Our passion is for off-the-beaten path, the unknown, the unusual and quirky mixed with adventure and nature. We love remote and pristine environments and working to benefit local communities. Nothing embodies this more than the last frontier of South America: Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.
But we aren’t averse to a bit of luxury either and so we have merged some of the best Caribbean hotels into our carefully planned trips, to add a touch of indulgence. Even in the Caribbean we feature less-known islands and search for the unexpected treasures that you won’t find easily.
We love to mix adventure, nature, wildlife and culture and throw in unique and unusual cuisines along with a dose of exciting personalities to create a fascinating and immersive experience.
Our team can create customised tours ranging from soft adventure journeys where the pace is comfortable and experiences rich, through to wild-country expeditions for the most intrepid explorers. Or choose from one of our carefully crafted itineraries designed to showcase the very best of our region.
If you are after a very particular experience, our knowledgeable Tour Planners can custom design a journey based on your interests, budget and requirements. Not sure and need ideas? We have a wide range of pre-packaged tours from general interest through to specialist birding tours to chose from or to create the foundation to personalise your journey. If you like small group adventures, our scheduled departures in Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana might offer the perfect solution.
Operating since 1994, we are Guyana’s only Destination Management Company and leading Location Producers.
In fact, we offer unrivalled experience supporting, clearing and managing global media teams working across all three Guianas. Our portfolio of services ranges from the purely practical – location planning, logistics, materiel management, transport, supplies, and staffing – to the more complex challenges of securing governmental permits and approvals, researching content and creating storylines, arranging high-level interviews, chartering aircraft and vehicles, and discretely managing delicate relationships with indigenous communities who may be unfamiliar with western media practices and norms.
We are preferred fixers for the BBC as well as an accredited Disney vendor and in early 2021 supported Dan O’Neill’s trip to Guyana to film Last Eden for BBC Earth as well as two major productions for National Geographic which will be aired in 2022. Over the years we have worked with several TV production companies such as Icon Films, Big Earth Productions for CNN, Infocus-Asia, Zero Point Zero, Uplands TV, Ricochet and ITV as well as various independent companies in Europe, North America and Asia.
We have also supported many photojournalists and writers commissioned to write for prestigious publications such as The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Wanderlust, National Geographic Magazine as well as key influencers and bloggers.
National Geographic’s Explorer: The Last Tepui was filmed in February 2021 and featured Alex Honnold, the world-class mountaineer of ‘Freesolo’ fame and 80 year-old Dr Bruce Means, a biologist in search of new species to the Guiana Shield plus an experienced crew of world-class climbers, film-makers and an expedition doctor. This hour-long programme told the story of the first ascent of Mount Weiassipu in the wild and remote tepuis and highlands of western Guyana, an area rarely visited due to the difficult terrain but the perfect setting for adventurous expeditions and unique unexplored micro-environments.
Produced by Icon Films for Disney Plus, Primal Survivor: Escape the Amazon is a five-episode series about Hazen Audel’s 500-mile journey across Guyana, from its remote highlands and dramatic waterfalls, to impenetrable rainforest, vast savannahs, swollen rivers and flooded coastal areas. Using the traditional bushcraft and survival skills that he learns from the different indigenous peoples that he encounters, he manages to survive encounters with some of Guyana’s most lethal wildlife to complete his journey from the Amazon to the Atlantic.
BBC’s Factual History series Britain’s Secret Slave Owners explores that country’s historical relationship with slavery. Based on extensive government records, the program reveals how slave-ownership was not just the preserve of a privileged few but was deeply ingrained in British culture, cutting across class, race and gender. The crew visited plantations formerly owned by British slave-owners, the national archives which hold crucial documents that reveal the nature of slavery in Guyana; and key sites in Demerara.
Wild life expert Steve Backshall seeks out the world’s most fierce animals as he heads off on six epic adventures to Guyana, Mexico, Namibia, Indonesia, Australia and South Africa. Along the way he encounters Australia’s largest venomous snake, the Coastal Taipan, gets perilously close to the largest carnivorous reptile in South America, the giant Black Caiman and attempts to track down the endangered Giant River Otter.
Infocus Asia Pte Ltd (IFA) is a multi award-winning media company offering content and services to the international broadcast industry from 4 offices across Asia. IFA provides research, editorial and production services and produces high rating content for a global audience. IFA was commissioned by National Geographic to produce Season Six of the highly successful Monster Fish series, including an episode filmed in Guyana.
The BBC Natural History Unit (NHU) is a department of the BBC which produces television, radio and online content with a natural history or wildlife theme. It is best known for its highly regarded nature documentaries, including The Blue Planet and Planet Earth, and has a long association with David Attenborough’s authored documentaries, notably Life on Earth. Guyana was again placed on the film/documentary market.
