- In the National Park
- On site adventure centre
Located in the foothills of the Rincón de la Vieja volcano, Hacienda Guachipelín is both an eco-lodge and a working cattle and horse ranch. It is built on an enormous piece of land, parts are dedicated to pasture land but other areas have been set aside for conservation of dry forest and also an area is being reforested with species of trees that are currently endangered. The rooms here are light, spacious and comfortable and decorated in muted tones, with wooden furniture typical of what you would expect to find in Costa Rica. There is a pool near the reception area with plenty of loungers for relaxing, but there is so much to do that you will most likely spend a lot of time exploring the area and partaking in adventure activities such as zip-lining, hiking, river tubing and horse riding.
Hacienda Guachipelín is a little different, the hotel forms part of a family run working cattle and horse ranch. You can see the corrals where the cowboys saddle up and head to work. The reception is housed in a building that was the original hacienda and is over a century old – this is the real Costa Rica and you will experience the hospitality and friendly atmosphere of the local people. It is a nature and adventure lover’s paradise, with so many activities on offer or relax in the lush gardens have been planted with native trees and exotic flowers, attracting a myriad of birds. There is also a lookout where you can take in stunning 360° views of Rincón de la Vieja and Santa Maria volcanoes, the Guanacaste plains and the coastline.
You are surrounded by nature at Hacienda Guachipelín. In the gardens alone over 300 species of birds have been recorded. You will most likely see and hear the monkeys in the trees as they go about their daily business. Some guests have been lucky enough to see armadillos, agoutis are often spotted here too. Head into the national park and you can find more monkeys (howler, white-faced capuchin and spider). There are jaguars, pumas and ocelots here, but they are notoriously shy, it is unlikely that you would see them but keep your eyes peeled for coyotes, tapirs and kinkajous.
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