Guma Lagoon Camp
Guma Lagoon Camp is situated on the north-western edge of the spectacular Okavango Delta wetland system. Hidden amidst a grove of beautiful ebony and fig trees on the banks of Guma Lagoon, the camp is a haven for fishermen and birdwatchers alike. Guma offers guests a full choice of accommodation, catering and activity options. For those on a self-drive, we have a campsite with hot showers and flush toilets. Others may choose our cabins that are comfortably fitted with beds and linen and have private bathroom facilities. We offer full self-catering facilities, which includes a large kitchen and fridge and freezer options alongside a comfortable lounge, dining and bar complex with stunning views over the lagoon.
FISHING: Whether fly fishing or spin fishing, the Okavango River is undoubtedly one of the best freshwater sport fishing rivers found anywhere in Southern Africa. And with over 15 recognized angling species in this region, including the prized tiger fish and Nembwe, Guma is one of the most rewarding locations. While all types of fishing are offered at Guma, the emphases is on fly fishing, and remember that it's catch and release. Depending on the season, the prominent species caught on fly 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 90-minute boat ride from camp that passes through a narrow meandering network of channels, will get you there. Although tiger fish are readily caught during most months, the peak season extends from September through to the end of November. This coincides with the annual catfish runs, known locally as the Barbel Run where literally tens of thousands of catfish are involved in frenzied pre-spawning feeding behaviour. Fishing off the edges of these runs for tiger fish is the ultimate Okavango fishing experience. Large catfish and the most sought after of the bream species, the Nembwe, are also caught during the runs. Away from the lagoon, the peak period for the bream species is over the winter months of May to August. While these are peak periods, Guma makes for a fantastic fishing destination throughout the year.
BIRDWATCHING: The area has a species count of over 200 birds, which are found in a variety of habitats that include wetlands, floodplains, riverine forest and dry woodland. The specialities include Pels fishing owl, white backed night heron, African skimmer, Rufousbellied heron and Lessor Jacana. The most rewarding birding months are from September through to late January as this period offers prime feeding conditions, and all the migrant species are present.
MOKORO TRAILS: The traditional dugout canoe, known locally as a mokoro, was the mode of transport chosen by the Okavango first inhabitants, the Bayei and Banoka people. Guma offers a choice of daytrip or overnight camping mokoro trails that take you into the heart of the Okavango. Being poled through the tranquil channels that link the extensive flood plain system to the main river is a safari experience not to be missed. Water lily beds, palm islands and papyrus stands abound making for the most scenic of experiences, and along the way, guided walks on the larger islands are possible. There is always a chance of seeing large herds of red letchwe bounding through the water and passing elephants feeding amongst the lush wetland vegetation
NIGHT DRIVES: This exciting option offers bird viewing and star gazing by boat using a spotlight.