The Simuni river is a tributary of the Rupununi, and finds it’s source high in the Kanaku mountains. Once the river winds down the mountains and forest, it slows down in the savannahs and opens up into 5 shallow river bays known as the Simuni Lakes. This area and these lakes are incredibly rich in biodiversity and are traditional breeding grounds for several species of game fish including: Butterfly Peacock Bass, Arawana, Arapaima, Payara, Piranha, and Catfish. The lakes are famous to local Guyanese fishers past and present and have always had a reputation for providing big fish and bigger fish stories.
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 and Capybaras. Riverine birdlife is extremely diverse, and include Jabiru Storks, Roseate Spoonbills, Woodstorks, Blackskimmers, Boatbilled Herons, and Muscovy ducks.
ARRIVE KARANAMBU RANCH
Arrive Karanambu Ranch. This is one of the oldest cattle ranches in Guyana, and is run by the family of the late Diane McTurk. The cattle and the old ranch house are still there, but the ranch is now more renowned for Diane’s work rehabilitating Giant River Otters. Have family style lunch and then head to the Rupununi River. Twenty minutes later, you meet the Simuni creek and the famous Simuni lakes. Fish in the afternoon.
Overnight at camping at Simuni
FISHING & MORE FISHING
Fish the famous lakes at dawn. Return to camp for breakfast. Guests can fish after breakfast or escape the sun by relaxing in a hammock or by having a swim in the lakes themselves. Fish the lake’s hotspots after lunch and as the afternoon turns golden. Return to camp at dusk for local style barbeque fish dinner around a camp fire.
Overnight hammock camp
RETURN TO KARANAMBU AREA
One last memorable morning on the lakes (just one more fish please!) and depart for Karanambo. Enjoy traditional ranch hospitality and explore one of the most historically fascinating and picturesque ranches in Guyana. Bird and wildlife watching here is incredible. An afternoon can be spent fishing from the sandbanks of Karanambo along the Rupununi River for Catfish, Peacock Bass and Giant Black Piranhas. Watch out for Black Caiman basking on the sandbanks!
Overnight in a traditional Amerindian clay brick house.
RETURN TO GEORGETOWN…
OR CONTINUE ONWARD FOR MORE ADVENURE
Today depart Karanambu 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, Caiman House, or the Iwokrama River Lodge!