Little Kwara

Reviews of Little Kwara

Excellent(93%) From 100 travellers
Excellent
73
Good
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Average
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Below are independent comments from 100 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 K - Maidstone
Arrived on: 19-Feb-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Little Kwara review

Similar comments apply as mentioned in my review of Little Vumbura. Some excellent lion sightings however, due to the somewhat reduced viewing area, over the three days spent at the camp we frequently saw the same animals on successive days.

Had a rare occurrence happen when compared with today's "throw away society" whereby one of the fitters was able to perform a first class shoe repair for me in circumstances where in the UK we would have discarded the broken shoe, but I was travelling light with only one pair of shoes so I was in a hole. Therefore in Africa the "make do and mend" attitude proved my saviour!

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Mrs & Mr D - California
Arrived on: 18-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Little Kwara review

We went to Little Kwara after starting in Lebala and are glad the trip was arranged this way. LK's more Teddy Roosevelt-style accommodations were perfectly placed on stilts under big trees. They provided all we needed though they are a bit dark. Perhaps next time they refresh the tent material they can stitch in some panels of waterproof transparent material to make skylights. We eventually figured out that we could make our windows a bit more private by raising the internal window-cover panels though in the very still air this made things a little stuffy. Excellent outdoor shower and double sinks and a good kerosene lantern at night for the toilet room lent a luxury camping feel.

The staff were lovely and very willing to share information about their traditions; we learned a lot of history and culture here. Being somewhat smaller than Lebala where we started, this camp's intimacy allowed us to get to know our hosts and fellow guests. I celebrated a birthday in this camp and much to my surprise over supper that night the staff delivered a candle-lit cake, bottle of champagne, and a lovely gift while offering a traditional song and dance. I will always remember this birthday.

As with Lebala, we would have preferred to start our afternoon game drive a bit earlier and be back in camp by 7 pm for an earlier supper so we could sit around the 'bush TV' (campfire) to chat in the beautiful evening air rather than coming in later, eating later, and going to bed tired with full tummies. On our night drives we did see lions and have a humorously memorable adventure with a failed vehicle (which camp staff immediately remedied). A boat trip on the delta to visit the heronry in a gentle drizzly rain will remain a mental highlight; I would swear that Walt Disney's staff a half-century ago got their idea for The Jungle Cruise from this very ride.

We'd go back. It was wonderful.

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Mr & Mrs D from Twickenham
Arrived on: 2-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Little Kwara review

Much better game than Lebala.
Very nice camp, very nice rooms again, and central area also very enjoyable, especially with passing elephant.

Must say George and Michael were great fun as well as very competent guides. Definitely more laughs with George than any others.
Mokora trip very pleasant although not as many birds as I had hoped, and a rather closer encounter with a "naughty boy" hippo than I expected!

Heronry trip was rather a package tour when we got there, loads of boats, we had been advised to go earlier but Kwara insisted that 4pm was the best time to start, I think perhaps 3.30 at least.

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Mr M & Mrs B - Colorado
Arrived on: 19-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Little Kwara review

Little Kwara was probably the best overall camp. Lizzie the camp manager was incredibly accommodating—she could not do enough for any of us. Our guide (Steve) and tracker (Mike) were every bit as good as Dux and Bowman and they too did their best to give us the best experience possible. One night Dux and Mike took us out until 2:00 AM looking for the Splash Boys a huge pair of male lions who inhabited the area, which was one of the highlights of the trip.

The food was outstanding, which we found interesting vis-à-vis Lebala which is also a Kwando camp. In addition, one evening after dinner we were delightfully surprised with singing and African chants followed by a “dance around the table” with both staff and guests—that experience literally brought tears to our eyes. The Batswana are an incredible people.

Predicated on our experiences with two (2) Kwando camps we would recommend Kwando to anyone. The focus was find game, find game and find game with a lot of warmth and attention to guest needs thrown in for good measure. Little Kwara was our favorite camp, period.

