- Beautiful waterfront location
- Spectacular wildlife
- Boat trips and fishing
Kwando Lagoon Camp is nestled among the ebony and marula trees on the banks of the Kwando River in the Linyanti area of northern Botswana. This area offers one of the finest safari experiences in Africa with its superb concentrations of wildlife and discreet number of small-scale, high quality camps. Linyanti is accessed via light aircraft and trips here are frequently combined with camps in the Okavango Delta to contrast water-based safari with the superb game drives of this region. It’s best to visit during the May-October dry season when large herds of elephant and buffalo congregate on the Kwando-Linyanti river front and lion, leopard, cheetah and wild hunting dogs can be seen in action.
The main, thatch-roofed area of the camp is spacious and well set out on multiple levels. The first floor houses a lounge and bar area complete with small library and elevated views of the river and wetlands. Food is of a high standard, served either in the covered dining area or outdoors beneath the shade of the trees. There is also a gift shop and a small plunge pool and viewing deck complete with swing chair and steps leading down towards the riverfront. The camp’s double-decker boat is moored here and a campfire is lit in the mornings and evenings.
Activities in this private concession are plentiful and visitors are free to explore unhindered by the strict regulations and often heavy vehicle traffic that characterise the national parks. Evening and night drives are a speciality. There is a highly professional and serious approach to safari guiding here, with game drives taking place in custom-designed, open-topped vehicles which seat no more than 6 guests at a time so everyone gets a ‘window seat’, providing superb viewing and photography opportunities. The camp also provides a highly skilled guide and a tracker for every vehicle meaning that guests are very well informed and no sightings are missed. Whilst some travellers love the firm focus on predator sightings, notably lions, hyenas, leopards and wild dogs, others may prefer a slower-paced walking safari or a relaxing trip in a mokoro (dug-out canoe). Note that walking safaris may not be possible at certain times during the dry season due to the large elephant population in the region at the time. Boat cruises are a particular feature of this camp, providing soothing respite from the somewhat intense vehicle safaris and a chance to view the resident Kwando River hippos and fish eagles. Fishing is offered for ten months of the year, although prohibited during the January and February peak breeding seasons. Basic equipment is supplied, although avid fishers may prefer to bring their own.
The accommodation comprises 8 luxury tents which can accommodate up to 18 guests at any one time. Each room has a thatched roof, a private veranda with comfortable loungers overlooking the river, and a lounge area, raised bedroom and dressing area. All tents house a spacious bathroom with free-standing bath, indoor and outdoor showers and a separate WC. There is one family unit. The camp has 24-hour solar and generator power for low voltage lighting, but note that high powered items such as hair-dryers cannot be used. There is a central charging area for electronic equipment, although no internet access, and a laundry service is also available.
Children aged 6-12 years are welcome with children under 6 able to stay if the whole camp is booked for exclusive use. Specialist family safaris are available at additional cost. Programmes for children are offered and might include making castes of footprints, crafting cards out of natural materials, or fishing. Note that the camp is unfenced and whilst it’s true that animals tend to stay away from tents and humans, children need to remain under the constant supervision of their parents.
Kwando Lagoon Camp was fully renovated in 2011 and is run by an enthusiastic team. It provides a comfortable and relaxed place to stay in an extremely privileged location. The atmosphere is pleasant and laid back, with warm and professional service. The exclusive nature of the Linyanti region, with its small number of high-end accommodations and relatively low visitor numbers, mean that the camp’s price tag is necessarily high so this is not an option for those with a limited budget. However, for a top-end safari experience with spectacular wildlife on tap, a stay at this property is very hard to beat.
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Truly another world. The sky was enormous and the summits snow covered. Blue irises, wild herbs and fruit trees flowered on the slopes. Even as I toiled up the dry river bed I gazed in admiration.
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