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- Unfortunately I was a little disappointed with the animals that were on display. They were less than I saw on previous years but still have some exciting animals. Not sure why this was and can only assume that there is some financial neglect in maintaining the population.Written 4 December 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- With tourism becoming more demanding it is always nice to.experience something new and different from other tours. Always great to.stand out and this tour did that.Written 16 January 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Shelly Niles
Kaieteur and Orinduik falls
Amazing amazing amazing...
Would definitely do it again and advice others to do so as well...
Professional service 10/10
The food 10/10
The memories 10/10Written 1 November 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The 2-week Amazon Jungle Survival Course run by The Wild Tales Inc is unique & simply outstanding in every way - more than worth every penny & then some!
The course is cleverly structured in such a way, that you are expertly & gradually acclimatised to the Jungle, learning the skills & routines required to prepare you to be fully & independently immersed, deep in the Jungle in the final isolation phase. It’s all serious stuff but delivered at an excellent pace with brilliant humour thrown in for good fun.
Anders is in a class of his own with regard to the level of detail, to which he plans for everything, from behind-the-scenes logistics to the content delivery & overall support of his team.
His extensive experience & deep knowledge of the country coupled with the real-world Jungle experience of the local Amerindian Instructors Lionel, Damien, Torres and Ali (on my trip) is second to none – you are quite literally surrounded by an unparalleled level of Jungle experience & knowledge in Guyana - these guys are the real deal & at the top of their game. There is clear mutual respect between each of them for their individual experience and contribution at all levels - which is lovely to be around.
To top it off, the Surama Eco Lodge, which you may have at the beginning & end of the trip is the perfect hopping point between the wilderness of the Jungle & Georgetown – a beautiful location, lovely people, amazing food & accommodation.
The whole team is a very respectful & well-oiled machine, able to seamlessly & dynamically adapt & overcome anything the Jungle can throw at them with no effort at all so that your trip can continue as planned.
In short, a first-class service for everything from communication, booking, advice on flights, advice on insurance, trip accommodation, taxi connections, food, duration, equipment, content & overall delivery.
If you could only take 2 things with you into the Jungle… it would be a machete & knowledge from The Wild Tales Inc Team course – no question.
People go on this trip to learn about the Jungle but can come away having learnt so much more, especially about themselves – utterly life-changing in the best way possible.
Anders, Lionel, Damien, Torres & Ali – please accept my sincere thanks & gratitude for an outstanding course & providing so many laughs along the way to my team and myself.
We will be back as soon as we can.
I cannot recommend these guys highly enough!Written 31 January 2023
- Wilderness Explorers created an itinerary for our group traveling to Guyana. We stayed at remote lodges, viewed many birds and native wildlife, ate local foods well prepared, and were immersed in the jungles, rivers and savannah of the country. Wilderness Explorers did a fabulous job of coordinating travel, transfers and lodging accommodations. We felt well cared for, the guides were knowledgable and friendly, and with Covid making travel a bit tricky the company was flexible and very service oriented. We had a great time!Written 16 April 2022
- We had a very frustrating experience trying to book this trip to see the Falls. We tried to get it booked prior to going to Guyana and then everyday once we arrived there. They cannot accept credit cards over the phone. They wanted us to go to Ogle to make the payment but we could only make the payment the day before the trip not earlier. This resulted in us not being able to go on the day we wanted. After numerous phone calls by us and by our family who live in Guyana we eventually got on the flight for August 20th. So I would recommend that all the various Agencies that offer flights to the falls make vast improvements to their service i.e. allow credit card payment over the phone, and allow payment in advance of the scheduled flight (days in advance not the day prior).
Once we showed up for our flight everything was done efficiently. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. I would have preferred our visit to Kaieteur to be longer. it was so amazing being there that I felt a bit rushed viewing the falls from the various lookouts. I would recommend benches be installed at particular view points so visitors can sit back, relax and enjoy the falls if only for a few minutes. It was amazing flying over the forests and mountains in Guyana to get to the Falls. I would recommend this trip to everyone. It is expensive, but it is worth it. The cost includes lunch and drinks.(non-alcoholic) It would be great if they had coconut water as part of the package. The visit to Orinduik Falls was another amazing experience. You definitely require water shoes for this visit, it is slippery so you need to be extremely cautious as you step onto the rocks by the falls. But standing under the falls and getting soaked was therapeutic. A water camera is a must here. I would recommend that the path to get to the Orinduik falls be cleared and paved so it will be easier to walk to the falls. This experience was soooo amazing I would go back. If you do go, be sure to take gifts for the local Amerindian families living by the Orinduik falls. There are many children there and young mothers. They also sell amazing crafts that they make. The pilot, and crew took very good care of us on August 20th. Kudos to them!!!Written 17 November 2018
- I joined the Essequibo/Mazaruni river tour led by Dagron Tours. It was a big group on that weekend, mostly local residents. It was a long day trip from 7 am to 7 pm.
