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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5 star rating

Very welcoming Hotel with a great staff and really nice people running the place. The hotel and its staff have really stepped up the quality of service from an already really nice place to stay. The staff are pleasant and welcoming. The restaurant personnel always make sure you are taken care of and the executive chef will periodically stop by to ask how your food was and invite you to come at a later time for a special off menu meal. One of the best meals i had was a local favorite "Pepper Pot". Truly a great team of hotel staff all around.

5 star rating

Excellent customer service I was most amazed and pleasantly pleased to have been served by Shantell Atherly.. She had delightful recommendations and served with a lovely smile. I requested to sit at the poolside, and she was kind enough to shift me there while being prepositioned elsewhere.. I was in a hurry that evening, but she still managed to get the meals and the services on time, which was definitely to my surprise. The services at Marriott have definitely improved, and with employees like Shantell, they are both bound for better places. Keep up the great work!
Best wishes,
Taymara Jagmohan.

5 star rating

Best service in town I didn’t stay here because it’s booked solid and never has any rooms available, but I come here as often as possible because it simply has the best service in town and the staff is super friendly. (Especially Alicia, one of the waitresses at the restaurant.) I’d stay here if they ever had availability.

5 star rating

Good Service I love the service in the hotel and all employees are very friendly and try to give the best as possible.
specially alicia in the main restaurant she never fail a order.
Is wonderdul.

Thanks to all team!!!

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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