Safari from GT to Boa Visa celebrates 50 years of Guyana/Brazil relations
Local Tour company Rainforest Tours, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Tourism and the Embassy of Brazil Friday launched a safari which will go from Georgetown to Boa Vista, the capital of Brazil’s Roraima state.
The date for the safari is November 20-25, 2018. Participants from ten countries including the UK and Germany, have already been confirmed, said Frank Singh, Managing Director of Rainforest Tours.
The safari will accommodate 30 vehicles; 20 have already been booked. Individuals who want to just book a seat can do so for a charge of $120, 000.
The safaris are usually organised to the Pakaraima Mountains and the South Rupununi, but the addition of the Brazil leg forms part of activities to celebrate 50 years of bilateral relations between Guyana and Brazil.
The new Deputy Chief of Mission of the Brazilian Embassy, Paulo Silas said the activity is one of the finest which gives the public an indirect access to diplomacy.
Ambassador Charlene Phoenix, Director in Department of Americas at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that the safari fits into the calendar of activities to mark the 50th anniversary of Guyana/Brazil relations.
She said while the official anniversary date was August 26, the Ministry decided to host a number of activities from then to the end of the year.
Ambassador Phoenix said the safari was an important event to support because there is a lot to celebrate in the Guyana/Brazil relations and the safari allows for the “linking our peoples.”
Senior Superintendent of Police Watts assured that the Police will be at the starting point and throughout the facility, while the Immigration Department at Lethem will facilitate hassle-free immigration processing.
Donald Sinclair, Director of Tourism, said this year marks a turning point for the annual safari, which has been operating for the past 16 years.
The safari will leave Georgetown and travel to Lethem and then onward to Brazil. On the return leg to the Rupununi, participants will check in at Dadanawa Ranch –which held the claim of being one of the largest ranches in the world – and at the village of Aishalton, where participants can see the petroglyphs (rock art), which are part of Guyana’s ancient history.
Interested persons can contact Frank Singh at 231-5661.