2 Nts Okavango Explorer (Self-drive 4×4) – Guma Lagoon
Experience Botswana – Beyond Wildlife
|Why we love it:||Owner Run/Budget Friendly/Family Friendly/Fishing / Mokoro Experience|
|Optional Extras:||Scenic Heli flight|
|Best Combined With:||Maun Studios/
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|Seasons||Date||Price (pp sharing)||Single supplement|
|Low||Jan – Dec 24||USD||USD|
Includes: Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities
Note: This is a self-drive package excluding car hire(available on request). Please see directions and estimated driving times under additional information.
Guma Lagoon Camp is situated along the banks of the Guma Lagoon on the north-western side of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Guma Lagoon Camp is truly a fisherman’s paradise and bird watchers’ haven.
Guma offers both self-catering and full board options. Accommodation is provided in spacious canvas chalets each with their own private view of the lagoon. Each chalet can accommodate two people and offers lovely teak beds, en-suite bathrooms with hot showers and flush toilets. Mosquito nets and towels are also provided and we can provide extra bedding to accommodate children. Alternatively, we have seven campsites situated under shady trees with private ablutions. Campers also have access to the self-catering kitchen, and are also very welcome to dine in our idyllic restaurant.
Guma Lagoon Camp also offers a choice of day trips or overnight camping mokoro trails that take you into the heart of the Okavango.
With the abundance of fish species in the Okavango Panhandle, Guma Lagoon Camp is the perfect area for spin or fly-fishing. Fish species caught in Guma Lagoon include amongst others: barbel, African pike and tiger fish.
For Self drive guests – please note the below directions to the property:
Coming from Maun – It’s +/- 100 km from Maun to Sehitwa. Turn right at Sehitwa onto the Shakawe/Mohembo road. From Maun to Etsha 13 is +/- 270 km, a 3 hr drive. The Etsha 13 turn-off is +/-10 km after Etsha 6.
Coming from Mohembo – It’s +/- 90 km from Shakawe and +/-100 km from the Mohembo border post. Just after Ikoga (15 km) turn left into Etsha 13. This road will take you straight into the village. If you see a sign saying Nguma Island Lodge do not take this turn-off as it will lead you to the camp next-door.
Once in the village follow the power line through the village and follow the white painted arrows/signs. Once through the village follow the most used sandy track and white hand-painted signs all the way to Guma. From Etsha 13 to Guma is +/- 10-13 km, a 45 min drive. Please note that Guma is only accessible with 4×4 vehicles and it is advisable to deflate some air from your vehicle and trailer tyres once you reach the village as the road to Guma is thick sand.
Please FUEL AT GUMARE AND ETSHA 6
Guma Lagoon GPS:
Included2 Nts Okavango Explorer (Self-drive 4×4) – Guma LagoonActivitiesMeals
Not Included3 Hr Maun Immersive TourBreakfastReturn FlightsAccommodation (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast)Boat CruiseLaundryPark feesLocal drinksReturn TransferAir-conditioned vehicle2 Waters ppLunch PackCurio purchasesHotel transfers (can be arranged at an additional cost)WaterDeparture TaxesTraditional snack and drinkEntry FeesScheduled Group TourPersonal GuideBreakfast
Self Drive Directions To Guma Lagoon
Self Drive Directions From Guma Lagoon
Before the Okavango River fans out into its familiar delta shape, its waters are channelled between parallel fault lines, this channel is commonly known as the Pan Handle, as the Delta takes on the appearance of a giant frying pan in the heart of the Kalahari. Permanent deep water has encouraged the growth of villages along the river on the western side, these communities are mainly fishermen and cattle farmers, offering a true glimpse of village life rarely seen by visitors to Botswana who normally frequent the wildlife areas only. The Panhandle contains huge areas of unspoiled wetlands and a number of well-established lodges on the western side, offer you the chance to experience exquisite birdlife, a huge population of hippos and some of the largest crocodiles in Africa. In general wildlife is less abundant so the focus is on water based activities - motorboating and fishing. The best time for fishing is September/October and the renowned Barbel Run’s, it’s a fascinating phenomenon where both serious fisherman and beginners, can try their luck at landing the legendary Tiger Fish. It is also possible to travel by road or boat to the eastern side where community based mokoro excursions are offered. The Pan Handle is in close proximity to the ‘must see’ world heritage site of Tsodilo Hills, the spiritual home of the San and Bantu people. Tsodilo features many well preserved specimens of 'rock art' and there is a small museum where it is possible to hire a local guide for a personal tour of this historical area.
|Guma Lagoon Camp Overview||Guma Lagoon Camp Website|
|Area||Pan-Handle, Community area|
|Accommodation||15 Canvas Chalets / 1 Family|
|Age Restrictions||All ages accepted|
|Self-Drive Access||Yes but strictly 4 x 4|
|Self-Catering Option||Fully catered or self-catering optional|
|Charging Facilities & Wi-Fi||Charging facilities Solar & limited Wi-Fi available|
|Laundry Service Available||Available for own account|
|Air-Cons or Fans||Fans in tents|
|Activities||Boat Cruise’s, Boat Hire, Fishing in season, Mokoro Trails, Helicopter Scenic flights|
|Water Levels in General||Good all year, exact levels dependent on annual flood and local rains|
DETAILED SELF DRIVE DIRECTIONS
Directions - Maun International Airport [MUB] to Guma Lagoon Camp
Distance: 301.98km Travel Time: 4:19 hours | GPS co-ordinates for Guma Lagoon Camp: S 18° 57' 46.485" E 22° 22' 25.009"
- Directions are a guide only. We strongly recommend using Tracks4Africa for detailed navigation
- Head southwest on Mathiba I St toward Airport Rd (0.2 km)
- Turn left onto Airport Rd (0.3 km)
- Turn right onto Sir Seretse Khama Rd (0.9 km)
- At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Tsheke Tsheko Rd/Tsheko Tsheko Rd/A3Continue to follow A3 (97.4 km)
- Turn right onto A35 (192 km)
- Turn right (11.0 km)