Tales of Travel was produced by Big Earth Productions and follows best selling Saudi author Abdullah Al Jumah as he backpacks through South America. Abdullah’s incredible journey of discovery will see him trekking through dense jungle to reach the world’s tallest waterfall in Venezuela, surviving the night in Guyana’s deepest, darkest rainforest, encountering some of the continent’s most dangerous and unusual wild creatures, hanging out with the locals and even spending some time in uniform!
The ‘Deadly’ brand is a very popular children’s wildlife educational series in Britain and around the world, which has been running for over five years. The new series called ‘Deadly Pole to Pole’ in which our presenter, Steve Backshall, circumnavigates the planet, from the frozen north to the far south, visiting every continent to track down the world’s greatest predators. We were commissioned by BBC Bristol to produce the educational series which was filmed in Guyana in October – November 2013.
Icon Films is an award-winning UK television production company with a reputation for originality, excellence, and entertainment across the breadth of factual genres including science, history, exploration and natural history. Icon was commissioned by Animal Planet to produce a two hour documentary pilot which was filmed in Guyana in February / March 2011. The pilot was bought by Animal Planet which led to the highly successful River Monsters documentary series hosted by Jeremy Wade. Wade returned for a dramatic second visit in 2013.
Zero-Point-Zero is an Emmy-award winning documentary New York production company on contract with Travel Channel to film an eight-destination series called The Wild Within with host Steven Rinella. Steven and his crew travelled deep into the heart of Guyana, camping along the Rewa River with Amerindian guides. The nature of the documentary and large production unit required complex logistics and permitting which was handled entirely by Wilderness Explorers.
The concept for this new wildlife series was bold. Mark O’Shea, a herpetologist with extensive field experience, sets out to follow a series of quests – including finding the secretive, highly venomous and extremely endangered Atlantic coastal bushmaster, the threatened American crocodile, and the alligator snapping turtle, the largest freshwater turtle in the Americas. It wasn’t only the creatures that were risky. So was the concept…
Ricochet, a television company in the UK, was commissioned to produce ‘The World’s Toughest Tribes’, a major six-part series for the Discovery network. The series features some modern day ‘tribes’ – the people who perform some of the toughest jobs in the world. It did take a look at some of the world’s traditional industries – logging, mining, deep-sea fishing, ranching – and explore the work that goes on behind the scenes. The documentary was filmed in 2006
Jeff Corwin explores the Guyana Shield, the dense rainforest that thousands of “giants” call home in Guyana. He discovers the largest toad found in South America, the largest freshwater turtle and the largest creature equipped with a giant tongue. Jeff partnered with Animal Planet and Popular Arts Entertainment to launch a new wildlife adventure series titled The Jeff Corwin Experience. Jeff and his team visited Guyana in 2001 to film a documentary.
Rising from the mists of the jungle, Wild Chronicles joins researchers to scale a giant tepui in Guyana, South America. Flat-topped mountains with sheer sides rising over 8000 feet into the clouds, tepuis are like prehistoric islands in the sky, populated by plants and animals found nowhere else. Don’t look down as this story is a real cliff hanger. Wilderness Explorers/Guyana was elated when National Geographic choose Guyana as their next destination to film a documentary.
I stayed for several days at The Ori. The room was clean, bed comfortable, shower hot with enough pressure, food delicious, patio in the evening just lovely-with a cool breeze and view of plants and flowers and staff welcoming and friendly. I would like to return!
The food and service was excellent. I loved seeing the otters and cats and understanding how they try to rehabilitate them. The morning drive to find the anteaters was amazing and one of the highlights of the entire trip.
The Kabalebo Nature Resort is a one-of-a-kind experience. It is located in the middle of the jungle - the next human settlement is at least a one-week travel away by boat on the river. You spend your days doing various trips on the river, hiking through the rainforest, or just relaxing. The staff are extremely friendly and service-oriented. If you have a special wish, they will do their utmost to fulfill it - sometimes even before you say it! The guides are knowledgable and will safely guide you through the jungle. We stayed in the new Panorama Suites - they are new, big, and an almost unreal piece of luxury in the middle of nowhere. All in all, this was one of the best and most unique experiences ever! I lost my heart here and am dying to come back one day.
First class service from every member of the Wilderness staff, friendly, helpful and always smiling!
We stayed in Inspiration Point Lodge for 3 nights and 4 wonderful days overlooking Misty Mountain top. The extraordinary location in the middle of the rain forest was fantastic. The accommodations are very clean,wonderful staff and delicious meals. Kabalebo Nature Resort is a one-of -a-kind experience. On all our guided hikes we got to see lots of beautiful birds especially the colorful Macaws, monkeys, frogs, spiders, snakes, and also our guide Kieron pointed out trees and plants and their medicinal properties. We also added a half a day of fishing. The water was still a bit high but still caught a 25 pound red tail catfish, Anjumara and a few large Piranhas. All catch and release but have the great pictures to remember. Got to swim in the rapids and relax in the hammocks. Wonderful experience and hope to come back again. This is my way of camping, comforts of home yet in the middle of the jungle.
