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4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Jao Concession, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana   |  
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Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States
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“Fabulous Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

my review echoes Alix M and the great description by tracyk45. Facilities and game drives were excellent. Our guide MT was extremely knowledgeable and got as excited as we did with every new sighting. What makes a camp successful though are the people and management. Angie and William are exceptionally warm and friendly managers, and their style is contagious to all the staff. We stayed at 4 camps in Botswana and this was the best !!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

Kwetsani was the 3rd of four Wilderness Camps we visited in September. It was definitely the most fun and we all have such special memories from our stay. The camp was in excellent condition and the tents and common areas were impeccable. They also were very comfortable and the common area was an amazing space. You felt that you were sheltered and yet you were outdoors! The food was outstanding and we loved our Monday night "local" dinner. What made it all so special were the managers, William and Angie and our guide MT. Our time out with MT was fabulous and we all loved the way he just loved what he does. The rest of the staff was equally good and you felt that everyone had such pride in Kwetsani. While Kwetsani was our 3rd camp to visit, it is probably the number one camp in our hearts!! Thank you William, Angie and MT for memories of a special camp staffed by special people----

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

This posting is one of several reporting on our Aug. 2012 family trip (2 grandparents, 2 parents, two 10 year olds) to Johannesburg (Westcliff Hotel), Victoria Falls (Royal Livingstone Hotel), Botswana (Camps: Kwetsani, Little Mombo, Jack's Camp). All booked through the tour operator Africa Odyssey. An add-on trip was done by myself & husband to Cape Town, Plett Bay & Franschook in the winelands, booked through Travel Butlers.

Kwetsani is indeed in the trees. Inidividual tents are well spaced out and you can sit on your private deck or use the outdoor shower w/total privacy. Rooms have outlets with various plugs to accomodate charges from various countries. Laundry service was excellent!! Rooms had water carafe & in-room coffee/tea. Roomy shower, double sinks.

This was the first camp on our trip...which was good, given the 3 we stayed at. Children must be accompanied at all times as babboons can be agressive. Adults must be escorted after dark.

Manager Charmaine was very friendly and helpful. Staff greeted us on arrival singing a "Welcome to Kwetsani" song in a local language. We were met after each trip to the bush with warm towels to wipe off the dust.

Ronald was our guide and he was excellent: Incredibly knowledgeable, wonderful with the kids, patient, and seemed to be a good tracker/spotter. And he is quite persistent in his tracking: Night One, after dinner, he said he knew/heard a lion was out there...maybe saw tracks. We all piled in the jeep and out we went into the dark! He kept looking & tracking long after we had given up...but he found him!!! A loney old guy...but our first lion spotting of the vacation. Quite exciting.

First night dinner was traditional night. All in camp sat around a fire pit. Traditional food was served (very good...even our 10 year old fussy eater boy ate!). Women had to dish up and serve the men their meal on bended knee. There was traditional singing and dancing. We all joined in on the dancing.

Wake up call was a gentle "koko" outside our tent at 6 AM. Light breakfast ( cold cereal, hot cereal, muffins, juice) at 630. Out on drive at 7am. At our request, since we were only there one day, we did not come in for lunch but had an African picnic. Also had morning tea out in the bush.

Pick up from the landing strip (came in on a 6 seater by Wilderness Safari) was by Ronald in the covered jeep. A 10 minute drive had us to the water (aka "hippo highway"). A speedy 15 minute ride through the marsh & reeds brought us to camp. Boat & jeeps have wonderful ponchos that are quite warm and protect from wind and chill. Temps. in August were fairly cool. Tee shirt & shorts in the middle of the day...but I used several layers, thin glove liners, a neck scarf & lightweight poofy jacket in the AM & at night.

Camp has a beautiful "loo with a view"...and a small pool looking out on the delta! Baboons play around the decking area. And, you can't beat those wonderful hot water bottles tucked into your bed by the turn down service and on the jeep in the AM!! Wonderful open lounge area. All guests eat together at one long table. Beer, wine and hard liquor were complementary. There is a small gift shop w/tee shirts & post cards.

On arrival, the camp was FILLED with elephants. Big, little, babies nursing, adult men testing their strength, some shaking the palm trees to knock down the ripe fruit. Took about a zillion pictures!! Lots of hippos, zebra, giraffe, birds!!!!, and a beautiful female leopard who walked right passed our jeep.

Last morning, we took a brief but so peaceful mokura ride. A wonderful way to see the delta up close!!!

Thank you Africa Odyssey for recommending this camp. Thank you staff for your friendly service. Thank you Ronald for a full day of fun & education!!!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

