are fed by the steep mountain slopes. The river offers good fishing with light tackle with spinners or fly and heavy hand line at night for Catfish and Haimara (large predator fish) in clear water. Night boat trip to spot wildlife and see Electric Eels and Dwarf Caiman by torchlight, and the river is also home to Small and Giant River Otter. (B,L,D)

Maparri Wilderness Camp

Day 10 – Travel by river to Karanambu Ranch

After breakfast leave the Maparri River and re-enter the Rupununi and continue down river. Enter the North Rupununi Savannahs, pass the Amerindian community of Yurupukari and end the trip at Karanambu Ranch. This is the home of Diane McTurk, widely known for her work in rehabilitating orphaned, giant river otters to the wild. Diane and her otters have appeared on National Geographic, Jeff Corwin Experience, Really Wild Show (BBC) and the Calgary’s “Zoo World”. Karanambu has a long history of visiting naturalists and Diane’s father, Tiny McTurk, has welcomed David Attenborough and Gerald Durrell (Three Singles to Adventure). Dinner with Diane, will include stories on the history of the family and the Rupununi Savannahs. (B,L,D)

Overnight at Karanambu Lodge

Day 11 – Birdwatching, hikes, and tending to otters at Karanambu

Diane often has resident orphaned otters and you can help her as she tends to them. Visit Simoni Pond for some of the best inland fishing (add US$15.00) in Guyana including Peacock Bass or explore the flooded forest or savannah with Diane. Explore the Rupununi River in search of wild Giant River Otters, Black Caiman and Arapaima. An evening visit to Crane Pond to see hundreds of Ibis, Anhinga, Heron and Egret roosting is a highlight. (B,L,D)

Overnight at Karanambu Lodge

Day 12 – Fly to Georgetown

Morning free at ranch before flight back to Georgetown. Overnight at Cara Lodge. B (B)

Overnight at Cara Lodge

Day 13 – Depart Guyana

Transfer to the airport for your departing flight. (B)

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