Reviews of Kwara Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
5 stars for guides, 3 stars for management
We came to Kwara for the game viewing (included in the accommodation price as with any safari) which was great. Our guide and tracker (Robbie and AT, respectively) did an absolutely amazing job on the six game drives. Kwara uses Land Cruisers without tops for better views of the animals and also utilizes trackers in addition to the guides. The trackers have a special chair on the hood of the car to better spot animals, tracks, etc. Robbie and AT followed the tracks to more than one pack of wild dogs, as well as to a cheetah, and a lioness with her cubs.
However, if we were judging Kwara on the management of the camp’s facilities, we would give it a maximum of three stars. The tents are a bit run down – for example, there were holes in the netting in ours, letting in all manner of mosquitos and other insects in. Management and staff (not including the guides and trackers of course) were either absent or disinterested. The bar was poorly stocked and there were often no glasses for drinks. The food was low quality relative to the other camps we stayed at in Botswana.
The game viewing and the professionalism of the guides and trackers at Kwara were first rate, but the hospitality at the camp itself needs improvement.
Expert Africa comments
We were very pleased to hear that these guests enjoyed their wildlife viewing experiences with Barobi and AT so much, and that they were able to seek out wild dogs; a ‘must see’ which had eluded them up until their visit to Kwara.
When we shared the comments with Sue, the CEO of Kwando Safaris, which runs Kwara Camp, she clearly appreciated these guests taking the time to give their feedback, and was very sorry that the camp and hospitality did not live up to the standards they aim to achieve.
She commented that since their stay in September 2014 the camp has taken on a new manager, Timothy, who has years of experience, and the camp has also had a change of chef. For our most recent report, Expert Africa’s General Manger, Eleanor, stayed at Kwara Camp in March 2015. Eleanor recounts that she found the food to be very good. When she checked there was certainly a good choice of drinks with glasses always available.
The Kwara team explained that as with any tented camp, mesh screen netting needs constant repair. Small gashes are sewn up and holes have new sections of mesh sewn over them. A full replacement is only possible when the camp closes for extended maintenance periods. That said, the team assure us that the camp’s tents are checked regularly and now all the mesh screens are in good repair.
Even though Kwara Camp is a relatively simple camp, the team there still aims to offer high standards of service and a memorable stay to all their guests. We felt that these expectations were being met on our most recent visit there in March 2015.
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Awesome game viewing! Great service by staff and tour guides.Read more about the whole safari
Great remote Camp
A great location in Africa. But who knew it would be so cold at night.
Thick blankets were provided and it was a very comfortable stay in such a remote area.
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We enjoyed our 3 nights at Kwara very much.
Our guide Dix and the tracker worked together very well. The tent was very comfortable and we loved being able to lay there and see out at night. We had a little trouble getting warm water to last long enough to shower, but that was OK. We liked having the campfire in the morning. Unfortunately the day we did our mokoro it was quite windy, and we had to head back early.
All in all, we had a great time.
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Great trip and guide Thomas was terrific! All staff and trackers were great to be around.Read more about the whole safari
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This is a lovely camp. The accommodation is slightly older and less grand than in Lagoon but perfect for a three day stay - in fact it felt more authentic.
We had an excellent stay here - great game drives seeing a lot of different animals and birds with extremely knowledgeable guide and tracker. Their willingness to track and find interesting animals was great and included a number of lions, leopards, hyenas and a pack of wild dogs. At times the drives were exhilarating as we raced through the bush in an attempt to both find and then keep up with the animals! we also went on a river trip and out in open canoes which again were great experiences. Food and hospitality were excellent with nothing being too much trouble.
During our stay we learned about the ethos and approach to environmental and conservation issues in Botswana and by Kwando camps themselves and were very impressed with the commitment of the staff we met to this ethos.
First visit to the Okavanga
It was interesting to stay in a different terrain from the other Kwando Camps. The highlight was the visit to the newly discovered wild dog den with sixteen pups, and we also saw around a hundred elephants on one evening drive.
Like Lagoon, the emphasis seemed to be on predators and we spent several hours on abortive hunts for lions.
The evening river boat trip was very enjoyable, as was the Makoro on the lagoon.
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Our overall experience at Kwara camp was excellent. Prior to booking it was pointed out to us that the camp was a little tired but this did not detract from our stay at the camp which was amazing. The staff were all very attentive and we would like to give a special mention to our guide and tracker, George and Ope, and also Joseph and Lebou.
The highlight of our stay at this camp had to be sightings of the wild dogs and their 15 puppies. George said we should expect a lengthy drive, but my was it worth it. We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have had this experience. Wildlife in this reserve was in abundance, with exceptional sightings of cheetah, the lion, hyena and bird life - you wouldn't believe. This made the sightings for the guides in our next camps extremely challenging.
Great wildlife, beautiful landscapes.
This concession is a no miss if you want to see cats... And more. If you know which animals you want to see, your guides will really do everything they can to find them. We really wanted to see cheetahs and had an amazing time watching a cheetah family playing and hunting.
The only watch-out is each guide tales care of 6 guests. So you need to be clear what you want to do -game drive, boat, mokoro, walking safari- and make sure you don't end up having to do what the other guests of your guide want to do. But should you be in this situation (this happened to us), don't hesitate to talk to your guide or even the camp manager and they will find a solution.
Kwara Camp was most enjoyable and we had a memorable 13 hour all day game drive with lunch in the bush with Tom and his tracker Kelly. This was the best part of Kwara Camp--excellent guides and staff. This was the best game drive our our trip with sightings of lions and over 150 elephants and rather constant game coming into view all day long. Our second game drive found a pack of 15 wild dogs and we watched them for 40 minutes.
Botswana camps and game drives are VERY different from East Africa where we have been five times. The camps are small and intimate. The staff is uniformly superb and knows your name from the beginning. The drives are in beautiful terrain, woods, grasses, water crossings, savannah. AND there are not many animals compared to East Africa. Except for our one all day game drive, the other five days of drives at a total of three camps did not produce many animal sightings. When we did have a good sighting, such as the wild dogs, we spent a lot of time there and learned a lot about them from the guides who seem to know the game on an almost personal basis.
It takes some adjustment to appreciate the Botswana game viewing experience. You have very few vehicles to contend with. The guides have great local knowledge and game viewing is distributed between lots of birds, regular elephant and impala viewing and occasional other antelope, wart hogs, and the rare cat encounter.
Kwara was the best game viewing. However Kwara as a camp was disappointing in terms of our tent and the overall condition of the camp. It had a worn out feel. Our tent was very small with an off-again-on-again hot water shower, holes in the window mesh. The public areas were nice and in better repair but all over a renovation is needed.