Kwando Reserve, Botswana
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LAGOON CAMP - KWANDO WILDLIFE
Lagoon Camp lies on the shady banks of the Kwando
River among tall and ancient African Ebony and Marula trees. It is located
in the 232,000 hectare private Kwando Reserve in the Linyanti area of
northern Botswana between the Okavango and Chobe rivers. The Kwando Reserve
is located just west of the Linyanti
Reserve and includes 80 kilometres of river frontage, wonderful floodplains,
and woodlands to the west of the Kwando River. Lagoon Camp is owned and
operated by Kwando Safaris, as is its sister camp, Lebala
- only 2 hours drive to the south. The camp is open year round.
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Lagoon camp was built in
1996 and comprises 8 expansive custom designed tents each with views over the vast Kwando/ Linyanti wetlands. Each tent comprises of a raised bedroom area, over looking a large lounge with writing desk, luxurious Persian rugs and deep leather arm chairs. To the rear of the bed room lies the dressing area adjoining a spacious bathroom with Victorian style high back bath tub, separate toilet and both inside and outdoor showers. The family room that sleeps four people in two separate bedrooms, with shared bathroom is perfect for those travelling on safari with younger children.
The tent interiors are kept pleasant throughout the summer months, by a mixture of overhanging thatch roofs, electric fans and the large gauze lined windows which allow cooling breezes through the tents. In the unique main area, the crystal clear waters of the pool is a wonderful place in which to cool off during the long summer afternoons.
At Lagoon Camp, the activities
concentrate on open vehicle game drives, nature walks, fishing and boat cruises.
Game Drives and Nature Walks
Game walks are on offer but are at
the guides' discretion due to the concentrations of Elephant. Lagoon
Camp offers off road and night game drives, offering guests to see the
fascinating nocturnal wildlife in the area. Walking in Africa's wild areas is the only way to truly appreciate the natural environment. While game viewing from a vehicle allows one to see more animals as you traverse much greater distances and get much closer to animals safely, there is nothing as awe inspiring and humbling as observing wild animals on foot. Many smaller species of plants and insects, tracks and signs are all easily missed when in a vehicle. The slow pace of the walk and interpretative skills of your guide will open your eyes to a new and fascinating world.
Game walks are not hikes; they are slow comfortable strolls meant to provide you with a chance to experience the wilderness at a natural pace. Any walk can be combined with a game drive or mokoro and the length of walk can be adjusted to suit your personal desires or level of fitness.
A special feature
of Lagoon Camp is the river boat experience. The flow of the river enables
the boat - a double decker - to drift with the flow in silence - perfect
for bird watching and game viewing. The boat experience is a soothing tonic, a contrast to the vigorous efforts of searching for mammals from a vehicle or on foot. Sit back and while away the hours, stopping to gaze at a multitude of spectacular birds and bathing elephant and enjoy the vistas of the river systems. However, don’t be surprised should the peace be shattered by the snort of a territorial hippo warning the boat of his presence! Double-decker boats are used to provide a better vantage point and offer a wonderful position to enjoy the waterways and their varied inhabitants.
Fishing is also a specialty at Lagoon Camp and those who are keen will have an opportunity
to catch the fighting Tiger Fish, Bream, Catfish and Pike. Fishing can be done
from the front of your tent at Lagoon due to its situation, or from the main deck. Kwando Safaris subscribes
to the catch and release policy, but exceptions can be made if you wish to eat
your fish. Species that are targeted by sports fisherman are several tilapia (bream) species (including the olive bream or nembwe, red breasted tilapia, purple faced largemouth and three spot tilapia), sharp tooth catfish, African pike and the mighty Tiger fish.
The Okavango is recognised as an excellent fishing destination for both fly fishing and traditional spin fishing. However, not many people are aware of the amazing fishing that can also be experienced on the Kwando River.
Due to government regulations, fishing is not possible during the months of January and February as this is a closed season.
The Kwando area has a large variety of wildlife
but is most noted for its very large Elephant populations. There is rarely
a time where one cannot view at least some Hippos and Elephants without
even leaving the camp. Lagoon has had a Wild Dog den every year for the
past 6 years so is probably now one of the best (if not the best) camps
in Africa for Dogs. There are good numbers of Impala, Lechwe, Kudu, Zebra,
Roan, Waterbuck, Buffalo, Bushbuck
and the smaller antelope. The major predators such as Lion, Leopard,
Wild Dog and Hyena are resident and regularly sighted. The reed and papyrus
swamps are ideal for the numerous and diverse species of birds.
Seasonally, large herds of elephant drink daily from the bank of the
Lagoon in full view of the guests. Playful spotted necked otters are
seen performing in the Lagoon right in front of the guest tents. Lagoon
has a well earned reputation for big game herds, especially in winter,
with many hundreds of elephant, buffalo herds into the thousands and
numerous hippo pods - scattered in the ox bows and river channels. These
attract the big predators in large numbers. The Lions of Kwando are
famous for their Elephant, Hippo and Buffalo kills.
Night drives allow guests a chance to see the nocturnal species such
as Civet, Large- and Small-spotted Genet, Honey Badger, and Spring Hare.
Nocturnal birding, especially Owls, is also excellent here. Both camps
(Lebala & Lagoon) deliver the specials like Aardwolf, Aardvark, Ratel,
Serval, Caracal and Selous Mongoose quite regularly.
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