BAT CREEK

This is a remote fishing destination and due to its hidden nature, is rarely accessed by sport fishers.

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Bat Creek or Tumalau as the area is referred to by the local Amerindians is a black water tributary of the white waters of the Rupununi; its source is from a small drainage system in the northern foothills of the Kanaku mountains. This is a remote fishing destination and due to its hidden nature, is rarely accessed by sport fishers. The forest and lakes here are incredibly rich in biodiversity and are traditional breeding grounds for several species of game fish including: Butterfly Peacock Bass, Arawana, Payara, Piranha, Catfish and Himara a large and fearsome toothy opponent. Bat creek is also home to Arapaima, the largest scaled freshwater fish in the world.

The Bat Creek runs into the Rupununi River, and after winding through 10 miles of low canopy forest, the creek flows into a series of lagoons. Fishing is done in these lagoons as well as in the creek. Camp is struck on a bank overlooking the creek.

Besides the excellent fishing, there is always a chance for great wildlife sightings including Squirrel, Howler, Capuchin and Bearded Saki monkeys. More impressive are the large Black Caiman that patrol the banks (they can grow to over 15 feet!), along with Giant River otters. Birdlife is extremely diverse, and include Jabiru Storks, Woodstorks, Boat Billed Herons, and several species of macaws and parrots.

TRAVEL BY AIR TO ANNAI

This afternoon, depart Eugene F. Correira International Airport located 6km east of Georgetown aboard an afternoon flight to Annai in central Guyana. Flight time is approximately 75 minutes. The Annai airstrip is located just a few steps from the comfortable hospitality of Rock View Lodge where we will spend the night.

Overnight at Rock View Lodge

TRAVEL BY RIVER TO BAT CREEK

Depart Rock View and drive to meet the Rupununi River as the sun’s rays warm the savannahs. Transfer to boat and travel down the Rupununi river with coffee and breakfast. As animal activity is highest at dawn and dusk, keep an eye on the river banks for birds and animals. By mid morning and 30 miles later, you will meet Bat Creek mouth. Now the fun begins as the boat travels up the shallow and narrow creek. Guests may have to duck under branches and vines and at times jump out the boat to help pull over the shallow spots. Strike camp in early afternoon and after lunch start fishing the lagoons. Fish the golden hours until sunset and return to camp.

Overnight Riverside Camping

THREE DAYS OF RIVER AND LAGOON FISHING

Wake at daybreak for coffee and then fish the lakes and creek whilst the sun rises. Fish the many hotspots throughout the day or escape the hottest part of the day by relaxing in a hammock. Fish again in afternoon and return to camp for local style dinner: barbecued fish caught by your own hand. Night fishing with bait for large catfish is an option if the fishers aren’t too tired from catching fish all day!

Overnight Riverside Camping

RETURN BY RIVER TO ANNAI

Early morning fishing. Return to camp have late breakfast overlooking the creek. Break camp and depart Bat Creek. Travel up river to Annai, arriving in the afternoon. Transfer to Rock View Lodge and overnight. Have a deserved cold beer in the Dakota bar and tell about the one that didn’t get away!

Overnight at Rock View Lodge

RETURN TO GEORGETOWN…
OR CONTINUE ONWARD FOR MORE ADVENURE

Today depart Rock View Lodge, returning to Georgetown by air or minibus transport. Or, continue your journey onwards to one of the other amazing destinations in the Rupununi… including Surama Eco-Lodge, the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, Karanambu Lodge, Caiman House, or the Iwokrama River Lodge!