- Particularly remote spot in the Amazon
- Superb biodiversity in untouched location
- Night jungle walks, macaw clay lick visits
- Floodplain walking trails, endangered species
The Peru Nature Portfolio consists of several off-road lodges that lie within the Tambopata National Reserve, a vast nature reserve within the Peruvian Amazon basin. Of the several lodges in the chain, the Tambopata Research Centre is the most remote and secluded. Due to the lodge’s out-of-the-way location, accessing it is very much part of the whole experience of staying here. Guests first take a three-hour boat ride on motorised canoes up the Tambopata River to the Refugio Amazonas lodge, where they spend the night. The following day, there’s a four-hour canoe trip to the Tambopata National Reserve. The journey is staggered to avoid having to traverse the river at night and so that guests can have a break in between the two canoe trips.
There are a total of 24 rooms and suites at the lodge. All of them have been carefully designed to complement and respect the local environment, while at the same time providing plenty of comfort and convenience for guests. Amenities common to all four categories of room include a hot shower, eco-friendly toiletries, a mosquito net, umbrellas and slippers. Rooms open out on to the rainforest and guests can often spot various animals, such as monkeys, from the comfort of their own lodgings.
Three meals a day are provided, featuring either Peruvian or international dishes. Water comes from a nearby underground spring; it’s boiled, filtered and then cooled down before being offered to guests.
Staying here is all about being immersed in the unspoiled, raw natural beauty of the Amazon Rainforest. Whilst the rainforest and its native animal species constantly face threats from deforestation and logging, the area surrounding the lodge hasn’t experienced such threats for quite a few years now. As such, its ecosystem is fully intact and it has a thriving wildlife population, with a number of endangered species living in the area. Guests can explore the unspoiled rainforest and discover its incredible biodiversity for themselves. There’s an exciting menu of activities available, ranging from visits to macaw clay licks and treks along floodplain trails, to night time jungle treks and walks to a nearby palm swamp. A stay here provides the unrivalled opportunity to explore a unique part of this vast rainforest that’s particularly well preserved and unspoiled. While the group excursions are highly recommended, private excursions are also available for an extra charge.
Despite its remote location, the lodge does welcome children, although there are no designated child facilities on offer. Parents should bear in mind that there's an adventurous journey to reach the reserve, and that children must be supervised at all times due to the property's open location out in a rainforest.
- Immersive Amazon experience
- Best for adventurous travellers
- Activities for all ages, great for families
- Mountain biking, cruises, jungle walks
Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again
Godfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023
We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil
Philip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023
It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve
Stephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023