Dare yourself to step into the treacherous jungles in Guyana, South America and Mulu, Malaysia. By Gemma Thomas
If you prefer getting down and dirty while surrounded by pristine wilderness and its inhabitants, consider these two jungle adventures next. Guyana, South America, boasts thriving wildlife – thanks to its protection from logging and mining; while nearby Mulu, Malaysia, offers thrilling adventure caving within the Borneo rainforest for those up for a challenge.
This is the fourth installment of our five-part travel adventure series. See the other escapades here: Winter Wonderlands; Thrilling Horseback & Bicycle Rides; Unique Kayak & Raft Experiences; Magical Underwater Encounters.
For the Intrepid Explorer: Go Jungle Trekking in Guyana, South America
In the land of many rivers, one of nature’s wonders lies deep within the pristine jungle. Your first glimpse of the mighty Kaieteur Falls (226m high) will take your breath away.
Kaieteur Falls is three times the height of Niagara Falls. (Photo: rafcha / www.123rf.com)
One way to get there is to hack through dense undergrowth, climb over huge fallen trees, and wade through swollen rivers. Along the way, you can nap in a hammock, listen to the noise of the jungle and encounter wildlife close up.
Everything is supersized in Guyana, from the metre-tall harpy eagle to the huge anacondas and goliath spiders. Your reward for hiking and sweating your way to the falls is an awe-inspiring sight you’ll remember forever.
As the sun sets, relax at the edge of the falls, listen to the roar of the water and watch thousands of swallows as they return to the cave concealed by the falls.
If you aren’t one for creepy crawlies, look forward to catching a glimpse of the bush dog within the jungles of Guyana instead. (Photo: wrangel / www.123rf.com)
How to get to Guyana, South America
Guyana is the third smallest and only English-speaking country in South America. Having protected much of its interior from logging and mining, the rarely visited jungle and wildlife are thriving.
Kaieteur Falls can be reached in three to five days overland from the capital, Georgetown. If you are feeling less energetic, it’s one hour by plane.
Why this travel adventure should be on your bucket list
For that OMG moment the first time you see the falls.
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Next: Tackle the secret caves of the Borneo jungle