The Lodge consists of guest accommodation, a full service kitchen, restaurant, bar, two shops, and a boat dock.
Nearby, overlooking the river, is the bar and the restaurant, where, after an exciting day of discovery and exploration, you can enjoy traditional Guyanese cuisine at our restaurant. A computer with internet access is available in the tourism office, and the entire building is covered by WiFi internet access.
A gift shop and a shop selling cold drinks, snacks and general items such as toiletries that you may have left at home is in the lower level. Not far away are two science laboratories and a conference room with air conditioning and which is wired for digital equipment such as computers and LCD projectors.
The adventurous and curious will want to spend a day or two exploring Turtle Mountain and the surrounding rain forest. The head of the Turtle Mountain trail is a 15 minute boat ride from the main lodge.
Soaking in the views of horizon-to-horizon canopy cover from atop Turtle Mountain is a classic, unforgettable Guyana experience. Our cabins at the base of the mountain make a great base camp for excursions on in the forest or along the Essequibo River.
There are eight beautifully situated river facing cabins, each of which is spacious and beautifully designed, equipped with fans, bathroom, 24-hour electricity supplied by solar power, and a wrap-around veranda with hammocks.
The cabins are designed for two but with room for a third bed if required. From these comfortable cabins, watch the sun go down, listen to the many local birds and other wildlife or simply relax in your hammock. These cabins were built for comfort and are perfect for everyone, from families to friends traveling together.
Iwokrama Canopy Walkway
Opened in November 2003, the 154 metre (505 ft.) Iwokrama Canopy Walkway offers a unique experience in the region and envelopes you in the jungle’s mid-level canopy through a series of suspension bridges and decks from heights of up to 30 metres (98 ft.).
The Prince Charles Nature Trail
The Prince Charles Nature Trail is located on the southern boundary of the Iwokrama forest and was created and named in honour of the Prince’s visit to this area in 2000.
Here he signed the agreement to become Iwokrama’s Royal Patron under a towering Brazilian cedar. An 800 metre walk will take you through beautifully varied forest that connects with the 400 metre long Cock-of- the-Rock trail to form a loop.
On the latter trail you will stop to investigate an active leak of the famous Guianan Cock-of- the-Rock with its luminous orange balls of feathers display among the boulder-strewn forested hillside which surely would be the highlight of the trip.
Indian House Island
At dawn you can take an early morning boat trip round Indian House Island. Ask your guide to show you the butterflies, snakes and macaws as they come out to have “breakfast” on the edge of the island.
Nocturnal Wildlife Spotting
Just imagine yourself cruising on the Essequibo River through the black of night, maybe lit only by a pale moon. Your guide shines the spotlight and there it is… the red-eye glare of the Black Caiman! Frequently and closely seen lying on the river banks, the world’s largest of the alligator family grows to 6 meters (20ft.) long. A boat ride at night may also introduce you to other nocturnal creatures such as Tree Boas, Pacas, Nightjars, and Hula tree frogs.
This early morning or dusk activity involves taking a drive along the Iwokrama Rainforest passage in search of wildlife. The Iwokrama Forest is rapidly gaining an international reputation for its healthy Jaguar populations that seem not to be troubled by the appearance of curious humans. No promises but many have been lucky.
A trip to Iwokrama is not complete without hike to the top of Turtle Mountain. Take a 30-40 minute boat journey downriver and then hike the 2 mile trail up to 300 metre (950ft) summit for a stunning jungle vista punctuated by the powerful Essequibo River snaking through the forest.
Numerous bird species can be spotted on the lower trail including the Red-and- Black Grosbeak, Yellow-billed Jacamar, and Brown-bellied Antwren. The journey may also reward you with sightings of monkeys such as Red Howlers, Wedge-capped Capuchins and Black Spiders, as well as Agoutis and Deer. For those of you who may find the trip to Turtle Mountain too strenuous, continue on the boat ride further downstream to a section of flooded várzea forest known as the Stanley Lakes.
Here you traverse through a maze of small channels and oxbow lakes by boat as they pass through a palm-rich forest which is largely inaccessible by foot. You are likely to see river turtles as well as bird species such as Anhingas and Ospreys and the (very) occasional Harpy Eagle!
The wonderful opportunity to see the diversity of birds in the Iwokrama Forest is ideal for anyone from the serious ornithologist to the casual naturalist.
With over 500 species of birds in the Forest, bird watchers are sure to be rewarded! The Capuchinbird, Purple Crimson Topaz (largest hummingbird), Guianan Red-Cotinga, Cock of the Rock, and the rare Rufous-winged Ground Cuckoo are just a small sample of the birds you might see when visiting Iwokrama.
For a small rental fee enjoy a leisurely canoe ride on your own along frontage of the River Lodge, under the watchful eyes of one of the guides.
Explore one of the nearby wildlife trails near the Field Station with an experienced Iwokrama Guide. Ask your guide about the Mora, Soft Wallaba and Wamara trees and the Screaming Piha, the Grey Chinned Hermit, and the Black-necked Aracari.
You might even spot Howler Monkeys or a Sloth. After dinner, take a nocturnal guided nature walk from the Field Station; things to look out for are nocturnal creatures such as Boas, Pacas, Nightjars, and Hula tree frogs, bats and many other animals.