In Guyana our nights were roughly divided between rough camping and staying with local people. Particularly the Rupununi Savannah is the ultimate spot for free camping!
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Hospitality – Staying with Locals
Before reaching major cities we try to find accommodation, in which most cases we succeed. The Guyanese have been very hospitable to us and we’ve stayed in quite a few homes, most noticeably in Georgetown but also elsewhere. Couchsurfing has been a useful way to find places to stay but most were a result of a “friend of a friend” contact (find us under ‘Coen Wubbels’).
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Rough Camping in Guyana
We had no problem finding spots for rough camping, especially the Rupununi Savanna offers ample opportunities. Let there be no misunderstanding: no, you don’t have to go to the places we have put on the map.
No, these are not by definition the best spots. After having traveled in South America for so long we realize that it’s no problem here to find your own beautiful spots for camping. We decided to continue the page anyway, for people who would like some tips about camping spots which we enjoyed or found practical. Please note that this is always our personal experience.
Georgetown. Camped at the Expo Center in the neighborhood called Sophia. Lots of space, shade, toilets and taps. No shower (Nov '15).
gps: 6.80854, -58.12944
|Essequibo Coast |
Essequibo Coast. Hot & Cold Lake. Turn left onto an unpaved road near the village of Onderneeming. About 13 kms of sand road takes you to a beach and the lake. Nothing particularly attractive about it but it's a good place for a dip and we assume a quiet place to camp (probably less so during the weekend) (Jul '13).
gps: 7.07853, -58.52132
Bartica. Moro Point. Nothing special about this little stretch of white sand alongside a farm but it was a good place for a rest. Lots of garbage here, also in the water (Jul '13). Read more here.
gps: 6.39677, -58.63854
Mahdia. We could camp on the field in front of the hospital and use the toilet (Jul '13). Read more here.
gps: 5.28261, -59.15133
|Fair View |
Fair View. Camped along the river. Beautiful spot. Make sure to ask permission from the tuschau (captain) before visiting or staying in the village. At the time of writing this was Mr. Peters. Otherwise you can ask at the customs next to the ferry crossing if they can fetch the tuschau for you (Aug '13). Read more here.
gps: 4.65530, -58.68238
|Bina Hill |
Bina Hill. Lovely rough camp along the river. When we were there we stood along the shore, but it was high water. According to GPS the actual river was 1.8 kms farther down.
gps: 3.93427, -59.10201
|Mango Landing |
Mango Landing. Next to ferry crossing on west side Essequibo River. There is a MMC camp here, the company who builds and maintains road to Mahdia. Maybe you can eat with the guys there as well (Aug '13).
gps: 5.31506, -58.90614
|Essequibo Coast, Adventure Stelling |
Essequibo Coast. Adventure Stelling (near Supenaam stelling). Stelling is the Guyanese word used for docks or a landing stage. The Adventure Stelling was used at the time of writing but will soon be replaced by Supenaam, a couple of kms southwards, but for now is still under construction (Jul '13). Quiet place to spend the night.
gps: 7.08767, -58.47808
|Near Yupukari |
12 kms from Yupukari. Stunning view and quiet place to camp (Aug '13).
gps: 3.63724, -59.45678
Lethem. Shirley's bar. Best place for information, she might let you camp at her place (Aug' 12).
gps: 3.36667, -59.79616
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