Reviews of Little Kwara
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Wonderful animal sightings at Little Kwara
Our wildlife experience at Little Kwara was generally excellent with just one small disappointment that we will mention last as it did not affect our overall enjoyment.
We had hoped to see cheetahs, in particular, at Little Kwara and so we very pleased to come across three sleepy cheetah brothers on our first afternoon. Overall, there was a very good variety of wildlife: highlights, apart from the cheetahs, being close encounters with lions at day and night, following a pack of wild dogs and the motorboat trip to the storks roosting area. Guides were excellent - we had Dutch most of the time who was very informative.
The tented accommodation on stilts was very comfortable, clean and spacious with a welcome outdoor shower (in the heat of the day especially).
Food and service was very good.
The only disappointment was that we were unable to fit in a Mokoro trip. The reason was that a scheduled motorboat trip to the heronry had to be delayed from our last afternoon to the following morning when we had expected to do the Mokoro. This was due to a problem with the Little Kwara boat and the need to arrange to borrow one from Kwara). However, although early morning on the water was cold we probably had more daylight than if we had gone on an afternoon trip. The heronry (actually large numbers of storks and ibises) was wonderful and not something we would have wanted to have missed.
Overall, an excellent experience at Little Kwara.
The best camp of our whole trip
This was our favorite camp because of its combination of first class tracking, wild life, intimacy with nature, small size, lovely rooms and really friendly service.
Right in the Okavanga Delta and on an island, Little Kwara offers real intimacy with nature and the local wild life. We had Elephants right outside our room and heard lions prowling around quite close to our tent during the night. We saw a hug variety of game within a few minutes of leaving the camp. No mosquitoes when we were there.
Excellent - spacious, comfortable, cool with fans and 24/7 electricity, good hot water, inside and outside showers and a bath, plenty of storage space, safe and a huge bed.
The camp is very well run in a quiet efficient way and all the staff are very friendly and really care about making your stay as pleasant and memorable as possible. Guiding and tracking first class.
Plentiful and good if not quite four star. Can get a bit repetitive.
Great. The huge plus point about this camp is that the drivers and guides will always go "off road" to find game. We saw a huge amount - Lions, three Cheetah brothers, Leopard, Elephant, Hippos, Giraffe, Wildebeast, Buffalo, Crocs and large and small birds. The boat ride to the Rookery is not to missed. We also enjoyed the the Mekoro boat trip through the reed beds.
Safari at little kwara
Excellent game, we had an excellent guide called Hobbs who found fantastic animals but his people skills were poor. We were also paired with 2 Americans whose needs were very diverse from ours. They would not take turns in the front seat. I was dismayed that they did not have rooves on their jeeps - but after several requests they put it on for us, as they also did with the other jeeps.
Loved the evening boat ride and the maroco canoes. This was the only camp without a fan in the room which was very hot in the day time. We had the best room, overlooking the lake which was fantastic.
Special Little Kwara
The whole experience at Little Kwara was fantastic. The staff were very friendly and welcoming from the moment we arrived and we were greeted by Liz the manager with a refreshing drink in hand. With only 5 tents the camp was small and intimate in a lovely setting, each tent was on stilts which was probably because of the close encounters with the elephants who liked the nearby trees! On the way back from dinner the first night our guide had to encourage a big elephant out of the way so we could get back to our tent! That was certainly a new experience!
The tents themselves were very well equipped, the beds extremely comfortable and large, and plenty of hot water supplied by a gas heater. There was even a bath as well as the outdoor shower. The staff gave us hot water bottles at night for the bed in case we were cold which was a nice touch!
The food was very good and plentiful and pleasantly served by the staff, T Bone always made a good starter and dessert! We really enjoyed the early morning porridge and muffins by the campfire too.
The guides and senior staff joined us for brunch and dinner each day and it was good to talk to them and get to know a bit about themselves and the way of life in Africa.
Our guide Hobbs, and our tracker Mike, were very courteous, professional and friendly and went out of their way to give us a special safari experience during our stay. We saw lots of game and birds on our drives, we especially enjoyed our first views of elephant, giraffe, zebra,red lechwe, tsessebe and impala. The morning we visited the Wild dogs and their puppies was amazing - we watched the pups huddle together for warmth before they began to play. The adult dogs were well camouflaged and we did not realise they were there at first! Many photos were taken that day.
