The Karanambu Trust
The Lodge
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife viewing at Karanambu is spectacular on foot, by boat, and from the back of the landrover.
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  • Accomodations
    Andrea and Salvador received the 2012 President's Award from the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana for Management Team of the Year!
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  • Giants
    Karanambu's giants include jaguars, the largest cat in South America, capybara, giant anteaters, arapaima, giant otters, anacondas, and more.
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  • Vistor Slide Shows
    Check out the pictures taken by visitors to Karanambu Trust and Lodge.
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Welcome to Karanambu (Car-a-NAM-bo)
Settled in 1927 by Tiny McTurk, Karanambu was once a working cattle ranch and Balata collection station. It is now an eco-tourist destination known as The Karanambu Lodge. Karanambu encompasses approximately 110-square miles of savannah, marshy ponds, riparian forest, and a 30-mile stretch of the Rupununi River. The Lodge provides guests with the opportunity to experience the wildlife of Karanambu.

With a bird list of over 600 species, Karanambu is a birdwatcher's paradise. The Lodge also provides excellent viewing opportunities of giant river otters, giant black caiman and giant anteaters. The evening ritual of watching the giant water lily, Victoria amazonica, open is a memorable experience.

Karanambu is also the home of Diane McTurk, conservationist and world-renowned expert on giant otters. Diane's legendary hospitality is extended to every guest, even when Diane is not at home.

The Karanambu Trust was set up in 1997 to fulfill Diane's vision of establishing Karanambu as a protected area. We are dedicated to the conservation of the Rupununi savannah and wetlands ecosystem. Karanambu is a nature lovers paradise. We are always so excited to share the experience of its untouched natural beauty in this remote corner of South America. We look forward to welcoming you.
The Trust
Saving Otters
To be truly "eco”" we need to protect the "land of the giants" even as it is developed, and ensure visitors have an amazing adventure.»

ANNOUNCING the 2013 Field Ecology Course at Karanambu. »

Find out about the North Rupununi and why it's so important to preserve this extraordinary natural area.»