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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4 star rating

Cara lodge comfort 3 very comfortable nights spent at this old and lovely colonial style hotel .
It’s a great central location for bars and food places
The restaurant food was very good too it also had the most amazingly comfortable beds
The staff were nice and friendly
And happy to help

5 star rating

Amazing and wonderful staff The staff was extraordinary, mainly at the reception and bar. The hotel is beautiful! The room was very charming and cute. The negative part: it was a bit too noisy due to the bar. Definitely worth going back.

2 star rating

VERY POOR We friends visited the outdoor restaurant (at Cara Lodge) for dinner.While the atmosphere was quite pleasant the service was absolutely lousy and the prices were quite expensive.I ordered a serving of grilled chicken and got bland boiled chicken instead with no seasoning of any sort.

4 star rating

comfortable rooms, good food but SLOW room was very comfortable. a/c worked! dead mouse on glue strip under bathroom did not help much. Wifi! food good to very good but took over an hour to get anything. Staff very helpful although i wouldn't have minded someone helping with my bags (I'm 70) -- i guess i could have asked, though.
the rooms on the ends have windows that are covered with louvers so NO VIEW!

Victoria amazonica blooming

Giant anteater spotting

Giant river otter encounter

Bird watching

Wildlife spotting

Nocturnal wildlife spotting

River excursions



Indigenous Amerindian culture

Expert indigenous guides

WiFi access

Complimentary rum punch

Communal tea and coffee facilities

Ensuite bathrooms


Wheelchair access

Solar electricity

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