Reviews of Little Kwara
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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.
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.
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!
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.