Reviews of Camp Kwando
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It was good to see the local people working here, but they need more training and supervision by the management who tended to stay in the separate office. Reception was poor and unhelpful.
This was the only lodge where they refused to organise a game drive for 2 people (in the morning). We were offered an afternoon drive but with minimal information to help us decide. On the second evening the cook appeared and led her staff in singing a welcome to us that was delightful and very well received. She seemed to have the right idea of what was needed. There was a comfortable seating area and fire pit near the bar.
The road to camp Kwando from Divundu has now been tarmaced and is now good quality.
Camp Kwando stopover
Another 1 night stopover after a kinda crappy day we really did not make use of anything other than the restaurant which was decent.Read more about the whole safari
Camp Kwando review
We have only rated this camp as average due to its superb location, and our pleasant accommodation in a Tree Chalet.
There appears to be a lack of proper management, they'd even forgotten we were arriving. Many staff from the top down appeared rather demoralised, with little effort to keep up any standards. Glasses etc. left on dirty tables or on the deck from one day to the next. Only the barman made an effort to give any service and keep his area clean. The locally recruited staff which we greatly approve of we felt were doing their best, but needed more training and support from the rarely seen management.
On the plus side there seems to be a programme of replacing the old riverside chalets with very nice new ones.
November is not a good time here for wildlife viewing, Mudumu NP was virtually empty.
Camp Kwando review
The person who we saw at reception didn't give us much info. We overheard a conversation between a staff member and other guests and gleaned much from that.
There was supposed to be wifi but it was impossible.
Lodges were lovely. No hairdryers/straighteners allowed due to intermittent generator.
Sunset cruise was very pleasant although the guides were quite late in spotting wildlife and didn't give a lot of info.
A lovely camp beautifully situated on the river.The management, staff and everyone connected with the camp were friendly and extremely helpful.The meals were very good and diverse.
We did a river safari which was extremely enjoyable and Rob tried his hand at fishing with very small results - no big Tiger Fish for him. We also did a game drive with some nice animal sightings and as with the cruise the guide was great.
The Safari tents are beautifully situated on the river and good basic structures.
I would definitely stay at this camp again.
Camp Kwando review
Lovely place to stay, bungalows great, beautiful linen, clean, cosy, verandah was a winner for a sundowner drink, bathroom was fun. great food, good service and well guided activities.Lots of hippos as well as other wildlife but a good place for a rest.
Interesting area to stay as quite traditional, road good although not completed further on from camp so a 4x4 is required if travelling on further.
Staff could have been nicer.
One night may have been enough here. Activites were very expensive and dissapointing (we were unlucky with both the drive and cruise but others had better luck). White staff did not acknowledge guests at all. Sat at bar and even took up all seats around the campfire so guests couldnt use it.
A consultant arrived on our last day and greatly improved our experience. He was very friendly and helpful. Short staffed for dinner and resources were low ie no still water no bread etc for day 1. Food was lovely and our Tree House was beautiful. Too expensive expecially after our great experience in Ndhovu.
Camp Kwando review
We stayed here two nights on a tour around the Okavango. We picked this lodge in order to see a traditional village and to visit the Mudumu park to the south. Overall we were disappointed with this part of our trip, not because of anything the lodge did or didnt do, but because the N-S main road is being rebuilt and so instead of a short drive down from the main road we encountered a series of temporary surfaces, active road works, and some delay (as well as dust). The drive to Mudumu was hard work and the lack of road signs meant that we missed the park entrance.
The camp is in a nice location on the river. We heard hippo but didnt see any, and we saw plenty of birds.
We had a family chalet (two rooms and bathrooms with a connecting door). This worked to help communication, but with a single high roof meant that we heard almost everything that went on). The rooms looked out directly onto the river with great views of the sunset. We had plenty of room inside and on the veranda, and were far enough away from the fairly busy camp site to have feeling of isolation.
The local traditional village was worth the visit. It was interesting to hear first hand from the locals about how their lives are changing and about how the government is working to capitalise on tourism without any negative impact on the locals.
This camp has a large number of tents and space for camper vans etc, so there is less personal attention. Nonetheless, its a nice enough place to stay. Dinner is served on separate tables but at the same time. The food was good.
Overall we enjoyed the camp. It was a nice place to relax after several hours of difficult driving!
We had a pleasant stay. Lodges made from same material local housing of people were build of. Beautiful.Read more about the whole safari
The staff were very good and helpful but they were let down by a very indifferent management. There was no atmosphere which stemmed from the management who did not seem to have a lot of interest in us or their job.
Our guide Costa was excellent as was the food and the serving staff. It is a shame that they were let down. Please be aware that if you visit in the rainy season there is no roof on the bathroom! A place we would not revisit.