Waikin Ranch

Waikin Ranch

Waikin Ranch sits on the gently undulating tropical wetlands of the North Rupununi, close to the town of Lethem and the border of Brazil. The vast grasslands are crisscrossed by creeks flanked by Ite palms and in the distance, the Kanuku Mountains rise from the savannah.

Waikin is a small working ranch farming cattle, pigs, chickens, ducks, fish plus an orchard and vegetable gardens. You can join the kitchen team in the gardens to select your own fruit and vegetables for the wonderful farm-to-table cuisine experience or fish in the ponds for your dinner.

Four spacious cabins overlook the gardens and feature glass doors that fold back to open onto a wrap-around veranda, perfect for relaxing in your hammock. The bathrooms feature open-to-the-sky shower and solar-power allows a fan-cooled bedroom.

A short walk from the cabins is a lovely swimming hole to escape the heat. Your guide can take you on an easy walk to birdwatch around the grounds. Or live the ranch experience by heading out on horseback with the vaqueros as they take the cattle out to pasture.

Dawn across the savannah is cool and golden in the first rays of the sun. This magical setting is even more special if enjoyed by horseback and even more so if you are lucky enough to spot a giant anteater. Your ride can end with a cowboy-style breakfast with a vista of the savannah leading to the distant horizon.

Waikin Ranch sits on the gently undulating tropical wetlands of the North Rupununi, close to the town of Lethem and the border of Brazil. Numerous flights daily land at Lethem and it is only a 25-minute drive to the ranch.

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5 star rating

A peaceful tranquillity, The perfect escape from the busy hectic world to unwind and watch the stars or take a cooL plunge into a freshwater man made lake , enjoy the local home cooked home grown and reared lunch and dinner , Plus Brazilian border is five minutes away and the busy city of Boavista a nice steady 2 hours drive

5 star rating

Stunning Surroundings and Property What a stunning location and breath of fresh air (pun intended)! Anyone who has travelled the interior of Guyana knows that while incredible, and rewarding in terms of wildlife, accommodation is often rustic. Finishing our trip here felt like arriving at a luxury property haha. The location itself has everything you could wish for, from rolling savannah with incredible wide open skies, view and lovely breeze with the property located up on a hill / rise, amazing small wetlands for birdwatching just behind the property, and perfect warm swimming pond. The food was excellent and the open air dinners make you really feel the ranch style vibe, rooms are clean and comfortable and breezy inside , and the staff really make the place. Family run, the staff will sit around for a campfire at night, a drink and a laugh, there are plenty of people to run tours and all the guys were great to get on with, and nothing was too much trouble including bringing us some drinks down to the pond! They've though of all the little details such as outlying shelters and fire pits off around the property so you can drive out for sundowners or a traditional Guanyese camp breakfast of pepperpot, to floating devices for lounging in the pond. There also have tons of great tours on offer if you haven't done enough in the interior, from birdwatching to horseback riding and giant anteaters and river otters in the area that you can go out and spot. Also a nice fact that they practice farm to table style meals from their extensive garden and use solar power on site. Lovely stay and a perfect and much needed relaxing end to our trip in Guyana!

5 star rating

Rupununi's Hidden Gem We just returned from an amazing week long adventure in Guyana and I must say, Waikin was one of our highlights! It is a hidden gem in the Rupununi in Guyana's vast interior and I would encourage everyone to make it a must during their visit to the country.

From the moment we arrived, to the moment we departed, the staff were all excellent. They were attentive, helpful and readily able to answer random questions from a group who never visited the area.

The hosts were readily available, the food was tasty, the accommodations were clean & comfortable and the excursions were absolutely amazing! The horseback riding excursion to watch the sun set on the Savannahs was probably the most amazing moment of my short stay!

Thanks Waikin... I'll definitely be back with family & friends for a longer time next time.

5 star rating

Solid base for Savannah explorations Waikin is the nicer of the accommodation options in the Savannah areas of Guyana. It's a really comfortable base to look for the giant ant eaters which is a really cool, highlight excursion. But for me a horseback ride and sundowner was my highlight. Waiking is a comfortable and welcoming informal place on a working ranch. Staff is warm and friendly, showers are hot, views from cabanas are nice with good air flow, and food is wholesome and delicious.

Horse riding to search for Giant Anteater

River bathing on the border with Brazil


Excursions to waterfalls and indigenous villages

Pick your own fruit and vegetables

Savannah birdwatching


Ensuite Bathroom



Communal tea and coffee area

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