Guma Lagoon Camp
Pan Handle | Botswana
Guma Lagoon Camp is situated along the banks of the Guma Lagoon on the north-western side of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. It is 280km from Maun on the Sehitwa / Shakawe road. Fuel is available at Gumare, 48km south of the lodge. This camp offers lagoon facing canvas chalets as well as grassy campsites with private ablutuions and self-catering facilities, ideal when driving on the west side of the Delta and on to either Bwabwata National Park and the Caprivi Strip in Namibia, or further south to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve or Makgadikgadi National Park and Nxai Pan National Park.
The camp can also be reached via fly-in and transfer by road from Gumare airstrip. The onward drive takes around 45min. A more adventurous journey would be to fly in to Seronga runway and take a 1hr boat ride to Guma Lagoon Lodge. This is the place to stay for an authentic fishing and birdwatching bonanza, with an abundance of fish species, perfect for spin or fly-fishing.
The main building is a large open building, elevated on decking, which houses a comfortable lounge, a dining room and a well-stocked bar. The collection of local baskets and craft work here is better than in most curio shops. A selection are for sale in the lodge's own small shop.
Guma Lagoon Lodge has a reputation as a lively watering hole that serves tasty and hearty meals, which must be booked in advance.Guy, a professional fly-fishing guide and his wife Beverley have lived in this area for many years.
Accommodation is in 10 large canvas chalets, perfectly located to view the sunrise over the lagoon. Each sleeps 2 people. They are equipped with teak beds and an en-suite bathroom. Wooden wardrobe, mosquito nets, linen and towels are standard, with chairs on the verandah.
For the budget minded the large shady campsites have private ablution facilities. Guma Lagoon Camp offers a fully-equipped self-catering kitchen complete with utensils, crockery, fridge and freezer.
Species caught in Guma Lagoon include barbel, catfish, African pike, redbreast tilapia, threespot tilapia, green-headed tilapia and purple face largemouth. Tigerfish are plentiful. One of the larger bream species in the Okavango's Panhandle area is the nembwe.
Common birds include fish eagles, many species of herons, egrets, warblers, bee-eaters and kingfishers, pygmy geese and greater and lesser African jacanas. Time is well-spent looking for red-shouldered widows in the papyrus beds as well as reed cormorants and darters sunning themselves on perches over the water.
The boat trips along the riverine forest areas can yield Heuglin's robins, crested and black-collard barbet, green pigeons, various sunbirds and in the summer, the spectacular paradise flycatchers in breeding plumage.
Being so close to the water lends itself to boat trips and usually the water is deep enough for most of the year for mokoro and motor boat trips.
- Angling and birdwatching
- These are the main attractions and worth a try. They are very relaxing and more fun than you think. All guests on the boats are accompanied by experienced local guides. Only 2 anglers are permitted per boat when fly-fishing. No private boats are permitted at Guma. Guma Lagoon Camp actively support a catch-and-release policy for of all fish species.
- Mokoro Trips
- Re-live the mode of transport by the Okavango's first inhabitants, the Bayei and Banoka people. A 40-minute boat ride takes you through a narrow meandering channel to the start of your mokoro trip.
A pleasant rustic lodge, which is great for fishing & birding
Well known for excellent fishing & birding opportunities
- Children are welcome