Little Kwara

Reviews of Little Kwara

Excellent(94%) From 118 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 118 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.
The W family from Singapore
Arrived on: 22-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Superb tracking at Little Kwara

As with CL [Ed: Chitabe Ledibe] 2 SECTIONS.

Camp Management :
We did not enjoy the luxury of 2 adjacent tents as this not possible at LK . It would be a great asset. LK was smiles all round and despite an intitial feeling that we were to be disappointed at LK this was not the case.
We were greeted at the airstrp in 40 plus degrees with no canvas top on the jeep. I later requested one and this was up for the afternoon drive. The pool upon arrival was also deep brown but cleared up later on....after CL [Ed: Chitabe Lediba] we had been spoilt.

Besides this LK has a great bush feel . The breakfast area is on the ground ( what a relief ) and you felt part of the bush. Animal life at the camp was abundant with Elephant , giraffe etc all very close. We had good food but rotten wine ( again ) . This is a pity with SA just round the corner. My son was ill for a few days and the staff were superb but with very little back up supplies. This was also true of CL so good adivice is always to take along a general antibiotic if required. We were saved by a friendly belgian couple. Decor at LK is more basic than CL and it feels genrally a grade below CL in all respects but in the end for us the expereince was better and more bush friendly. We were sad to leave LK and would recommend it but it is certainly below CL in terms of smart decor etc but it depends what you are looking for.

Game viewing.
We had Hobbs as a guide with Kenny as his tracker. They were first class and found cheetah in impossible mopane terrain.We saw no Leopard and few Lion but saw good sized breeding herds of Elephant . The terrain at LK is attractive BUT can be frustrating on the sand as the jeeps wobble around and take for ages to get anywhere. This can be very hard on the nerves sometimes.Despite the excellence of the tracking and the REAL HARD WORK on the trackers we felt that the guides need to smarten up on their understanding of a photographic safari. We missed some superb shots of a 250 strong breeding herd of elephant by not thinking far enough ahead. ( sun , elephant movement etc ) and there is a limit to how much you can suggest and we also missed shots on lions feeding on a hippo carcas as we arrived there too late. I was rather disappointed at this but the Hobbs / Kenny team were first class otherwise.Coordination between jeeps again excellent.Our walk could have been a little more ambitiuos.

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Mr D. from Witney
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Little Kwara review

What a tremendous team! It is difficult to praise them enough. We were made to feel part of a family rather than just visitors and the conversations around the communal dining table in the evenings were intelligent, wide-ranging and humorous.

Every one is obviously dedicated and enjoys their job but special mention should go to the Managers Mipelo and Leso and the guides TJ and Dutch, whose knowledge and enthusiasm made our stay so memorable.

The game and birds were plentiful and we had good sightings of Lion, elephant and numerous birds. Flooding in the west of the concession at this time of year prevents access to the Cheetahs, we were told.

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Mr & Mrs W from Austin
Arrived on: 27-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Excellent game view and staff

The staff was professional, energetic and a joy to be around. The chef prepared excellent dishes for each meal and our guide was very knowledgeable.

My husband and I saw our first lions at Little Kwara and the wildlife did not disappoint!

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Mr R from Paris
Arrived on: 8-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Little Kwara review

Of the four camps we visited, we enjoyed this one but it seemed one notch below the others. Although we had a good guide who really tried to find us animals, we saw the least wildlife here of the four camps, much less actually than the others. Could be the time of the year given that there is water everywhere right now which makes it difficult for some of the wildlife to get around.

Little details at the camp need relooking at but added up they give you the impression that more attention needs to be given - bath towels are tiny (smaller than the ones I get everyday at my gym), on cold nights - and we got down to freezing one night - blankets could be placed on the very cold dinner chairs, no locks inside the tents (only camp without them), instant coffee one of the three mornings (never saw this anywhere else), etc.

On the positive side, the water activities are great (especially mokoro trip) and add a dimension not available elsewhere.

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Mr & Mrs M - Florida
Arrived on: 4-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Little Kwara review

Wonderful warm caring staff.

Dutch, our guide was absolutly amazing. He could be biology professor.

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Mr and Mrs I - New Zealand
Arrived on: 18-May-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Little Kwara review

Very nice camp. Friendly kind staff (very friendly baboons!!) Good drives and good food. We enjoyed it very much. Also enjoyed the water activities, especially the mokoro.

Hobbs was very informed and we really enjoyed his knowledge

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Mr & Mrs P from West Yorkshire
Arrived on: 12-May-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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
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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
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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
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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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