I had been in Little Kwara before, and chose it. As per usual, the welcome was great, and the camp seemed as I had left it 4 years before. The gift store was better stocked this time, and everyone was a little more watchful as baboons had recently been bothering staff and running off with things.
The room was the same, but we were the last tent, so had the longer walk. That was quite OK. The rooms are comfortable, well laid out, nice bathroom fixtures, a rustic but great outdoor shower, a veranda with just an OK view. Four years ago, the lagoon was closer, but part of it was dry at present.
Our guide was Dix, and KP was the tracker. They were very knowledgeable, loved the work they were doing, became as excited as we were when things went well. These guys were great! They were San and seemed to have a connection to this world. As Little Kwara is in a private reserve, they were able to get close, to track, to show us this world. What worked as well, was that between Kwara and Little Kwara, there were 5 vehicles roaming the reserve, and all of them were spotting interesting scenes. And we all got to see, but not all at once. They ensured no more than 3 were in an area.
Game drives were the best, as this was a private reserve. The floods had NOT come down as much as when I was here 4 years before, but there were lots of water holes, and lots of animals. One morning was a) hyenas with a wild dog kill; b) tracking a bachelor lion, who met his brother, and the two went on; c) a leopard mom and cub, who walked through the grass to a tree island with cub jumping up and down; and d) cheetah mom and two older cubs, who prowled and was on the chase! We also saw a male cheetah on two different days, on the savannah checking out prey. We stayed with him one day, as he searched for prey, made his move, and then was on the chase. Unfortunately, we couldn’t confirm a kill. We had lots of adventures!
Little Kwara was very well run. The food was good, varied, and even a vegan could be happy. The staff were friendly, pleasant. We were impressed that 2 of the staff ‘baby sat’ the 8 and 5 year olds who were here with family. And they did it, because they wanted to do it. We spent a bit of money at the gift shop, which would be opened at your pleasure and had a variety of gifts.The morning ‘break’ and the evening sundowners were great. A boat trip was very pleasant. We joined a bachelor bull in the water, who didn’t seem to mind us, but we stayed away. We had buffet brunch and dinner every day at a long table with guests and guides. Breakfast at 6am was at a fire. Enjoyed this ‘community’ immensely. We stayed in Little Kwara for 3 nights. I could have done one more, happily, but glad that we had 3! There is no Wi-Fi, no TV, a blessing!