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Three from Manchester
Arrived on: 28-Apr-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Little Kwara review

Little Kwara is a beautiful little camp and with only 5 tents a very intimate set-up. The staff are very warm and friendly and the guiding the usual Kwando high standard.

We saw plenty of game and unusual visits to camp by Lions and a Leopard made of an exciting evening one night.

The only reason the camp gets a good rather than excellent rating is that due to its size and focus on both water activities and game drives, its can be a little inflexible in terms of guests needs. Although they do try their best to accomodate any requests.

Personally I would recommend a private guide at this camp to ensure you do as you please during your stay.

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Mr & Mrs D - Greece
Arrived on: 26-Mar-2010 Stayed for: 6 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

Little Kwara review

Full report to follow in due course. Facilities only average due to state of pool. Activities only good due to boat situation.

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Mr S from Canada
Arrived on: 18-Mar-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Little Kwara review

This was my second visit here (first was in Kwara) but the first for my 12 year old son.

The excellent location offers plenty of game to be seen - even at the end of the wet season. In the first 24 hours we saw the three main predators - lion, leopard and cheetah.

Unfortunately our morning activities were cut short each time during our three day stay - we are convinced arrangements could be done do avoid this, especially with a little more good will from our guide.

Our room and the food were good and the people were very nice and took good care of my son while I was resting during the siestas. Together with the manager - Chucks - he had fun in chasing away the elephants that came to the camp. Chucks told us interesting stories about game (how he was chased by warthogs) and about Botswana in general.

Our tracker - Kenny - was great in spotting game (day and night!) and skilled with the mekoro navigation.

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Mr and Mrs H - Middlesex
Arrived on: 25-Feb-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

Little Kwara Feedback

We had a lovely stay at Little Kwara. It felt very intimate as it is such a small lodge and gave us a chance to get to know all the staff well. They were all excellent and very friendly and helpful.

We have a few observations, one that the lack of power in the rooms was a bit inconvenient as cannot charge ones own batteries, this had to be done by the staff in their office. Also, our guide, Piet, who had only just started that week in the area, had a tendency to follow the other vehicles rather than driving and tracking to see what we could find.

As time went on, however, he did seem to get a bit more confidence, however, when other vehicles were around tended to follow them rather than taking the lead, even when we were first on the scene. This meant that photographing became impossible as the only view was the rear view of the animals, in this case, lions. A final point to mention is that the vehicle we were in was of poor quality and the seats were hard and uncomfortable.

Overall though, we had a lovely time, really enjoyed our time with the staff and had some great sightings of lion and cheetahs.

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Mr & Mrs D - East Sussex
Arrived on: 11-Nov-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Little Kwara review

This was our third visit to Kwara, although the previous two were to the main camp. The location of Little Kwara is arguably not as special as the main camp (inasmuch as most of the rooms do not overlook the lagoon), but the rooms themselves are considerably better.

As with previous visits to this consession, the game viewing was top class, and the range of activities is broader than is available at most camps. However, the guide on this occasion (Hobbs) was not as good as on previous visits - seemingly more interested in driving around (both in the safari vehicle and in the boat) at a speed inconsistent with watching game. After two less than satisfactory drives, we and our fellow travellers prevailed on him to slow down, which improved things. Nonetheless, he did not demonstrate the same enthusiasm for his role as we have experienced at Kwara.

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Mr & Mrs C - Shropshire
Arrived on: 8-Nov-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Little Kwara return

We were greeted at the camp by Lizzie just as if we were family. Most of the staff recognised us from last time, I'm not sure this was a good or bad thing!!

Animal and birdwise we saw everything going including a very long game drive to see 2 Cheetahs (also lions on the way). One night we were given the chance to see a Pangolin just outside the camp. Our Driver/Guide and tracker were TN and Justice both excellent.

Food excellent and the tent just great (this was the 2nd time we asked for tent No 1 and got it). Many thanks Anna.

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