The location of the festival is ideal for the visitor wishing to get an insight into the culture of the Amerindian people whilst revitalising life through the natural beauty of its surroundings. The North Rupununi extends from the Siparuni River to the Kanuku Mountains and from the Essequibo River to the Brazilian border. The savannah grasslands are perfect to underscore how living in harmony with the environment is a critical issue in survival.
International flights to either of Guyana’s two international airports: Cheddi Jagan International or Ogle International Airport.
By road from Georgetown (Guyana’s capital) to Manari. Similarly by road or air from neighbouring Brazil, Suriname and Venezuela and by air from our close neighbours in South America and the Caribbean or from anywhere else in the world.
Please note that the journey by road is both challenging and adventurous providing a first-hand window into Guyana’s vast countryside but you will need at least a week (a couple of days either side of the festival itself) to really enjoy.
Charter flights are available by the following companies. Flight times are approximately 1hr 30mins and details are available from their offices in Georgetown.
Ogle – Lethem
Ogle – Lethem
The above two companies have scheduled daily flights from Ogle to Lethem.
Ogle – Lethem
Regional Ground Transportation
Guyana’s sole trans-national road provides economical transportation options to visitors coming from Georgetown or Lethem. A reliable minivan service plies the route in both directions seven days a week. Groups interested in chartering a coaster bus from Georgetown should contact us for assistance and coordination.
Vehicles travelling south from Georgetown must coordinate their schedules with a vehicle barge crossing the Essequibo River at Kurupukari Crossing near Iwokrama. That barge runs from sunrise to sunset. Overnight minivans coming from Georgetown will usually park at a nearby roadside restaurant for a few hours before queuing up at the rivers edge around 5am.
Although moving around in the Rupununi is not easy, prior arrangements can be made with local minibus services to facilitate exploration of the area. Why not extend your visit to the Rupununi with a stay at one of the amazing, secluded, and nature-rich lodges in the area? Guyana’s Rupununi is one of the world’s most biodiverse regions, affording visitors unparalleled opportunities to experience wildlife, pristine landscapes, and the rich heritage of Guyana’s Amerindian people. The Rupununi Tourism website can help connect you to all the local lodges and tourism opportunities.