My safari to the Kwara Private Reserve

Overlooking a secluded lagoon in the northern Okavango Delta, Kwara offers the ultimate Delta experience with access to the permanent waterways of the Delta as well as expansive dry land areas, it is known for its predator sightings – lion, cheetah, leopard and on rare occasion – white rhino! Herds of elephants also frequent the area, as well as giraffe, zebra, sitatunga, lechwe, impala and hippos.

Sending two passionate travel consultants on safari is a foolproof recipe for laughter… and plenty of Sauvignon Blanc!

And so it was that I found myself slap-bang in the middle of the drought-stricken Okavango Delta, with my good friend and colleague, Crisney Lane from Mosaic Safaris.

In the dry season, the low water-levels change the landscape of the Okavango Delta.

Islands are no longer islands and water-holes dry up, forcing the game to scatter and seek new habitats. The deeper waterways become magnets for massive herds of animals. Having heard about the low water-levels, we were excited to experience it for ourselves!

Kwando Splash Camp

As its name suggests, Kwando Splash Camp has water all year round, even during times of drought.

On the private Kwara Concession bordering the Moremi Reserve, this camp has 30 adventurous kilometers of river to explore, as well as the seasonal flood plains and dry bush wilderness.

Splash Camp is famous for its predator action!

Whatever floats your boat, Splash Camp’s the place!

It is no secret that I much prefer a sedate river cruise or couch safari with my glass of wine instead of bumping around on a game drive vehicle. Crisney, on the other hand, can’t get enough of game drives – and is an avid birder.

Recipe for disaster? Not a chance!

The Kwara Concession was literally teeming with animals and birds! Everywhere we turned there were elephants, lions, buffalo. Whether we were on land or on the water, all we had to do was simply watch as the game came to us.

As the sinking sun set the Delta awash in gold, we took the double-decker boat quietly up the mirror-still river. The rooftop deck, with its spectacular sunset views and cool pink G&T’s, made for the perfect end to our day.

Kwara is a place where your phone is just a camera.

Besides game drives that get you up close to the most amazing wildlife, this is one of the best places to relax, recharge and revitalize yourself… The bush is a healing place.

Why I recommend Splash Camp for your next safari:

  • Wonderfully family- and child-friendly!
  • The ‘Splash Enclave’ is a separate, exclusive-use camp for 6 – 10 people who are wanting a more private safari experience.
  • The spacious family rooms have 2 bedrooms, with a shared bathroom.
  • Even after the sun sets, game drives often continue into the deepening dusk, allowing incredible sightings you’d never see in the day.
  • Mokoros. (Enough said!)

Being a family-style camp, meals are taken together in the main dining area (see above) so everyone can share their day’s experiences and brag about their sightings to fellow guests.

While the deliciously wholesome feasts are served, the rangers and camp managers tell the most amazing stories about their adventures, wild encounters and what it’s like to actually live in the bush.

If you’re longing for a safari in the wilds of Africa, Kwando Splash Camp has a super special rate of US$520 per person sharing per night!

*On offer from: 15 November 2020 to 30 April 2021.

*Minimum 3-night stay.

Email me to find out more!

Come and experience an unforgettable safari in Botswana’s Okavango Delta!