Traditional Meru-style tented rooms spread out either side of the central main area.
Tented ChaletSpaced below a canopy of riparian forest, the eight tented rooms at Kwara are raised on wooden decks which afford slightly elevated views over the seasonal lagoon or floodplain. (Rooms 1, 2 and 3 overlook a floodplain; 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 have views over the lagoon.)
Steps to the front of each tent lead up to a veranda with two deckchairs. Inside the tents are reasonably spacious and simply decorated, with large gauzed windows and sliding doors that give an open, airy feel. The wooden framed bed (twin or double) dominates the room and faces out to the view. Good-quality bedding in warm creams and browns complements the natural décor, while patterned cushions add a touch of colour. A wooden luggage rack is positioned at the foot of the bed and sisal rugs cover the wooden floors. By way of storage, there is a small open wardrobe with hanging space. Behind the bed, also acting as the bedstead, are two large wooden shelving units, topped with two electric storm lanterns.
The bathroom is divided from the main room only by a canvas wall (with a velcro flap that can be rolled down for a little more privacy). Here there's a flush toilet and double basins with a large overhanging mirror, and a door leads to a lovely open-air shower, enclosed by lattice walls – although showering late evening or early morning during the winter months can be chilly. The water is heated by gas geysers which we found to be archaic and rather fiddly, but there are plans to upgrade to a solar system. Conditioning shampoo, shower gel, soap and body lotion are provided.
In the bedroom you'll also find a digital safe, flask of drinking water, wildlife magazines, tissues, mosquito repellent, bug spray and mosquito coils. A paraffin storm lantern is put into the outdoor shower at night.
There are no plug sockets, hairdryers, fans or mosquito nets, but batteries can be charged in the camp office.
The honeymoon tent, which overlooks the lagoon, also has a claw-foot bath but all other facilities are the same.