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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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based on 497 reviews


  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)

    The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.

    Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!

    Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good

    Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.

    Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.

    Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.

    MissingPippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019

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