Reviews of Kwara Camp
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Kwara Camp review
Kwara is getting a little old compared to the other Kwando camps we stayed in, Nxai Pan, Lagoon, and Lebala. However, it was still a great experience.
Our guide Tom and tracker KB worked hard to bring us a great wildlife adventure.
Top guides, no game to be found
Our guide at Kwara was highly knowledgeable and a wonderful companion, but in 3 days of game drives, including a 7 hour drive where we were met with a delicious bush lunch -- we saw almost no game apart from the hippos that were at Kwara's front door, occasional elephants and the omnipresent impala and two jackals.
Our accommodations were excellent, the food satisfactory and to our liking, and the opportunity to enjoy non-vehicle activities was a plus -- our mokoro trip and hike were great and informative, as were the double-decker motorized launch trips, which gave us a unique awareness and appreciation of the delta, its waterways, bird life and vegetation.
But because our prime motive for visiting expensive Botswana camps like Kwara was to see game, fundamentally we were disappointed and wouldn't recommend Kwara -- at this time of year -- to visitors. We were told by our guide that the normally resident prides of lions had moved away from the reserve. A bad fire had scorched a sizeable area of the reserve just a week before our visit.
Kwara Camp review
Wonderful Camp! Loved the setting of my tent looking out on the lagoon.
The Mokoro canoe trip was fun as was the informative bush walk on the island.
Great staff, guides and food.
Kwara Camp was outstanding
This was my favorite of the three places we stayed in Botswana. Our guide and tracker (Bate (not sure of spelling) and Justice) were incredible. Not only were they able to find all the animals we were specially interested in seeing, but they could spot and identify every bird we passed and talk about their habitat and behavior. We saw an amazing number of animals and birds - everything we had hoped for and more. Bate spent time with us beyond the animal drives and boat trips so we developed a good relationship.
The camp itself was excellent. All the staff warm and welcoming. The tent was very attractive and comfortable with many amenities that I didn't expect. The food was very good (too good!) and they readily accommodated the needs of a vegetarian. We definitely felt well cared for. The size of the camp and number of visitors were both perfect. It was large enough so that we felt we had some privacy, but small enough that we had good interactions with the staff and other visitors.
Kwara Camp review
Again an excellent guide who went out of his way so that we could see Cheetahs (I did not see them anywhere else). We were having coffee prior to returning to the lodge when a call came through to say that Cheetahs had been spotted a 40 minute drive away from where we were. As they might move off the guide drove to the area where the Cheetahas had been spotted and we found them. We did not arrive back at the lodge until nearly midday. I was very impressed with the guides attitude. There were several prides of lions in the reserve and we came across them each day on our drives.
I rated Kwara and Lagoon the best places for game viewing.
Great game drives at Kwara Camp
Of the 3 camps we stayed at (Lagoon, Kwara, Lebala), Kwara was the most rustic.
The game drives at Kwara was excellent.
George (guide) and KB (tracker) and BK (camp manager) provided awesome customer service!
Good game viewing and makoro experience
George and KB were excellent guide and tracker respectively..
Some of the food was a little bit disapponting; the dinner on our first night was almost inedible.
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.