Reviews of Little Kwara
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
Little Kwara review
Whilst we appreciated that we were in a wild part of Africa, the previous camps had provided very acceptable accommodation and food. Unfortunately in this last camp, the food was not of the same quality, we felt that one or two of the staff were rather inconsiderate, and the water servicing on the 'tent' was poor. I did complain and the manager had an attempt at cleaning the water but to no avail.
This was disappointing, as this was our last camp on a wonderful trip. This let the camp down, and the overall standard of the trip, but we should say that the game drives led by TJ and Chester were first class, and that they managed to bring the standard up to a decent overall level, which is the reason that we have scored it as excellent - after all, we were in Botswana to see the animals, not to have five star experience!! However, we feel that you should mention this to the manager at Little Kwara.
TJ was our guide and Chester the tracker, and they were probably the best on our trip. Very few animals on our first drive were close, but came across zebra, wildebeest and lioness, and our first sundowner here was the best sunset yet. Returned to the lioness who had her cubs with her now, and as soon as she called them they ran back immediately. Tracking cheetah and found the large male after an hour or so, and waited for him to settle - lovely to watch him relax and wander beside our jeep. Huge herd of buffalo and coffee by a hippo pool, and later on found another pack of wild dogs, with red lechwe running through the water. Saw a honey badger which was quite unusual, and coffee with hippo and crocodile.
Very hot on our second day, and not far from the camp we saw some tracks. Followed them into a swampy area, where we found a lioness with her recently killed warthog. She was covered in mud from the fight, but fed and then dragged it into a large scrubby bush to hide it from others. Off she went to get her cubs, and we went back for brunch. We returned to the kill later in the afternoon to find the lioness and her cubs had nearly finished off the warthog, with them all laying around clearly full up.
Went on a boat trip to see The Rookery, a bird covered island. Many birds of differing types nesting there, and from the boat's top deck we were on a level with them. Good to go on a boat trip, but needed to cover our faces from the many midges etc. on our return. We saw a large hyena, and were following lion tracks when we spotted a leopard. He was quite nervous, hid in a bush and came out in a rush growling and running away from us. A beautiful sight, and apart from the baboons that had to be chased away from the landing strip, a fitting end to our safari.
Little Kwara review
This camp was good but we were a bit disappointed by the guiding. The buildings and rooms were very good and comfortable. The food and service around the camp was of high quality.
The guide assigned to us didn't listen to what we wished to do at our arrival. We were the only arrival that day and the rest of the guests were leaving. We therefore seemed to get shooed into what he wanted us to do. We enjoyed parts of the water safari down to the heronry but the trip on the boat was too fast at times and coming back we just had flies hitting us in the face. It was too far in the time available.
One of the trips we had a different guide who was the manager of the camp. He took only the two of us out. We had a wonderfully interesting and good safari with a lioness and a lot of other game. The contrast was notable. The original guide did find some other game later and was pleasant enough but the first impression was not too good. Interestingly we met other people who went to both here and lagoon and they had similar concerns about the guiding feeling that it was the mangers fault.