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Kwando Five Rivers Special

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Kwando Five Rivers Special

With available time in early December, am feeling very tempted to avail of this offer. Ten nights would be the maximum I could spend at camps and would certainly want Kwara to be one of these. I have never seen wild dogs, other than at Okonjima some years ago, and would like to see them in their natural surroundings. Other than that am happy to see any wildlife, including birds, but would like to have really good guides. Any suggestions from those more knowledgable than myself, gratefully received.

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1. Re: Kwando Five Rivers Special

Right now, there are dog packs denning in the Kwara and Lebala areas. Although by December they will not be confined to the den and the puppies will be mobile, I would say those two areas are worth concentrating on, with perhaps a couple of days in Lagoon in case the dogs head to the northern part of the concession. Lebala and Lagoon are in the same concession (Kwando Linyanti) with Lagoon being north, Lebala south.

In general, game viewing is usually better in the delta than in the Linyanti in the green season, so I would give more days to Kwara than Lagoon or Lebala. So maybe 5 Kwara, 3 Lebala, 2 Lagoon. But if you are really fixated on the dogs I would perhaps go with 4 Kwara, 4 Lebala, 2 Lagoon. My impression from sightings reports is that the dogs don't stick around the Kwara area so much in green season. I've been twice to Kwara, in Dec and Jan, for 5 nights each time, without seeing any dogs. My impression is that the Linyanti concession might give you a better chance of dogs, but less good game viewing overall.

Don't know if you are considering any of the desert areas? For variety you could throw in Tau Pan, although if you are travelling solo this can add to costs with the longer transfer and I think there is a 50% surcharge on the flights. If only doing Kwara, Lagoon and Lebala this wouldn't have much impact due to lower cost of flights and no flight necessary between Lagoon and Lebala.

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2. Re: Kwando Five Rivers Special

Just the sort of information I was hoping to get. Many thanks.

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3. Re: Kwando Five Rivers Special

My only suggestion is that if you are talking about this December, you'd better hurry as many of the camps may be fully booked. I'd get in touch with Kwando--or your agent--immediately to find out what is available!

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4. Re: Kwando Five Rivers Special

Have been in contact with Safari Specialists in Maun and you are right about things getting booked up. Have decided to go with 5 nights at Kwara, 3 Lebala and 2 at Lagoon. Just need to confirm numbers and try to get reasonably priced flights!

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Sounds fantastic. I don't know if you have seen my trip report from the same time of year. My trip included 5 nights at Kwara-

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Be prepared for rain. You might be lucky, but I'd recommend your own rain jacket to wear in addition to the ponchos they provide, but also a couple of dry bags to put your gear inside if it rains. They sell them in various sizes in shops like Cotswold Outdoor or Blacks (I have Sea to Summit brand). And don't cut down too much on clothing. At Kwara, laundry is air dried so I found laundry wasn't coming back quickly and I got some clothes wet on a game drive- if you've been too ruthless with packing you can be in danger of running out of dry clothes to wear!!

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6. Re: Kwando Five Rivers Special

Thanks for the useful information. I have read, and enjoyed, several of your trip reports, including the one mentioned! We plan to stay one or two nights (depending on whether we have to overnight in Johannesburg) in Maun at the start of the trip, so that we are recovered enough to fully enjoy the safari part. Would it be worth spending an additional few nights at the end, in order to see a little more of a country that we may not visit again?

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7. Re: Kwando Five Rivers Special

I'm not sure there's enough to do in Maun itself to justify spending time there at the end of the trip in addition to a night or two at the beginning. I have spent time in Maun before, but these days I would connect straight from and overnight BA or SAA flight, to Air Botswana or SAA Airlink to Maun. That gets you to Maun about lunchtime so you can connect straight to a flight to your first camp, where you should arrive in time for the afternoon activity. But spending a night in Maun at the beginning would give you a chance to relax.

One option at the end would be to fly out via Kasane and have a couple of nights at Victoria Falls, then back to Johannesburg. If you haven't been to the falls before, I'd recommend that. Or even spend a couple of nights in Chobe. I find Chobe quite a busy area for game drives but the river boat trips are good.

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8. Re: Kwando Five Rivers Special

We flew Minneapolis to JNB last year. Arrived Jo'burg about 4pm local time. Went directly to the InterContinental hotel across the street. After a refreshing swim, dinner, and a sleep, we were more than ready to head on to our first camp. We flew SAA air to Maun and we were in camp by tea time. On the return we flew straight through home. After all, there's nothing to do on that long flight but sleep, so we felt no need to stop post-safari.

Famous last words, "see a little more of a country that we may not visit again" :)

Cheers,

'Red

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9. Re: Kwando Five Rivers Special

One thing us Brits have is the advantage of no jetlag travelling to Africa.

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10. Re: Kwando Five Rivers Special

"One thing us Brits have is the advantage of no jetlag travelling to Africa."...........Oh sure, lord it over us poor saps here in the colonies. ;)