The camp is situated in Ngamiland -- the name given to much of the NW part of the country including the Okavango Delta. The camp is owned by Ngamiland Adventure Safaris though marketing and reservations are handled by Wilderness Safaris and it closely resembles their other camps. Kwetsani is located the Jao Concession alongside the Moremi Game Reserve -- over 600 square kilometers in the heart of the Delta. The terrain apparently changes with the seasons. I was there during the flood peak season in July. The owners are allowed by the government to keep only 48 beds in the entire reserve so there are no big vehicle pile-ups as in some other locations. The small camp blends in to the local environment, with five "tree chalets" which are thatched with hardwood floors, canvas sides and glass/wood doors. My room was raised about 4 meters off the ground, with a lovely view of the grassland out front and the riverine trees in the distance. There was a large bed with mossie netting, a desk, separate room for the commode, indoor/outdoor showers. As usual in these parts no Internet access, hair dryers, etc. No plastic water bottles but they give you one to use while there which is refilled near the bar. Laundry service (included) does not do smalls but they do provide washing powder as well as a range of amenities including conditioner. Lighting -- as it is in all these camps -- is dim. Camp works off generator most of the time (except when guests are in the camp) though water is heated by solar panels. There is a bar, curio shop, nice open dining area, coffee bar with biscuits and a library. My guide was MT -- a large genial man who clearly knows his way around the Delta byways. You arrive at the airstrip in Jao (after 25 minute flight from Chobe in my case) and get on a power/motor boat for a very fast 25 minute ride thorough the waterways to Kwetsani camp. I was greeted very warmly by the new managers -- William and Angie who are from South Africa -- and staff who offer a singing Seswana song. Wake up is a bit later than other camps (6am) with breakfast at 6:30. Longer drives/boat activities in the AM as usual. Tea is served at 3PM and communal dinner is at 7:30. The food was quite good (fish with olive/tomato salsa, chicken curry, avocado and tomato salad, carrot cake and bread baked to resemble a leopard were standouts.) We had really good game drives on two nearby islands (Hynda and Jao): two female leopards (and a kudu kill), lions, hyena pup whimpering for his absent mother, a lovely "dazzle" of zebras and a "tower" of giraffes plus the "usual" elephants, etc. On the last morning I had my first/only mokoro ride which was peaceful (and introduced me to the smallest frogs I had ever seen) but not something I would want for a steady diet. Kwetsani is a new experience because one has to take a motorboat to game drives in a total maze of small waterways, with a fast-moving boat and a cold wind blowing. I learned fast to go with the flow and wear a scarf, sunglasses and hat pulled down low to avoid the midges that get in to everything. I would very much recommend Kwetsani as a superb camp in the Delta, for the wildlife but also for the warm and friendly tone set by Angie and William as camp managers.

Room Tip: There are only five rooms and all look out to the flood plain
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

Read copenhagenboy's review. It pretty much covers the fabulosity of this place. First of three Wilderness Camps on our itinerary. MT was our guide and he was just wonderful. Friendly, and so very informative and fun to be with. And, William and Angie were in training for the camp management by Newman who was actually manager at Jao. MT should be a trainer for other guides although if I were visiting again, I would hate to lose him as our guide. They were all great personalities. The accommodations were very comfortable. And, warm hot water bottles in the beds was a wonderful surprise. Sorry, spoiling it for those of you visiting for the first time. There were four of us- myself, my grown daughter and her two children, 18 and 16. The 16 year old boy was interested in fishing and MT was able to arrange this for us. I fell in love with the Delta. And, the food was great. We are hoping they will compile a cookbook for the previous and current visitors. Amazing to be residing among all the wild animals and birds.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012 via mobile

We visited Kwetsani for 3 nights in late-August 2011 on our honeymoon and had an amazing experience! Ronald was the ultimate professional and knowledgeable guide. We had many hippo encounters and an amazing leopard that we viewed!

The food was also very impressive and we particularly enjoyed the local food night cooked by a campfire.

Lastly there is a fertility chair at the camp which my wife sat on...and a month later she was pregnant. She delivered a healthy boy yesterday...I don't think Kwestani guarantees success but they did say 2 other women reported the same experience!

Thank you Kwetsani for a lifetime of great memories!

Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Kwetsani Camp was our second camp and very different from the first camp we visited. We landed at a small dirt airstrip where we gathered our bags and headed off to a boat that took us to camp. We were in the Okavango Delta during the "flooded" season so water was one of the main modes of transportation during our stay. We arrived at the island where Kwetsani was located and were greeted by a very warm, welcoming and singing staff. The next three days were absolutely incredible and quite an ecological contrast to our last camp. There was a wide variety of game/wildlife on our safaris on land and also quite a bit to be seen in and around the water. There was a little less privacy on land, as "land" was a bit limited due to waters, so many of the camps utilized the same islands for game drives. This was managed well by the guides and did not create any issues viewing or photographing the game. Hippos, Leopards and the Kingfishers were our sighting highlights. Oh..did I mention The staff was fabulous, the accommodations were great and the food was plentiful!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Jao Concession, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
Location: Botswana > North-West District > Okavango Delta > Moremi Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Moremi Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kwetsani Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Island tree-houses overlooking a picture-perfect, lechwe-dotted floodplainKwetsani is situated on an elongated island covered with palm, mangosteen and fig trees. The main area, including dining and lounge area, with its large wooden deck and cool thatched roof, is raised high above the ground and overlooks an expansive floodplain. A walkway leads to a plunge pool with loungers – a perfect spot to relax at midday. HighlightsKwetsani offers excellent land and water activities dependent on annual inundation levels. Lion, leopard, lechwe and tsessebe are among the major game attractions, while hippo, sitatunga and crocodile reside in the deeper, permanently lily-filled lagoons. Incredible vistas of the surrounding floodplains dotted with lechwe, other plains game and even lion can be seen from the decks or from the comfort of your tent. 5 Tents: Airy ‘tree-house’ chalets of thatch, wood, glass and canvas; en-suite bathrooms; outdoor shower; connected with wooden walkwaysExperiences: Game drives Mokoro excursions Boat trips to Hunda Island for game drives (Seasonal) Seasonal hide for sleep-outs or game viewing ... more   less 
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Kwetsani Camp Hotel Okavango Delta

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