We stayed at Kwara for 4 nights from 26 May 2013.
The camp was a 60 minute hop from Kasane with a change of planes with a 15 minute transfer to the camp.
The Camp is open to its surroundings with a lagoon to the front - with its resident hippos - with the remaining surrounding area being grassland. This means animals pass through the camp on a frequent basis and as a result guests are escorted to and from their tents by the guides after dark. During dinner one night a lioness sauntered through the camp just on the edge of the lights.
The accommodation is in large permanent tents. We stayed in number one which has a view of the grassland rather than the lagoon. Ours had 2 single beds, storage areas, a toilet and sink behind a canvass screen and an outdoor shower. There is no direct electricity in the room with power for lighting being provided by large batteries. Air conditioning is providing by opening and closing flaps. There was a covered veranda with 2 chairs for chilling between drives. The accommodation whilst not being lavish was more than adequate. A torch is a must for this type of accommodation.
The food consisted of 2 main meals - brunch and dinner - with porridge and rusks along with hot drinks before the morning drive and afternoon tea served before the evening one. The meals were tasty and different with some traditional beef and lamb dishes which were really good. In addition on the drives there were stops in the morning for coffee and biscuits with alcohol and savouries at the evening stop. It is very unlikely that you feel hunger pangs during a stay at Kwara.
There is a large lounge area with comfy chairs where people tended to gather for afternoon tea and to share a drink and tall tales before dinner. As the tents do not have a direct electricity supply this is where all the electronic devices necessary for modern living are charged. As ever with a camp like this one bring spare batteries to avoid disappointment.
The dining room consists of one long table which accommodates the guides and guest together. With good food and wine the conversations roamed over personal and other topics of great importance. Great way to get to know people.
In the main because of early starts most people were heading for their tents by 9.30 and like us tucked up with our hot water bottles by 10.00. The wake up call provided by your guide normally came at 05.30 just as it was getting light.
Enough of the accommodation as we came for the game and the experience.
Kwara camp is within a concession which basically means there are few restrictions on the game drives and therefore a key experience is the night time drives which often didn't finish until after 8.00 in the evening.
But Kwara is not restricted to land as the lagoon leads into the waters of Okavanga and sunset cruises are organised that take you through the waterways. On our second cruise most of the party took the opportunity for a bit of fishing at sunset.
There are also early morning game walks that start with a crossing of the lagoon by mokuro which is an experience in balancing with the guide at the rear punting you across the shallow waters. The walks concentrated on the tree and birdlife and gave an introduction into tracking by identifying footprints in the sand plus an analysis of dung!
Throughout our time whilst we had the same guide - Masters - we had a range of different people for company - but never more than 6 to a vehicle which allows everyone to see the game.
We went in May and it was very cold on the game drives with hot water bottles being provided in the morning in addition to blankets and many layers of clothes. I would suggest a balaclava would be in order.
So what did we see? Hppos, crocs, lions - eating a hippo, mating (animal voyeurism) and sleeping, cheetahs - 3 young males eating antelope, a female hunting and one caught in the light at night, elephants, wild cats, a honey badger and just loads of other stuff on 4 legs and with feathers. There was never a dull moment and with only 3 vehicles allowed around a sighting there was never a crush and the animals never looked to be intimidated.
Our stay at Kwara more than lived up to and exceeded expectations and gave us the best wildlife experience possible. Thank You.
- Also Known As:
- Kwara Camp - Kwando Safaris Hotel Okavango Delta
- Kwara Camp - Kwando Safaris Botswana/Okavango Delta