Reviews of Kwetsani Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
22 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Kwetsani Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
Our guide Moyo was excellent although we would have preferred slower trips in the powered boat although we realise time was a constraint.
Extremely interesting to see the flood arriving and be able to go out in the mokoros
I (Sandra) was really pleased to see the ladies doing their basketry and for us to be able to purchase something.
We realise that we were very fortunate that Machaba, Chitabe Ledibe and Kwetsani camps were not at maximum capacity which enabled us to have an even better experience than expected." See all these reviews: 9n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Kwetsani Visit 6"
The relief mangers Hank and Marelize were a joy. Always there but never pushy they run a wonderful camp that the resident managers Dan and Charmagne Myburg will feel has been in safe hands during their leave. We hope Hank and Marelize will still be at Jacana, their next appointment, when we next visit. It is sad to think that the wonderful thatched roofs of the rooms may be replaced by more durable material but doubt any such change would seriously affect the wonder of Kwestani.
Advice to Wilderness - TLC but don't change it!" See all these reviews: 9n in Botswana
"James's at Kwetsani Camp"
The guides were all generous with their extensive knowledge which was passed on with enthusiasm and wit. The site is beautiful, the food was very very good and the general atmosphere could not have been better.
We saw every animal we had wished to see." See all these reviews: 2n in Botswana
"Kwetsani Camp review"
We enjoyed the motorboat rides to/from the islands for game viewing as we were keen to be on the water, not just on land, but a real water-based camp with leisurely water-based activities is not really feasible when tourists are rushing in and rushing out after two or three days. We had a brief mokoro ride one morning, but this was no more than a trailer to a movie.
One downside to the time of year we were there is the need to get back to camp via the boat before dark, which is a disadvantage compared to land-based camps." See all these reviews: 7n in Namibia; 5n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
When we arrived there was a group of ladies singing a greeting song and the South African couple, the relief managers, running the camp met us. We walked into the main area and it was indeed upscale compared to Lebala and Lagoon. During high tea a couple of ladies had laid out woven baskets and were weaving. The singing and the basket weavers gave me the initial impression that this was going to be a more 'staged' experience. The afternoon was spent on a boat ride around the camp looking for hippos. We 'found' a family of hippos just in time for our sundowner. For dinner the featured dish was leg of lamb that turned out to be very tough and most were left on the plate.
The next morning Moyo took us for the boat ride to Hunda Island for an 'all day' safari. The boat motor had its problems and quit several times when full throttle was applied & we limped to the island at low speed. We loaded onto the jeep and when our guide attempted to start it the starter would not turn over the motor. Moyo, with his trusty leatherman was able to jiggle the terminals and succeeded in starting the motor. The drive was interesting, fording a lot of creeks with the water level up to the running boards. We saw elephants, zebras, and the ever-present impalas. The guide handed us a map of the island showing the trails, each of one with a name like "elephant trail". We stayed on the trails and at lunchtime we joined another group and had a nice lunch on a raised platform overlooking the flooded plain. We did another hour of riding the trails of Hunda Island seeing some more birds, giraffes, zebras, and elephants. We returned on a different boat whose motor operated normally.
Upon arrival at our tent I noticed that they had not lifted the evening wind curtains as in Lebala and Lagoon and the tent was very hot & 95F on my thermometer. I went outside and lifted two smaller wind curtains & the two larger ones were too much form one person to handle. I turned on the fan and was able to ventilate the tent. I then decided to take a shower on the outdoor shower to cool down & it was a double outdoor shower. When I turned on one of the showers water gushed from a coupling on the pipe & I shut it off and transferred to the other shower. Dinner was grilled meat and was taken outside & the steak was excellent and the wines good.
When we returned to our tent we were greeted by a surprise & they had a bottle of chilled South African bubbly wine on the outside small table with a note congratulating us on our 45th anniversary & they also had sprinkled paper hearts around the table. We sat outside and sipped the bubbly looking out on the flooded plain. We went into our tent and I noted that the evening turndown had not lowered the wind shades so I went out and lowered them & a good measure since the wind blew strong late that night.
The next morning we slept in since we were scheduled for a mokoro ride. This ride turned out to be a 45-minute ride in front of the camp - sufficient to get the mokoro experience. We embarked on a boat that took us to the airport area where we transferred to a jeep. Our guide parked us under a shaded enclosure to wait for the plane. The plane landed and when the guide tried to start the jeep it would not start. All of us broke out in laughter when Moyo motioned to another jeep to come over and linked us to the other jeep with a towrope! Fortunately the guide was able to jump start the engine after we got towed and we arrived at the waiting plane shortly thereafter.
Although Kwetsani had a more staged feel and we had some equipment issues the staff was always pleasant and accommodating." See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana; 2n in Zambia; 2n in South Africa
"Peaceful, tranquil camp with perfect views."
Moyo our guide was a quiet but knowledgeable guide who had a fine appreciation of the flora and fauna who was happy to share his knowledge and love of Botswana. The camp design and setting up on stilts gave an all round view of the area and the stand in managers of Henk and Marielise were a delightful couple with a passion for their camp." See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana
"Lovely camp in the delta"
It was so quiet and all that could be heard were the Red Lewche running through the water, terrific!
We saw lots of elephants of all ages.
Particular highlights were a female hyena with her small cub who was running and jumping all over her and rolling over on the ground and lying between her front paws being washed.
Saw leopard very close.
All staff very helpful" See all these reviews: 15n in Botswana
"Another Great Guide: MT"
Management was warm, efficient and always accessible.
Rooms were great. Service and hospitality fantastic.
Game drives and boat drives great.
Laundry was first class.
Amenities in the room were much better that in Chitabe." See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana; 2n in Zambia
"Peaceful/Warm environment Eco Mixture lure"
Again a different eco system with the mixture of water relate and savannah wildlife. The guide G+T was good, however our few exposures to Flo suggested she was better suited to the needs of the clients. Food was good as were the accomadations. The overall facilities seemed to have been recently refurbished and were tops.
The highlite was probably the silent ride in the am in the Mekoro, when the thunderous sound, as if we were approaching rapids, became almost deafening. A herd of up to 200 thundering Red Lechwe were driving across the edge of the wetlands. To experience the small wildlife around your tent under the walkways was always a delight. Our first Leopard, thanks to the skill of G+T was also most spectacular.
We could have spent more time there, primarily due to the variety of the opportunities and the warm hospitality by all the team." See all these reviews: 10n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Kwetsani Camp review"
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