Reviews of Little Kwara
Wildlife sightings and reviews
177 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Little Kwara and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Overrated - has seen better days"
Our reception on arrival was cursory to say the least, and the temporary relief manager could hardly muster any enthusiasm. Despite arriving at 12.30 pm, no food was offered to us and there was a reluctance to provide any, as the service had finished at noon. Our room had clearly seen better days, with insect screens stapled together, often leaving gaping holes, and the furnishings had clearly not been updated since the camp was first opened. The rooms were suffocatingly hot, even with a fan on full speed (one guest recorded a 100 degree temperature in his room in the afternoon).
There are many old-fashioned touches, such as not washing underwear and serving instant coffee, whereas other camps have upped their game. There was no hot tea offered (it was provided when we asked, as we had to do every single day). Staff were not present a lot of the time, and in consequence baboons ran riot all through the communal dining area. At one point two baboons ripped apart some tin cans to suck out the sweet juice, and then deposited the sharp debris by the swimming pool. No member of staff cleared it up. When some baboons threw some lamps on the floor, staff members came out to see what the noise was, and then retreated without clearing up the mess.
Unusually, there were 11 guests rather than 10, but still only 10 seats were put out for breakfast and drinks round the boma, meaning one guest always had to stand. The management was simply not on the case. The communal sitting area was tired, and so badly disposed that there were only three seats not in the sun in the afternoon. It was configured in such a way that two seats had their backs to the rest of the seating so guests could not congregate properly. There were two huge sofa-seats, where you could not sit with your back upright and your feet on the floor. The cane furniture had seen better days.
Another Expert Africa guest had made similar criticisms about the tired nature of this camp a few years ago and his comments had led to the reply that the camp was expecting an imminent upgrade. No such upgrade is evident. Overall, this was a camp which was resting on its laurels (it still seemed to attract guests), was tired and run down, with management and staff making very little effort. It has been surpassed in many respects by its competitors who are constantly seeking ways to improve and enhance the tourist experience.
We would not recommend staying here." See all these reviews: 9n in Botswana; 5n in Namibia
"Great camp, highly recommend"
We started a game with our friends to see if one of us could come up with a question that he couldn't answer. We didn't. The tracker, Chairman, was very good and they worked well together. The staff was so warm and friendly and they seemed like family to each other. Charles is also the manager, along with Okie. I can't thank them enough for taking such good care of us and making us feel so welcome. The staff even sings together a cappella and what wonderful voices they have.
Animal viewing was amazing. Baboons and vervet monkeys playing trampoline and slide on the tent roofs, leopards, lions, lots of dogs, hippos, kudu, warthogs, and night sightings of serval, African wild cat, and civit. many giraffe, tsessebe, impala, red lechwe, I could go on and on. Wonderful cruise to Bird Island at just before sunset framed by a flock of about 200 flamingos.
I would have liked to stay longer, and I will definitely go back.
We stayed at three Kwando camps on this trip. I was struck by how the warmth and genuine friendliness made me forget how seamlessly and professionally the camps were run. The staff at all camps made sure that the guests were given the best possible safari experiences. I really appreciated that if the night game viewing was good, we'd stay out to watch, not scurry back to the camp at a specified dinner time. It was obviously worked into the management plan that this would make the guests happy.
I would highly recommend staying at Kwando camps." See all these reviews: 14n in Botswana; 5n in South Africa
"Little Kwara review"
We had good lion, leopard and cheetah sightings but the highlight was an evening on the boat cruising along the river. The journey took us to a breeding colony of various birds - Maribou storks, yellow-billed storks, a pelican, open-billed storks, African darters, black and white egrets.
The list was huge, all coming and going, building nests and feeding chicks which had already hatched - in the late evening light before sunset - pure magic." See all these reviews: 9n in Malawi; 4n in Zambia; 3n in Botswana; 1n in South Africa
"Great experience at Little Kwara"
We also loved the manager, Charles. He goes above and beyond for his guests.
Little Kwara is 5 stars!" See all these reviews: 9n in Zimbabwe; 5n in Botswana
"Beautiful location at Little Kwara"
Most of the staff are helpful but to be honest, we didn't feel they went 'the extra mile', as we had experienced at other places where we have stayed and a couple of them were a bit surly. We were disappointed that our trip in a canoe was shortened because the two other guests with us had to get back early for their flight. Our guide did take us on a river trip in the motor boat in the afternoon to make up for this, but the canoe trip was one thing we were really looking forward to and it was not possible to go out in the canoe again.
Nevertheless, we did enjoy our time in the Okavango Delta, which is a very special environment." See all these reviews: 15n in Namibia; 6n in Botswana; 3n in Zimbabwe; 2n in South Africa
"Amazing Lodge at Little Kwara"
"Little Kwara review"
The need for a guide to move after dark is annoying but i understand the necessity. There is no problem getting to ones room but getting back to the common area is difficult. Suggesting some cheap walkitalkies would allow summoning of someone when at ones room which would make it feel less like a jail after dark. There" See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana
"Feels a bit remote - but nice"
"Stunning location & wildlife"
As there are only a few rooms, there is a very exclusive feel with only a handful of guests staying there, maximising contact with the staff and guides. In the evening, eating dinner with the camp manager and guides was very interesting, giving us insights into their experiences and lives that we really valued.
The wildlife at this lodge is dense and amazing, with the guides going off road at any sign of something interesting.
Our guide Jacob very proactively searched for lions, leopards, cheetahs, giving us many exciting moments!" See all these reviews: 4n in Botswana
The staff, guide, wildlife spotting, and the camp itself were all incredible.
I could not ask for more." See all these reviews: 9n in Botswana
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