- Simple lagoon-side camp
- Mokoro and motorboat excursions
- Game drives, nature walks
- Wonderful birdlife
Kwara is a charming and traditional lagoon-side camp in the beautiful Linyanti Reserve of the Okavango Delta, Northern Botswana. Accessible by air or motorboat, this remote accommodation is encompassed by wooded islands, permanent waterways, and expansive open savannah. Both water and land-based activities are offered year-round, with some superb dry-season game viewing in an area of very low visitor density.
The camp’s two main areas have a comfortable, friendly feel and comprise an open-sided lounge and bar, and an adjacent thatch-roofed dining space where home-cooked food is served communally. All areas of the camp, not least the elevated hide, offer lovely views and up-close wildlife sightings with hippos, baboons, and wonderful birdlife to be spotted. There is also a small plunge pool and a fire pit surrounded by camp chairs for sociable sundowners and after dinner drinks.
Activities vary from fishing, to gentle mokoro (dug-out canoe) excursions and slow-paced nature walks, to motorboat trips and some fabulous vehicle safaris. The Kwando Safaris portfolio to which the camp belongs places firm emphasis on the provision of top-notch game drives. Each 4X4 has a driver and dedicated ‘spotter’ to maximise wildlife sightings. Expert guiding coupled with the off-road driving permitted in the private Kwara Concession, make for thrilling predator sightings of wild dogs, lions and cheetah. Impala, zebra, giraffe, buffalo and elephant can also be seen, and night drives are a strong feature of Kwara Camp, with sightings of nocturnal bush-babies, genets and porcupines commonplace.
The accommodation comprises 8 simple and cosy tents on individual wooden platforms with private decks, all with great views and a segregated bathroom area with double basin, hot and cold running water, shower and flush toilet. Every tent has an outdoor shower which, although an attractive feature, may prove somewhat chilly during winter months. There are no power points in the rooms, but there is a central battery charging station in the camp’s main area. There is also one honeymoon tent with a claw-foot bath.
Children aged six or over are warmly welcome, although families with children aged 6-12 are obliged to book a private safari vehicle at additional cost. Groups with children younger than six may be accepted if the camp is reserved for exclusive use. Although there is no designated family accommodation, Kwando Safaris demonstrate a particularly high level of flexibility towards families and guides go out of their way to keep children entertained both on excursions and within camp. Note that Kwara is unfenced, and although it’s unlikely that animals will approach humans or tents, parents must ensure that their children are supervised at all times.
Kwara is a welcoming camp offering myriad activities and a serious safari focus. The facilities may be somewhat rustic, but the price tag does reflect this, making it a great choice for any traveller looking for a comfortable and relatively affordable option in the stunning Linyanti reserve.
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Ten day in depth safari featuring the jewels of Northern Botswana; the exclusive Linyanti Reserve, stunning Okavango Delta and the Victoria Falls
Tailor-made Luxury 10 days
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019