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Mawamba Lodge

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- Wonderful spot amidst canals
- Near Tortuguero National Park
- Superb flora & fauna including turtles
- Affordable offering, wide range of activities

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Mawamba Lodge enjoys an impressive location on a rather narrow strip of land just a short 10 to 15-minute walk from the remote town of Tortuguero in north eastern Costa Rica. On one side is a series of canals, and on the other is the Caribbean Sea, both of which are easily accessible to visitors. Offering affordable accommodation, the lodge makes for a great place to stay for anyone looking to visit the town and, of course, the nearby Tortuguero National Park, which is well known for its turtle population and exceptional biodiversity; there’s an abundance of wildlife to witness in this well-visited park from the green macaw to lizards, crocodiles, monkeys, sloths, jaguar and more.

There are two types of room to choose from including 50 standard rooms with garden views and 6 larger, superior rooms with views of the canals. None of the rooms have TVs or radios, the emphasis here is on enjoying the natural sights and sounds of the rainforest. All rooms come with an en-suite bathroom and have hot water readily available. Although there is no air conditioning, ceiling fans are included.

There’s a great deal to do in the area. Guided jungle hikes are enjoyable and informative, and boat and kayaking excursions on the canals will reveal a host of animals and colourful birdlife –night hikes in the rainforest and boat trips at dawn and dusk will reveal some of the plentiful nocturnal wildlife as well. Fishing and turtle nesting tours (July to October only) and adrenalin activities such as river rafting are also possible. Note that some activities are included in the standard cost of a stay at Mawamba, but for others there may be an additional fee.

Mamba restaurant is situated right by the pool and offers buffet-style meals. Katonga is the lodge’s other main eatery and is a floating restaurant, offering river cruise meals for an extra charge. There’s also a bar serving alcoholic and soft drinks, a coffee room and library, a gift shop selling souvenirs and sundries, and the lovely pool which is surrounded by an abundance of unspoiled greenery. While staying here, guests benefit from having direct access to the beach; however, swimming is strictly forbidden due to the strong currents and tides.

Children of all ages are welcome, although there are age restrictions on some activities, river rafting, for example, is not available for under 12s. Given the remote, waterside location of the lodge, parents are reminded that children should remain under constant adult supervision.

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  • 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

    MissingGodfrey 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

    MissingPhilip 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

    MissingStephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023

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