Reviews of Little Kwara
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Little Kwara review
overall experience was excellent but there were issues over our room. one wash basin badly cracked, some mesh in windows torn and therefore not bug proof. on last night after lights out we did not have any hot water. it worked ok next morning which was strange. all issues reported to management.
we found out that little kwara is being closed down in the near future and a new camp is due to be built nearby. not sure you are aware of this.
guide and tracker were good but not as good or communicative as at the other camps.
Little Kwara- Mixed Feelings
Overall we enjoyed our stay at Little Kwara however it didn't quite match up to other places that we stayed in, all of which were considerably cheaper.
Our tent was very spacious, had a lovely veranda surrounded by trees and a very comfortable bed. It was a little tired and the bathroom area could have done with being updated. Getting hot water for a shower was a problem, our solution was to have one in the heat of the day which was fine. The communal areas were nicely furnished, comfortable and had a great view over the plain. Many animals could be seen wandering about in the distance and also at times in the camp itself.
Meal times were communal with manager and guides joining guests. The food was delicious, some of the best we had enjoyed on our trip and the service excellent. All lodge staff were friendly and helpful.
The aspect of the camp which led to some disappointment was the activities and guiding. I am in agreement with the previous reviewer. Although Charles the manager had told us that our guide would discuss our activities with us it seemed to be already decided that we would be doing land drives. As I had specifically chosen Kwara because of it's land and water activities I was a little concerned and discussed this with Charles who then ensured that we experienced a very enjoyable river cruise and a short mokoro trip.
On reflection I wonder why guests are not asked on their arrival what activities they would like to experience then be allocated these, where possible, even if it means not being with the same guide all the time or the same guests. This would also allow for people who have a specific interest in say birds or in tracking more elusive animals to be allocated on the same drive. It might be a little more difficult to organize but it may lead to better experiences for guests and be easier for the guides.
We too found our guide, who was different from the previous reviewers, a bit of an enigma. At times talkative, cheerful and informative, at others taciturn and difficult to engage with. This did impact on my enjoyment of some of the activities and I felt uncomfortable which I have never felt before with any guide. Maybe because of the camps use of guide and tracker my expectations were too high and it is after all nature so animal spotting is unpredictable but I was surprised at the general lack of animals around. However we did see leopard, cheetah and lion which other vehicles had tracked. The remoteness and wildness of the reserve was a definite plus.
This review may sound rather negative and I would stress that the overall experience was good with some great memories being taken home.
Two night stay in Little Kwara
Both Little Kwara and Kwara appeared to be quite busy while we were there, which appeared to put quite a strain on resources. They seemed to be short of guides, vehicles, boats and blankets, which restricted the options of activities available to the guests. Our guide, Wagu, who is married to the assistant manager, told us from the start that the guides would decide the best activities for us. Repeated requests for a boat trip from some of the guests were greeted by refusals, but granted for others, and twice we had game drives curtailed, once to enable the tracker to go on holiday, and once to release the vehicle to take other guests to the airstrip. The only activities on offer to us were game drives.
We found Wagu a bit of an enigma - at times full of fun and conversation, at others taciturn and somewhat difficult to engage with. He was, however, very knowledgeable and we were extraordinarily lucky in the game that we saw during the two days. This included three visits to a female leopard and her cub enjoying the kill that she had made, two close-up sightings of a cheetah and her two adolescent cubs, and sitting within metres of a lioness as she devoured a freshly killed impala ram.
The food was OK, but the least good of all the camps at which we stayed. A faulty light bulb in our room, which drained the battery, resulted in our having to dress in the dark one morning but the fault was quickly rectified when we reported it. Having stayed in two Kwando camps (see Lebala later), we felt that they had a modus operandi which was less flexible that others we stayed in.
Little Kwara charms
Little Kwara has a lovely setting and the small number of cabins makes it feel cozy and comfortable at all times. And the staff was always welcoming and helpful. And the food was very good. And most importantly, the off road and night time drives made the safaris/game drives and boat drives exceptional.
The only negative is that the cabins do NOT have ceiling fans and so during the afternoon hours when you want to rest and during the steamy nights, the cabins were quite humid and uncomfortable. For a camp of this caliber and expense, the cabins should all have ceiling fans (I am not talking air conditioners but only ceiling fans). It would go a long way to making the stay much more enjoyable.
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Another great experience.
It was very hot during the middle of the day on a couple of days and no real means of cooling down other than the shower.
Little Kwara review
After the related camp at Tau Pan we had reaonable expectations of Little Kwara but unfortunately we were disappointed. It was clearly not as well managed or run ( and could have assisted with input from the bossy consultant who was at Tau Pan). Little things were noticeable, no towels on return from the drive, the staff were often not in uniform, making it tricky to work out if they were on duty etc. The food was no where near as good as Tau Pan.
It was however the busiest of all the camps we had been on with 10 people in residence at all times, and maybe this put pressure on the team. ALSO the issue with the fans is real - it was 34degrees every day and over 20 degrees during the night, it really would have assisted if there were fans and it was not apparent why there weren't any.
Guiding was good, a little bit overwhelmed by the numbers of staff and it felt like they needed a break.
Little Kwara review
We enjoyed Little Kwara, but it didn't quite live up to expectations.
The staff were friendly but the camp was missing the personal touch. The tent was comfortable but could have really benefited from a fan.
We were surprised that we didn't see as much game as we expected, and there was too much single minded focus on tracking cats to the expense of anything else, including our comfort on occasion.
We did however successfully track a family of cheetahs and some lions.
Our favourite place on the trip.
we had a fantastic time here - staff were just excellent - we loved celebrating Botswana day with the staff having dinner in the bush - they went to enormous trouble to make it special and even had us all up dancing and singing with them. - I will never forget Little Kwara.
In fact on our visit to the village there we met a young boy about 11 or 12 - He impressed me greatly and I would like to keep in contact with him - perhaps you could help me make contact - He had great ambitions - I would like to ensure he succeeds.
Wild life viewing was superb and the staff were fantastic.
Little Kwara review
The rooms were spacious and private with attention to detail.
We had an elephant walk though camp on 2 occasions which was exciting and certainly added to both the atmosphere and conversations over the dinner table!
We were in camp for the celebrations for independence Day and the staff sung to us before encouraging the guests to join them for dancing. A Joyous evening
Little Kwara review
Really nothing to find fault with in this camp and again our guide, Woga, and our tracker, T Bone (Not his real name!) were once again excellent.
T Bone was also our skipper on the river cruise to see the stork nursery and was a very competent one!
Food was again very good and the staff helpful and friendly.