One morning our coffee break was taken at a small lake which was home to lots of Hippos, luckily they stayed in the water during our visit but they kept a close watch on us, as we did them! - another extraordinary experience!
We saw a lioness and her cub twice, also 2 very sleepy male lions. There was a family group of 3 young cheetahs which we encountered twice and got very good views of them and their behaviour. Going off road following the game was all in a days work for Hobbs but a very exciting for ourselves!
There is an abundance of birdlfe in the Delta and we enjoyed seeing all the different species from the very large to the very small, all too numerous to list but one of our favourite was the Lilac Breasted Roller, very colourful and bright!
Hobbs and Mike took us on a boat ride into the Delta, through the channels between the immense reed beds . There was not another boat in sight and it was very tranquil. We visited some nesting Marabou Storks but were a little disappointed we didn't see more species, we were a bit early in the season (it was August) and most would arrive in the following few weeks.
We had our sun downer on the top deck of the boat and the view was glorious with the sun setting over the water. We speeded back through the channels before complete darkness set in with excellent boat skills from Hobbs and Mike on the way!
We have no hesitation in recommending Little Kwara, we enjoyed every minute!
Little Kwara review
See previous comments regarding drives and food - however, we enjoyed the food at Little Kwara the most of the three camps, although I cannot give specific reasons why we felt it to be better here - the sausages were still not very warm.
Previous disappointments (cats) were quickly dispelled and we had a wonderful 4 days here with lovely sightings of lions seeming to pose especially for us and our final drive not only having cheetahs, but including them making a kill. The sight of the hyena carrying off the impala's intact stomach a little later will live long in the memory (I don't suppose the photos will win any prizes though!) Wild dog puppies came out to play - lucky to see this. Very much enjoyed the variety offered by the motor boat cruise and mokoro.
Staff at all the camps were very good - helpful, friendly ... but special mention should be made of Anderson for his bar hosting/waiting skills and Kassie for her unfailing cheerfulness/friendliness/ability to remember names.
Perfect stay at Little Kwara
We had a great guide, Dutch, who knew a lot about the area and was very enthusiastic about the wildlife.
The camp itself was perfect. More simplistic in style compared to Lagoon or Lebala, but this seems more fitting in the bush.
Little Kwara review
Our guide, T.J., was amazing and taught us so much.
Everything was excellent except that morning coffee was not ready on time, and held us up from early morning safari departure.
Last Chance for Sighting
This place was fun and turned out to be great for seeing the largest variety of animals. Our guide, Dutch, and tracker, Mike, found everything we hadn't seen yet as well as the things we had. Their childhood experiences served them well in tracking and delighted us with the information. Dutch has great potential to accomplish more in his career and would benefit from someone mentoring him. T.J., a guide, and Anderson, a food server (?) could also go a long way with the proper guidance.
Little Kwara was a delightful place to end our journey to Botswana. The dancing and acapello singing on our last night was fun.
Great guiding at Little Kwara
This is where we saw the most game.
Little Kwara (Kwando) has a policy of providing a tracker (who sits on the front of vehicle)and a guide and all the guides work together if they spot something. Our guide (Duke) was very knowledgeable though driving was a bit bumpy.
Fantastic Little Kwara
We spent 5 nights in this remarkable lodge. Definitely memories for a lifetime! Wildlife watching / photography has truly been a dream there! The lodge itself dwells into a very laid-back atmosphere which is a different experience than what you can get in other places where 5 stars service is the general approach. Not saying it is not good, just that it is different.
The lunch and dinner are taken with everybody on the same big table. We didn't mind but sometimes you feel like you need to do some "small talk" and if you are in a honeymoon this is something you might possibly not like. The room was nice but little cold in the early morning as was the outside shower (plenty of hot water but a bit cold when you leave it at night for instance).
The real incredible value of this lodge is at the end its huge concession and the incredible tracker/guide we got. We were with Hobbs the guide and Kenneth as tracker. Kenny is a very good tracker but Hobbs is a totally awesome guide (one of the best we've ever been with) with a lot of experience, great knowledge and passion about wildlife and someone being very patient and also with a lot of empathy for his customers. We got along very well with them and saw a lot (cheetahs, lions, leopards, wild dogs..). A quick word on safari vehicles: very comfortable with a lot of room for legs and gears (contrary to bigger Kwara, vehicles have only 2 rows instead of 3 which is very good idea).
Finally, Mokoro and boat trips were splendid as well.
We wish we could come-back very soon to Little Kwara.