Reviews of Kwara Camp
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Excellent safari at Kwara
I very much enjoyed staying at Kwara camp. The tents had everything you could need while still retaining something of an'Old Africa' feel.
Guiding was good and we saw cheetah, elephant ,lion and much more. The guide (George) was a good communicator.
I was able to take a short mokoro trip and a walk.
The camp was well organised and well run and service and food were both excellent.
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i was interested in seeing Leopard and as there had been a kill we went back several times to see if we could find it/them. in fact we did not see the mother, but did see the cub briefly at night, and it was marvellous. Our viewing might have been longer but unfortunately, whilst I realise it is common practice to share sightings, the next jeep arrived at the spot at high speed and so caused the leopards to move away.
Still, the only 3 vehicles at any sighting, and not following any predator which is clearly stalking prey, seemed excellent rules, and we appreciated the care the trackers and spotters take of their wildlife.
The rooms are fine, although a little more rustic than some camps, but the food was good and I would not worry about any tripadvisor reports to the contrary. The staff are fabulous and Hilda was a star, always cheerful and kind and considerate of the dietary needs of the diabetic in our group.
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Rooms were in need of updating but did not spoil this fantastic camp.
Driver George and spotter Josiah were a joy to get to know and incredibly knowledgeable, also great fun. Would go back anytime.
Great location and safari
We really enjoyed this camp as well, staff were very friendly and efficient,
Our guide Master was truly delightful and he endeavoured to meet our wishes
To see everything possible. Fantastic location.
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Whilst the accommodation is not of the quality of Little Kwara the quality of the guiding and the experience is not affected.
Besides again seeing abundant elephant, antelope, hippo and co we were fortunate enough to have good sightings of wild dogs, jackel, mongooses, cheetah and even a distant sighting of a honey badger. The guide and tracker went to great lengths to meet our request for cheetah and lion hich they succeeded in meeting.
We've deceided that we should get up earlier because we missed wild dogs hunting an impala in sight of the camp. The impala escaped into the lake only to be killed by one of the resident crocodiles, all within view of some of the guests. We also go to bed too early as one evening whilsts guests were sitting round the camp fire one of the elephants joined them forcing them to stay up even longer drinking their delicious Amarula!
Keara Camp-great Memories, Great Sightings
We feel most fortunate to have launched our Safari experience at Kwara.
The staff was excellent. Our Guide Bate and Tracker KP were quite a team. Our Safari drives covered various areas. We had a lagoon boat ride to the Godikwe herony and got great pictures. We traveled in a mokoro to an Island walk. We even saw the seldom seen Sitatunga.
On our last day we were treated to a brunch by a Hippo pond. Unbelievable. Such memories!
Kwara is the oldest camp we visited and it shows it's age in places but we still enjoyed it very much. Which may explain why it was also the busiest camp we visited being fully occupied while we were there.
Our tracker KP and our guide TJ did a great job finding the animals we most wanted to see, big cats and wild dogs. The highlight was the wild dog hunt which was excellent! We missed the moment of the kill but it was still exciting and amazing. The mokoro ride and nature walk were also very interesting with TJ teaching us about the termites and also the animals in the area.
Our favorite spot in camp was the sofa overlooking the lagoon where we sat and watched the birds and animals that passed by. It was a perfect place to complete our African adventure.
Kwara was a seamless continuation of our bush camp experience. The camp was more rustic than Lebala but for the most part very comfortable. My one criticism was the tents, which were canvas, got uncomfortably hot during the middle of the day, when we were in camp. They need either overhead fans or easily accessible flaps to open. The staff was very professional, courteous, anxious to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. The wildlife viewing was fantastic.
Our guide, TJ, was very knowledgeable and a good communicator, but he either did not like me or didn't like the clients in general. He reprimanded me 3 times during our first drive not in a tactful or caring way at all. I was angry and offended. Our last night drive was miserable. He wanted to find the wilddogs, which we had already seen, for a new couple that had joined us in the jeep. So we spent two hours tearing around at a very uncomfortable speed, getting thrown around. I was exhausted when we got back to camp. I think he showed poor judgement in his decision to favor the new couple over the two others who were leaving the next day. You also did not question his decisions on what we were doing. The simple thing to have done was to give us a choice.
On the other hand, our tracker, KP, was a delight.
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We spent the longest time here (4 nights versus 2 nights at each of the other two camps). This camp is probably a bit older and it shows particularly against Lagoon. I think if we hadn't seen the others we may have thought this was excellent too!
The staff were extremely friendly and not put out by elephants constantly damaging the camp in the night.
Guide and tracker probably also the best, but that may be because we spent most time with them and forged the strongest relationship. All the guides asked what we wanted to get out of the game drives.
Excellent adventures in Kwara
Although perhaps not as luxurious as the previous camp we had been in (Lagoon), Kwara sure did not lack for hospitality or service! This time our guide was T.J. and tracker (H?)Orace. I must admit that we were worried we might be disappointed after having such a fantastic time at Lagoon, but we quickly realized that although very different, Kwara camp had just as much to offer.
The tents were smaller but warm and clean and comfortable, and this also went for the main buildings. None of really mattered though because it was the staff who worked there that made it an experience not to be forgotten. As I mentioned with Lagoon, it was my boyfriend's birthday on the day we switched camps, so our first night at dinner he was treated to a birthday cake and both the English birthday song and a very enthusiastic traditional song of celebration. This really set the tone for the rest of our stay.
I can't say enough about the knowledge of our guide! While Spencer in lagoon camp satisfied our thirst for action, T.J. satisfied our thirst for knowledge. Although still very willing to follow the excitement, T.J. was able to point out smaller things that we might not have otherwise have noticed. Examples include: a missing tail on a giraffe due to lion attack, and one with an injured eye from a dispute with another giraffe, as well as a baby elephant with a missing trunk. He was also able to spot and identify many birds, and if he didn't know something, he'd find out. Since we were a crowd just as interested in the small things as the big game, T.J. made for an excellent guide! Not to mention (H)Orace, our tracker who was also fantastic. I jokingly asked him to find a leopard for us while he was waiting for us to return from our evening boat ride, and when we had returned, he lead us to a baby leopard up in a tree. It was a really memorable moment on our last night at Kwara. We were quite late for dinner that night from enjoying the leopard, which seemed to be quite alright with the staff as well. They are really very accommodating when it comes to meal times!
Overall we had such an excellent stay, I don't have enough words. As someone who had never been to Africa before, both Kwara and Lagoon camps absolutely exceeded my expectations in every way!