Little Kwara

Reviews of Little Kwara

Excellent(93%) From 143 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 143 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.
Mrs V. from Canterbury
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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.

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Mr & Mrs A from Canterbury
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Little Kwara review

Good camp , but only on edge of Okavango - had hoped to be further tin .

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Mr B - Netherlands
Arrived on: 30-Aug-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great Safari at Little Kwara

Very intimate camp wikt only 5 tents. The tents are very comfortable and have great views. Impala right beneath our verandah. Saw cheetah and lion, both with cubs. Wonderful people.

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V & A
Arrived on: 16-Aug-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Little Kwara review

We had been a little bit concerned to read a few mixed reviews for Little Kwara before we travelled, but our experience there was wonderful right from the moment we saw a beautiful leopard barely 10 minutes into our first game drive.

The camp was perhaps more rustic and simple than Lebala and Xigera, but the accommodation was still perfectly comfortable, and we found the camp's small size and warm management helped give it a friendly and intimate feel. The mixed dry/wet setting was always interesting, though we mainly opted for game drives rather than the water based activities which were available since we knew we wanted to focus on water activities later in our trip at Xigera.

The game viewing at Little Kwara, which included fantastic (and protracted) wild dog and cheetah sightings, was everything we could have hoped for and though we were largely out of luck with the spotlight when we made our way back to camp after sunset, this was a small price to pay!

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Mrs L. from Mckinney - Texas
Arrived on: 9-Jul-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Little Kwara review

This was my favorite of all the camps we visited - despite the others being wonderful.

The main reason why was our guides- T-bone (nickname) and Wagu - who were two of the best trackers I have ever seen. We saw lion every time we went on a drive. We also saw an African wild cat and a Serval on a night drive. But one of the most memorable experiences was seeing a cheetah and her three cubs. We were so close you could hear them purring!

Our guides were also funny and warm, which made every day there even more pleasurable. I will forever remember my time spent at Little Kwara.

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Smitz
Arrived on: 27-Jun-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Little Kwara review

Good location. The rooms are spacious but very tired and the whole place is in need of some basic maintenance let alone refurbishment. The charging point in the public area wasn't working and hadn't been working for some time.

The staff, though helpful, appeared to be low on morale and I thought that there was a general air of dejection pervading the camp. However, the laundry service is excellent and the food good and varied.

I was returned from one of my morning game drives at 1025. I considered this to be particularly early and said so to the guide, who said it was the 'normal time', which t wasn't. He did offer to take me and the two other guests out for another 30 minutes but that really is a ridiculous suggestion. I don't want this to be perceived as a criticism or complaint against the guide as I have little doubt that brunch had been arranged early to accommodate a family who were leaving at 1230. The camp's schedules need to be addressed.

My guide Wago, was average and gave me the impression that everything was a lot of trouble. However, Mike the tracker was very good and a very pleasant man and appeared more knowledgeable than Wago.
There is a good deal of very deep sand in some areas and we got stuck more than once, not anyone's fault, its easy to do. The guys had to jack the vehicle up and put brush under the offending wheels. Would it not be more practical to but some sand ladders to use on such occasions.

I did see wild dogs here and 3 tiny puppies. Brilliant!

However, overall I consider Little Kwando to be poor and not good value for money.

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Expert Africa comments

We were sorry to read that this guest’s stay at Little Kwara didn’t meet expectations and, as with all feedback we receive, we forwarded these comments on to Kwando (who own and run Little Kwara) for their take on things.

We’re aware that some areas of Kwara and Little Kwara could do with upgrading and we are informed that there should be an announcement on that subject in the very near future. The broken charging point in the main area at Little Kwara needed two new batteries and, due to Civil Aviation regulations, these could not be flown in by light aircraft. This meant the camp had to wait for a truck to transport them in by road. In the event camp management arranged to charge all guest’s devices in the main office and we’re happy to read that, despite it clearly not being an ideal situation, the camp made a plan.

We also discussed the early return of the game drive that this traveller refers to with Kwando. Kwando spoke with management at Little Kwara. Management explained that because this traveller decided not to head out on a mekoro trip but instead opted for a drive they were allocated the remaining vehicle which included a group of travellers who had been together for the duration of their stay. These guests had been searching for leopards. The group continued to look for leopard on this particular drive and did indeed eventually find one, quite close to camp. As this group of guests was flying out that morning, and because the other game viewing areas were some distance away, they had to head back to camp in order to catch their onward flight.

Kwando explained that "Brunch was available from 10:30 - there is no obligation to be back in time for 10:30, but circumstances do sometimes necessitate that arrivals and drop-offs of other guests need to be factored in."

We would agree that a 10:30 return from a game drive is early. Under the circumstances we appreciate the guide had no other option however. It was great to read that this guest was offered an extension to the game drive to make up for this.

We were of course very disappointed to read that this traveller wasn’t impressed by their guide. Kwando have mentioned that they will speak with the guide and discuss his performance and this feedback with him. The general comments on staff morale are also very sad to read and again Kwando have said they will look into these.

We are confident that Kwando have taken on board these comments and where possible will act on them to improve. We were very happy to read that this traveller did at least find wild dogs with puppies, that's fantastic.

Ms K. from Alberta
Arrived on: 10-Jun-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Little Kwara review

Little Kwara was quite different than Footsteps, with more people and a less personal feel. We wondered about two lodges so close together, but they had quite different terrains and feels to them. (Note that we ended up doing a land transfer rather than a flight because the high water meant that Footsteps had to drive around the long way to get from their runway to the camp, passing very close to Little Kwara. So rather than driving by, then flying for a very short hop, the staff arranged a meeting point to get us to the next lodge by vehicle.)

We enjoyed the game drives here, and saw a lot of different animals. The focus of the staff was really on the wild cats and dogs, so if we hadn't already had lots of encounters with the other game, we would have missed stopping to look at more 'mundane' wildlife.

It was nice to have other guests to talk to, but the down side was that drives were shared with people with somewhat different interests. In our travels in Namibia, we were travelling with friends, so it was generally just the 4 of us on drives, which meant that the guides could tailor things to our interests.

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Ms S & Mr K. from Hot Springs USA
Arrived on: 1-Jun-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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
Wonderful food

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Mr D - London
Arrived on: 30-May-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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!

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Mr & Mrs W from London
Arrived on: 13-May-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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.

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