Three British Women Complete Guyana River Paddle


A team of British adventurers (Laura Bingham, Ness Knight, and Pip Stewart) has completed the first source-to-sea canoe of the Essequibo river in Guyana. Updating via social media, Bingham said:

And It’s done. We have the logged the source and then paddled the length of the river! Over 1000 km and boy have we learnt A LOT! Once we have slept and washed, we will update you properly. Right now, we are broken!

The Essequibo river originates in the Acarai mountains of southern Guyana and covers some 1,014 km before flowing into the Atlantic Ocean. The river winds its way through virgin rainforest and uncharted rapids, as well as gold mining camps and small villages. It meets the Atlantic close to the capital city of Guyana – Georgetown.

The team locating the source of the river

A large proportion of the upper river is believed to be untravelled. With such limited human interference, the region is rich in exotic plants and animals. An estimated 300 species of fish live in the Essequibo.

The team were on the water for over 30 days.

More to come.



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