I slept in the jungle - and survived! What it's like sleeping among ants and spiders in a hammock

A rustle, a ribbit, a croak, a growl, a howl; and so it continued, the same soundtrack on repeat, crescendoing throughout the night …

Jungle crouching somewhere in the village, the jungle was deafening by night as the creatures crawled out of their hidey-holes and my imagination

I was packed ear plugs!

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MailOnline Travel's Sadie Whitelocks spent almost two weeks sleeping in a hammock in Guyana. In order to put her hammock up, Sadie said she had to hack down any obstructing pieces of foliage using her sharp machete

Here's one Sadie made earlier: A successfully erected hammock, complete with a tarp to fend off rain

I'd like to go to the tree-strewn banks of the remote Kwitaro river.

We did not see another soul for the duration and we had not paddled through the area before. As a result, we were not able to track our route.

I'd been doing a hammock overnight, I was given a crash course before we set off into the undergrowth.

I popped up my first sleeping sling in the classroom of a local community I unraveled the hammock – which came with a zippered mosquito net built into it.

Sadie said the jungle came alive at night, with animals creeping out of the undergrowth. Above a photo of one of the camping spots

Sadie landed in the South American country as an expedition run by ex-SAS officer Ian Craddock via his company Bushmasters and the two-week trip required Kwitaro river, pictured above

A map showing where they were kayaking in Guyana

Sag in the middle when tying it up.

I was also shown how to do a double half hitch knot to secure everything in place.

This simple knotting technique proved to be super secure and allowed to be untie.

Putting up the hammock in the jungle provided to be a little trickier.

Firstly, I had to find two trees that were perfect for my hammock to hang on.

Sadie said there were giant ants climbing everywhere (left) and she also spotted a golden orb spider one day (right)

Learning curves: Sadie popped up her first hammock in the classroom of a local community prior to her kayaking journey. Securely, using double half hitch knots

Then, I had to clear any trees by hacking them down with my sharp-bladed machete.

I was not upset to killer bee nested in the branches above.

I was also battling 35 to 45 degrees Celsius heat and constantly sweating. It was not a good look.

Before popping up a hammock in the jungle it's important to put up a rectangular piece of tarp first.

This protects you and your possessions in the tropical rain suddenly strikes – which it did on several occasions!

The edges of the protective sheet can be tied to a sloping roof.

A view of the sun setting over the Kwitaro river where Sadie and her group explored by kayak

Handy: A running cord can be used to hang kit on

A view of the kind of terrain the kayaking group had to navigate in order to set up their camp

In the night while you're attempting to sleep.

Visions of monkeys dive bombing and occasionally sprang into my head as I listened to them from the lush rafters above.

The cord in the tarp doubled up as a washing line and a place where I could hang bits and bobs.

Knots running at shoulder height.

This meant I could comfortably get my feet just touching the floor, but my bottom was a safe distance from the biting ants and elusive lethal snakes.

Sadie said she would prefer to try any day

I'm a member of my team at the moment.

In fact, every time I put my hammock up I was not too sure about it.

I felt so flimsy yet it seemed to hold my weight all night through.

Hammocks are fun (especially swinging them after a rum or two) but give me a try any day.

Or maybe I'll give you a hammock to go again, finding a peaceful place where the harrowing noise of the jungle does not give me a fright every night.


Bushmasters runs various expeditions, with the next kayaking adventure taking place April 7 – 19, 2019, and priced at £ 1,930.

Norwegian Air runs daily flights from London Gatwick to New York JFK, starting from as low as £ 275 return.

Caribbean Airlines runs direct flights from New York to Georgetown, Guyana.

Priority Pass standard plus membership, which starts at £ 159 for free lounges at participating lounges including No1 Lounge at Gatwick and Wingtips lounge at JFK.

For more information on what to do in Guyana, visit www.guyanatourism.com

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