Reviews of Lagoon Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Lagoon for Lovely Leopards
We came to Lagoon from Kwara another Kwando camp initially we were a little disappointed as Kwara had been we felt a bit more of a "Bush" experience but 1st impressions can be deceptive. The rooms are far more luxurious in every respect and a good contrast to Kwara. Food was very similar to Kwara, good home cooking.
Be under no illusion this camp is open to animals and in the first afternoon our room was surrounded by a breeding herd of Elephants. We were warned about their presence on arrival and they soon moved on after drinking from the Lagoon in front of our room. No need to worry about this as the camp staff are constantly vigilant. We saw them several times during our stay and a large male Kudu on the way to the communal area but it was never a problem, actually rather thrilling.
We had come to expect high standards from Kwando staff and Lagoon again delivered on this. Everyone is so courteous and friendly, nothing is too much trouble. Chatting with the staff round the camp fire and at dinner had become a highlight of the day. Our personal team here consisted of guide Paul and tracker James who knew each other from their village and had a very good rapport. The tracking was again a highlight of our experience in this case particularly Leopards, I hadn't dared to hope that we would catch a glimpse of one Leopard but we saw 4 individuals 2 of which were a young brother and sister who we watched for ages as they posed for us like supermodels on a termite mound, it was enthralling!
We also had good sightings of Wild Dogs (The Alpha Female came tearing past us in hot pursuit of Impala as we were out of the vehicle having our Sundowners!) and Lions together with the other usual sightings. Other special things we saw were an Aardwolf, large herd of Eland, a herd of several hundred Buffalo.
All this was thanks to our expert team of Paul and James. Our best regards to all at Lagoon,
Lagoon Camp review
our first wild dogs
excellent/outstanding guides and game drives
Disappointment, yet wonderful location and Te
The reception was not as warm as the past two, albeit some of the staff were very friendly. A bit shy in comparison except for one or two who seemed to poses the sense of humour of many other Botswanains. The service seemed to be, if you wish something, ask as opposed to offering. This was primarily at meals and absence of anyone available during afternoon rest time.
The Tent was superb, albeit the nice elevated walkways were missed. The most comfortable layout, yet no reference books, no hot water or tea. The laundry service was excellent, as it had been before, a welcome attribute as we packed light.
I prefer the single guide vehicle and guidance. Two can cause more discussion, which can possible be less attention by one. There was a great desire by Carlos to find a particular Lion. Too much time spent, albeit there seemed to be a shortage of options at this time of year. He did the best with what he had. Not as good with Photographer needs and positioning. His agenda seemed more important.
No Poncho's or Bush babies on the cold drives.
Wonderful noises of the Wildlife in the evenings, also the Lagoon/River Drive was exceptional, the guide was most informative concerning the area, its environs and wildlife
Two nights may have served, primarily due to shortage of wildlife and services.
Lagoon is a lovely camp and far exceeded our expectations. Our room was very spacious with a small lounge area, a huge bedroom with a 7ft bed, a dressing room leading to the bathroom which consisted of double wash basin, a claw foot bath, and a shower. There was a door to the toilet and another to an outside shower - wonderful.
Outside there was a decking area with very comfortable chairs, footstools and a table overlooking the river where you could spot elephant, hippo and large variety of birds.
The food was of very good quality and plentiful - the brunch at 11ish was vast and varied - just what you needed after a long game drive.
Although we did not see any big cats at Lagoon, we did spot honey badgers, mongoose and a porcupine. The usual elephants, giraffe and gazelles were in abundance as were wild dogs. One evening, although we did not see the kill, we arrived a very short time after, to wild dogs devouring a male impala - there was nothing left after a few minutes only the antlers.
Our guides were excellent and really tried to find us the big cats. They drove very carefully - quite the opposite of Hobbs at Little Kwara.
Lagoon was our favourite camp with Sandibe coming a close second.
Lagoon Camp review
We very much enjoyed the trip to Lebala by safari vehicle. Much better than a flight.
We saw several species we did not see at any camp.
Lagoon Camp review
Our guide Spencer is just great. I like his sens of humor. He is a very experienced guide.
The new houses (I can not say "tents") are great and very big. The river lookout is amazing.
Lagoon Camp with views
Coming from Lebala which was a just ok this place was a revelation. Set on the river with hippos the rooms were bigger than some places I have lived. The view from the comfy double bed was to die for and I wished I had spent the days at Lebala here. Indeed add a kitchen and interweb and I would not have left.
Game was great and despite having a change of guides both were great and we saw the wild dogs twice in two days. A mock charge from a tuskless female elephant was fantastic as was the zebra with the skin missing from its front right leg, our guide suspected the wild dogs were just not strong enough for this almost fully grown zebra but nothing more down to earth than how slender life is in the wild.
Overall a great camp and would love to go back. The flight back to Maun with just me and the pilot was an experience I loved as well, just be sure to tell the pilot you love flying and you get an amazing flight.
Lagoon camp review
We arrived a few hours before the first summer storm, and lost a few hours game viewing but we had expected that. Game viewiing slightly disappointing, but that's the luck of the draw.
This must now be the Kwando flagship with outstanding accommodation and an extremely high level of hospitality under the highly effecient and personable Thuso'
Sugar was a cheerful and competent guide, and P.D an excellent tracker
Safari at Lagoon Camp
All the Kwando staff were extremely friendly and welcoming. It was a joy to be stopping with them.
The guide (Bali) and tracker (Julius) were excellent, being very knowledgeable and going out of their way to ensure we saw the wild dogs . We also saw leopards and lions. The guide was always happy to stop and point out bird-life.
Safari vehicles were comfortable even with six on board, spread over three tiers. The guide was happy to remove the roof cover to give better viewing opportunities.
The camp is in a lovely setting and the rooms were excellent and very spacious. The food was plentiful and good quality.
It would have been useful if the company provided or the shop sold small field guides on the animals/birds found in Botswana.
Best safari day ever at Lagoon
Nice to meet Tuso again (Lebala 2008). Good staff, who sang and danced beautifully on the Friday night.. Best room of the trip, although again it was a long way to the furthest room. Lovely, brand-new, Landcruiser, with very good guide and spotter (Bale and PD).
Wonderful wildlife, with the same pack of wild dogs that we saw 4 years ago. We even saw a sable (in the distance at the airstrip).
Lighting in the dining room better than in previous 2 camps - we could see what we were having for dinner.