Another of my favourite experiences in Guyana, the Caiman research is a unique excursion and one I would recommend to anyone.
I have been to Suriname before, but wanted to stay in a property tthat had access to some of the remote communities along the Suriname RIver. The Danpaati resort not only offers this, but is also linked closely to community development projects in the small Maroon community of Dan on the far side of the river. The property is just fine; a three/half star resort, offering comfortable, en-suite cabins, a convivial meeting centre and dining room, a pool, river access for swimming, jungle activities and above all, the opportunity to find real peace. It is not (thank heavens) a resort that tries to cater to the whims of everyone; it is a resort that offers itself, and the atmosphere and philosophy that it works to to every visitor.
I thought Rewa was a great wilderness experience. The journeys to and from the lodge made it feel like a real adventure. Vivian, our guide, really warmed up and was a lot of fun to talk to and very knowledgeable about the jungle.
It takes a while to get here but oh, it's so worth it! Beautifull location on a island in the Surinam River. No wifi, loved it! And no warm water but who cares. The cold water is still warm enough. Electricity is on in the evening. Dinner is served in buffet style and although there is not really a choice, it's al good. Breakfast is also good, fresh bread rolls, cheese and salami and nutella and peanut butter. The cabans are quite basic but with a veranda and an amazing view. In the morning they bring you warm water to make tea or coffee. You will sit on your veranda with a nice cup of coffee and look over the river. You can hear the nature waking up. The staff is very very friendly and since a month they are even raising an orphaned pig named Kira. She likes to be scratched on her belly 🙂
Phil, our guide, was absolutely outstanding. Knowledgeable, friendly, measured and funny. I would request him for all of our clients.
Another real gem and one of my favourite stays. The rooms were perfectly appointed and the bathrooms excellent. The natural pool, excursions on horseback, service and food were all excellent. The savannah breakfast and sundowner drinks were highlights too.
Had such a wonderful stay at the Krasnapolsky Hotel. It was very quiet and we had a lovely view from our room. The staff was very friendly and helpful at all times. Every time we came out our rooms we returned to a clean and tidy room. I even had a pedicure and got my hair done down stairs in the lobby at the salon how convenient!! Oh and breakfast was delicious..
A really great stay at one of the most impressive of Guyana’s properties. The rooms were comfortable and clean, the food and service outstanding and the setting in the clearing really special. The sundowner drinks on the road was absolutely perfect.
An amazing location on the river. Friendly staff and guides, a lovely beach to relax on and a very different experience to the river lodges in Guyana. The cultural element of the Maroon population really made the experience worthwhile.
As a Platinum member, I prefer to stay at full service Marriott hotels where I get all the perks but this Courtyard hotel has the quality of service as if it was a full service hotel with moderate prices. Very well managed hotel, attentive staff. You will leave very satisfied.
The street food breakfast was excellent and a great introduction to Georgetown. Delven was outstanding as was the overall market experience. It was informative and interesting and an assault on the senses (in a good way!).
I loved the whole experience. The food was superb and the setting so different to a ‘regular’ restaurant. I would include this experience for every client.
The character of the building really did it for me, plus comfy beds and surprisingly good wifi.
We went on a two days trip as a couple. The service at arrival was amazing as we were greeted with a typical Surinamese song and welcome treats. The lodge itself had an amazing view and it was overall comfortable. Because of the rain we were unable to take part in some of the activities, however the staff was very accommodating and nice and helped us to make arrangements for the next day. Zip-lining was amazing as they have multiple platforms of which one where you get to "fly" across the river. The staff was super nice.
A really interesting tour that didn’t feel touristy or staged. Very interesting to see the punts, the workers in the fields and the lunch in the punt was a fantastic surprise.
A beautiful spot to relax for a day or two; with good wildlife watching by boat.
After an one hour flight and a 30 minutes boattrip we reached this beautiful place in the rainforest. We stayed there for four nights on an island in the middle of the river in a nice wooden cabin with an amazing view on the river and hammocks on the terrace. There was only one other couple. We were very well looked after (safety first!), fantastic food, especially the 'pom', we made wonderful guided trips in the jungle, went to marron villages by boat and had swims in the river. Highly recommended!
A really memorable day at the falls. Having visited a few of the world’s largest waterfalls with 100s of other people, it was really unique to be somewhere so special and not having to share it with bus loads of tourists. The local guide was very good and the lunch was perfect. Oh, and the Cock-of-the-Rock!
The girls at the lodge were wonderful but a special shout-out to Phil – he was one of the best guides I’ve ever had.
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