Reviews of Little Kwara
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Great Finale to our Delta Safari
Our guide (Tom) and tracker (Matt) responded well to our more general interest in natural history by providing many details about the surrounding environment. They honored our desire not to go racing off to see another pair of cats on a kill. Instead, as requested, one evening drive took us to find the elusive baobob. We were successful at finding a well-hidden, solitary giant with an interesting story to tell. But along the way we were surrounded with mixed herds of impala, kudu, eland, zebra, elephants, giraffes, wild dogs, etc. Remember to go slow and look carefully - the other land cruiser group caught only a glimpse of their target cat that same evening.
As we experienced at other Kwando facilities, Little Kwara was luxurious and comfortable with many helpful and friendly staff members. Little Kwara is more intimate due to its small size and habituated wildlife.
See comments by Ms I. from North Berwick for additional details on our shared vacation.
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We saw a huge amount of wildlife from this camp. The flight in was very well done too with the pilot flying low and pointing out features and animals on the way.
Tom, our driver, and Matt, our spotter, were open to altering their normal routes to accommodate our wishes. As the lodge was not full, we were almost always on the Landcruiser on our own, so there was no reason why they could not accommodate us and they did. We had a couple of outstanding drives that included finding and photographing Alison's favourite tree (Alison is a Master gardener and occasional lecturer on trees) and seeing a huge number of animals and birds on the way. We overheard a very amusing radio exchange when the other driver asked what we were tracking and was told that we were tracking a tree!
We also had rare sightings of an elusive antelope during our river cruise spotted by Mark and Alison through there super duper bird watching binos. They were like pigs in muck when we stopped at the bird colony island on that cruise.
I particularly enjoyed my accommodation at this camp with open views and sightings of passing giraffes and baboons, and an outside shower with loads of hot water, which was very welcome after the mobile camp.
My only criticism, which i have already raised with the camp owners, is that on occasions the food was served at the wrong temperature. Hot food was not hot enough and cold food was not cold enough. Apart from detracting from the enjoyment of the food, this is also a dangerous practice which hugely increases the risk of food poisoning. As a result i did avoid certain foods during my stay.
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Good game drives and very outgoing driver & spotter.
It will be undergoing a move soon - the view on the savanah will be a bit better.
excellent safari at Little Kwara
Little Kwara was overall excellent and we really enjoyed our stay there. All the staff were warm and welcoming. The guiding was excellent and we saw some great wildlife and things that we have never seen before - wild dogs hunting, hyena carrying and looking after her cub. and a spring hare. G&T's at sunset were perfect.Read more about the whole safari
A little gem of a camp
Little Kwara has just 5 tents on stilts in a forest clearing and they are really well equipped.The staff and food was excellent again just like its sister camp, Lebala.
We went on the water for our first evening activity where we saw mainly birdlife and even though we are not birders this was very impressive. Do take a scarf though to wrap around your face for this activity as the midges come out on the way back on the river!
Wildlife around little Kwara was great with following wild dogs hunting on our very last game drive very exciting, thank you Wago and Mike.
Thank goodness for a great guide.
Little Kwara was included in our safari itinerary to give us a taste of the Okavango Delta.
As this was our third safari to Southern Africa we wanted to experience the Delta, but game viewing was our #1 priority.
Fortunately we had a great guide in Tom Nkwazi, who quickly picked up on the fact that we had been spoiled by having superb private guiding on our two previous safaris in Zimbabwe. Tom made a point to create a unique experience. Thanks to his efforts, we had great experiences with Leopards, Painted Dogs and two female lions with cubs. His knowledge was broad and his professionalism obvious. He knew his birds and flora and he handled us with skill and enthusiasm.
All his efforts balanced out the fact that Little Kwara had just had a major bush fire, had a new inexperienced co-manager, and is obviously due for a scheduled refurbishing. The shower and the gas geysers needed repair and the physical camp is pretty tired.
It just goes to show, when on safari it's not the accommodations that are important. It's the people. Tom rescued our three day experience.
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Excellent all round!
Could use more eco lighting - solar lights - instead of many many kerosene lamps
Guiding superb, food amazing, location excellent
We were welcomed with open arms at Little Kwara, nothing was too much trouble for the guides and staff. We had 3 huts between us and the other 2 huts housed another family. Our activities were tailored to our exact needs and requirements and although we saw the odd other vehicle out on game drives it really felt as though we had the whole plains to ourselves. We saw a huge amount of wildlife and the guide and tracker were very knowledgeable.
We especially enjoyed the waterboat trip along the delta.
The food at the camp was great, all freshly cooked lots of it and there is nothing quite like having snacks and a G&T watching the sun go down. Wonderful memories.
Each night the camp was alive with the sound of elephant, hippo and even lions wandering around. We had total faith in all the staff and felt safe at all times.
Fantastically varied safari at Little Kwara
Having received news of the fire affecting Little Kwara while we were at Lagoon, we wondered what we would find on arrival. The fire had clearly been extensive, we could see the large swathes of blackened land, reaching very close to the camp, as we flew in and we were so impressed with the way in which everyone had dealt with and was coping with what must have been a devastating experience for them. It did not spoil our experience in anyway, on the contrary, it taught us much.
We probably had the best guide of our entire holiday at Little Kwara (though the guide at Savute came close) and the combination of water based and land activities brought a variety we had not had at either Lagoon or Savute. The boat ride and the mokoro trip were both fascinating but so too were each of the drives. Again the benefits of off road and night drives were clear. We were lucky enough to see cheetah and leopard as well as lions and a wide variety of other game and some amazing birds. We were again treated to a private dinner and champagne which was really lovely, and we felt very spoiled. Vegetarian food was amongst the best on our trip.
The room on stilts was full of character though not luxurious in the style of Lagoon.
Guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. Loved the proximity of the animals to camp, even if the vervets were a bit pesky.
Here we sought out and followed lions on the hunt. Although unsuccessful, very interesting to watch.
Great views of cheetah and her adult cubs. Very nice walk learning plants, tracks, and scat.