The best-established of the lodges in the Rupununi region is Rock View Lodge. While not ultra-luxurious, it is resort-like, with landscaped grounds, a vast library, and a swimming pool where we wallowed like hippos to escape the heat. Jungle walks are available on the nearby Panorama Trail, accompanied by one of the lodge's knowledgeable guides.
Much of the success of ecotourism in the Rupunini can be credited to Colin Edwards, the charismatic owner of Rock View. Edwards came to Guyana from the UK in 1969 as an agricultural volunteer and never left. Over the years, he has transformed Rock View from a working cattle ranch to a self-contained village, with fruit trees, gardens, a tilapia pond, hens and cattle producing most of its own food as well as providing supplies for the other lodges. A gracious and gregarious host, he is personally involved with most of the local community development projects.