Karanambu Lodge

Karanambu Lodge


Karanambu is a classic Guyana destination where creature comforts and a fascinating environment combine to create unforgettable experiences. Established in 1927 as a working cattle ranch and home of the McTurk family, it is now a lodge and centre for conservation. Over the years it has welcomed a distinguished list of guests including the likes of David Attenborough, Gerald Durrell and Mick Jagger.

Karanambu is situated where the north savannah grassland, swamp and flood forest meet on the Rupununi River. From Karanambu, vast horse flats stretch north and west towards the Pakaraima Mountains and into Brazil. The lodge offers visitors a remarkable opportunity to experience the abundant and pristine nature of the Rupununi wetlands.

Spend a few days here and you’re likely to spot some of Amazonia’s most endangered species, such as giant river otter, black caiman and the majestically bushy giant anteater. Nearby Simoni Pond is one of Guyana’s richest wildlife and fishing areas.

Karanambu is dedicated to the conservation of the Rupununi savannah and wetlands ecosystem and continues the pioneering work of Diane McTurk (1932-2016) who was known for her passion in rehabilitating orphaned giant river otters, and efforts to save this curious and gregarious species from extinction.

The compound has the flavour of an Amerindian village with a main ranch-style building where meals are served family-style. Guest accommodation is in traditionally made clay brick cabins with ensuite bathrooms and a hammock slung verandah.

Karanambu Lodge is perched on a savannah hill in the vast North Rupununi and is a region of biological and cultural diversity. The landscape integrates four of the area’s ecosystems; wetlands, savannahs, rivers and forests which are also home to the indigenous communities of Kwaimatta and Massara

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AndrewM974711/29/2020
5 star rating

The Final Countdown Moving into an earlier than planned retirement, I chose to have my final two nights relaxing at the Marriott.

The personal service, and the unique few extras I received when the team found out it was my last couple of days in Guyana made for a lasting impression.

A special thank you to Preeti for making the entire two days special, and also to Alicia C who brought me the Eggs Benedict both mornings for breakfast (and a shout out also to the chef).

From my first introduction to El Dorado Rum (truly recommend the 15 year) on arrival in March 2019 to my departure in the last few days, I have continued to have memorable experiences here at the Guyana Marriott Hotel Georgetown.

The team in Guyana have that “can do” attitude and the results are clear to see. More

Andrew11/29/2020
5 star rating

The Final Countdown Moving into an earlier than planned retirement, I chose to have my final two nights relaxing at the Marriott.

The personal service, and the unique few extras I received when the team found out it was my last couple of days in Guyana made for a lasting impression.

A special thank you to Preeti for making the entire two days special, and also to Alicia C who brought me the Eggs Benedict both mornings for breakfast (and a shout out also to the chef).

From my first introduction to El Dorado Rum (truly recommend the 15 year) on arrival in March 2019 to my departure in the last few days, I have continued to have memorable experiences here at the Guyana Marriott Hotel Georgetown.

The team in Guyana have that “can do” attitude and the results are clear to see. More

A3472ICdianac11/06/2020
5 star rating

"Great Hotel" Herdmanston Lodge is what I call one of the "Gem" hotels in Guyana. Being a winner of the recent Staycation which without any doubt I enjoyed, I would recommend this simply perfect hotel to anyone. Great location, spacious rooms, very courteous and professional staff and amazing meals by those superb chefs and I say that proudly being a loyal brunch guest. Special thank you to Miss Melissa and her team at Herdmanston Lodge for making me feel welcomed and appreciated.

Captaingruntfuddock11/02/2020
4 star rating

Nice Colonial Hotel The Hotel its self is a bit old and in need of a freshen up but it has atmosphere and character. The staff are lovely. The rooms are big enough and very comfortable with good bathrooms. Food is ok. If you bother to talk to the manager you will discover the hotel has a rich and varied history. Prince Charles and Mick Jagger both stayed here. The hotel is 150 years old and has great character. If in Georgetown, stay here.

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