Little Kwara

Reviews of Little Kwara

Excellent(93%) From 142 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 142 of our travellers who have visited Little Kwara, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs T from Hampshire
Arrived on: 2-Mar-2012 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Little Kwara review

Excellent viewing of numerous animals, aided by a very, well qualified, knowledgeable and good humoured guide whose driving skills were superb. Very good food and a congenial atmosphere.

The tented camp is on an island and overlooks a Delta lagoon and is shaded by trees. The tents are spacious, but quite basic with minimal lighting and rusty coloured shower water which over time stained fingernails, hair and any laundry. I eventually acclimatised to the open access in the camp for wild animals from hippos, elephants, lions and baboons who were often heard and sometimes seen around the tents.

The baboons were quite a pest as they were so naughty, stealing anything left out and challenging women in particular. I believe the camp will soon be removing some of the offending baboons. It was difficult to take much exercise as there was only a plunge pool and it was not possible to walk far without a guide, as in most safari camps.

It was uncomfortable and time consuming to make the twice daily jeep drive to get off the island and the access track would benefit from improvement, although it does flood annually so this might be impossible.

The quality of the guiding and variety of animals we encountered in many exciting scenarios, more than compensated for the basic accommodation and my anxiety of predators so close to the tents.

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Mr and Mrs B - Wiltshire
Arrived on: 2-Mar-2012 Stayed for: 4 nights
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The track between the camp and the airstrip, which we had to use every trip, was particularly rough and slow; it would be a help if that part could be improved.

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Mrs C & Dr M from Oxford
Arrived on: 21-Feb-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Little Kwara took some time adjusting to after Lagoon. It is different in atmosphere and setting however I left very satisfied with it and extremely impressed by the camp manager, Leso.

The rooms could do with fans.

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Miss R - Kent
Arrived on: 31-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Little Kwara was recommended by a friend and it did not disappoint. A very high standard all round.

Our guide Dutch and tracker Kenny were informative and enthusiastic. You think you have seen most of what you are going to then in 20 minutes you see a Boomslang, a Honey Badger and a Bush Baby that thinks it's a flying squirrel! Game in the camp, during the day and the night. The varied terrain was a pleasure and I will definitely be going back.

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The W family from Singapore
Arrived on: 22-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Superb tracking at Little Kwara

As with CL [Ed: Chitabe Ledibe] 2 SECTIONS.

Camp Management :
We did not enjoy the luxury of 2 adjacent tents as this not possible at LK . It would be a great asset. LK was smiles all round and despite an intitial feeling that we were to be disappointed at LK this was not the case.
We were greeted at the airstrp in 40 plus degrees with no canvas top on the jeep. I later requested one and this was up for the afternoon drive. The pool upon arrival was also deep brown but cleared up later on....after CL [Ed: Chitabe Lediba] we had been spoilt.

Besides this LK has a great bush feel . The breakfast area is on the ground ( what a relief ) and you felt part of the bush. Animal life at the camp was abundant with Elephant , giraffe etc all very close. We had good food but rotten wine ( again ) . This is a pity with SA just round the corner. My son was ill for a few days and the staff were superb but with very little back up supplies. This was also true of CL so good adivice is always to take along a general antibiotic if required. We were saved by a friendly belgian couple. Decor at LK is more basic than CL and it feels genrally a grade below CL in all respects but in the end for us the expereince was better and more bush friendly. We were sad to leave LK and would recommend it but it is certainly below CL in terms of smart decor etc but it depends what you are looking for.

Game viewing.
We had Hobbs as a guide with Kenny as his tracker. They were first class and found cheetah in impossible mopane terrain.We saw no Leopard and few Lion but saw good sized breeding herds of Elephant . The terrain at LK is attractive BUT can be frustrating on the sand as the jeeps wobble around and take for ages to get anywhere. This can be very hard on the nerves sometimes.Despite the excellence of the tracking and the REAL HARD WORK on the trackers we felt that the guides need to smarten up on their understanding of a photographic safari. We missed some superb shots of a 250 strong breeding herd of elephant by not thinking far enough ahead. ( sun , elephant movement etc ) and there is a limit to how much you can suggest and we also missed shots on lions feeding on a hippo carcas as we arrived there too late. I was rather disappointed at this but the Hobbs / Kenny team were first class otherwise.Coordination between jeeps again excellent.Our walk could have been a little more ambitiuos.

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Mr D. from Witney
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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What a tremendous team! It is difficult to praise them enough. We were made to feel part of a family rather than just visitors and the conversations around the communal dining table in the evenings were intelligent, wide-ranging and humorous.

Every one is obviously dedicated and enjoys their job but special mention should go to the Managers Mipelo and Leso and the guides TJ and Dutch, whose knowledge and enthusiasm made our stay so memorable.

The game and birds were plentiful and we had good sightings of Lion, elephant and numerous birds. Flooding in the west of the concession at this time of year prevents access to the Cheetahs, we were told.

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Mr & Mrs W from Austin
Arrived on: 27-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Excellent game view and staff

The staff was professional, energetic and a joy to be around. The chef prepared excellent dishes for each meal and our guide was very knowledgeable.

My husband and I saw our first lions at Little Kwara and the wildlife did not disappoint!

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Mr R from Paris
Arrived on: 8-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Little Kwara review

Of the four camps we visited, we enjoyed this one but it seemed one notch below the others. Although we had a good guide who really tried to find us animals, we saw the least wildlife here of the four camps, much less actually than the others. Could be the time of the year given that there is water everywhere right now which makes it difficult for some of the wildlife to get around.

Little details at the camp need relooking at but added up they give you the impression that more attention needs to be given - bath towels are tiny (smaller than the ones I get everyday at my gym), on cold nights - and we got down to freezing one night - blankets could be placed on the very cold dinner chairs, no locks inside the tents (only camp without them), instant coffee one of the three mornings (never saw this anywhere else), etc.

On the positive side, the water activities are great (especially mokoro trip) and add a dimension not available elsewhere.

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Mr & Mrs M - Florida
Arrived on: 4-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Wonderful warm caring staff.

Dutch, our guide was absolutly amazing. He could be biology professor.

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Mr and Mrs I - New Zealand
Arrived on: 18-May-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Little Kwara review

Very nice camp. Friendly kind staff (very friendly baboons!!) Good drives and good food. We enjoyed it very much. Also enjoyed the water activities, especially the mokoro.

Hobbs was very informed and we really enjoyed his knowledge

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