Little Kwara

Kwara Concession, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana

At a Glance

  • Intimate camp, accommodating no more than 8 guests

  • Guided game walks

  • Water activities include, fishing, boat cruises and mokoro

  • Plunge pool surrounded by shady trees

  • In the heart of the Okavango Delta – on permanent water

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Botswana’s winter is May to October when the weather is hot during the day (not stiflingly hot) and cold at night. Botswana's summer months (November to April) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.

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Insider's View

Enjoy pre-dinner drinks and stories around the camp fire.

While predator sightings are good, take time also to look for the other inhabitants of this lovely area

Keep your eyes peeled for the pack of denning Wild Dogs near to camp

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Little Kwara or take a look at our itineraries to Okavango Delta and Moremi

Description

Small and intimate, Little Kwara comprises just four large tented rooms, raised up on stilts and shaded by towering fig and sausage trees, each with a private deck. It is very close to its larger sister-camp, Kwara, and shares the same game drive area.

Little Kwara is in the heart of a wilderness area in excess of 1,700 square kilometers and bordering the Moremi Reserve. No trip to Botswana is complete without a visit to the delta, the watery jewel in the middle of the Kalahari Desert. This area encompasses a wide range of diverse habitats, ranging from the clear delta waters with reed-lined lagoons and channels, to open grasslands, mopane woodlands and palm-fringed islands. Little Kwara is located close to its sister camp, Kwara, though this is a more intimate camp and feels much smaller. The rooms are nicely designed and are raised up providing good views - although the camp is quite shaded by towering trees. Access to Little Kwara is by air via the Kwara airstrip. Little Kwara Camp is a completely separate camp from Kwara.

There are some very good game viewing opportunities from Little Kwara which offers a variety of ways to explore the surrounding bush. Mokoro trips are available year-round, and pleasant double decker boat cruises. For those feeling energetic, short island walks in the company of an armed guide are available, and the camp does offer the ubiquitous day and night game drives - although in this area off-road driving is encouraged, something some guests may feel to be a little overenthusiastic. Fishing is also offered on request, using normal reel and rod fishing - flying fishing enthusiasts need to bring their own equipment.

Trips can be arranged to the Godikwe Lagoon - one of the largest breeding colonies of yellow-billed storks in this area of Botswana. In season (from September to December), guests can see (and smell!) thousands of birds and their young in their annual nesting grounds with often hilarious interactions. It is here that guests will most appreciate the double-decker boat as they are able to peer into the birds' nests from above.

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Accommodation

Little Kwara is a very intimate camp with just 4 safari tents. The tents are spacious, and are elevated into the tree canopy on wooden decks, each with its own private veranda. Each tent has its own en-suite facilities, comprising bathroom with bath and an inside/outside shower. This is an ideal camp for exclusive use by small groups and families.

Childcare

As there are no specific child friendly facilities, the camp is not recommended for young children.

Activities

Activities offered from Little Kwara Camp include - mokoro trips year round, double deck boat cruises, island walks as well as game drives both off road and at night. Fishing is also offered on request, using normal reel and rod fishing - flying fishing enthusiasts need to bring their own equipment. To put the concession area into context - 175,000 ha (1,750 square kilometers) is almost half a million acres! There is also a small pool based at the camp which is perfect to take a dip in to cool down in between safaris.

Reviews

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Sian Frost (Staff)

Little Kwara is located in such a game rich and varied area. The guiding teams are excellent and really go above and beyond to find the animals you most want to see. They will allow you to stay out on game drives much later than other camps and off-roading is almost encouraged. The main focus of this camp is to give you a really superb wildlife experience rather than rushing to get you back for a pre run bath and fancy dinner. Whilst there I saw leopards mating, a cheetah and her cub hunting and a wild dog hunt which ended in the middle of camp (poor impala)! The accommodation is a bit tired but what it lacks in finesse it makes up for in guiding and location.

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Anna Hearn (Staff)

The smaller, slightly more upmarket sister camp to Kwara, Little Kwara is beautifully situated in a grove of towering ebony trees, overlooking the lagoon and with just five spacious, square rooms. We loved it when we visited the guides are excellent, knowledgeable and interesting, and always willing to go the extra mile; when we stayed a group of Canadians were very eager to find lion, so their game drive stayed out until past 9.30pm so they could find a pair of pride males. Our game experience, in the two nights we stayed, was very varied from a mother cheetah and her four three-month old cubs posing beautifully in the morning sun, to a pack of painted dog. The painted dog were particularly interesting to watch; the eight being just part of the main pack which was off hunting, they amused themselves by chasing down a hapless hyena who had been following them in the hope of some scraps from anything they brought down. It made for a very interesting mornings viewing! The boat trips from Little Kwara are a real highlight; these are taken usually in the afternoon, and the area traversed is just inside the Moremi and incredibly picturesque, classic deep water Delta channels opening out into lily dotted lagoons with the occasional hippo breaking the surface. On these boat cruises, drinks are served as the setting sun turns the water into molten gold. We thought Little Kwara was a super camp smaller and more intimate than its sister-camp, with excellent staff and guiding, and a very friendly atmosphere.

Experiences

  • Boat safari in the Okavango Delta

    Travel through the waterways of the Okavango Delta on a boat safari, exploring the papyrus reeds and hippo habitats with your guide. The smooth ride offers a soothing alternative to time spent in a vehicle. Always subject to water levels.

  • Fishing in the Okavango

    Fishing trips offer visitors to Botswana an opportunity to enjoy a different safari experience. In many areas the fishing is fantastic, you'll also enjoy fantastic wildlife and birdlife over your time on the water. NB not available within national parks.

  • Game Drives in Botswana

    Viewing wildlife from a vehicle is the best way to get up close to big game. Allow your professional safari guide to cover ground to guarantee you some unforgettable sightings in Africa's premier safari destination.

  • Game drives in the Okavango

    One of the best ways to see the big game of Botswana's Okavango Delta is on a game drive with a knowledgeable guide. Explore in open-sided vehicles to maximize your viewing opportunities, this is a truly wildlife rich environment.

  • Helicopter ride over the Delta

    The Okavango Delta is a vast patchwork of deep-water channels, shallow lagoons and date palm islands, fringed with the ubiquitous papyrus reeds. A doors-off scenic helicopter flight is an exhilarating way to take in these sights and a real treat, too!

  • Mokoro trips in Botswana

    Botswana's northern safari areas are full of water channels just waiting to be explored. Larger boats can be used to explore the wider channels but for the aficionado, mokoro trips into the smaller channels are a real treat. Always subject to waterlevels

  • Walking Safaris and Nature Walks

    Walking in the African bush with a professional safari guide is a fantastic experience. Enjoy a completely different perspective on foot than from a vehicle.

Location & directions

Kwara Concession, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana

Located within the game rich Kwara concession, which borders the Moremi Game Reserve on the northern edge of the Okavango Delta.

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Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Little Kwara or take a look at our itineraries to Okavango Delta and Moremi

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