Reviews of Lagoon Camp
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The Kwando ethos seems to be primarily about the wildlife. The game here was brilliant, first afternoon yielded wild dog interaction with a Hyena and a Leopard on a kill, surprisingly these standards were kept up.
The tracker/guide system employed provides results, combined with the willingness to drive off roads for long periods give you the best chance of good wildlife experiences not just sightings.
Camp facilities whilst very good, are not quite to the same level. There are plusher camps in existence, this is reflected in relatively small tents compared to some and a camp that is quite compact.
Food of good quality, frequent and generous!
Fabulous experience at Kwando Lagoon
The Kwando Lagoon Camp experience was amazing - albeit unbelievably expensive.
Overall this was one of the highlights of our trip and we would most definitely visit again (once we have saved up more money or robbed a bank !!)
Expert Africa comments
Sadly … camps in Botswana can be often frighteningly costly these days!
Relative to the other accommodation places booked (in Namibia) for this particular trip, Kwando Lagoon Camp is by far the most expensive. It’s in one of Botswana’s top private reserves, and it includes not only accommodation and meals – but also a full spread of very exclusive guided activities, and most drinks.
So: yes! Kwando Lagoon is very expensive, when compared with most lodges in Namibia.
However, when it is compared to similar camps in Botswana, Lagoon’s costs are, in fact, very reasonable indeed.
Great rooms for us and the kids which connected with a super view.
The game drives were very good with enthusiastic guides and trackers
Lagoon Camp review
Very well organised , focused on viewing animals. Saw a wild dog pack resting and hunting.
Boat wasn't working while we were there but it didn't matter to us.
First trip to Botswana and Wild Dogs
First impressions were more upmarket than Namibia in service safaris but this was to be expected.
We were collected by vehicle from river and taken within minutes to see whole pack of wild dog they had found early morning. Nice tented accom loads of room and everything well organised. Drivers allocated to us were excellent - found dogs again the following evening after tracking for hours. Very well looked after and interested in everything you wanted to see.
*Great*. Well run, efficient, friendly people, very good food, everything worked.
Excellent game drives, superb knowledge of wildlife behaviour, very good spotters. Once there were tracs, we just drove off-road to follow the game.
Kwando camps were the only ones that had night drives, although night drives are advertised by Wilderness Safaris. The afternoon drives were not time-limited, we just went on as long as there was anything to see, also for quite a while after dark.
At Lagoon our guide was the manager, Jonah.He is absolutely outstanding; Plenty of animals, wonderful birds, we got really close for photography. We spotted a leopard in a tree, watching a buffalo heard; Jonah approached with infinite caution - we watched the cat in the tree, coming down and going up another tree, for quite a while and quite close. Wonderful.
excellent trackers and loads of game at lagoo
the drives were great, lovely drivers and guides,very knowledgable and willing to find those wild dogs... three times!
the game was prolific and those guys know how to track it but we spotted the honey badger!
we miss the elephant at night!
the airstrip at lagoon is now closed so they are using Lebala which can mean travelling in the midday sun back to lagoon if you land in Labala at midday
we think that a fan in the room would of been a big plus
the pool filtration system had not been used and there were bugs in the water
Nice Camp -good but not top safari
Excellent well maintained camp. Good management, friendly staff.
That being said we felt that Kwando has got into such a routine at its Camps that the experience is almost "canned" . Guides were were good and knowledgeable but again feeling working to their programme rather than client. Focus on big stuff rather than trying to make all sightings interesting. If pushed then fully prepared to stop and explain e.g birds were low on Guide's totem pole; but next time again had to be stopped and asked.
I think Kwando really need to work on bringing back the individual experience taillored to client. 3 years ago at Kwara experience was completely different which is why we chose Kwando again and bit disappointed. (From fellow guests heard same about Kwara)
Wild Dog paradise
This is a very special place in a very special concession. The camp staff are some of the friendliest I have encountered in africa and the knowledge and enthusiasmis second to none. The guides were fantastic and their knowledge of the wildlife and how to photograph it (best positions, thinking ahead) were top draw.
The highlight here are the large elephant population and of course the wild dogs, we were fortunate to be there as the 9 nine week old pups were moving den and spent a night following them on their first hunt with the parents - this was something very special.
highly recommended and non of the guides will let you down and the use of a seperate tracker make the experience different and the interaction between the two of them provides ample entertainment in it's own right. The camp also catered for my 16 old daughter extremely well.