Iwokrama River Lodge

Iwokrama River Lodge

Nestled on the banks of the majestic Essequibo River is the Iwokrama River Lodge and Research Centre. The Iwokrama rainforest is located in the geographical heart of Guyana: it comprises one million acres (371,000 hectares) of forest or 1.6% of Guyana’s landmass and 2% of Guyana’s forests. It is part of the Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development, an autonomous non-profit institution established by Guyana and the Commonwealth, founded to promote the conservation and the sustainable and equitable use of tropical rainforests. It aims to show how tropical forests can be conserved and sustainably used for ecological, social and economic benefits to local, national and international communities.

Iwokrama River Lodge has eight perfectly situated river-facing cabins, each of which is spacious and beautifully designed, equipped with fans, bathroom, electricity supplied by solar power, and verandahs with hammocks. From these comfortable cabins, watch the sun go down whilst listening to the many local birds and other wildlife or simply relax in your hammock.

It is a short stroll from the cabins to the Fred Allicock building which houses the dining area, shop, two science laboratories and a conference room plus researchers and administrators’ offices. In the large open-sided dining room guests, Iwokrama staff and visiting researchers have an opportunity to mingle.

Nature trails start around the grounds, leading into the rainforest for excellent birding and wildlife opportunities. Or take a boat trip to explore the river, including a night trip to spotlight for wildlife or visit the nearby petroglyphs. Iwokrama’s most popular excursion is to Turtle Mountain, which offers an exciting hike up a jungle trail to the top of the mountain for fantastic views across the top of the canopy.

Evening or dawn drives along the road are available to search for wildlife, especially seeking out the elusive jaguar. Iwokrama has a healthy population of this apex predator, but you will still require some luck to see one.

The Iwokrama reserve sits in the heart of Guyana. It is an 8-hour arduous journey by road, but it allows the opportunity to appreciate the endless rainforest of Guyana. The main township in the region, Lethem, is a 4-hour road journey with road connections to Brazil and flights to Georgetown. The most comfortable option is a scheduled or charter flight from Georgetown to the airstrip at Fair View, just a few minutes’ drive from Iwokrama River Lodge.

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5 star rating

Great place to stay and excellent customer service! The staff at the Georgetown Marriott was AMAZING!!! I stayed here December 23 through January 3rd (except for NY Eve). Ashanti checked me in and made sure everything was expedited and pleasant. The restaurant that served breakfast had delicious local food. I had peperpot that was so delicious! I enjoyed the bake and salted fish. Nathalie and Akeem at the restaurant were so hospitable that I couldnt wait to go back the next day! Other staff whose names I could remember are Davina and Fariyal. The room cleaning service was great. Sometimes I would come back to warm turndown service and little beautiful notes. I stayed here 3 times and I am looking forward to my 4th.

My only thing is that the hotel card key deactivates when in close proximity to your credit cards etc. I would have loved if at all time when I went to the front desk for reactivation, they would have asked for ID. They did ask a few times though, perhaps I stayed there long enough they knew who I was.

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5 star rating

Awesome The hotel is excellent and the staff was superb.

Thanks to the great hospitality shown towards us by Ameen such a hospitable young man who served us well.

I will definitely return.

Dr. Rambally
Titanium Elite member.

5 star rating

Memorable Birth Day Evening 10/10 Visited last Friday(16th December) to celebrate My Husband's 44th birthday. The experience is as usual Amazing. our Server was Ameen from India. Whenever we meet Ameen he greets us with a joyful smile and attention he always goes above and beyond for our Needs. Compliments to Nicholas the Sushi Chef and Bartender (sorry can't remember his name ).Thank you for making my hubby's Day so special.

5 star rating

Fantastic stay! Aslam, Archer, Amanda and team were fantastic! The service and attentiveness was superb. The food at the restaurant was excellent. We fully enjoyed our stay at the hotel and look forward to future visits!! This isn’t our first visit and the standard has not changed. Great job!!

Hike up Turtle Mountain

Opportunities for jaguar sightings

Excursions to rapids and an indigenous village

One-million-acre rainforest reserve

Night spotlighting boat trips

Great birdwatching

Rainforest nature trails

Boat trips

View petroglyphs

Visit an Amerindian village



Ensuite bathroom


Conference facilities

WiFi internet access


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