Reviews of Little Kwara
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Little Kwara review
We loved the entire staff especially our guide, Hobbs. He was great at finding and staying close to lions and other wildlife. His life story is amazing. Managers (Ke? and Keome?) spoke excellent English and were always attentive and responsive.
The atmosphere here was very close to nature, but not "primitive"-- all material comforts provided! Animals were frequently near (but not in) the camp. At night, we could see the stars through our tent windows and hear the sounds of the African night---wonderful! Pleasant view of a marshy area. It seemed to us that there were fewer guests-per-vehicle here than in Duma Tau, but that may have just been the luck of the draw.
Charging camera batteries: All are turned in to a central place for charging, to be picked up at next meal, so it helps to have your name on your charger.
Food: Was copious and hearty and tasty.
Nice touch: Guests are greeted by staff at the camp entrance (usually with hot towels) EACH TIME they return to campl
Wildlife we especially enjoyed seeing here were cheetah, lion, and large spotted genet. This was the only camp we visited that provided a wildlife "spotter" in addition to the guide on every drive.
The only problem: We had trouble sometimes getting hot water in the outdoor shower.
Little Kwara review
Beautiful, simple but very peaceful camp. Good balance between water and land activities.
The main lodge lacks a bit atmosphere and feels a bit "abandoned" during day time. Food is really medium quality and insufficient quantity.
When you have been served a plate at the buffet, the light is switched off, so you do not feel very welcome to ask for a bit more (and there is not much left either)...
Big cats at Little Kwara
The small size of little Kwara gives it a friendly and 'family' atmosphere. We were particularly impressed when the staff sang and danced for us one evening. (Although the guides did not seem to be very good dancers).
Lizzie, Kia and Onni were excellent hosts and ensured that everything ran like clockwork. The general relaxed and informal feeling was a great introduction to Botswana.
Our guide Steve and tracker Vasco were first class. They were professional and knowledgeable but also had a great sense of fun which meant you always had to be on your toes. Anne has a particular interest in birds and Steve ensured that nothing with wings was overlooked. Alex walked at each of the four camps; in common with all four guides, Steve inspired complete confidence even in proximity to elephants, which can be a bit daunting to the inexperienced.
The sightings were excellent, both in terms of animals and birds. The evening boat trip to the lagoon was a highlight. We saw lions, leopards and cheetahs frequently.
Tent 1, with its direct view over the hippo pool, was very comfortable and seemed to be on the main route for many visiting animals.
Lions, cheetahs and leopards!
The cabin was great, during July (winter) there is no water near the lodge - just a pond in the distance.
The staff was friendly and helpful. I felt the jeep safaris were too long - 4 hours each, twice a day. The boat trip into the delta was fun but too short - this could be expanded into a full day trip. After the previous 7 days of jeep safari without seeing a large cat it was great to see lions, cheetahs and leopards all in the same day!
The mokoro ride is only in a large pond not in the actual delta channels.
Never a dull moment at Little Kwara with John
From the warm and friendly welcome from Lizzie, who had just the right approach to guests, to the great accommodation and excellent sightings we really enjoyed our four days at Little Kwara. The location was very interesting and we were aware of lion, elephants and hyenas in the camp at night.
Every game drive, mokoro and boat trip had highlights and the guide John was outstanding. He knew everything, in detail, had a great sense of humour and even used to give us 'homework'. He took time to find out our interests and made sure we were never rushed. We therefore had superb views of three lions setting up an ambush, fantastic sightings of honey badgers, secretary birds, and antelope.
He was also aware that we wanted to find out more about the small stuff and we were very fortunate to go on a walking safari where we learnt about the plants and insects. The tracker called Name found us a solitary wasp in its cocoon, and it was this attention to detail which really made us appreciate how skilled these people are.
Loved Little Kwara
We loved our stay at LIttle Kwara. The "tents" were perfect and all the staff were friendly & helpful. Our guide & trackers excellent.
We saw great game on the drives and the scenery on the boat trip was idyllic.
Would definitely visit again!
Big Fun at Little Kwara
Little Kwara was outstanding. Everyone in camp was warm and friendly and the setting was beautiful. The number of animals passing right by our tent almost made the need for game drives redundant! Elephants, hippos, monkeys, baboons (who left 'cakes' on our steps), impala, and warthog all came browsing right next to the tent. Game sightings were brilliant and our guide, John was very accommodating, even taking us out after dinner to track lions in the moonlight! Another highlight was seeing a cheetah get her supper.
Vegetarian options were again lacking at dinner time but lunchtime offerings were always tasty and the afternoon cakes were delicious.
Little Kwara review
Great place , it s always impressive to see how nice the camp and the food is so good when you are in the middle of the delta .
All the staff was really nice friendly helpfull . And Charles our guide was brillant .
We saw quite a lot off animals ot was fantastic .
thans to all of you at Little kara and bravo !
Little Kwara review
This camp was a disappoinment to us and we made a number of comments on the Botswana hotel review form we were offered at the camp. In the interests of balance we must add that this judgement is based on the experience being a degree of excellence lower than usual since it is almost impossible to visit the Okavango and not have the most wonderful time.
Our main criticisms centre on the poor lighting, dim to the point of needing a torch around the room at dusk and the open topped game drive vehicles which, had it been Oct or Nov, would have been unbearable late morning for guests direct from northern Europe. Lastly there are no fans of any type in the rooms which can make them uncomfortably hot.
We also had what we hope was a one off intrusion during our stay when a film crew were flown into and operated from Kwara camp in two Botswana Defence force helicopters over the weekend of 12/13 April. As a retired and highly experienced army helicopter pilot I feel safe in expressing concern over the captaincy and flight safety demonstrated by these crews.
We understand that the loan of the aircraft had been sanctioned at a high level in government but seemingly little thought had been given to the possible disruption to their guest's holiday experience by Kwando Safaris when agreeing to use of their camp. It was intrusive, noisy, unsafe and cannot have been conducive to the wellbing of the local wildlife.
One wonderful moment that should not go unmentioned was that our guide at Little Kwara turned out to be the man who was our very first guide at Kwetsani during our first Okavango trip in 2002. His skill and expertise are undimmed and David is a special man.
A truly wonderful safari experience.
This was our first taste of safari in Africa and it was truly amazing ! Everone at the camp, especially Kia our host and our wonderful guide David and tracker G&T, could not have been more friendly and caring. This was also the most exciting and fast-paced of our safaris. We saw up close lions, cheetah, a serval and a pack of wild dogs as well as all the herbivores.
David and G&T always managed to get us in the right place at the right time ! We rarely saw any other jeeps, and when we did, we were always the first jeep to arrive and the last to leave. As well as seeing the predators, a further highlight was a long boat trip on board the double-decked pontoon boat.
I cannot praise this camp highly enough and I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who wants an exciting and meaningful safari. We would certainly consider returning to this camp in the future.