Located in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, on Kwando reserve, Little Kwara is the newest of the area’s luxury camps.
Just 5 minutes drive from Kwara Camp, Little Kwara is nonetheless an independent set up, and consists of a mess area and just 5 sleeping tents. A thatch and wood construct, the main lodge includes a lounge, bar, dining room, shop, pool and outdoor seating area. Characterised by open sides, low overhangs, dark wooden floors, mixed – canvas camping chairs, sisal matted sofas, sun loungers – seating and an assortment of well chosen antiques, the shared areas are relaxed, welcoming and offer respite from a sun that, during October, can push temperatures into the 40s. The food at Little Kwara is fabulous, bountiful and consumed communally. The service is equally fine.
Well shaded, raised and accessed by means of a set of steps, the sleeping tents are comfortable, reasonably big and possess a double / twin, balcony, en-suite bathroom, side-tables, seating and plenty of storage space. Minimalist in design, standout features are the positioning and quality of the claw-foot bath, the dark flooring and the hugely comfortable beds. Open plan, the bath, twin sink and full length mirror are within sight of the bed, while two doors lead off to the flush loo and to an almost outdoors shower.
Activities include game drives (day and night), guided walks, boat trips, fishing and sundowners. The walks are conducted by both tracker and guide, the combination of which dramatically increases the chances of positive sightings. More, each game drive is led by both a driver and guide, and the seating is no more than 2 deep, thereby allowing all guests of Little Kwara complete access to information, expertise and professional opinion.
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.