Camp Kwando

Reviews of Camp Kwando

Good(76%) From 20 travellers
Excellent
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Below are independent comments from 20 of our travellers who have visited Camp Kwando, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Family H - Namibia, Bots and Vic Falls trip
Arrived on: 21-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Camp Kwando review

The person who we saw at reception didn't give us much info. We overheard a conversation between a staff member and other guests and gleaned much from that.

There was supposed to be wifi but it was impossible.

Lodges were lovely. No hairdryers/straighteners allowed due to intermittent generator.

Sunset cruise was very pleasant although the guides were quite late in spotting wildlife and didn't give a lot of info.

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Ms A - Australia
Arrived on: 1-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
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Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
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Loved It

A lovely camp beautifully situated on the river.The management, staff and everyone connected with the camp were friendly and extremely helpful.The meals were very good and diverse.

We did a river safari which was extremely enjoyable and Rob tried his hand at fishing with very small results - no big Tiger Fish for him. We also did a game drive with some nice animal sightings and as with the cruise the guide was great.

The Safari tents are beautifully situated on the river and good basic structures.

I would definitely stay at this camp again.

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Mr & Mrs P - Sydney
Arrived on: 1-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
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Food:
Excellent
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Camp Kwando review

Lovely place to stay, bungalows great, beautiful linen, clean, cosy, verandah was a winner for a sundowner drink, bathroom was fun. great food, good service and well guided activities.Lots of hippos as well as other wildlife but a good place for a rest.

Interesting area to stay as quite traditional, road good although not completed further on from camp so a 4x4 is required if travelling on further.

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Miss. M and Mr. M - Co. Down
Arrived on: 21-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Staff could have been nicer.

One night may have been enough here. Activites were very expensive and dissapointing (we were unlucky with both the drive and cruise but others had better luck). White staff did not acknowledge guests at all. Sat at bar and even took up all seats around the campfire so guests couldnt use it.

A consultant arrived on our last day and greatly improved our experience. He was very friendly and helpful. Short staffed for dinner and resources were low ie no still water no bread etc for day 1. Food was lovely and our Tree House was beautiful. Too expensive expecially after our great experience in Ndhovu.

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Family K - London
Arrived on: 21-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Camp Kwando review

We stayed here two nights on a tour around the Okavango. We picked this lodge in order to see a traditional village and to visit the Mudumu park to the south. Overall we were disappointed with this part of our trip, not because of anything the lodge did or didnt do, but because the N-S main road is being rebuilt and so instead of a short drive down from the main road we encountered a series of temporary surfaces, active road works, and some delay (as well as dust). The drive to Mudumu was hard work and the lack of road signs meant that we missed the park entrance.

The camp is in a nice location on the river. We heard hippo but didnt see any, and we saw plenty of birds.

We had a family chalet (two rooms and bathrooms with a connecting door). This worked to help communication, but with a single high roof meant that we heard almost everything that went on). The rooms looked out directly onto the river with great views of the sunset. We had plenty of room inside and on the veranda, and were far enough away from the fairly busy camp site to have feeling of isolation.

The local traditional village was worth the visit. It was interesting to hear first hand from the locals about how their lives are changing and about how the government is working to capitalise on tourism without any negative impact on the locals.

This camp has a large number of tents and space for camper vans etc, so there is less personal attention. Nonetheless, its a nice enough place to stay. Dinner is served on separate tables but at the same time. The food was good.

Overall we enjoyed the camp. It was a nice place to relax after several hours of difficult driving!

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Mrs E & family - Netherlands
Arrived on: 22-Jul-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
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Food:
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Activities:
Average
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Facilities:
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Camp Kwando

We had a pleasant stay. Lodges made from same material local housing of people were build of. Beautiful.

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Mr R & Mrs B - Portugal
Arrived on: 28-Jan-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
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Facilities:
Average
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A disappointment

The staff were very good and helpful but they were let down by a very indifferent management. There was no atmosphere which stemmed from the management who did not seem to have a lot of interest in us or their job.

Our guide Costa was excellent as was the food and the serving staff. It is a shame that they were let down. Please be aware that if you visit in the rainy season there is no roof on the bathroom! A place we would not revisit.

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Mr G & Mrs M - Portugal
Arrived on: 14-Jan-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
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Service:
Good
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Food:
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Activities:
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Camp Kwando review

The manageress (Rhiannon) really did not want to be there. There was very little welcome from her.

The rooms need updating and there are plans in the pipeline. It so happens that the chef, Dolla, is an old acquaintance of ours from Stanford were we have our South African home. Her food is exquisite and the best we had on the whole trip.

The bar manager (Riaan) was not very sociable and spent all his time with other guests and staff speaking in Afrikaans. Local staff were excellent.

Costa the guide on the river cruise was fantastic, we saw hippos and crocs on a very interesting boat trip. The only downside was when the owner phoned and reminded him we only had two hours. As if it really mattered when we were the only guests (again).

The bathrooms are let down by the fact they are totally open to the elements, not just the shower, so in a heavy rainstorm you get totally soaked.

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Mr & Mrs S - Surrey
Arrived on: 17-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
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Activities:
Good
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Facilities:
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Camp Kwando review

Lovely setting, although could do with a bit more signage early on the approach road to reassure you that you are on the right road!

Treehouse accommodation was excellent, very roomy with good furnishings, mosquito net and balcony to sit out on. Good large bathroom with bath, shower, toilet and sink. Water comes from the river, so expect to have to pick out various bits of greenery from your bathwater! No tea and coffee making facilities in the room which was disappointing.

On our second day, we went to order a drink at the bar and we noticed a sign saying that the drinks bill (which includes any beverage ordered with dinner) must be checked by guests each night as it can't be changed after that. We felt we should have been told about this rule on arrival, as if a mistake had been made on our first nights drinks bil from dinner, we wouldn't have been able to challenge it as we didn't know about the rule on that day! Incidentally, our drinks bill was wrong on the second night, but luckily, by that time we'd seen the notice so had asked to check it!

On arrival, we booked three activities with the receptionist, boat trip on the afternoon of arrival, mokoro trip at 9am the next morning, and game drive at 2pm the next afternoon. As we were about to go for breakfast at 8am the next morning, a member of staff knocked on the door to collect us for the game drive - we explained we were booked on the game drive for 2pm, but were told we had been booked on for the 8am game drive. As they have a policy of not doing a game drive unless there are at least four people going we were told we wouldn't be able to do a game drive in the afternoon. When we pointed out that it wasn't our mistake that it had been booked for the wrong time, they did agree to take us in the afternoon, but only after a slightly heated exchange, which left us feeling like we didn't really want to go in case it caused bad feeling, so we just spent the afternoon relaxing and enjoying the surroundings.

On speaking to the management later, we were given an apology and told that it was a mistake that the receptionist had made before. The receptionist was told that from then on the bookings have to be done directly through the office, so hopefully this situation won't arise again.

The two trips we did were very good, the afternoon boat trip was relaxing with lovely views and glimpses of hippos, elephant and various birds. The mokoro trip was lovely, with a very different perspective by travelling so low in the river, the mokoro guide was excellent too. Evening meals were of an average standard, but we found the breakfast to be very good - especially the pancakes. The locals that served the meals/breakfast were polite and friendly.

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Mr G party of four - Norway
Arrived on: 11-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
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Facilities:
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Camp Kwando review

Very friendly and informative welcom. Beautiful location and we really enjoyed the evenings by the river with a tremendous amount of sounds and smells. Food were excelllent. We had a boat trip on the river and a game drive in Mudumu National park. We saw a lot of elephants, buffaloes and other plains game.

Very nice place with good atmosphere.

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