Kwando Lagoon Camp
Wild dog central on the banks of the Kwando River
Kwando Lagoon Camp
For its captivating landscapes, phenomenal game viewing and diverse activities, Kwando Lagoon is a supreme destination. The area is world-renowned for wild dog sightings and robust populations of elephant and buffalo, especially in the winter months when herds a thousand strong congregate at the water's edge. The lodge itself strikes just the right note between luxury and comfort - a low-key style that lets you put up your feet. Spend the morning following wild dogs on a hunt and by evening, cruise the river on the double-decker boat as the sun sets over the glittering lagoon.
At the lodge
The only thing that beats a huge deck peering over a majestic lagoon full of a ridiculous array of birdlife, is a swimming pool perched on its edge. The main area incorporates a large open lounge, a communal dining area, and an ever-enticing bar. Thatched roofs, natural tones and a rustic hardwood bar counter give this camp a traditional safari feel. Lounge by the pool with a cocktail or put your feet up on one of the sumptuous sofas.
The emphasis is on the outdoors with large meshed windows in the bedrooms and bathrooms. Each tent is its own escape, complete with an en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower and a striking view over the lagoon. It's simple but comfortable without too many frills. You won't find anything unnecessary - no wi-fi or air-conditioning - just a comfortable bed and a private deck with a first-class view. There's nothing like the rustic comfort of a traditional safari.
Game drives will get you up close and well-acquainted to the area's diverse and dense predator population. Take a traditional mokoro ride along one of the many shallow, secluded channels, safe from hippos and crocodiles. Get out on foot on a guided walk to appreciate some of the less conspicuous creatures, or learn from an expert tracker as you follow the subtle signs of the bush. Top it all off with a ride on the double-decker sunset cruiser, champagne in hand.