Guma Lagoon Camp
Guma Lagoon Camp is situated along the banks of the Guma Lagoon on the northwestern 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 accommodation. Accommodation is provided in spacious canvas chalets, all en suite and located on the edge of the lagoon. Alternatively we have seven campsites under shady trees with private ablutions.
Overview and Accommodation
Guma Lagoon Camp, Okavango Delta
Guma Lagoon Camp is situated along the banks of the Guma Lagoon on the northwestern side of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Guma Lagoon Camp is truly a fisherman’s paradise and bird watchers’ haven. Guma Lagoon Camp offers both self-catering and full board accommodation. Accommodation is provided in spacious canvas chalets, all en suite and located on the edge of the lagoon. Alternatively we have seven campsites under shady trees with private ablutions.
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 barbel, African pike, redbreast tilapia, threespot tilapia, green-headed tilapia and purple largemouth. Tigerfish are plentiful. One of the larger bream species in the Okavango’s Panhandle area is the nembwe. Guma Lagoon Camp is a fantastic Okavango fishing destination throughout the year.
Accommodation is provided in canvas chalets each with their own private view of the lagoon.
Each chalet accommodates two people with lovely teak beds, ensuite bathrooms provide hot showers and flush toilets. Mosquito nets and towels are also provided and we can provide extra bedding to accommodate children. Awake in the morning with the sunrise over the lagoon streaming into your chalet. Wonder down to our main area and sit on the deck over the lagoon with a complimentary cup of tea or coffee. For the self – catered option we have a fully equipped kitchen with all utensils, crockery and fridge/ freezer.
For the full board option our set menu offers a delightful array of dishes. Dine on the deck over looking the lagoon. Dinner has to be pre ordered each morning as all meals are freshly prepared. Vegetarians and children are catered for. Packed lunches can be prepared for your daily activity.
Alternatively for the budget minded our large shady garden under the knobthorn trees provides seven campsites, all with their own private ablutions.
Each campsite differs in size with smaller sites suitable for a family of five and the larger sites can accommodate up to five 3×3 dome tents. Campers also have access to the self-catering kitchen, and are also very welcome to dine in our idyllic restaurant.
Guma Lagoon Camp is 280 km from Maun on the Sehitwa / Shakawe road. From Maun drive 101 km towards Ghanzi and turn right at Sehitwa towards Shakawe. Drive past Etsha 6 and then turn into Etsha 13 and follow the signs to Guma Lagoon Camp. Fuel is available at Gumare and Etsha 6. Gumare is 48 km south of Guma Lagoon Camp.
Seronga (S18o49 06.00 E022o 25 00.00; runway 12/25 1100 m dirt strip) can be used as an airstrip. Guma Lagoon Camp is one hour via boat from Seronga.
Whether fly-fishing or spin fishing, the Okavango River is undoubtedly one of the best freshwater sport fishing rivers found anywhere in Southern Africa. Guma Lagoon is one of the most rewarding locations. All types of fishing are offered at Guma Lagoon Camp. Depending on the season, the prominent species caught while fishing the lagoon are catfish, African pike, red breasted tilapia, three spot tilapia and purple face largemouth.
For those who want to fish the mighty Okavango River, a 40-minute boat ride from camp that passes through a narrow meandering network of channels, will get you there. Fishing takes place in the channels and waterways around Guma Lagoon Camp. The Guma area comprises of many small lagoons, countless small palm fringed islands, narrow winding waterways amongst dense papyrus and reeds and the large Guma Lagoon itself.
Fish species that can be caught at Guma Lagoon Camp are tigerfish, nembwe (olive bream), threespot tilapia, brown spot tilapia, thinface large mouth tilapia, purple face large mouth tilapia, African pike, redbreast tilapia, green-headed tilapia, sharptooth catfish, blunt-tooth catfish and butter barbel.
Guma caters for both the conventional angler and fly-fisherman. To-date the tigerfish record at Guma Lagoon Camp is 7.2 kg (15.8 lbs), and the tigerfish spin-fishing record is 6.8 kg (14.96 lbs). Experienced local guides accompany all guests on the boats. When fly-fishing only 2 guests are permitted per boat. No private boats are permitted at Guma. Guma Lagoon Camp actively supports a catch-and-release policy for of all fish species.
The traditional dugout canoe, locally known as a mokoro, was the mode of transport chosen by the Okavango’s first inhabitants, the Bayei and Banoka people. Guma Lagoon Camp offers a choice of day trips or overnight camping mokoro trails that take you into the heart of the Okavango.
This is an adventurous safari experience not to be missed. From Guma Lagoon Camp, a 15-minute boat transfer that passes through a narrow meandering channel will get you to the start of your mokoro experience. From here you will get onto a fiberglass or wooden mokoro which can seat two people. The Head Mokoro Poler will then give the group a detailed speech on safety and what to expect on your trip.
You will be poled through the tranquil channels that link the extensive flood plain system to the main river. Water lily beds, palm islands and papyrus stands abound making for the most scenic of experiences.
On one of the larger islands you will have time to have your lunch and a guided walk. There is always a chance of seeing large herds of red lechwe bounding through the water and passing elephants feeding amongst the lush wetland vegetation.
After your hearty lunch and walk you will make your way slowly back to the Mokoro station where our motorboats will be waiting for you to take you back to camp.
Guma Lagoon Camp, Okavango Delta Reviews
“Spent 3 days camping at Guma, however we wished we stayed longer… We were allowed to connect our freezer and ice and wood were always available, services many other places don’t offer. A beautiful setting with very helpful staff and loads of activities for all ages.” – Rosalind B
“Many people travel to Guma Lagoon Camp to enjoy a fishing trip. However, we were there in fishing’s off-season, so we enjoyed this beautiful camp with few, if any, guests other than our group. The trip in to camp is via a soft sand road with some water crossings.” – Regina H
“We had a fantastic weekend at Guma Lagoon. The chalets we stayed in were neat and clean with great views over the lagoon. The staff were friendly and helpful and the lodge had an overall great atmosphere. I even managed to catch my first Tiger Fish!” – Hanri E