Reviews of Kwara Camp
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good eatablished delta camp
Kwara is a long time favourite of ours and the atmosphere of the camp remains good.The camp itelf , especially the tents are probably due a refurbishment but they are still comfortable.( just extending the outside decks would give more useable outside space and make the accomodation seem roomier )
The game patterns had been affected here as elsewhere in the region following the exceptional flood this season.The guiding was as passionate and enthusastic as ever and long days out in the bush with combinations of boat and vehicle are catered for with real enthusuiasm. The long trips out to tsum tsum were both great fun, incredibly scenic and rewarding - good lion and cheetah tracking.
Skillful tracking by the guide and tracker ( izzy and KB ) enabled us to intercept 5 of the coilition of 7 males at night patrolling and roaring - terrific stuff - and the guiding teams were quite prepared to stay out and return for a late dinner.
The management team here seemed more settled and the very effective.Thuso runs a well motivated team.The food and service were good.
Wonderful staff at Kwara Camp
The first of 4 camps visited in our 10 night trip to Botswana. Kwara camp had a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere with very hospitable staff who always had a friendly and welcoming smile. Attentive at all times. The camp has a pleasant location looking across to the lagoon.
Game drives were always interesting with lots of lions, as well as healthy showings of general game and birdlife. The visit to the heronry late afternoon was a highlight, as well as the exciting boat ride back ( tip - wear sunglasses and a necktie that you can put across your mouth as the flies in the fast return wind can be a nuisance). Whilst Kwara had mokoros for guests the mokoro trip at Kanana camp was a lot more interesting and rewarding.
From a constructive point of view
a) the Toyota safari vehicles seemed to be under-powered compared to other camps.
b) more proactive vehicle and boat maintenance is required. The equipment gets a lot of heavy usage on sandy and water clogged tracks. One of the vehicles broke down on a morning drive; 2 of the 3 boats were out of action. The first boat trip to the heronry was cancelled because of engine problems, ok for us as we went the next night but disappointing for one couple who left the camp the next morning.
c) the camp was looking a bit 'tired' compared to other camps. Again proactive rather than reactive maintenance would help.
d) the family of baboons were a bit too intrusive at times. A swimming pool should be a swimming pool - not a drinking pool for baboons. Close the pool or keep the animals out. ( I appreciate its the bush but seeing young children swim in a pool where animals have drank isnt my idea of great hygiene)
All in all a very pleasant 3 days. No hesitation in going back again to Kwara.
Kwara Camp review
We loved the location of this camp and the camp manager was inspirational. On the drives we saw lots of game including a family of 6 cheetahs & a pack of Wild Dogs.
However our guide Bali did try very hard but we were slightly disappointed as we had heard/read a lot about the quality of the Kwando guides. He did not seem to be able to position the car very effectively for photos and mis-identified a few birds but to be fair he did try but just was not to the standard we had hoped. Bali did take us at a very long night drive & we saw a lovely Serval which was very nice & we appreciated this.
The Tracker BJ was terrible. He spent most of his time chatting & lost his concentration for frequent & extended periods. We thought it was just us being very demanding but found out later the other couple felt the same & joked they were going to give their tip to my husband as he had spotted 99% of our sightings.
We were meant to stay here for 4 nights but we were getting increasing frustrated so asked if we could go to Lagoon earlier which was not a problem.
Kwara Camp review
A lovely liitle camp. This was our first visit to a safari camp and of the three that we visited (Kwara, Lagoon and Lebala), this was our favourite. Although the accomodation was more basic than the other two camps, it was comfortable, clean and completely adequate. The staff were extremely friendly and in fact sitting down and chatting with them we felt we were staying at a friends house rather than being at holiday accomodation.
The range of activities was excellent, game drives, boat trips, walking, we did them all and this added to the experience.
Wildlife score: * * * * *
Kwara Camp review
After having seen so many animals and birds at our first camp it was always going to be hard for our next camp to compete.
Here we were given a driver and a tracker. However we did share the vehicle for most of the time which means that you have to go along with the interests of the other occupants.
We did see an unusual family of 6 cheetah containing 2 adults. We also saw a magnificent male lion rumoured to be one of 7 brothers! Our driver and tracker were good at following signs so we also saw 3 male cheetah and 2 groups of female lions. Amongst other creatures we also saw a Secretary bird, Ground hornbill and Ostrich.
We were unlucky to suffer 4 punctures and also becoming stuck which understandably meant quite a bit of hanging around.
There was a lot of water here and much of the driving was through water. The scenery was a contrast to the first camp but still lovely.
