Reviews of Kwara Camp
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Kwara Camp review
Best for big cat viewing. Guides Piet and GnT were an excellent team and worked very hard to deliver interesting game drives. We would like to add a special note about Piet. An English, solo travelling, lady joined our group mid way through our stay. She was extremely demanding of Piet and required almost one-to-one attention. In our view she had been badly advised (not travelling with Expert Africa) and was totally unprepared for seeing nature in the wild. She was only interested in "pretty animals" and was selfish in her demands and behaviour towards us and the guides. Piet demonstrated outstanding patience and diplomacy in trying to balance her requirements with those of the three of us other guests on the vehicle. We are aware that she made a complaint and whilst we made assurances at the time to Piet, GnT and Janet, we want to add our comments to assure the team at Kwara that they could do no more in the circumstances.
We felt that the tents would benefit from some refurbishment. We didn't experience many mosquitoes but they would have little problem coming up through the gaps between floorboards. The canvass was pretty mouldy in places and the bed linen was very tired. That said, the location on the lagoon with the views (and sounds) of the hippos, impala, warthogs and baboons on tap was wonderful.
Again, we have the reservation that 6 guests to a vehicle looks cramped - we were lucky and only had 4, which was fine.
another superb camp at least matching if not surpassing lebala.
game drives were awesome, extremely flexible were happy to accomodate a full days safari. Janet the manageress was incredible and could not do enough.
leopard spotted on 2 occasions with great sightings, cheetah also seen on 2 occasions, lions were very prevailent and numerous were seen
Excellent Kwara camp
In spite of exceptionally high water levels, our driver always got us through mud and swamps (and pulled out other vehicles on a couple of occasions) so that we had excellent sightings of leopard, lion and cheetah.
The overall quality of guiding was outstanding.
The tents are slightly smaller than average, but are well equipped.
The boat ride was a highlight of the stay.
Very good all round camp with lots to do
We thoroughly enjoyed this camp. We had good game viewing especially as the guide worked hard to find things for us.
Birding was very good as well.
Boat trip was exciting particularly the ride back in the dark!!
Kwara Camp review
We had an amazing time at Kwara and the team there were excellent. Although the menus were the same as at Tau Pan, the quality of the cooking was far superior and so was the bush lunch.
Tusseaud the manager is excellent and professional. Any issue with the rooms or anything else were promptly dealt with.
The concept of the rooms is good but they really need to put some capital into the camp and up-date it to a level like Xakanaxa. Cleanliness is an issue as well.
Our guide, Keone and our trekker, Sherlok were excellent.
I would say that what is missing in the camp are the final touches on service training the camps as sometimes the ladies taking the plates from the table were very abrupt without doing it on purpose as they were very nice. The Kwando lodges do need a better variety of dishes and especially vegetarian ones.
Kwara Camp review
Highlights were the wild dogs and a pair of mating lionsRead more about the whole safari
Kwara Camp review
I visited Kwara last year and just had to come back. It did not let me down.
The best of Kwando safaris guides are here, even though David has left. Jacob and G.T were my team this year, and did everything they could to find what I wanted. 4 out of the 5 of the cheetah cubs from last year have survived, what a mother! Following a nervous female leopard for ages without interfering with her (building trust for later observers). African wild hunting dogs found after a kill and 3 Cheetah brothers, observed, diamond formation and setting off at top speed towards their target- what a privilege!
The 7 male lions have now separated and have created their own territories but I've been informed occasionally, 5 still get back together. Many elephant and giraffe. Walking safari here too. Gcodikwe lagoon, hippos and sundowner, another G and T. Very good accommodation, in great location and the food and service here is excellent.
Thank you to all concerned.
Kwara is not as luxurious as Lebala because it is slightly older, so the tents are in fact tents and nothing like as spacious as the "bungalows" at Lebala there is some electric lighting.
However, it is beautifully situated on a lake with about 80 hippos in amongst tall trees through which the vervet monkeys swing. Also there were considerably fewer mosquitoes than at Lebala.
Once again the service and friendliness of the staff was faultless and the food excellent, although perhaps not quite as sophisticated as at Lebala.
I very much enjoyed the mix of water activities which was a welcome change from constant game drives at Lebala.
good eatablished delta camp
Kwara is a long time favourite of ours and the atmosphere of the camp remains good.The camp itelf , especially the tents are probably due a refurbishment but they are still comfortable.( just extending the outside decks would give more useable outside space and make the accomodation seem roomier )
The game patterns had been affected here as elsewhere in the region following the exceptional flood this season.The guiding was as passionate and enthusastic as ever and long days out in the bush with combinations of boat and vehicle are catered for with real enthusuiasm. The long trips out to tsum tsum were both great fun, incredibly scenic and rewarding - good lion and cheetah tracking.
Skillful tracking by the guide and tracker ( izzy and KB ) enabled us to intercept 5 of the coilition of 7 males at night patrolling and roaring - terrific stuff - and the guiding teams were quite prepared to stay out and return for a late dinner.
The management team here seemed more settled and the very effective.Thuso runs a well motivated team.The food and service were good.
Wonderful staff at Kwara Camp
The first of 4 camps visited in our 10 night trip to Botswana. Kwara camp had a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere with very hospitable staff who always had a friendly and welcoming smile. Attentive at all times. The camp has a pleasant location looking across to the lagoon.
Game drives were always interesting with lots of lions, as well as healthy showings of general game and birdlife. The visit to the heronry late afternoon was a highlight, as well as the exciting boat ride back ( tip - wear sunglasses and a necktie that you can put across your mouth as the flies in the fast return wind can be a nuisance). Whilst Kwara had mokoros for guests the mokoro trip at Kanana camp was a lot more interesting and rewarding.
From a constructive point of view
a) the Toyota safari vehicles seemed to be under-powered compared to other camps.
b) more proactive vehicle and boat maintenance is required. The equipment gets a lot of heavy usage on sandy and water clogged tracks. One of the vehicles broke down on a morning drive; 2 of the 3 boats were out of action. The first boat trip to the heronry was cancelled because of engine problems, ok for us as we went the next night but disappointing for one couple who left the camp the next morning.
c) the camp was looking a bit 'tired' compared to other camps. Again proactive rather than reactive maintenance would help.
d) the family of baboons were a bit too intrusive at times. A swimming pool should be a swimming pool - not a drinking pool for baboons. Close the pool or keep the animals out. ( I appreciate its the bush but seeing young children swim in a pool where animals have drank isnt my idea of great hygiene)
All in all a very pleasant 3 days. No hesitation in going back again to Kwara.