Karanambu Lodge - A view from our expert author

Giant river otters, Karanambu, Guyana, Wilderness ExplorersGiant river otters spotted at Karanambu © Courtesy of Wilderness Explorers

Karanambu is one of Guyana’s true tourism highlights. It’s a place steeped in local history, extremely rich in nature and very much in tune with the local surroundings. In more recent years it has become widely known for owner Diane McTurk’s work rehabilitating wild, orphaned giant river otters. Her unique passion has caught the attention of many film crews, including those from the BBC and National Geographic, and provides an interesting backdrop to any visit to Karanambu. Actually, it was a need to fund Diane’s ever-expanding work that gave rise to Karanambu Lodge being opened as an eco-tourism destination. However what was once the driving force and backbone of tourism at Karanambu is now only a fraction of the whole, as Karanambu’s sights have expanded.

In 1997, the Karanambu Trust was formed and a private protected area was established for the conservation and protection of Karanambu’s 125 square miles of unique habitats, and endless flora and fauna.

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