Fantastic stay at Kwara camp
The friendly team at Kwara made us feel really welcome. Bali our guide, Justice our tracker, Janet and all the staff run a very well organised yet relaxed operation.
We were in the middle of the bush yet we were extremely comfortable! Their attention to detail gave our stay a touch of luxury. To see lions on our very first game drive was a real treat, as was the elephant right outside our tent! The endearing sound of hippos "chuckling" in the adjacent lagoon will stay with us forever.
All the activities and the food were excellent.
Kwara Camp review
We saw the most wildlife at this camp, and Kwara is just great all the way around. As at the other Kwando camps, the guides and trackers are outstanding--we had Jacob and Justice.
The camp's location on the lagoon was scenic and entertaining with all the wildlife which could be seen from it--hippos, warthogs, monkeys and some good birds.
We loved the luxury of the"tent" which looked out over the lake. It was wonderfully relaxing with sights of elephants, baboons and hippo in the water at the far side of the lake and the amazingly loud sounds of the bell frogs in the evenings.
Going off road to follow a leopard staking out her prey (abandoned when the impala sensed her presence) was quite an experience, as was seeing a large pack of wild dogs. We caught glimpses of a lion but again they were elusive and we never saw any predators on a chase or feeding.
The camp staff were welcoming and friendly as were the guides although they sometimes needed prompting to share all their knowledge.
When 3 other jeeps arrived within 15 - 20 minutes of the call out to other guides following the wild dogs sighting we realised the concession was not quite as big as we thought.
The boat trip was disappointing, the hippos disappeared as soon as we arrived and we saw no other wildlife except one tiny crocodile. However the ride back in the dark, twisting and turning through the narrow waterways at speed was quite something!
The mokoro ride was uneventful but short and peaceful. The safari walk was a slow informative stroll around the camp.
Idyllic setting at Kwara
We loved sitting on our terrace overlooking the water hole at siesta time watching Hippos crocodiles baboons Impala come to us
The staff again were so friendly and interesting Janet was a delight.
Jacob was an excellent guide and worked hard to find the animals
We did feel that some drives were cut short to enable other guests to catch a transfer
The mokoro ride was disappointing because it was so short
We thought the early morning porridge was brilliant
We preferred this arrangement with the cooked breakfast after the safari, to having lunch as we did at Stanleys
We love Kwara camp!
This camp is brilliant.
Kwara camp's rooms and communal area look out onto water that is both beautiful in itself, and is frequented by hippos, elephants, crocodiles, impala, baboons, storks, pelicans and who knows what else.
The camp is gorgeous. The tents are built around the trees so it really feels like part of the scenery. The rooms are comfortable, spacious, and well maintained. Something about the camp made us feel instantly at home - maybe it was the friendly and very hospitable and accomdating staff, maybe the manager (who is a lovely man we had met previously at Lebala), or maybe just the general atmosphere of the place. We couldn't recommend it highly enough.
The terrain is very varied and interesting - open plains where the cheetahs and lions roam; mopani woodland where we were fortunate to see the rare sable antelope; and areas of acacias and scrub land.
The game viewing was brilliant. We were lucky enough to come across wild dogs resting and then off for the hunt, as well as general game, lions, cheetahs, elephants and some unusual sightings such as a leopard tortoise, an aardwolf, an african wildcat, and a small spotted genet. There is lots of interesting bird life as well, including the endangered Ground Hornbill. The elephants are a bit shy here, so you don't see large herds that are happy to hang around once a vehicle has arrived as you might in Chobe or Lagoon / Lebala, but we did see several bull elephants bathing and wandering about.
The drivers and spotters here are really passionate and committed both to finding and tracking the game and to imparting their impressive knowledge and fascination with the animals. We learned an enormous amount from our driver and guide, General and BJ, and we certainly had the impression that all the drivers and spotters took a simlar approach. They work as a very effective team, planning their routes to maximise the possibility of all the guests getting a chance to see something interesting. We had some great experiences tracking animals off road into the thickets and looking for nocturnal animals in the dark. The emphasis here is very much on the game, and everything else fits in around that.
The food was fabulous - as a vegetarian I was catered for very well, and the staff were very flexible in working around the timings of our extended evening drives.
The camp manager, drivers, spotters and staff work enthusiastically and tirelessly from dawn until the guests go to bed to ensure everyone has a lovely time. Whilst we were there, a honeymooning couple had a few surprise treats unexpectedly organised by the camp manager and staff and they clearly had a great time. They are very good here at working out how to satisfy a range of guests including repeat visitors and safari first-timers, without making it look at all difficult.
We had a very special and wonderful time at this camp and we hope to return soon!