Reviews of Kwara Camp
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Kwara Camp review
Game drives and the boat trip to the heronry were high spots of our whole trip. The game drives are given precedence over everything else which is fine but does have consequences that would be guests need to understand. Our guide (George) and spotter were excellent but the camp does overemphasize lions of which it has an abundance. Apart from the lions, we had good sightings of cheetahs, jackals and water birds.
Because camp life is focused on the game drives there is a slightly regimented feel about the regime. Food was average in conception and execution and suffered from great variability in times of arrival back at camp. One serving only and food would be kept out and exposed for periods if one group arrived back later than others.
Kawara is in a great setting by a lagoon.
Quite a large camp which is spread out along the bank of the lagoon and a lot of the wild life comes in to camp particularly the baboons who will get on to the tents and into them if the access (sliding doors) is not properly secured. The showers are open air at the rear of the tents and the baboons get in there. Elephant were in the camp around the central area which was interesting at 20 feet.
Guide was George who was very knowledgeable and competent. There was lots of game in the area with lions, and cheetahs being the high lights though we felt that too much pressure was put on some of the lions when they were on the move with up to three vehicles following them and over taking them and stopping in front of them.
An evening boat visit to a heronry was an excellent excursion.
The food was disappointing and it was put out when the first vehicle arrived back at camp and left out until the last vehicle got back which could be an hour and a half as the priority was game drives.
Each tent had a gas driven hot water system which required careful manipulation to get a hot shower but half the holes in the shower head were blocked with scale which crerated a back pressure which tripped the hot water syatem
Yet again a wonderful experience. We had a fantastic guide who was incredibly knowledgeable, and we learnt a lot about all the animals and their behaviour, and watching the guides track the animals was fascinating. We will never forget the lion/buffalo kill that happened on the way back from the night drive, and the enthusiasm of our guide, BK.
You made us aware that this was a relatively old camp, so this is not a complaint, but fans in the bedrooms would have made a huge difference as I found it too hot to go to in the afternoon. Otherwise it was a wonderful place.
Kwara Camp review
A diiferent atmosphere, we did not click so well with our guide, but on reflection perhaps we had been very lucky with our introduction in Leballa.
Plane trnsfer very slick, no waiting and very swift. Perhaps the facilities a bit dated but game viewing v good. HAd to mend the Loo - the plunger had got stuck, but to be fair as we managed to sort it we did not let the manager know. A busy shedule with lots to do river trips, walks, mokoro rides and game drives, perhgaps not the ideal camp to finish a safari but great when we were all keyed up and keen!
Kwara Camp review
This was our second trip to Kwara. As before, the staff was excellent.
We were with George and Buruti again, an awesome driver/ tracker pair. They really know the animals and the area well. We were very fortunate to see lions, cheetah, and lots of other game. The bird life is amazing. The landscape in the delta is beautiful.
Kwara - entrance to the delta
After Lagoon we had a short but scenic flight to Kwara Camp where we stayed for 3 nights.
This camp is beautiful located at a lake and we've had regular visits of warthogs, hippos (at night) and elephants (mostly at night but also during breakfast and dinner!!!). Kwara camp is more rustic than Lagoon (run by the same company) but still comfortable. The tented rooms are smaller than in Lagoon but still very good and large enough. Service and food is as good as in the other camps we've been. All people in the camps are helpful and friendly and try to make the very best of your vacation.
They offer game drives in the morning and afternoon (ending as a night drive!), a recommendable boat cruise to the river system of Moremi National Park and also a Mokoro trip including a bush walk.
Like in all Kwando camps also in Kwara we've had a driver guide (Bate) and a tracker (Master) on our vehicle who made a very good job. We've had wonderful game drives with the highlight of seeing 3 big male lions at a zebra kill. There was also a pride of 4 female/young lions and of course many of the other animals you'd expect there (except of cheetah and leopard :-( )
Because Kwara is at the delta you can see many water loving animals like lechwe antelopes and waterbucks.
The Kwara wild dog pack unfortunately just had left their den with the puppies and was not seen for some days (and also not while we were there).
Kwara concession has different landscapes from flooded areas to permanent water, from open grassland to woodland which makes it very interesting and offers habitat for many different species of animals.
We were happy staying at Kwara Camp and of course recommend it!
Excellent game viewing
Staff was very good and friendly. Lots of great game viewing. My favorite tracker of my trip, Mustah, worked here; he was lots of fun and had a great sense of humor!
While I landed, there were two male lions hanging out right next to the landing strip! Surprisingly, the plane didn't scare them off at all. They just watched us like they were watching TV. We got good views of giraffe, ostrich, wild dogs, water buffalo, lions, zebra, wildebeast, elephants, baboons, wide variety of large birds, hyenas, jackals, cheetah and even porcupine.
