Reviews of Little Kwara
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Little Kwara review
Our favorite camp!
Highlights: Close encounter animal sightings everywhere, Managers Jessica and Hilda were fantastic, Food was excellent.
OP(guide)and Mike(tracker)were very knowledgeable and entertaining,
Every imaginable animal sound during the night
Antelopes, elephant,,wart hogs and baboons grazing at our deck.
Female cheetah with four cubs and feeding off of impala
Leopard on ground and sleeping in tree
Two lion brothers
Owls on night drives
Great boat cruise and Mike made hats and necklaces out of lily pads
Little Kwara review
We stayed 3 nights here in our second camp of three during our safari. Following on from it's sister camp, Lebala, our expectations had been set high and Little Kwara certainly did not disappoint.
The quality of the guiding and tracking here was outstanding - we had Dicks and Chester for the full time here and to our mind these deserve special mention here. On two of the morning drives alone we saw Wild Dog, Cheetah and Lion, then Lion, Leopard and Cheetah respectively. This would almost be enough in itself, but suffice to say the remaining drives were almost equally abundant and we saw far more than we could have reasonably (or unreasonably!) expected.
As with Lebala, the accommodation here was excellent. The facilities were inviting and a perfect retreat in the heat of the day before our next game drive. The staff were really welcoming and all had incredible tales to tell whether it be of wildlife out in the bush or their home towns.
We also went on a mokoro/ speed boat drive while we were here and whilst we were worried about the game we might miss by not going on the evening game drive, this was quickly alleviated and turned into a highlight of our trip. What could be better than watching the sun go down over the delta with a gin and tonic! (and lots of stunning birdlife to boot!)
Thank you Little Kwara for a fantastic stay - we'll be saving up to come back!
Little Kwara review
We found the guiding and tracking - by Wago and Chester - excellent. We saw so many extraordinary animals close up through their skills.
Highlights were a cheetah killing a reed buck right beside our vehicle followed by her calling her 4 cubs to share in the feed, the affectionate interactions between a large pack of hunting dogs, and observing the complicated politics operating amongst a pride of lions after their original alpha male had been evicted.
What was noticeable here was the way in which all staff and guests shared the experience of camp (at mealtimes and elsewhere) in a relaxed, humorous way.
Exceptional wildlife viewing at Little Kwara
While this camp's location is ideal there seems to be a lack of cohesion in the running of this facility. It appears that they are lacking an adequate number of vehicles and staff to offer more than one activity at a time. The facilities are a bit run down and in need of some repair.
Meals were to be at a set schedule, however a couple who were on private safari were able to change the schedule to meet their needs which left the rest of us having dried, over cooked dinners.
The staff was friendly & helpful. The guide & tracker were both extremely knowledgeable about the area & animals. I enjoyed learning about the different prides of lions and their history in the region. The Delta itself was unremarkable due to high grasses & low water levels for mokoro trips. Mother Nature's doing.
There were a couple of times when Adventure Travel turned into Dangerous Travel which I would like to discuss with someone from Expert Africa for their perspective. I loved the area but would not return to Little Kwara.
Expert Africa comments
We were disappointed to read that these travellers were on the whole unimpressed by their time at Little Kwara. As with all of our traveller’s feedback we forwarded these comments on to Little Kwara’s parent company for their thoughts.
It does seem that the presence of a private vehicle impacted these guests stay in a negative way. When one vehicle is allocated to one couple or group in camp then this can mean that the remaining guests are all put in one vehicle. There is a strict limit on the number of vehicles allowed in one concession at any one time and often bringing in an extra vehicle is not possible, even when the camp is busy or one vehicle is taken out of action to be used on a private basis. The guests in the non-private vehicle all still have ‘window seats’ and so the quality of the experience is still high – but this vehicle is of course fuller than one booked on a private basis.
