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Guma Lagoon Camp
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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“Haven!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

We stayed here for two nights as part of an overland trip. The transfer from the villages was a fun experience and even more so when we went back in their big truck. In Tent 2 you could watch the sunrise from your bed....amazing. The monkeys around the balcony at sunrise and sunset were fun....and listening to hippos at night was new! The trip in the mokoro was great, very relaxing and interesting. A wonderful place to relax. We only ate breakfast provided by the camp and I think its great that, even when taking the permanent tent option you can provide your own food. The only draw back was that the bed in tent 2 was uncomfortable (you could feel the frame), but we were so tired it didn't really matter! No one else in our group appeared to have this issue.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

We camped here for 2 nights. Could not have enjoyed ourselves more.

Absolutely magic - overlooking the lagoon, listening to the animal and bird noises, relaxing with a drink.

Very friendly people and the guides were excellent.

Went for a trip in a mokoro - even more magical, and ever so peaceful. Loved the Squacco Herons. Also a night trip looking for animals and birds: amazing how far away you can see crocodile eyes!

(And after the day trip we really enjoyed the pool.)

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

On arrival we were welcomed by the staff, and our luggage taken to our tents in the campsite.
We had to wait until morning to take in the beautiful views from the sundeck overlooking the lagoon. The location of the campsite is beautiful and has a true bush feeling, and our accommodation private and cosy and under trees. Had our own ablutions with a wonderful view. The deck was a favourite for us, and so enjoyed sitting and gazing out over the water. The campsite had a lovely pool with a shower, and a handy toilet near the main lodge for convenience. The table service with our meals was excellent and we never left the table feeling hungry. We spent most of our time out on the water fishing and found that the guides were not hands on for most of our time out - not enough interaction with us on how to and where to! The birdlife was fantastic and we could hear hippos every evening. A wonderful few days at Guma..

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

The camp is wonderful and I would rate it 11/10.
The setting is beautiful and so is the campsite. Each campsite is private, has its own ablutions and electricity. The pool is nice with its own shower (very classy).
The welcome wasn't great. I expected a warm welcome and even though we were shown around and given the tour, it was totally "without feeling", as if it was just a job the guide had to do. No enthusiasm at all. He was like this throughout our stay.
The communal kitchen lacked a lot of basic equipment and didn't have hot water to do the dishes. But that is not a complaint, merely a mention.

Our fishing guide on the other hand was very good. He was very knowledgeable, bubbly and super friendly, the exact opposite of the camp staff. We caught a nice fish, and he even offered to clean it for us. That was very unexpected and very nice.

If you like fishing then this is a good spot and I would recommend the place to my friends, but would like the owner to know that hospitality is a key role in a business.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

I camped here as part of a private mobile safari. We had a wonderfully warm welcome, told we can take our own drinks into the lodge and help ourselves to tea and coffee. The campsites are under trees and the toilets and showers adequate. The better shower is at the pool and the toilet near the lodge is excellent. The rest a bit hit and miss but fine. The lodge verandah is great for sunrises. The pool is small but welcome. We were transferred by smaller vehicles from a nearby village to the lodge - the roads are poor and can flood / deep sand - but this was part of the experience.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2012

I stayed at Guma Lodge in August 2012 for 2 nights.What a magical place it is.

Firstly it is an experience to arrive at Guma Lodge as you are met by a driver from the lodge who transports you in a supposeingly 4x4 as you go through sand and water ( a bit like a pond ) but still adventueous.The truck that met the tour that I was with actually became bogged not once but twice and as lead form of transport also became bogged we required reinforcements from the lodge to be able to arrive at the lodge which did occur but late and so we had lunch at 4pm.

But what a setting Guma Lodge is a fishing lodge but that means little if you just want to enjoy the wonderful sunsets the pinks and mauves are glorious.

I stayed in one of the tents and that was amazing it was near the water but view a but restricted by trees but of an afternoon I would sit and watch the monkey highway come to life as the monkeys used the trees to go where ever they where off to.

Of a night you could here the hippos in the river.

The beds are very comfortable but you do need to use the extra blankets provided.

Dinner and breakfast are table service and excellant.

The tour also undertook the traditional dugout canoe trip where one travels through the waterways of the Delta we only did a few hours which is ample to appreciate the Delta.We saw a crocodile but the drivers of the canoes where instructed not to look for hippos based on passed events of canoes being capsized.

We stopped at an island for a snack and drink before returning to sit on the balcony of the lodge or laze in your tent .

All staff are very accomodating with an honour system of the bar when not in attendance.

Dress warm when being transported in the open vehicles as it can be very cold with the wind blowing through the open windows.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2012

We stayed here in one of the lodges. We were on self drive tour and the trip to the camp was wonderful through the sand and rivers ( 4 wheel drive mandatory) the camp/ lodges are situated on a lagoon and our chalet overlooked the lagoon. Great accommodation on suite etc the lodge organises trips into the delta by speedboat then Mokoro (canoe). The peace of the delta by Mokoro is wonderful with the sounds of the paddle and birds very relaxing. Seeing hippo's from a small canoe is amazing.
The staff and owners very friendly food good and plentiful. I don't fish but apparently very good fishing trips organised as well.
Overall highly recommend.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Guma Lagoon Camp
Address: Botswana
Location: Botswana > North-West District > Okavango Delta
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Ranked #36 of 70 Specialty Lodging in Okavango Delta
Hotel Class:3 star — Guma Lagoon Camp 3*
Also Known As:
Guma Lagoon Camp Hotel Okavango Delta
Guma Lagoon Camp Botswana/Okavango Delta

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