Earthfoot Safari to Marshall Falls
on the Mazaruni River
Hosts: Ted & Louraine Sabat.|
When: Any time
Length:Flexible. Several one-day activities are proposed but longer projects can be embarked upon, such as a six-day hike to the Irakabisi River
Fee charged:(as of Dec. 2005) US$60 per night at the location, all inclusive. Contact the host for last prices.
We have had over 11,000 local and overseas visitors since 1988. Photographs and visitors' letters are available. We are THE ONLY private operator in the TROPICAL RAINFOREST in Guyana. We cater for back packers and others that seek adventure. Log Cabins with 18 rooms for couples are being built with solar power lighting.
The following map of northern Guyana shows the location of the Mazaruni River, the head of which lies in the map's southwestern quadrant, with the mouth opening into the inlet west of Georgetown.
Different people take to the rainforest in different ways. For everyone's safety and satisfaction, Ted divides his visitors into three "teams," with different options available for each team. He writes:
For a large group, the group would be split into three sections. Most groups of 6 in
number, will require 6 guides. We always put extra so that if a member wishes to quit, a
guide will be available to escort them back to camp. But the group must try to move as
silently as possible, so as to see any wildlife, before it is frightened away. There are
some people who find it very difficult not to talk, or walk quietly these we put into team
C. or they will spoil the walk for the others.
Tough team A;
Team A; Those that want the difficult challenge straight away. They are fit, can take the
heat and have the stamina.
Walks; Big sand pit . 2 hours . Jaguars. Giant ant eaters, Wild Boar, Snakes. Various
Birds. Monkeys. Bees.
Main road. 4 hours. As above.
Six hills. 6 Hours. A tough jungle walk / climb, that passes through, coastal rain forest,
knee high swamp, secondary forest (jungle) , 300 - 400 feet high steep hills, Primary
forest with 150 ft trees. See where the gold miners have to carry their gear. Moneys,
deer, Jaguars, Birds. Snakes. Bees. Ants.
BaraBara trail. 8 - 10 Hours. Walk though thick over grown trail to the lost village and
farm. Wildlife as above.
Back road to Bartica. 10 - 12 hours: (One way time) Overnight in Bartica, see night life.
Jaguar. Hog , Birds and as above.
Night Out. Sleep the night. At Big Sand Pit.
Walk to Irakabisi River. 6 days. Wildlife as above. Visitors will have to share the load.
Uncertain but willing TEAM B.
Team B; Part of six hills. 3 hours.
Into the swamp . 3 Hours. Walk along it's length.
To the bridge: 6 hours. Walk along BaraBara River to the big bridge, return through the
forest. Through river side forest, swamp 1st and 2nd forest.
Waramambo beach: 5 Hours. Getting tougher, part along BaraBara Road. Picnic lunch on the
beach. Return by boat.
Chester break rapids. 3 hours. Over " the Magic LOST VINE" and get lost. To the
next rapid upriver. Birds. Monkeys. Snakes. Bees.
Fishermen and take it easy, Team C
Ted is a military man (a kind you might like to have handling logistics for rugged jungle) so his presentation is well organized and to the point. Here is one of his charts:
Panning for Gold ;
Searching for semiprecious stones and diamonds. On beach or in swamps.
Walks to both waterfalls. Taking photos.
Over the hill at Marshall Falls.
Into the Fruit Bat cave.
Walk to small sand pit.
Walk to bottom creak.
Sit and watch at Bird Valley.
Boat tour around the islands.
Short NIGHT boat trips . 2 Hours Upriver and float silently down. Looking for riverside
NIGHT walks. 3 to 6 hours. Walks to top of BaraBara Road. Sit and wait for wildlife.
Variations of all are possible. Members will indicate their wish to change teams the night
before from day to day. Days relaxing as required, by each member.
OVERNIGHT in SWAMP. 13 hours. Looking for wild life from the safety of your hammock.
Members must purchase a "Local" hammock, as material is thick against
IN CAMP: At night, As late as you like without disturbing others. Drinks, cards, music,
dominoes. Sit on rocks at river side.
||Jaguars, Tapirs, Giant Anteaters, Sloth, Deer, Hogs, Monkeys, Birds,
Turtles, Snakes, Spiders, Butterflies and Many More. NO HUNTING, GREAT PHOTOS.
||Quantity and types depending on the season and water level.
||Miles of Un-spoilt Jungle walks through the real AMAZON
RAIN FOREST. Five types of vegetation. NOT coastal forests come and see the
|GOLD & DIAMONDS:
||We will show you how to PAN! Keep what you
find. Demonstrations given.
|On a real raft that you built yourself, two days ago.
||Off one of our fresh water beaches, in our safe bay 150 yards across.
||Beaches Safe for children at low water.
||The ONLY resort in Guyana with TWO water falls,
one 36 Feet High, the highest within 100 miles of Georgetown. One 18ft. All in
cool RED drinkable water.
||G.P.S. (Global Positioning System) TEAM & LEADERSHIP TRAINING.
||Large perfectly clean. Sleep under large flysheets on camp beds 3 feet off
the ground or bring your own hammock. Alternatively, in Cabins. Listen to the jungle.
||NO nets needed in camp. No generator,
Sleep & Wake to the sounds of the Jungle and the water rushing over the MARSHALL
|LOCAL FOOD ONLY:
||Bush (herbal) teas, coffee and fruits. Cooking over an open wood fire.
|INSURANCE: for foreign visitors,
||We strongly advise you to provide YOUR OWN
- ALL RISKS MEDI-VAC'
Use Charles Clarke DEMERARA MUTUAL LIFE- WE DO!
||Male / Female, one to every two people.
INDIVIDUAL treatment, move at your own pace. Your time is your own to spend as
you wish. No age limits. Groups.
||G$1,000 for all DAY-TRIPPERS. Includes
use of toilets (clean pits). Dining Room. Tours to both waterfalls. Allow yourself TWO hours, or more.
||G$1,500. for back track JUNGLE TRAILS,
give yourself THREE hours. Climb over the magic "LOST VINE" and get lost.
Fit? Try the 6 Hills if you dare!
Allow yourself FOUR
hours for this jungle adventure tour- G$1,500 each.
||US$60 per person, includes
food, bed, tours, 24 hrs. Transport extra.
||Check with your local agents or contact us. We meet you at airport .Two
Georgetown Hotel / Guesthouse, Night spots, Shopping Tours, ALL Transfers,
||All accommodations and ALL meals included. Boat Tours.
|OPEN 365 DAYS:
||No notice required. Pay to supervisor. UNEXPECTED
groups must bring food.
||For groups of eighteen or more adults.
|HOW TO GET THERE:
||ONLY 4 hrs to camp MARSHALL FALLS, from Georgetown,
by Bus to Parika, then meet "SABAT's" 16 SEATER
speedboat powered by a 150HP Johnson outboard. Cost G$2,000 each for a
party of 15 persons. Or use BELL or JIMMY'S boats. Total overnight cost per
person first night ONLY G$8,000 .