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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AndrewM974711/29/2020
5 star rating

The Final Countdown Moving into an earlier than planned retirement, I chose to have my final two nights relaxing at the Marriott.

The personal service, and the unique few extras I received when the team found out it was my last couple of days in Guyana made for a lasting impression.

A special thank you to Preeti for making the entire two days special, and also to Alicia C who brought me the Eggs Benedict both mornings for breakfast (and a shout out also to the chef).

From my first introduction to El Dorado Rum (truly recommend the 15 year) on arrival in March 2019 to my departure in the last few days, I have continued to have memorable experiences here at the Guyana Marriott Hotel Georgetown.

The team in Guyana have that “can do” attitude and the results are clear to see. More

Andrew11/29/2020
5 star rating

The Final Countdown Moving into an earlier than planned retirement, I chose to have my final two nights relaxing at the Marriott.

The personal service, and the unique few extras I received when the team found out it was my last couple of days in Guyana made for a lasting impression.

A special thank you to Preeti for making the entire two days special, and also to Alicia C who brought me the Eggs Benedict both mornings for breakfast (and a shout out also to the chef).

From my first introduction to El Dorado Rum (truly recommend the 15 year) on arrival in March 2019 to my departure in the last few days, I have continued to have memorable experiences here at the Guyana Marriott Hotel Georgetown.

The team in Guyana have that “can do” attitude and the results are clear to see. More

A3472ICdianac11/06/2020
5 star rating

"Great Hotel" Herdmanston Lodge is what I call one of the "Gem" hotels in Guyana. Being a winner of the recent Staycation which without any doubt I enjoyed, I would recommend this simply perfect hotel to anyone. Great location, spacious rooms, very courteous and professional staff and amazing meals by those superb chefs and I say that proudly being a loyal brunch guest. Special thank you to Miss Melissa and her team at Herdmanston Lodge for making me feel welcomed and appreciated.

Captaingruntfuddock11/02/2020
4 star rating

Nice Colonial Hotel The Hotel its self is a bit old and in need of a freshen up but it has atmosphere and character. The staff are lovely. The rooms are big enough and very comfortable with good bathrooms. Food is ok. If you bother to talk to the manager you will discover the hotel has a rich and varied history. Prince Charles and Mick Jagger both stayed here. The hotel is 150 years old and has great character. If in Georgetown, stay here.

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

Solar-power

Bar

Ensuite bathroom

Toiletries

Conference facilities

WiFi internet access

Shop

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