Reviews of Little Kwara
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Little Kwara review
I really liked the informatility and small size of this camp. Also, to my delight, the morning tours start an hour later than the others, so we could be more rested and we were able to walk to breakfast on our own volition because it was daylight. (See my comments on Duma Tau about the problem with waking guests at 5:30.) I also liked the boar ride (in the small canoe boats) a lot, It was the best part of our stay. And, of course, gliding on the water is such a pleasant change from bumping around in the Kalihari sand.
Regarding the early rising issue, you may consider telling your guests that if they are traveling in a group of 4 or more people, they have the option of having their own Landrover and then could alter the departure times. I am not sure guests would realize this unless they were told. Guides seemed willing to depart later if everyone was willing to (but it was not apparent that we had the option to request this).
Little Kwara Camp
We had fatastic game vieing here with a wild dog pack hunting , cheeta kills, lions as well as hyena and herds of elephants with young.
A lovely small camp with very friendly and knowledgable staff and guides. The singing menues were also a treat.
the lion of little Kwara
We were welcomed by a plane spotting large male lion watching the planes landing and taking off at the air strip - was spotted later that day fast asleep on the runway! - quite an experience!
a smaller camp so everybody got to know one another and all the guides ate with us, which led to some great conversations.
Our guide (P.J.) and tracker (Mike) were a great team, and we had some great sightings with them e.g.lionesses and cubs with a kill, mating lions, and a pair of very lazy cheetahs!
They made a lovely cake for Janet's birthday and gave her a card and a hand made paper album - and also sang happy birthday! Very special!
Lovely lodge with fab sightings
A really lovely lodge in a great location, but no mosquito nets in rooms and door to verandah didn't shut completely.
Superb staff and good attention to detail, lovely food and some wonderful sightings. Great effort put into finding the animals we hoped to see.
Little Kwara, great camp & staff
The staff at Little Kwara consistently goes above and beyond! They were fantastic (arranging a private in room dinner on our last night to help celebrate our honeymoon - very touching).
The game and the tracking is firstrate, and having the river activities (canoe and boat) really help to set the experience apart.
Little Kwara review
Game viewing was generally good , and the level of guiding and tracking was satisfactory but I was disappointed that my request for room 1 was ignored, as was the case last year. In both years that room was allocated to 1st time visitors. My wife and I have now spent a total of 60 nights in Kwando camps, but our loyalty is not reciprocated. In this case I believe that the problem lies at camp manager levelRead more about the whole safari
Little Kwara review
This area is larger and sparser so we do more driving to find things to see. We've also at the point seen most animals so out guides are trying to find more unusual things like wild dogs and hyena which we haven't seen yet. On the way back the first evening we see a wild cat, a Civet cat, and a hyena by spot lot. The guides ability to spot stuff continues to amaze.
Sleep deprivation is slowing us all a little but no one is willing to skip a drive! The evening drive starts in rain, and the rain becomes torrential. The supplied pancho's don't do the trick, and we haven't provided for protecting our cameras. Carry a large zip lock bag! We give up. The other car continues and does see the wild dogs.
The next day we do a mokoro and walk in the morning. We decide to skip another boat ride in favor of another drive. And we finally find the dogs!
And then we are done and going home.
Only problem here was that it got hot and the lack of AC or even fans made sleeping difficult early in the night. The camp really doesn't have electricity so I don't know what they could do to improve the situation.
Little Kwara review
Could consider adding ceiling fan for fans to the roomRead more about the whole safari
Little Kwara review
Knowledgable and hard working guide team maximised game viewing and understanding of environment. Main objectives therefore achieved.
Rooms ok but toilet facilities not private.
Food indifferent at best.
Staff very friendly and helpful.
Little Kwara Review
This small 6-tented camp is superbly located on the edge of the Okavango Delta just north of the Moremi Game Park in its own private concession. Accommodation is very good with the tents built on stilts and the animals able to wander through(wart hogs, baboons, impala, elephant while we were there plus giraffe close by). Although the wild life did not appear to be as plentiful as at previous camps, we did see a large pack of wild dog on several occasions, hyena and lions. Also a cheetah that appeared to be badly injured and therefore very vulnerable. Hippos were plentiful as well as zebra, tsessebe, reed buck etc. We enjoyed the varied terrain of open grassland, expanses of water and mixed vegetation, much greener than we had seen elsewhere. In addition to seeing the wild life above the highlights were the boat trip with Alex on a double decker boat and enjoying the heronry plus yet another magnificient African sunset and a mokoro trip and walking safari on a nearby island.
Our stay was marred by our temperamental guide, Hobbs. On our first day he didn't engage with us in the way that we had been used to. All the other guides on our trip had been knowledgeable, enthusiastic and had great personal skills. Hobbs appeared unfriendly and taciturn. Getting information was like getting blood out of a stone. We discussed this with the camp manager, Carlos on our return and he then switched us to Alex who was excellent. Hobbs apologised and said that he had been upset by the behaviour of the other guests on our vehicle who talked incessantly about personal matters - very rude and distracting for us as well as Hobbs. When we were then told that Hobbs would have to be guide for the last 3 activities because no other guide was available, we didn't then expect there to be a problem. The first activity back with him was the mokoro trip & walking safari when he was excellent, displaying his knowledge & passion. We had the impression that he was also training 2 other staff in guiding. However by the afternoon of our last day we were back to the Hobbs from the beginning of our stay. He gave us very little information, was reluctant to answer questions in fact he gave the impression that he resented being asked anything. He also seemed to go out of his way to delay arrival at 3 lionesses such that we were only able to get photos of 1 in the evening sun rather than the 3 if we had arrived earlier. At the stop for sundowners he spent the time with guides from Kwara who had stopped close by. Much of the time in the vehicle with us, he was chatting to the tracker in Setswana. All of this was a very disappointing end to what was otherwise a fabulous 2 weeks in Botswana.
We did wonder whether there were some management issues at Little Kwara. Greetings seemed more perfunctory and we sensed a lack of team spirit. Having said that we did enjoy good conversations with several members of the staff. We also find it hard to believe that the issue outlined above had not come up before and been dealt with. Whilst staying at a small camp such as this has its attractions, it also brings limitations: the fact that we had to accept Hobbs as no other guides appeared to be available being one.
We don't feel able to recommend Little Kwara in spite of the obvious potential that this camp has.
Expert Africa comments
With this traveller's permission, we sent their comments to the camp. They commented that Hobbs is one of the most requested guides for return visitors, having been with them for many years. So this less than stellar report had the camp and Expert Africa exceedingly concerned because it is out of character with his usual professional performance, and also the usual high standard expected of their guides. Having discussed the issues with the camp, they've apologised to this traveller and the issues have been addressed in a meeting between senior management and Hobbs. We're confident that Hobbs can learn from this experience and have been assured they will continue to monitor his performance.