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Kwando Lagoon Camp
3.5 of 5 Lodge   |   Kwando Reserve, Chobe National Park, Botswana   |  
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Cornwall England
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“"HOLD ON PLEASE"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

We arrived at Lagoon having passed a huge herd of buffalo and being stuck in deep sand for an hour. Things were looking up after Lebala. Lagoon camp is comfortable, the food great and the staff lovely.

We had asked to have Spencer Mathambo as our guide and were lucky enough to get him. He is an amazing guide but even more so a very funny and nice man. He can chat away for hours and kept us all entertained. He is a legend when it comes to tracking wild dogs and we hoped to hear his "Hold on Please" as he drove through bushes, trees anything! tracking those dogs. We were not disappointed!!

The camp is very beautiful and we wished we had booked 3 nights there instead of 2. If we were to go again we would book 4 at Lagoon and 4 at Little Kwara. The wildlife sightings at both were astounding. We did not have time to go on the boat cruise at Lagoon, instead spending whole days out with Spencer and Aaron, his excellent tracker looking for dogs, cheetah and everything else. We had a fantastic time.

There were just 4 of us in the jeep most of the time so we had plenty of room, when the lady from Lebala joined us one of us sat beside Spencer. From the early morning wild dog tracking, see video, to the most beautiful cheetah viewings our whole time at Lagoon was the best experience in Africa to date.

The camp does not have the luxury of Beho Beho in the Selous or the expensive furnishings of some others but Spencer and the other guides give guests the most exciting, rewarding and memorable experience. If you want to have the best time of your life, go to Lagoon Camp and ask for Spencer.

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  • Stayed June 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

The rooms and facilities at Kwando Lagoon are gorgeous. The food is great and the staff are very good. This is the nicest camp of the 4 that we stayed at.

We are glad that we stayed at Kwando Lagoon, but it is a bit harder to see the animals here. Lagoon has more and higher vegetation than the other camps that we stayed at. As of August 2012, they had 18 adult wild dogs and 9 puppies which we were able to see because the dogs were still denning with the puppies. We saw them kill a female kudu. We also saw two leopards and a leopard cub. The night before we arrived, they saw the dogs and lions and hyenad fighting over an elephant that had died which sounded like an amazing sighting. One of my favorite sightings at Lagoon was a herd of Sable. They are beautiful animals.

If you are only going to one camp, I probably would not choose Lagoon because it is harder to see the animals due to the vegetation, but if you are going to multiple camps, Lagoon is well worth a visit. The varying terrain at Lagoon is quite pretty and interesting.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012 via mobile

Vehicles a set up for quality wildlife viewing, i.e. no roof. This is great for viewing and photography. Guides were all brilliant. Staff friendly and even management was by locals which is great to see. Great game viewing. Large well appointed 'tents.
Food was god, but not up to standards of other similarly priced camps.

Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

Wonderful camp. As with all Kwando camps, guides, staff and managers offer one of the most amazing experiences in Botswana and indeed Africa. We have been on over 20 safaris across Africa and nothing beats the experience that Kwando offer. Nothing is too much trouble. Having been a number of times we have particualy benefitted from the total professionalism and tirelessness of Spencer and of course all the trackers, too many to mention and all so good. To follow wild dogs, cheetahs and lions when they are hunting offers a wonderful experience. We'll be back next year and plan to take some of the students from the college I wok in. We did this, this year at Lebala camp and the students loved it. Thanks again all.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

After two nights in Kwara, also owned by Kwando, we flew to Lagoon. We were skeptical that this camp could even come close to our experience at Kwara (reviewed as well) but it did. Lagoon is a very different camp with much more luxurious accommodations but still not over the top like some camps are. We were in the family suite, perfect for us and our teenage sons. Spent most of our time in the lounge/bar area hanging out with the other guests. Plenty of plugs for all of our cameras, etc. The views across the river was beautiful, we saw the herd of elephants crossing every day. There is a lovely library upstairs from the lounge area.
Again the service, food (including non-nuts for alleries and lots of vegetarian fare for the vegetarian), our guide Bali and tracker Aron were fabulous. We saw all of the animals and caught up with the cheetah brothers right after a kill. Saw the elusive leopard as well. Following the wild dogs as they tracked giraffes, elephants and buffalo was exhilarating, couldn't get enough of it. We counted 21 mammal sitings in one day, competition with the other guests to see how many we could see in two game drives.
The early morning boat ride was lots of fun with the hippos crashing underneath us. Good thing it is very sturdy!
Flying in/out of camp via Moremi Air was perfectly scheduled.
I cried when we left, need I say more?

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
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    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

If you want to see wild dogs, especially following the pack hunting and making kills, then this is the place to do it! We spent 2 days at Lagoon and saw the dogs take down a kudu, impala, and 2 young cape buffalo (this is a bit hard to hear and see, as it takes about 1 hour for buffalo to die slowly and painfully). Bali and Aron were our rangers / trackers and were among the best we have ever had (we have done over 100 game drives on various safaris in Southern Africa). The dogs were the focus of attention here and we did not see any other predators (Kwara is a bit better for the various cats). Lagoon's new safari tents / lodges are stunning and nicely positioned along the river. Hot water bottles helped for the cold nights (no heating in camp, so come prepared for cold winter nights). We will be back, hopefully next year!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

Lagoon Camp Kwando
We arrived in Johannesburg for 1 night stay on our way to a safari in Botswana. Stayed at the Safari Club it was perfect for a short stop. See Vumbura Plains Camp & Chitabe Camp for the rest of our trip.
All planned perfectly by Patricia from www.wildlightsafaris.com a great company to deal with.
Lagoon Camp, we did not know what to expect as it was our first wild animal safari camp. It exceeded any expectations we could possibly have had. A beautiful bar and dinning room, complete with a fire to sit around in the evenings and a swimming pool.Although It was far too cold to think of swimming, June in Botswana is cold especially at night. Then it was on to see our suite, it was a separate building on the side of the river complete with deck. Inside was a seating area, king size bed, behind which was a dressing area & then with a bathroom by the side, it even had a bath. The only campsite we came across with a bath, which was perfect after the early morning game viewings.
Morning call at 5am, what a shock to the system. In our 10 days on Safari we even had a frost one night that burnt off a lot of grasses. We wore thermal tights, trousers, long sleeved thermal vest, shirt, sweater and then an anorak and we still needed a neck warmer a beanie hat to cover our ears. You then have breakfast after which you climb into a stretched open topped vehicle with 3 rows of tiered seats behind the driver. The spotter sits on a seat on the front bumper, a suicide seat it looked to me.
Our driver was Carlos and James our spotter, they were both fantastic and I would ask to have them both again. Nobody can tell you how exhilarating it is to follow wild dogs or leopards as they hunt at up to 25 miles per hour through tall grass bouncing over any branches or potholes, driving over any small bushes as you follow the hunters sometimes only meters from them and their prey.
What did we see; it would be quicker to tell you what we did not see? But the list included leopards, giraffes, zebras, wild dogs, elephant’s c/w babies; buffalo the list could go on and on. We had a fantastic time at a great camp. It is possible to hire you’re your own vehicle, something I would do if the camp is full but not otherwise Would we go again “like a shot we would.”

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  • Stayed June 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
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Address: Kwando Reserve, Chobe National Park, Botswana
Location: Botswana > North-West District > Chobe National Park
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
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Ranked #7 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Chobe National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kwando Lagoon Camp 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
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