We were both interested and concerned to read these travellers comments on “Adventure Travel turning into Dangerous Travel”. After speaking with these travellers directly on their return we learned that these comments related to an incident with an elephant which charged the vehicle while coming back from a game drive. We spoke with Little Kwara about this matter and they in turn spoke with the guide. The incident involved a couple of male elephants who were surprised by the vehicle as it rounded a corner. The guide reacted quickly, gave the elephants a wide berth and then drove around them as one of them moved towards the vehicle.
The Okavango Delta is a wilderness area and male elephants, particularly when in musth, can become stressed and more aggressive. Guides train for long periods of time in order to be able to deal with situations such as this. Both we and the guests are happy that the guide dealt with this situation very well. There are instances when adventure travel has the potential to become dangerous – but we are happy that in this instance the guide’s actions prevented that situation from developing to that point.
Review of Little Kwara
I could not believe the quality and quantity of animal encounters.Read more about the whole safari
Lovely intimate camp in the delta.
Excellent guiding but did not feel as friendly in camp as Tau Pan.
Guides and spotters worked well to locate wildlife and we saw cheetah and lots of lions. We were lucky to have the manager Charles take us on some drives and he was excellent.
Great room in a truly wild location.
Review of Little Kwara
Little Kwara is a lovely little camp , well situated and nicely run . Staff welcoming , they don't wear name badges tho ( Kwando policy) which is a shame because it's really not easy to remember everyone's names . I think you can have a better relationship / experience if you know names ( even if you are reading them !!) .
We paid for a private guide and had Duks who was extremely knowledgable on all aspects of flora and fauna of the delta. We learned a huge amount from him . A great sense of humour too. We spent 12 1/2 hrs in the jeep one day tracking a family of cheetah learning to hunt !! . A picnic lunch was brought out to us in the bush which was a real treat while waiting for action from the cheetah. Chester was our tracker and he and Duks made a great team for us. It's the first time in many safaris that we have paid for a private guide and it was absolutely worth it .
My only negative of the camp ( which I said on the Kwando questionnaire) was that there was always a pressure to sit down and get the meal over and done with as quickly as possible . All a bit unrelaxing and unnecessary . We have not experienced this in any other camps. I appreciate the staff want to get finished but actually it was a bit irritating . The pre meal drinks and chat round the bar area really didn't exist and the plates were cleared so quickly from the table. A small point really but I think worth mentioning.
We loved being on the boat and also mokoros , a nice change from the game drives and the opportunity to see other things.
A gem in the delta
What a special place! The staff, the accommodations, the food; all wonderful. Everybody there makes you feel special.
Having been to other Kwondo camps, it seems that the welcoming feel is a hallmark of the company. We can't say enough good things about little Kwara
A fabulous experience and excellent safari.
Staying at Little Kwara is an unforgettable experience. It is an absolute treat to be able to stay in the heart of the Okavango Delta, and to have the opportunity to experience such amazing safaris every day.
The camp is beautiful and basic, and the staff are wonderful. The safaris are in open top vehicles with a maximum of 6 people to a truck, and the guides are amazing - it was a privilege to be driven around the delta (sometimes at pace!) by guides with such experience, and we learnt so much from them every day.
All the food and drink were of excellent quality, we were consistently amazed at what the chefs were able to produce in the middle of nowhere!
Again it would have been good to have it highlighted to us that there is no air conditioning in the rooms. We completely understand why this is the case, but it gets unbearably hot in the middle of the day and there isn't much respite from the heat.
Fantastic - we loved this place
The game drives were briliiant - we saw so much and had so many exciting experiences. The lodge itself was friendly, comfortable and had just the right "feel".Our guide and tracker were both friendly and enthusiastic.
A very minor point was that the plunge pool seemed seriously over-chlorinated - after cooling off in the pool for 10 minutes, my skin was badly irritated afterwards. A cold shower sorted that out for me, but I didn't fancy using the pool again afterwards. However because I was enjoying my time there so much I forgot to mention this to the management, but I'm sure this is something that they can easily rectify.