We’ve always been fans of Kwara, so we’re excited to report that the camp is due to re-open on 1st September 2019, having been closed since June last year. Owned and operated by Kwando Safaris, the camp has been refurbished to a very high standard and it’ll continue to provide a great range of activities in a wildlife-rich part of the Delta. Accommodation is booked on a full-board basis, including all meals, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, all scheduled activities, and a laundry service. The camp will be open throughout the year, with a three-night minimum stay. There is a minimum age requirement of 18 years old.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The camp will be accessed via 15 minutes’ game drive transfer from the Kwara Concession’s own airstrip. It’s situated on the banks of a lovely lagoon, in the northern region of the Okavango Delta.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT KWARA:
Guest accommodation will consist of just nine canvas tents. We understand that the interiors will be larger and more luxurious than before. However, each tent will pay homage to Kwando Safaris’ authentic African style, so we anticipate something of a classic-and-deluxe mix. The beds will be surrounded by mosquito netting, and an in-room ceiling fan should provide a comfortable cool breeze. The en-suite facilities will include both indoor and outdoor showers, and also a bathtub – and all with views over the Kwara Concession’s floodplains! Guests will be able to marvel at the scenery from a private deck too.
Kwara’s communal buildings will be positioned at about the centre of the site. Bearing in mind the new emphasis on luxury living, we reckon the lounge and dining spaces will be pretty sumptuous. A curio shop will most likely be stocked with local crafts items, perfect for souvenirs. And the camp will have two small pool areas, each incorporating a bar and loungers. Designed with the afternoon siesta period in mind, both areas will also offer amazing views over the lagoon! The focus here really will be enjoying your natural surroundings, not least because the camp will facilitate what’s known as a digital detox experience – there’ll be no mobile phone connectivity and no Wi-Fi.
ACTIVITIES AT KWARA:
Kwara has always offered an excellent assortment of activities. Here’s what’s in store from 1st September 2019:
Expertly guided game drives- The geography of the Kwara Concession features sprawling grasslands, woodlands, and permanent waterways. Drives from camp will provide exciting opportunities to cover a lot of ground and to see a lot of the region’s wildlife! Guests will be able to look out for all Big Five – lion, rhino, leopard, elephant, and buffalo. Smaller predators in residence include cheetah, hyena, jackal, and wild dog, and there are plenty of other herbivores, such as hippo, giraffe, zebra, impala, sitatunga, and red lechwe. The birdlife is impressive too!
Night drives- As Kwara is located within a private concession, guests will enjoy night-time vehicle safaris. Also accompanied by a knowledgeable and experienced guide and tracker, these will showcase some fascinating nocturnal species, not least aardvark, aardwolf, pangolin, and porcupine.
Walking safaris- Guests will be invited to head out into the concession on foot, for close observation of the smaller life forms here – plants, insects, and birds.
Boat cruises- In the past, guests have boarded a double-decker boat to venture out across the waters, and as far as the Moremi Game Reserve. We’ll let you know whether this is still possible, once we’ve visited the new camp for ourselves.
Mokoro excursions- A mokoro is a dug-out canoe. Travelling along the Delta’s waterways in this form of transport enables safarists to get really close to the wildlife, and to appreciate sounds as well as sightings of elephant, hippo, and waterbirds.
Seasonal fishing- From March to December, guests will be able to fish here. Previously, spinning equipment was provided, with anyone wishing to fly fish asked to bring their own equipment – again, we’ll update this information as soon as we can.