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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4 star rating

Cara lodge comfort 3 very comfortable nights spent at this old and lovely colonial style hotel .
It’s a great central location for bars and food places
The restaurant food was very good too it also had the most amazingly comfortable beds
The staff were nice and friendly
And happy to help

5 star rating

Amazing and wonderful staff The staff was extraordinary, mainly at the reception and bar. The hotel is beautiful! The room was very charming and cute. The negative part: it was a bit too noisy due to the bar. Definitely worth going back.

2 star rating

VERY POOR We friends visited the outdoor restaurant (at Cara Lodge) for dinner.While the atmosphere was quite pleasant the service was absolutely lousy and the prices were quite expensive.I ordered a serving of grilled chicken and got bland boiled chicken instead with no seasoning of any sort.

4 star rating

comfortable rooms, good food but SLOW room was very comfortable. a/c worked! dead mouse on glue strip under bathroom did not help much. Wifi! food good to very good but took over an hour to get anything. Staff very helpful although i wouldn't have minded someone helping with my bags (I'm 70) -- i guess i could have asked, though.
the rooms on the ends have windows that are covered with louvers so NO VIEW!

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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