All of us were brought to Parika town in a bus, where we then boarded a speedboat to Fort Island, Sloth Island Nature Resort (for lunch), Bartica, Fort Kyk Over Al, and Baracara Falls. I suggest bringing watershoes and a change of clothes for the Baracara Falls activity.
All these places can only be realistically accessed by boat and therefore it is not easy to make the trip independently in an efficient manner - unless you focus on one island only or willing to pay a charter boat price for the entire day all to yourself.
The Dagron tour guide also went above and beyond and dropped me off at a local hospital after the trip is over for a covid test. That was a very nice gesture from him as he was a little concerned about my safety. Thank you Dagron Tours!Written 18 March 2022
- While in Georgetown we wanted to experience some local scenery and history. I communicated by email then What’s Ap with Andy who was extremely helpful. Because you can’t pay online one needs to go to the office located in Tower Hotel to pay and Andy sent very helpful photos of the office entrance. We needed a passport/ drivers license which one of us had luckily but this should be stated - this is not a safe city in which to walk around with important documents. Damian was not particularly facile at the payment procedure. There was a detailed written itinerary with payment receipt which was provided. The trip left 7am with meeting point Tower Hotel at 6:30am. Then a bus ride to Parika over the Demerara floating bridge then thru towns with Dutch names. This was 1-1/2 hours ride. The guide was Jamal- wonderful! He is very knowledgeable and funny. Our day was complicated by rain, and we did walk in heavy rain to the boat for the first site- Fort Island. Thankfully the rain subsided and this was an enjoyable walk with historical sites. Then the boat continued to saxicalli beach for a quick walk- tasted jamun berries and saw the spiky awara palm with Jamal. Our boat then had oil seal problems. We had way too long in Bartica but the boat did get fixed. Skip Bartica if it’s Sunday. Damian from the office caused a delay as he was late to the boat. Then we walked to a small waterfall then went across the river to the Awaruni resort. Very nice lunch and access to pool and grounds. Saw some poor animals in cages at the “zoo”. Rain limited activities here and return traffic was heavy so didn’t return til 7:30. I rated this based on what could be controlled- weather can’t. Leave off Bartica and have EVERY one board on time!
Really enjoyed Jamal as the guide.Written 15 October 2019
- Enjoyed this with my spouse. time well spent together as a couple. I would recommend this service to other couplesWritten 15 January 2022
- We traveled east of Georgetown along the east Coast Highway to the community of Mahaica. From there we turned right/south (inland) and traveled a further 20 minutes along a pot holed country road to our bird watching river launch location.
Our young guide, Kavita, came from the town of Mahaica and the fellow who ran the boat, was a local farmer.
Kavita was professional, knowledgeable about birds and our farmer-boat captain was well versed in the area. Between the two of them we did well! Within 30 seconds of launching the boat, Kavita was pointing out the national bird. We all scrambled for our cameras but missed our shots and a good view.
We were disappointed at our failure as we understood the National Bird is near extinction and the tour only suggested we may see one.
Well we braced ourselves for a disappointing cruise when Kavita pointed out another Hoatzin ... and then another .. and another. LOL- would appear they are quite prevalent on the river. The next three hours were spent peering into the bush along the river as Kavita pointed out a number of birds and red howler monkeys. The Hoatzin - tend to sun themselves at dawn to get the moisture off their wings so a lot of interesting poses. Lots of pictures taken -- but like all amateur photographers the picture is never as good as the actual experience. here are a few photos to whet your appetites.
The river was narrow, deep and serene. Although it is the common mode of transportation vs the road, not a lot of traffic except the occasional farmer taking produce to market.
The countryside was similar to rural Canada. Houses dotted the roadside and riverside with an outbuilding housing tractors and combines. Green expanses of rice field or other crops. The single animals are more likely to be tethered in the yard. OR if there is a herd of cows - they are actually fenced in.
Our travel experience there and back was easy - we simple hired a taxi driver, Orin Campbell from Georgetown. Kavita has his contact information if you need it.Written 7 February 2018