Located in northern Botswana, in the Kwando reserve, on the banks of Kwando river, Lagoon Camp is a seasoned luxury camp known especially for the access it provides to resident wild dogs.
Sheltered under a mix of ebony and marula trees, Kwando Lagoon Camp is a wood, canvas and thatch build, and consists of a main lodge and 8 sleeping rooms. The shared areas include a lounge, pool, bar, dining room, library, decking and shop. Relaxed, welcoming, the mess area is characterised by open sides, wooden flooring, a range of camping and slumber seating, low overhangs, an idiosyncratic bar and the most wonderful view. Much is made by guests of the service, which is friendly, vital and efficient. The food at Kwando Lagoon is equally good, and meal times are guided by the quality and length of a given drive.
With accommodation for up to 16 guests, the sleeping rooms of Kwando Lagoon are comfortable and spacious, and the camp has recently had a complete refurbishment. Each room includes a double / twin bed, private verandha, comfortable seating, a separate bathroom and outdoor shower. Various safari essentials – mosquito nets, coils – are available, as are toiletries. The bathroom contains a flush toilet, sink and shower. Please be aware that the toilet is merely screened off, and possesses no door of its own.
Activities include game drives (day and night), guided walks, boat trips and bird watching. The driving and the guiding are really very good, and the close vicinity of a wild dog den allows for extraordinary sightings. Please be advised that game drives may include high speed chases. This is considered normal, and does not, says the camp, bother the dogs, who return year after year to exactly the same spot.
Minimising the footprint of your wildlife experience
Kwando Safaris camps are pioneering the comprehensive use of eco friendly power, hot water generation and waste water treatment.
Solar Power and Water Heating
In a land blessed with an abundance of sun, the natural option for generating power and heating water must lie in solar technology. The massive developments in such technology have provided us with ideal solar power solutions for our camps.
Kwando Safaris camps are located in environmentally sensitive areas and to ensure that the camps cause minimal impact on their surroundings, the company has invested in highly efficient solar generating equipment to operate the entire camp. All electrical appliances used in the camps are energy saving products – from light bulbs to fans and ice machines. Protecting the environment need not mean going without those all important comforts while on safari!
Waste Water Treatment
All waste water in Kwando Safaris camps is treated using above ground state-of-the-art sewerage treatment plants. This ensures that there is no cross contamination of the soils or ground water through discharge of grey or black water. The fully treated end product is eventually returned to the ground.
Intelligent design compliments the use of environmentally friendly energy generation. The use of insulated walling (where applicable) and thatch within the design of the camps avoids the need for cooling systems which use a large amount of power. Insulation and thatch provide a comfortable interior temperature regardless of the extremes of heat and cold which are characteristic of our desert areas. Insulated cladding for hot water geysers and piping greatly increases the efficiency of the hot water systems by reducing heat loss from the system overnight, especially during the colder months of the year.
Kwando Safaris is a solely citizen-owned company and takes its employment and empowerment policies very seriously. All of Kwando Safaris’ operations, including the sales and reservations team, are based in Maun, the tourism capital of Botswana.
We try to offer careers, not just jobs, to all our staff. Many of our camp managers started off in junior positions, many of our guides started as trackers, and our receptionists as waiters or tent ladies. The company pay scales are at the top of the industry in Botswana and both merit and long service awards are made to our staff. The opportunities afforded talented and passionate citizens are widely sought after throughout the country.
As part of the company’s social responsibility programme, Kwando Safaris supports the Lady Khama Charitable Trust (LKCT). The LKCT supports several charitable initiatives throughout the country and Kwando Safaris operates a ‘matching’ scheme for the benefit of the Trust and its associated charitable beneficiaries.