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“Lions and Cheetah oh my” 5 of 5 stars
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3.5 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   P.O. Box 550 | Maun, Botswana   |  
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Bradenton fl
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
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“Lions and Cheetah oh my”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I just wanted to report back that Kwara was an absolutely fabulous choice. The wildlife was incredible. Male lions during the day and at night. A coalition of three cheetah brothers twice. Tons of giraffe and close encounters with elephants. The accomadations are basic and rustic all that you could need. The tents were pretty hot mid afternoon at the beginning of October-could use a fan ????. The food was great and plentiful and the staff were all great. Thanks to Master my guide and KB my tracker.
The wonderful offroading was great---a bit rough on the back of this old girl but worth it. There were times there wasn't one other vehicle out there. The motorboat ride to the heronry was incredible and fun...you must sit on top...

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

I wasn't going to post a review of Kwara because I honestly thought it was obvious how amazing it is. Then I read some negative reviews and thought I would post my thoughts. Kwara is in an absolutely stunning location. The tents are lovely (yes, they are tents, as someone posted - what on earth would you expect?). The central area for eating is great, everyone eats together, which is surely part of the camp experience, the food exceptional. Maybe I am not as experienced as some others, but for us it was like being in an adventure film, the whole experience of staying on the camp, getting into trucks and driving around the bush was just, well, exciting. The people we rode with were great, the guides were fun, we stopped for coffee etc. The only negative thing I can say (and this is probably just me) the journey there was absolutely terrifying. It was a teeny tiny little plane, and I sat with my eyes closed the whole way.

Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sykesville, MD
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

Beautiful landscape in the Kwara reserve and great game to go with in Sept 2012. We saw many lion, large wild dog pack, birds, and a plethora of other quadrupeds. Our tracker, Master, was one of our favorite people we met during our whole Safari vacation. What a sweet, intelligent guy; great at his job. Vehicles were the best here; great shocks, smooth ride. Don't miss the sunset cruise into Moremi for the rookery. Being in camp was similar to being on a game drive because we had many animals cruise through. Enjoyed the wood floors in our tents. Everything was clean. Very pleased with our tent accommodations. Was able to obtain constant water pressure and temperature for our showers, which is rare in the bush. BK taught us to play the African board game Morabaraba (spelling?) and we spent some of our time between game drives playing. Food was great. The team remembered that there were certain dishes we did not like and the team fixed us separate meals without being reminded, which was much appreciated. Brunches and the fresh bread were our favorite. Oh... and this was the only camp that had hot chocolate. Someone who wrote a previous review mentioned baboons in their tent. Yes, they have a troop of bad monkeys here. However, the team has installed a lock on the outside of the tents that keep the baboons out; problem solved.

  • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

We chose Kwara because we heard it's great for game, and sure enough it was. In addition to the usual grazers we spotted lions, wild dogs, hyenas, caracal, serval and civet. Unfortunately the three cheetahs were no where to be found but apparently they're usually around. Our guide and tracker was wonderful. The camp itself is comfortable but not opulent, and the food more than edible.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Belmont, California
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22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

We enjoyed our time at Kwara and we had a great guide, but if I had to do it over, I would stay at Little Kwara instead of Kwara because the rooms and general facilities are newer and nicer. Kwara was the least nice of the 4 camps that we stayed at, but still nice. Little Kwara is a sister camp, so it has all of the benefits of Kwara, but is a nicer camp.

Two of the highlights at Kwara were the mekoro ride and following the wild dogs on a hunt. The mekoro is a small low canoe with two people sitting and the guide standing in the back polling the boat. You glide through the water and the reeds almost silently. From the mekoro we saw lots of hippos and got some good pictures, but kept a respectable distance. We went to an island and did a nature walk which was fascinating. The outing was excellent.

On a game drive, we were about to take pictures of some ostriches when we saw the pack of wild dogs. As of August 2012, they had 18 adult dogs and 9 puppies. Once we saw the dogs we were off on a wild dog chase following them through the brush as they hunted. It was an exhilarating experience. At one point, we lost them, but then we found them again. During the time we lost them, they killed an impala. We did not see the kill, but we did see the aftermath of the dogs eating the kill. (Not seeing the actual kill was OK with me.)

This is a great location with lots to see, but stay at Little Kwara.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

Spent two nights in August, got this place as a last minute deal the day before, upon arrival in Maun.

One comes to the Okavango for the sights, and what sights they were: excellent game spotting, memorable sunsetcruises.

Every one is very attentive, and most of the guides are very, very competent.

Room Tip: Get one of the rooms facing the lagoon.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

We spent 2 nights in this camp and wished we had stayed longer. From our first meeting with Kwara staff at Maun airport to takeoff to the next camp, our visit was truly memorable. All of the staff, our guide Mastah and tracker TT were great. Everyone was very friendly and very knowledgeable. Kids have food allergies and one is a vegetarian and never was there a problem. They always pointed out what the vegetarian could eat. Loved having meals (delicious) with the other guests, guides and managers.The common area was very comfortable with plenty of power strips for all of the guests (and for any country). The tents were simple but exactly what we were hoping for, very comfortable and clean. We saw all of the animals and as close as a few feet away! Our first hour an elephant came into camp along with the baboons and impala. That night we heard a lion, elephant and hippo, scary! The next day a lioness chased a giraffe right in front of camp through the lagoon, unfortunately we missed it because we were watching the male lion tracking another giraffe. Happy that the staff were able to experience what their guests always see, they were very excited! The game drives, boat ride and mokoro were very comfortable. One of the few places you can do all. Highly recommend this camp! Get there quick before they change the tents to fancier accommodations like Kwando's other camps. See Lagoon camp for our review.

Room Tip: Don't stay in the last tent, far left of common area. The baboons use the roof as a trampoline...
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  • Stayed July 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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Address: P.O. Box 550 | Maun, Botswana
Location: Botswana > North-West District > Okavango Delta
Hotel Style:
Ranked #42 of 68 Specialty Lodging in Okavango Delta
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kwara Camp - Kwando Safaris 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Kwara Camp - Kwando Safaris Hotel Okavango Delta
Kwara Camp - Kwando Safaris Botswana/Okavango Delta

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