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“Very nice stay in the middle of nature”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Guma Lagoon Camp

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Guma Lagoon Camp
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Stuttgart, Germany
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38 reviews
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“Very nice stay in the middle of nature”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013

We have stayed at this camp for one night taken there by a 4x4. The camp is located at the Okavango River with a really nice view from the lounge terrace and a natural touch. The room was quite spacious and clean. The morning we spent exploring the river with its birds and crocodiles in mokoros which was very nice. Inbetween we stopped to have a short walk around on one of the islands but unfortunately we didn’t get to see any animals. The staff was very friendly, food was good and free wifi was also nice though the connection was - as expected - rather slow.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2013

It is not easy to get there - you should ideally have some experience driving in deep sand! But once you are there, it becomes obvious that it is worth it: the camp/lodge is beautifully located right on a big lagoon in the Okavango delta. The location is technically still part of the "panhandle" according to the map - but the experience is exactly the same as if you flew right into the middle of the delta, as confirmed by other visitors: we did the mokoro daytrip and would have gotten lost after a minute in the small lagoons, lakes, channels of all sizes... Staff is nice and very professional, the food is very good, and for self-caterers the communal kitchen is at your full disposal. If you want to stay clear of the almost-mass-tourism of Maun and cannot/do not want to spend thousands of dollars for a fly-in trip, this is an excellent alternative.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Istanbul
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2013

My girlfriend and I stayed here, in one of the lodges, for two nights, and also took a one night Mokoro trip, camping out on a small island.
Considering the price, we were not very impressed with the room. The bed's were twin, not double, and the mosquito nets prevented us from joining the beds together properly. The hot water (perhaps I should consider this the luxury it is and be grateful for any) was somewhat sporadic.
We brought nothing with us, and so had breakfasts and dinners at the restaurant. Food was pretty average.
We didn't find the staff very friendly - everything seemed to be a bit of a chore for them and so we didn't feel particularly welcome.
Although a note in the rooms says personal electricity generators are not allowed, the people camping next to our lodge kept their car engines running for most of the morning and evening, rather ruining the peace of the place.
The mokoro trip we did, was fantastic. The staff were very helpful, informative, and discreet. Again, slightly overpriced, though.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Moulsford
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2013

After a long drive from Ghanzi- it was a pleasure to come here and enjoy their camp site. Camp site facilities were fine and main bar area/ kitchen was great. Mokoro trip was excellent and sunset boat cruise was stunning. Sunrise over the lagoon was magical. Ask the staff to give you the game 30 Seconds from behind the bar- very entertaining! Wireless internet available and most currencies accepted.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2013

We stayed in a tent along the river. It was spacious and clean. The view was extraordinary and the sunrise magic. The communal kitchen was a great way to interact with other visitors. The staff is professional and friendly. The food was good and plentiful. The Moroko's trip was fascinating. One of the highlights of our trip.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2013

You will need a good 4x4 to reach Guma Lagoon (about 15km off the tar road) but it is very well worth the drive through quite thick sand and a bit of water. We spent 3 nights here. The campsites each have their own ablutions (single toilet, shower & basin). The sites are all grassed which in Botswana is NOT common - so much better than fine sand. We had supper in the restaurant on the first night and enjoyed the food. Tea & coffee was available for free at any time of day. Campers can use two large fridges in the main kitchen area.

We went on a mokoro trip which was wonderful. Our guide went out of his way to get us as close as possible to a herd of elephants that were crossing from one island to another. The full moon rising over the lagoon provided some excellent photo opportunities.

Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2013

What a great camp. I will definitely be going back there. The tents are excellent; incredibly comfortable and in a lovely spot to see the sunrise over the delta. The owners are wonderful and all the guides are spot on with their knowledge of trees, roots, cultural history, fishing and birding. The 4x4 route to get there is a great way to start any bush experience too. This is also child friendly which is a big bonus, if you are thinking of taking your kids.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Guma Lagoon Camp
Address: Botswana
Region: Botswana > North-West District > Okavango Delta
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Ranked #37 of 70 Speciality 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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