Little Kwara

Reviews of Little Kwara

Excellent(94%) From 112 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 112 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 P from West Yorkshire
Arrived on: 12-May-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Food:
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Our Favourite Camp

Little kwara was our first camp and our favourite of the trip due to its unique happy and friendly atmosphere. The camp is small (only 5 tents) and this enables it to have an intimate feel, somewhat like becoming part of the family for the length of our stay.

We resided in tent 1, which is isolated from the other camp areas and provides total privacy combined with a real excitement of sleeping in the bush with only the nocturnal sounds to keep you company. The room itself is on stilts, clean, rather spacious but perhaps a little too dark. The outdoor shower was too enclosed (probably for protection from the local baboon troop) but resulted in an experience that was no different from showering inside.

The food was all home cooked and the variation and quality was excellent considering the location of the camp. The inability to charge batteries within the room on paper appeared awkward but in reality allowed us to see the camps' behind the scenes' and this helped to meet and speak to camp employees who we would not normally have seen, allowing us to achieve a more rounded insight into camp life.
The activites were varied (drives, mokoro, walk and motorboat), well thought out and every one was most enjoyable.

Our guiding team of Hobbs & Kenny were a great team, outstanding, very talented and provided, not only great viewings, but created exciting game drives. Kenny's ability to spot animals was amazing, especially at night, where a sighting of a Genet was good, but the spotting of a leopard at least 50 yards off the road in a dense thicket was unbeliveable. Hobbs was probably the most aware and determined guide we have ever had and our last drive highlighted these attributes.

We viewed 2 male lions patrolling their area for approximately 1 and a half hours during which time Hobbs demonstrated his fantastic ability to position the vehicle exactly where the aminals would head and so we were able to see them heading towards us and walk by us at close quarters. After leaving the 2 male lions, most guides would have taken a steady drive back to camp but Hobbs immediately found some other lion tracks and asked our permission to try and locate them. The search was exciting and topped off when the pride of 8 appeared before our eyes, unfortunately we could only spend 5 minutes with them before racing back to camp in order to catch our plane. An exhilerating drive.

We left Little Kwara in a rush and on a huge high and despite witnessing more incredible sightings later on, none of the later camps could surpass our experiences here. A large thanks to all staff members for a most memorable stay.

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Ms F & Mr S - Virginia
Arrived on: 22-Mar-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Little Kwara review

The rooms are certainly luxurious at this camp; more luxurious than we needed actually. The staff, especially Lizzie and DT, were friendly and helpful.

Our main reason for disgruntlement at this camp has to do with our guide, Rex, who was a new employee and whose book knowledge was more extensive than his knowledge of the location of the animals at this concession. Also he was not very personable, which meant that the atmosphere in our vehicle (we were the only guests in that vehicle) was less convivial than it might have been.

Whether it was owing to his lack of skill or to simple bad luck, we saw fewer animals at this camp than did our fellow guests who had other guides. Lizzie, the manager, was responsive to our concerns and acted on them promptly.

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Expert Africa comments

Kwando Safaris were concerned to hear that these guests weren’t happy with their guide at Little Kwara. They have informed us that whilst Rex appeared very promising as a guide during his training period, he didn’t live up to expectations once he began to guide his own activities. As a result he no longer works at Little Kwara.

Mr & Mrs K - Maidstone
Arrived on: 19-Feb-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Average
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Location:
Good
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
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Food:
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Activities:
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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
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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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
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Location:
Good
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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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
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Location:
Excellent
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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
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Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
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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
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Average
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Facilities:
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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:
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Activities:
Good
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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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