Lagoon at a glance:
- Set on the banks of the Kwando River
- Famous for the Wild dogs and massive herds of Elephant and Buffalo
- 8 en-suite tents (1 is a family room) – all with en-suite and outside showers
- 4 activities – walks (seasonal), game drives, fishing, & evening boat cruises
- We can operate off road and at night
- All inclusive rates.
Under majestic African ebony and marula trees, this well known camp straddles the banks of the Kwando River. Located in the exclusive 232 000 hectare (550 000 acre) Kwando concession, Lagoon 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.
Guests journey from the airstrip, crossing open flood plains in our custom game drive vehicles, and enter the deep, dark shade of the main camp.
The entrance walkway winds through the undergrowth and foliage of the riverine forest and leads to the peaceful thatched, multi level main area, designed to fit perfectly into the natural landscape and allow views of the river and wetlands from all areas.
From this forest hideaway it is a short walk past awe inspiring trees following the winding bush pathways to the tents, from where the private viewing deck offer views of the peaceful lagoon and seemingly endless reed beds and islands.
General game graze on the wide flood plains to the south of the camp, in spectacular scenery under the ever-watchful scrutiny of predators. Lagoon offers regular and reliable sightings of elephant, lion, wild dog, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, tsessebe, impala, wildebeest, buffalo and waterbuck. Shady grasslands give way to the striking silver cluster leaf and mixed mopane woodlands, home to the less commonly seen sable, eland and roan.
In the dry season Lagoon offers a mega fauna experience unmatched in southern Africa, with sightings of up to 1 000 elephant in a single game drive. Herds of up to 2 000 buffalo also attract the attention of lion and hyena, and our trained guides scan the horizons for the dust clouds generated by thousands of buffalo hooves.
The night drives present a drama of epic proportions when the buffalo move through the parched floodplains. Packs of wild dogs also provide excitement for many months when they den and their pups emerge weeks later, motivating the adults to undertake hunts twice a day to feed the young. Lagoon is peaceful and wonderful in summer, savage and dramatic in winter.
The purpose designed double decker barge is designed to navigate the shallows and ox bows of the Kwando River all year round and enables guests to float silently down the river, fully experiencing the peace and quiet of this remote wilderness
Lagoon and Lebala
Lagoon complements the ‘Lebala experience,’ by offering a spectacularly different setting, scenery and game drive experience from that offered by it neighbour. Our guests often stay at both camp as it affords them an opportunity to enjoy game drives, including night drives, and walks in vastly different settings, and to enjoy fishing and boat cruises on the water ways of the Kwando River.
A stay at both Lebala and Lagoon is therefore complimentary and in no way a duplication. A short flight away is Kwara – one of Kwando Safari’s two camps in the Okavango Delta.
Beyond the floodplains and seasonal rivers of the Delta lie Nxai Pan and Tau Pan camps located in the Nxai Pan National Park and Central Kalahari respectively.
Please note that due to Government regulations we are not permitted to fish during January or February as this is a closed season for fishing.
Activities at Lagoon
The daily safari routine usually involves an early morning wake up call, and a gathering around the fireside for piping hot tea and coffee, a bowl of sumptuous porridge and freshly baked muffins. As well as the clean early morning air and dazzling sun rise, an early departure greatly increases the chances of unusual sightings, as the majority of mammals are active at the beginning and end of the day when temperatures are lower.
The Kwando Safaris game drives – Day & Night
Game drives are undertaken in custom designed Toyota game viewing vehicles seating no more than six guests at a time in two rows of three. The use of only two rows ensures that guests are never so far from the front of the vehicle that they are unable to hear the guide or tracker’s interpretation, even while driving.
Guests are guided by a two person team of professional guide and tracker – a special feature of the Kwando Safaris wildlife experience. The two person team enables the guide to communicate points of interest and the complex interrelations that exist throughout the natural world, while the tracker ensures no sightings or tracks are missed.
The evening/ night drives are a Kwando Safaris speciality. The drive starts in the late afternoon as the sun’s rays are dipping to the west and the day’s heat is declining.
After a leisurely pause for the traditional sundowner, and as the African day is transformed into a soft colourful evening canvas, the night drive begins. The mystery unfolds as the creatures of the night, especially the predators, are revealed by spotlight, often unexpectedly.
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.
Walks may be limited in the dry season at Lebala and Lagoon camps due to the large elephant population in the region at that time.
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.
Boat cruises are available at Lagoon, Little Kwara and Kwara camps.
Fishing is available at Lagoon, Kwara and Little Kwara. One may actually fish from the main deck at Lagoon.
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.
Bring them! These are a vital piece of equipment, which will contribute hugely to a truly exceptional safari. You will use them more than you think whether on a walk or on a mokoro. Every person should really have their own pair, but at a minimum, have a pair between you and your travelling companion if you have one. The size that you choose depends greatly on your subject of interest. A specialist birder would likely choose a heavier 10x magnification with a wider objective, while for general wildlife viewing the smaller 8x magnification with a smaller (25mm) objective will be sufficient and mean less weight to carry around.