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Kwara Reserve Maun, Kwando Concession NG20 Botswana
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As of 1 Jun 2018: Kwara camp is closed for rebuild and will reopen in 2019. Opening dates will be announced to the travel trade in due course. Please enquire about availability in Splash, also located in the Kwara Reserve, in the interim. Overlooking a secluded lagoon in the northern Okavango Delta, Kwara offers the ultimate Delta experience. Its location allows access to the permanent waterways of the Delta as well as expansive dry land areas, admired for their quality game viewing. Kwara offers, within the exclusive concession in which it is located, a wide variety of activities. In addition to game drives, both day and night, the camp offers mokoro trips, as well as fishing (spinning equipment is provided but fly fisherman need to bring their own equipment). Boat trips are on a double-decker boat that visits the Godikwe Lagoon in the waters of the Moremi Game Reserve, which is known for the abundant varieties of birdlife especially during nesting season.
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Super location in rustic accommodation. Lovely food with excellent staff across the board. As ever Spencer, our guide, and AT our tracker, were superb. They left no stone unturned to ensure that we got the most wonderful sitings of leopard, cheetah and wild dog. Although the accommodation may be in need of a little updating, we will miss it as it is such a simple and relaxed style. All booked for Splash next year!!
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A really nice camp with friendly staff and all the amenities one can want, and great wildlife: leopard, lion, cheetah, honey badger, hyena, wild dogs, elephants and their young, zebra and their foals .... And on top of that a truly wonderful experience, when an elephant came walking right up to our tent when we were sitting on the verandah. Moses and his tracker were outstanding in finding animals, and went out of their way to show us their part of the world. And when a leopard was sighted while we were having a siesta at the camp, they quickly came to get us and organised an extra game drive! Thank you all.
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Kwara was the last of our Kwando green season camps and it had a lot to live up to after fabulous game viewing, guiding and hospitality at both Nxai Pan and Lagoon. The Kwara concession is very flat and has permanent water channels off the larger delta tributaries with timber causeways crossings, so there is no reason not to go in the green season. The camp is set amongst a grove of trees, with the main boma having a view to a water filled pan. The drink fridges are self serve (a nice kwando touch), and have been fitted with child proof locks to prevent the local baboon troop from also self serving. On our first game drive with KB & TJ we had a close up African Hoopee photo opportunity even before leaving the camp. We briefly visited a leopard sighting in a fallen tree close to camp for a few pictures, before moving on. Every leopard sighting is special, but our two previous sightings at Lagoon camp were exceptional. A call from another vehicle alerted our driver to two large male lions who were looking for trouble by moving into the home range of the resident Kwara pride. When we caught up with them walking through long green grass in the late afternoon light, perfect for photography. The next day we had very good sightings of tsessbe and red lechwe, in contrast to Lagoon camp where they ran at the first sight of a vehicle. We also enjoyed a Bateleur eagle preening its feathers close to our vehicle, and the foreplay antics of a male giraffe who was trying his best to attract the female while fending off two male challengers. On our last morning we saw the courting giraffes again and had another good leopard sighting. We crossed paths with a Kwando supply truck from Maun who reported seeing a wild dog pack resting on the side of a track inside the concession. We followed the track for some distance and spotted another male lion, before having to head for the airstrip to drop guests off. We did feel our guide and tracker were still learning the ropes, and particularly for people taking photographs where the right position and light are important. Matching the guide/tracker combo with the guest interests as part of scheduling would improve the experience. All Kwando camps have good charging stations for batteries and devices, and life on safari still goes on without a wifi connection. The rooms at Kwara were a bit dated and hot during the middle of the day. Kwando's new Splash camp that opened in July 2018 has replaced Kwara camp at a better location on the concession which we look forward to visiting next green season. An afternoon must do is the boat trip through the papyrus lined delta channels from the camp jetty down to the large Gcodikwe Lagoon, with lots of waterbird sightings along the way including most members of the kingfisher family, bee-eaters, jacanas, darters and more. The lagoon which is fringed with reeds, water ferns, grasses, floating water Lilly pads and aquatic flowers is an idillic setting to enjoy a delta sundowner and some wonderful reflections. Afterwards enjoy the open throttle aquatic slalom boat ride to get back to the camp jetty before dark. Having previously been on safari frequently during the warmer drier months, we can now say that green season Botswana is very special. Julie & Ian Hobart Tasmania
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I first visited Kwara Camp in June, 2007, the first of three Kwando Camps comprising an itinerary in the Okavango Delta and Kwando Concession. I held vivid memories of the trip based at Kwara, Lebala, and Lagoon Camps. Returning in June of 2017, Kwara seemed almost like home. Its tents were showing their age but had worn well in the very settings they occupied ten years before. Back then, I would have ranked Kwara 3rd among the three camps. I fully anticipated its retaining the same position in 2017. Its staff was every bit as proud and proficient. Its vehicles performed better and were less problematic. Our guide, Bali, was not up to the standard set 10 years before but tracker Gee was impressive. We observed much of the same wildlife mentioned in other reviews with the exception of dogs. I find it interesting that other reviewers express great satisfaction with the tents, an appraisal with which I fully concur. It was the tents in their settings that rendered Kwara the best of the three camps in 2017. Lebala Camp had discarded its wonderful large tents in favor of space-wasteful, privacy-lacking screen houses in the interim while poor Lagoon Camp had sacrificed its charm to huge, hot penthouses, most of which occupy a landscape devoid of trees. I would caution reviewers finding Kwara in need of an update to carefully contemplate what such may entail.
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Game drives were wonderful, (ask about doing one of your drives on the flat-bottomed motorboat, you won't be sorry). Food was good but not quite great. Very Americanized menu, which will make a lot of people very comfortable, with one exception; one night the manager bragged that the chef had prepared a very traditional Botswanan meal. We were all talking in the dining room when the server spontaneously broke into song in her native language. When she finished, (and after the applause), she explained the meaning of the song, and served us a delicious spicy beef dish. Best meal of the week. The camp is older, and could use a freshening (which it is scheduled for next year). Although in need of freshening, the tents were comfortable, the plumbing and electricity work, and Mose will do his best to show you the best of African wildlife. (I can't begin to list the animals he showed us, pretty much everything but Rhino)
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kwara camp - kwando safaris hotel okavango delta
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BotswanaNorth-West DistrictKwando Concession NG20
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