After two 25-minute long wrenching Cessna-hops, we gracefully landed on the Kwara airstrip where Dutch (guide/driver) and Chester (tracker) greeted us. We were escorted to our tent by Lizzie, the manager on duty. The 5 canvas tents are all on wooden stilts and overlook the savanna. Although the view from our tent at Camp Lagoon was more appealing, the tents at Little Kwara were more to our liking as they were smaller, with a lower ceiling and therefore comfier. They are all equipped with a nice bathroom, including an outdoor shower. Unlike in Camp Lagoon, they are strangely enough devoid of any ceiling fan. Given that the temperatures rose to as high as 43C° during the "siesta", such an equipment could have assuaged our daily discomfort. All meals, equally tasty each day, were taken communally with the guides at a big table. We were treated to a typically Botswanan dinner on Monday consisting, among other things, of pap (maize meal) and seswaa (grounded beef meat). Delicious !!!
As is the case at all Kwando camps, guests are accompanied by the same guide and tracker throughout the whole stay. Dutch happened to be Paul's cousin, our guide at Camp Lagoon. Dutch's driving skills are second to none. Guides at Little Kwara drive faster than at Camp Lagoon, most probably because more uniform roads ensured a less jouncy ride. Dutch and Chester were equally good at tracking animals. We saw a flurry of lions, most notably a pride of 4 male lions feeding on a dead elephant cub, and a pride of 3 lions which we photographed by one of the wooden bridges. The apex was reached when we finally spotted the coalition (yes, that's the word) of 3 cheetah brothers dozing off in the shade of a mopane tree in the middle of a big prairie. Once again, we were thankful to the close "radio" cooperation between the 3-4 cars driving in the concession for this unforgettable sighting.
We were under the impression that there were fewer antelopes, buffaloes and elephants at Little Kwara than at Camp Lagoon. I recently read that the Kwando concession has more resident elephants than in the whole of South Africa, hence the inevitable impression. On the other hand, lions were plentiful at Little Kwara, which explains why we did not see a single leopard there. The most memorable moment was undoubtedly when we spotted a big lion just after sunset in the middle of the prairie. It started roaring crescendo and we could feel the vibrations passing through our bodies. Each night was punctuated by roaring sounds, some closer than others ... lions are not a rare sighting in the camp.
We did the boat safari one afternoon after high tea. This was a nice change to the usual herky-jerky ride. We had a paramount sundowner at the heronry together with hundreds of noisy nesting birds. Unlike most guests, we chose to stand on the roof of the flat-bottom boat to get a better sense of the Okavango Delta's shape and features. I regret not being able to spend more time in the Hippos Pool because one of the older female guests felt uncomfortable in the presence of a rather small group of hippos. Once we had reveled in the majesty of the African sunset while sipping a perfectly prepared Gin & Tonic, the guides decided to return to the pier before it was pitch-dark. We were in for a special treat with the boat hastily slicing through the bugs-loaded air. One piece of advice: close your mouth and use your sunglasses.
The day at Little Kwara is organized in the same way as at Camp Lagoon with an earlier return to the lodge after the morning safari. Here too, free access to the bar was the rule and all sorts of beverages could be had at will. The only drawback at the camp, a minor one though, is that some of the clothes that were returned to us smelled like fire. We could live with that.
In conclusion, once again an impeccable stay at a Kwando lodge. "You gotta like the Kwando spirit". My feeling is that to get a sense of completeness and wholeness, one should ideally combine Camp Lagoon with Little Kwara as one location offers what the other one does not propose.
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