Reviews of Little Kwara
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Little Kwara ... big experience
This was our last camp and we stayed for four nights. It was the smallest with five tents and a total of nine guests. That suited us very well.
The guide and tracker were very pro-active and on a number of occasions we actively tracked animals rather than seeing what turned up. Dutch the guide was very good at positioning the vehicle to get the best light for photographs. Both he and the other guide Tom proved good company at mealtimes and were a mine of information.
All the guests were leaving on the same day so we had a great farewell dinner with dancing and singing. The accommodation here may be a little more basic but our tent was in a great location overlooking the lake and in our eyes was just as good as the other two camps. Particular highlights for us were: watching Dutch and Chester go through the fascinating process of tracking (and finding!) cheetahs; the evening boat dash back from the heronry and our mokoro trip with Tom at the helm and hippos watching our every move.
Little Kwara is great for visiting the heronr
The standard of the tents here was not quite as high as the other camps. There was no electricity in the tent hence no fans. As it is very hot in September during the day we were quite uncomfortable.
There were also small details such as not being given wet flannels on our return from the game drives that meant the service here was not of quite such a high standard as in other camps. However the staff sang to us before dinner on two nights which was very special.
We took a trip out to the heronry on the double decker boat which was the highlight of the trip.
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Little Kwara was a great start to our trip. We particularly liked the intimacy and informality of the camp which conveyed a real authentic feel.
The real highlight was the guiding which was first-class in a terrain which is very varied with lots of dry land and water. The tent was large, spacious and comfortable, the food was good (though not outstanding) and all the staff were very friendly and helpful throughout.
The highlight of our stay at Little Kwara was seeing the pack of wild dogs seeing off a hyena which they saw as a threat to their 10 puppies followed by the frantic search of the pack to find the puppies who had hidden in the bush and their eventual joyous reunion.
Great Safari at Little Kwara
One highlight after another over our 4 night stay at Little Kwara.
Multiple lion sightings, the cheetah coalition, wild dogs plus all the other expected animals. The thrill of serious tracking to find them. The dedicated and informative guides and trackers.
Plus double decker boat trip into the middle of the Okavango and a mokoro trip around the local lagoon.
Then there was the bull elephant that had made the camp area his territory and tried to join us for the occasional dinner and breakfast. Plus the time he was photographed checking out one of our party through the gaps in the bamboo "fence" of the outdoor shower!
Spacious and comfortable "tents" and common areas, good food and professional and friendly staff.
We intend to return.
Cheetahs striding on the plain
Lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants. But presented to us in such a skilled manner. An elephant almost joined us in the shower; so close to our room.Read more about the whole safari
Homely Little Kwara
Our experience at this camp was outstanding. The wildlife was fantastic and the guides, Ezzi and Joseph together with trackers, Mike and Chester went out of their way to ensure we observed all of the animals within the concession.
They had a great passion for the area and were able to pass on in depth knowledge of animal behaviour and habits. Staff at the lodge were very friendly and accommodating.
Most staff referred to us by name within the first 24 hours. After 4 days it was almost sad to leave, such was the experience we had at this camp
An absolute delight
Compliments to all staff for making it a great time. This was where we saw a broad range of animals and birdlife.
Guides and trackers Joseph,issy, Chester and mike were exemplary in tracking down animals for us to see.
The only problem was tyre punctures about 7 in one day between two vehicles - maintenance standards must be improved.
Amazing Wildlife at Little Kwara
Little Kwara was a lovely camp - fantastic tents in great locations and a stunning camp visually.
We had some amazing wildlife experiences - lions at a kill, cheetahs plus elephants, impala and baboons in the camp.
The boat trip was a highlight as was the mokoro trip and nature walk (our guide for that was TJ - he was excellent).
Again the camp was relaxed and welcoming, but always ultra-efficient and professional.
My only comment would be that I felt unprepared for the intensity of the lion encounter. It felt like we could have been better prepared for that (told how to sit, how quiet / loud to be, how close to expect the lions to come to us etc..). It did feel like we were rather thrust into the action suddenly and, for some people, this might have been an uncomfortable, or even frightening, experience. Our guide when we went to see the lions could also have offered us more info / insight into what we were seeing.
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I loved the furniture and lighting which blended in with the natural surroundings.
The food was excellent and plentiful, staff friendly and I loved the communal dinner in the evenings with interesting conversation with people from all over the world.
We were also delighted with the amount of wildlife we encountered; highlights being the cheetahs, lions and hippos.
Great Camp but long safari drives
Little Kwara was a lovely lodge. The rooms were spacious with a king size bed and plenty of amenities. There was a large balcony with two comfy chairs and a table overlooking the grassland and bush where we spotted elephants and impala.
The food and staff were both very good with plenty to eat and drink. We eat at a long communal table where there was plenty of banter and chat with the other guests and staff.
Our guide was Hobbs who, although was very pleasant and a good guide, was relentless in trying to find 'big cats' whose tracks he found. This lead to a marathon 10 hour game drive on one day with a coffee break at 1.00pm and lunch which was brought out to us at around 2.30pm. Hobbs driving left a bit to be desired with no respect to the landscape - he seemed to be on a 'deforestation project' and at times hacked down the thicket with machetes and axes and often seemed to be lost. The fuel tank was punctured which could have been a major fire hazard. We eventually arrived back at the camp at 5pm after a nightmare of a drive. He really should slow down and have more consideration for his guests.
The problem was we were not told we to be out all day and were expecting an afternoon rest after 6 days of game drives.
We did, however, see plenty of game including lion, 3 cheetah brothers, leopard, kudu, baboons, ostriches hippos etc.
On our last day we took a mokoro ride in the lake with the hippos - a bit scary.