Well this was definitely a highlight of my (far too short) visit to the beautiful country of Guyana, the abundance of wildlife,the surroundings, the hospitality, the food and the comfort of the beds make this a MUST SEE on any trip to Guyana. Alot of brochures state that is is simple accomodation but as Andrea so rightly says its "5 star bush" accomodation. The bedrooms are light and spacious with very comfortable beds, ensuite large bathrooms and hammocks out the front for an afternoon siesta. the grounds are so beautiful and peaceful and the night sky is literally out of this world with no light pollution so its possible to see the whole of the milky way and millions of other stars in the clear night sky. The meal times are lovely as everyone is called to the dining room and are served there meals with the fabulous hosts themselves so you can share stories from the ranch which are always fascinating and entertaining. The meals being excellent, plentiful, home cooked and home grown, including meat and vegetarian options for those that wish. Diane does grace people with her presence the majority of the day especially throughout mealtimes and we were lucky enough over our two evenings to have the company of both Salvador and Diane on our boats on the fabulous evening trips out on to the ponds to see the beautiful Amazonica waterlillies bloom at dusk then, on the way home, spotting for nocturnal wildlife such as black caiman, potoos, snakes and nightjars. All the guides are excellent and know every single bird just from its call and will find you plenty around one of the trails. As i said the hospitality from Andrea and Salvador is second to none and makes you feel right at home and like you dont want to leave, they also appreciate the luggage allowance is restrictive so offer a complimentary laundry service for any clothes throughout your stay. Diane Mcturk herself is a fountain of knowledge regarding the otters and wildlife that surrounds the lodge and is extremely lucky to be able to call karanambu lodge her home. We did go out to see the giant anteaters on the savannah and once the guides find one they herd it towards you for fabulous photo opportunities and a huuuge anteater coming trundling right past you. Unfortunately the waters were still high on our visit so we were a couple of weeks early to see the river otters but the whole rest of our stay here was thoroughly enjoyable and will leave you feeling like you dont want to leave. Definitely one of my favourite places in all of my travels.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A thatched and clay brick settlement on the banks of the Rupununi River, Karanambu prides itself on its pioneer spirit and old world charm and hospitality. Guests are welcomed as friends, share meals around a single ranch style table: and step into a landscape and culture relatively unchanged for generations. To a former generation it was known as the home of Tiny (Edward) McTurk; an amateur naturalist and local folk legend, it was Tiny who introduced the English speaking world to the creatures of South America. Today Karanambu is best known for the work of his daughter Ms. Diane McTurk 'The Otter Lady', whose contributions to Eco-Tourism, Conservation and especially the rescue and reintroduction of Giant Otters has made her Guyana's most famous icon. Within its 110 square mile area Karanambu boasts 5 habitats, 6 species of monkeys, over 600 species of birds, world class fishing and a vast array of flora and fauna. For almost 100 years the McTurk Family and wildlife of Karanambu have attracted visitors from across the globe and has been features in publications by: David Attenborough, Gerald Durrell, Jeff Corwin, Davis Finch, Steven Hilty and John Gimlette. With its rustic yet civilised style Karanambu has been featured on the BBC, German Television, National Geographic, Calgary's 'Zoo Quest' and the Discovery Channel and was in 2013 the recipient of the Caribbean Excellence in Sustainable Tourism Award. Pioneers in the tourism industry in Guyana, Karanambu is today considered the hallmark of Bush Tourism and Eco-Tourism in Guyana. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Karanambu Ranch Hotel Rupununi
- Karanambu Lodge (Ranch) Guyana/Rupununi