Food was pretty decent. Service was very good. Guides and trackers were both very knowledgeable and personable.
The accommodations at Kwara were by far the most Spartan of my four camps. I knew this in advance, but I overlooked this because of the excellent game viewing reputation. Not that the rooms were substandard, but they really do need a facelift. One thing I did not understand: the staff made a point of telling you to always lock your doors because of baboons, yet there was only a lock on the outside, not the inside! (I propped one of my bags against the door at night) The canvas tents have seen much better days. This would be a prime camp if it were to be refurbished like its sister camp, Lagoon Camp (my final destination).
Luckily, the room conditions did not diminish my enjoyment much. I still had a great time at Kwara. If like me, game viewing is your primary objective and you can overlook a lesser level of accommodation, Kwara still very much worth your time! Pictures and videos of my trip, including video reviews of my rooms, are available if you click here. I hope this review is helpful for you.
Kwara Camp review
Kwara offered a broader range of experience with a chance to fish, travel in mokoro, take a short walk etc. as well as to drive out mornings and afternoons/evenings. Accommodation is not as good as some other camps, but still perfectly adequate.
Our guide and spotter - Bait & Mopane were both very knowledgeable, patient and committed. Again, we enjoyed both bird and animal experiences enormously.
Kwara - Land of the Lion!
Accommodation - This was our third camp in the Delta (the others being Lebala, Nxabega, and Sandibe) and we stayed here for 2 nights. The tents are well appointed, but a little tired (we knew this before we came here) - however that in no way detracted from our stay.
Here at Kwara, everyone dines together around a central table, which is a great way of meeting new people and sharing stories and experiences. Also, Kwara was the only place where we didn't have power sockets in the room to charge up batteries and devices - but there is an excellent system set up in the communal area where you can plug in and charge up.
Wildlife - Here in Kwara we were lucky enough to see the Cape Clawless Otter, fishing for it's breakfast on our first morning here. This was a lovely, unexpected sight - as Otters are normally very shy and will disappear long before you see them. We stayed watching the otter for a good 10 minutes - and it seemed completely unconcerned by our presence.
Kwara was also the home of the Lion for our particular trip. At this point (day 7) we'd yet to see Lions at all in Botswana, and our Guide and Tracker picked up tracks for a male Lion along the road, made the previous evening, which we then started following. Imagine our surprise when we came round the corner and almost ran over 2 female lionesses and 2 18 month old cubs who had approached from the other direction. We stayed with the group - following them as they set off to hunt - and eventually leaving them as they settled in the long grass near some Red Lechwe, to wait to hunt in the coolness of the evening.
That evening we set off, and this time we came across a lone female lioness who, clearly by the amount of blood around her mouth, had just made a kill. The Guide and Tracker recognised her as a female with 2 young cubs, and suggested we followed her. We were not disappointed - shortly she called to her cubs, and they came bounding out from their hiding place, and she led them back across the ground to the kill (a journey of approx 30 minutes). The two cubs were approximately 3 months old - and we stayed with the family, driving through dense bush, until we reached the kill (a male Kudu). We watched enthralled as the lioness fed, and the cubs chewed the meat a bit - and then messed around, jumping on the carcass, on their mother - and playing with the Kudu ear. It was a wonderful, intimate glimpse into lion family life - and one we were very privileged to watch and photograph. (Many thanks too to the kitchen staff at Kwara, who kept dinner for us long after the usual dinner time!)
Our trip to Kwara was rounded off the following morning with a lovely male Lion, with a Steenbuck kill just outside the lodge.
Again, you will also find the usual array of Elephant, Giraffe, Hippo, Warthog, and various different Antelope species (including Red Lechwe and Tsessebe) at Kwara - in between the Lions !!
The wildlife sightings are often much closer than in other parts of Africa, as the Drivers/Guides and Trackers take you off road. Note - we had both a Driver and a Tracker on every Game Drive, so you need to consider that when estimating the amount of cash required for tips.
Kwara Camp review
Kwara Camp was supposed to pick us up by boat at noon, but they didn't arrive until 3:00 PM. Xakanaka kept calling and they kept saying they were on their way. When we arrived they were getting ready to go on a drive, so there was mass confusion as to what we should be doing.
They also said they knew nothing of my diet, when the people at Xakanaka said they called the Maun office and told them of the diet restrictions. Again, they did OK with the lack of notice.
This is a Kwando Camp and it was not very well run. You never knew who the manager was. They had some "Corproate" people and they were more concerned with them, than the guests. I would not recommend the Kwando organization.