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
"Cheetah, servals, dogs and birds"
With 5 cabins and two guides, one vehicle always had six guests; fortunately we were with just one other couple. Our guide asked what we most wanted to see, so we listed "cheetah, secretary bird and kori bustard". We got sightings of all three! This was definitely the richest area for wildlife during our trip although the guide often felt a little in a hurry to get to the next big predator. We only stopped to see the bustard because I saw it and shouted out. We tripped over lions, saw the cheetah 3 times, had a great view on a night drive of a serval and her cub, plus a male checking to see if she was ready to mate. We also had a fantastic view of a leopard who finished his performance by posing in a bare tree in the morning light.
As well as the game drives we took a boat trip on the Kuando River. The boat had an upper storey which gave a fantastic view over the reeds. It was a bit of a race to get to a heronry and back to the best view point in time for sundowners, but it was a beautiful sunset.
Little Kwara and "big" Kwara have a policy of having a maximum of 3 vehicles at a sighting at any one time. This worked well in my opinion. The guides from both camps shared information and but sightings remained personal. It often felt as though there was a race to get to sightings first, although arriving to see the cheetah in fifth place we were on our own and saw him chase a steenbok.
Our guide was experienced and professional but he had little time for birds or even mammals if they weren't big predators. Having said that, there were a fantastic number of predators to see!
" See all these reviews: 12n in Botswana
"A wonderfull experience and location, "
"Excellent stay at Little Kwara"
Jakob, our guide, and KP, our tracker, made the game drives very interesting finding a good variety of game, including cheetah.
The river trip to the heronry made a welcome variation. " See all these reviews: 14n in Botswana
"Little Kwara review"
This was the only place we stayed in 5 weeks which did not have mosquito nets for the bed. Instead they used mosquito coils which are stinky and probably toxic.
It was cold when we were there and the tents are not heated so we and the sheets and towels were damp or wet all of the time.
This is classified as a wet/dry camp, but they do not promote the boat outing very much." See all these reviews: 12n in Namibia; 4n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Great Finale to our Delta Safari"
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." See all these reviews: 12n in Botswana
"Little Kwara review"
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." See all these reviews: 12n in Botswana
"Little Kwara review"
It will be undergoing a move soon - the view on the savanah will be a bit better." See all these reviews: 12n in Botswana
"excellent safari at Little Kwara"
"A little gem of a camp"
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." See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana; 3n in Zimbabwe
"Thank goodness for a great guide."
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." See all these reviews: 13n in Botswana
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