History, culture, tourism, adventure, and agriculture meet in Guyana’s deep center
Once the largest cattle producer in the Western Hemisphere, Dadanawa remains a working ranch and welcomes visitors to experience a plethora of activities and adventures
On the Rupununi River deep in the southern savannah, Dadanawa Ranch is the largest and most isolated ranch in the country covering some 2,000 square miles. A trip across the savannah by open backed jeep and following the foothills of the Kanuku Mountains will lead you to vacquero country.
Weathered ranch and bunk houses stand high on stilts offering unforgettable views of the red sun rising behind the distant mountains. Here, you will find vacqueros flying across the plains, barefoot in the stirrup in search of cattle, and jaguar venturing from the mountains in search of the same prey.
From Dadanawa, horse trails lead to the mountain foothills where nature has provided streams to refresh and scenery to take your breath away. Nights can be spent under the stars, cooking on an open fire and sharing a rum after a hard day’s ride. You can join the vacqueros in working the cattle or take a leisurely ride along the river.
Meal time is a combination of sumptuous beef grilled over a huge open pit barbecue and fresh vegetables. Unusual dishes with Amerindian and regional flavour including baked cassava, tasso and farine are offered.
Dadanawa Ranch is the perfect base for expeditions in search of Harpy Eagle in the rainforest and Amerindian paintings and petroglyphs on the savannah. Dadanawa is also the jumping off point for boating and trekking adventures into the pristine wilderness of the Kanuku Mountains.
The airstrip at Dadanawa Ranch accommodates all domestic single and twin engine transport. Visitors can take scheduled flights to Lethem on the Brazilian border and utilize pre-arranged ground transport to the Ranch, a 2-3 hour journey.
Ranching & Riding – Dadanawa Cattle Ranch is not a dude ranch but the largest working cattle ranch in the Rupununi. We offer the opportunity to get involved with the day to day operations of the ranch working side by side with our vaqueros or amerindian cowboys. Your involvement will depend on your riding abilities as the cattle are wild and can be a challenge. We will do our best to accommodate your wishes whilst preserving your safety.
Birding – Dadanawa has approximately 400 known species of birds in and around the ranch. The Defrietas family and Dadanawa trained guides are experts on the birds that live around the savannah and the Mountains
Fishing – It’s very much a part of ranch life and amerindian culture. The Rupununi River is about 10 minuets walk from the ranch buildings and offers a beautiful location for spotting aquatic wildlife, birds and of course fishing. We can provide you with equipment for fly fishing though a small additional charge for lures may apply.
Canoeing, Kyaking & Hiking – Canoeing is an excellent way to spot wildlife, to fish and for birdwatching. For a taste of adventure you can spot caiman, fish for piranha and keep an eye out for jaguar and wrestle an anaconda. Though there are an excess of dangerous (and exciting) creatures in Guyana our expert local guides will make sure you are safe. The river is a short walk from the ranch buildings and we will provide you with canoes. Between September and April is the best time of year for canoeing. We can also organise white water adventures for serious canoeists and kayakers on the upper Essequibo River, which harbors 150 miles of over 50 consecutive rapids.