Tuesday, 17 February 2015

From Guma Lagoon to Nunda River Lodge

The road between the two camps is quite interesting:  First, we had to cross that deep sand part between Guma Lagoon and Itsha13.  Then a well-potholed tar road to the borderpost at Mahembo, then a gravel road through the Mahango Game Reserve and then finally a good tar road to the entrance to Nunda.

The sun set over the Okavango River with our campfire visible nearby.

Through all our tours we never saw a place where the sunsets can beat those of this particular spot next to the Okavango at Nunda.  Here we are sitting next to the river at our campsite at Nunda with our campfire trying to match the colours of this magnificent sunset.

Tourist in their hollowed-out tree trunks boats on the Okavango River

Tourists returning from a mokoro trip to the beautiful Popa Rapids.  Mokoros are hollowed-out tree trunks used by the locals for many years as boats.

A wooden deck with the Okavango River visible on the photograph.

Nunda's lodge and deck with a great view over the blue Okavango River

Beware, there are thieves walking free at Nunda!  Inside that towel is a large stone they used o break the car's window and stole a laptop and cash.  Management told us it is our fault, since the laptop was visible on the front seat, thereby acknowledging that they cannot guarantee that their security can keep out crooks.  What a horrible incident - be aware, especially sites next to rivers which can be reached by silent mokoro.

From Ghanzi onwards to Guma Lagoon

We left Ghanzi for Nguma Lodge and landed up in Goma Lagoon not far away from Nguma Lodge.  On the way we had a blowout of our hind left wheel and had to repair that in the intense heat of Botswana.
The road from Etsha 13 to Guma Lagoon was deep sand, but both me with the Cruiser and Cari with the Hilux made it to the camp without help.

This lagoon is a mighty one!  The lodge's main deck offers a view of the beautiful, blue lagoon with the sun setting over it.  A real great place to spend relaxed, peaceful time.  Mokoro and motorboat trips can be enjoyed and depart from nearby the deck.  Of course there's always a friendly face at the bar to make sure nobody dehydrates unexpectedly in the heat!  We are both glad we visited Guma Lagoon before we die.

The campsites at Guma Lagoon are large, near the lodge, have their own private ablutions and huge, shady trees to camp under.  Loads of birds live in the trees and we saw several species we never saw before.  Beautiful, cleared paths through the bush lead to the lagoon from where one can view and enjoy the wonderful nature.  Just being there in this wonderful setting in the Okavango Delta is something to remember for a lifetime.

On the main deck at Guma Lagoon people from all over the world congregate to relax under massive trees and undergrowth, chatting, enjoying drinks deciding on which activities they want to partake in.

No takers for Mokoro (hollowed-out tree trunks)trips so far, but there's a few anglers trying for the popular Tiger Fish and others just taking a boat ride on the lagoon and into the many channels where one can meet many an animal or bird on very short notice!

The Bushies preferred to sip drinks on the deck and later retired to the wonderful campsite to braai and sleep, listening to the night sounds of Hippos and different species of owls and other night-creatures.