Little Kwara

Reviews of Little Kwara

Excellent(94%) From 114 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 114 of our travellers who have visited Little Kwara, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs H - Essex
Arrived on: 18-Feb-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Little Kwara review

again everyone was very friendly and could not do more to help us, but we were hoping to do more water actvites than was available e.g canoeing

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Mr & Mrs C - Shropshire
Arrived on: 17-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Elephant encounter at Little Kwara.

I know we asked at short notice if there was a chance of having room 1 well that's what we got - many thanks. I had read about tent 1 on the www and true to form it was probably the best in the camp with fine views over the watering hole with the hippos and the red lechwe that grazed just outside the room.

Our guide and tracker were Steve and Name who eventually found us some cheetahs some 40 km from the lodge! My favourite big cat. We also found two prides of lions on our travels whilst looking for different bird species.

We did have a close encounter with a bull elephant on one evening drive which left our tracker (Name) in a state of shock for a short while - it got within 2 mtrs of him before it stopped, shook all the dust off him and then went on his way!! Steve the guide reckoned he knew it would only be a mock charge.

The boat trip up to Goodikwe Lagoon was very rewarding and appreciated. Again for most of the game drives we had the vehicle to ourselves. Yet again the food was excellent and the staff were just wonderful especially Kiri, Timothy and Lizzie.

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Mr & Mrs R - Warwickshire
Arrived on: 14-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Little Kwara review

Lizzie one of the managers was rather weak. The staff generally were alright.

Our guide and tracker were good and informative. We thought there would be much more water activities, although we did go on the river for a drive but were very disappointed in the bird life.

I know you can't always see things but brochure makes Little Kwara sound much better than it actually is.

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Expert Africa comments

As usual, we passed this feedback to the team at the camp. For the sake of completeness, they wanted us to note here that, on leaving, these travellers had written in the guestbook:

"GREAT experience. Impressive drives by Hobbs to see the cheetahs - also saw great hippo, lions on a buffalo kill, hyena later and beautiful birds. Everything great. Many thanks from all of us."


Mr G and Ms M from Auchendinny, Scotland
Arrived on: 7-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Little Kwara review

We were lucky to have Kwando Safaris head guide, Charles, with us for our stay and he was absolutely superb as was our tracker, Name.

The weather was mixed and therefore some drives were not great or had to be curtailed curtailed but they were flexible enough to change plans to take advantage of good weather and give us the opportunity to get out and see what was around. We spent a large part of an extended morning drive trying to track 3 male cheetahs without success and, as we were keen to try and see them, Charles agreed to an extra early start on our last day to try again this time with excellent views for about an hour.

Another example was arranging an extended night drive after rain had curtailed our afternoon drive. Highlights were the boat trip to the heronry (although would recommend an earlier start to this trip to allow more relaxed bird viewing en route), the 3 male cheetahs and 2 male lions with a buffalo kill and interacting with encroaching hyenas. Birdlife was also excellent.

The accomodation and food were not as good as the other camps but still of an acceptable standard. The management and staff were as usual very friendly and helpful.

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Mr & Mrs B - BC, Canada
Arrived on: 4-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Little Kwara review

The rooms were excellent.

The highlight of our stay was our guide, Charles. We had some wonderful guides this trip, but Charles was head and shoulders above them. I have have been going to game parks for a long time and have never encountered a guide so superb as Charles. He is proof that the spotters are largely superfluous.

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Mr & Mrs K - Maidstone
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Little Kwara review

Same comments as for Lebala (same owners group - Kwando). Guides work hard to find the sightings and do not worry if you need to stay out long to get to them. Game drives have priority over meal times!

We particularly enjoyed the river trip here. Whilst we have been on many such trips over the years, for this one there was a variety of scenery and environment through which we passed which provided good photographic opportunities and in our opinion it is one of the best we have come across.

There was one thing wrong and I have made the comment to local management and will repeat to their Head Office and that is the need to start this trip probably half an hour earlier. Inevitably some of those participating are slow to arrive in time being rather laid back and treating the whole experience as a bit of a holiday as opposed to serious game driving (in this case cruising). Such delays and any need during the duration of the cruise to stop to take photographs means that, as happened to us, we arrived at the heronry too late to take good photographs - it was almost dark. This was a missed opportunity as the double-deck boat gives an excellent platform to photograph the heronry and there was a lot happening there.

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Mr & Mrs H from York
Arrived on: 8-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Little Kwara review

Was really sad to leave Lebala camp and our new found friends staff and guests alike but settled really quickly with the help of fab staff here: Kia, Lizzie, Jacob and kenneth. Doi please let them know we had the best holiday of our lives and still talk about them! Great group. Very friendly and exceeded our expectations.

Food lovely and adjusted for my wheat intolerence. Knowledgeable, relaxed, punctual, helpful ( I lost my sun glasses which was a major disaster but the camp staff contacted the head office in maun and 12 h later I have new shades at the very reasonable cost of $30 dollors: amazing!).

Saw loads of animals in both camps: Lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, jackals, hippos, elephasnts, baboons, antelope, wilder beats, buffalo, zebras, giraffes birds, trtees, wild life. Little kwara cam was very cocmfortable, clean and spacious. Oil lamps were reallay pretty especially when all lit when we returned home after our night drive. Also noce to be met by Kia and a glass of Sherry! very personal touch we thought.

All our flights were punctual and the staff were friendly and helpful. Felt safe at all times even in tiny planes in the middle of no where!

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Mr & Mrs S - Massachusetts
Arrived on: 5-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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.

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Honey badgers from France
Arrived on: 2-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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)...

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Prof. & Mrs S from Edinburgh
Arrived on: 28-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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.

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