The Kwai Discoverer Camp has five Meru style walk-in mobile tents, with a separate shower and toilet areas for each tent. This is a mobile camp and completely changes location regularly. The atmosphere of the camp is to maximize the feeling of wild camping, at the same time ensuring exceptional comfort without the feeling that you are in a lodge! 12v electric lights are in the tents, providing quiet surroundings all the time without generator noises. At night the camp is lit by paraffin lanterns and a large camp fire which creates a warm natural glow. The dining area is most often under the African sky, set up with flowing white table clothes, candlelight and is fully serviced. When it is in the cooler months, there is a large dining tent, with small bar area, where the tables are set up under canvas with lanterns.
The accommodations were wonderful and we can’t say enough about the warmth of the staff. I felt like I was leaving family when we left and was so sad to go. However, one thing helped us be ready to go—a mix of super cool and exhausting.
The flight to Davisons Camp was great. Davisons was by far the best part of the trip. At first I was nervous, seeing how high the grass was, but I knew it was that season, and thought if nothing else, we’ll enjoy sleeping in a tent. Was I wrong! We saw tons of game—comparable to East Africa at times, and had TONS of lion encounters. They told us that it was very unusual for us to see lions multiple times per day…
Our guide was wonderful. We actually saw a leopard CLOSE UP. We were driving down a road that had fairly thick vegetation and came up to a termite mound right next to the road. I turned my head and locked eyes with a leopard only 6 feet away, at eye level!...My husband didn’t get a great photo of its face because he had too large of a zoom lens—caught is ear and shoulder!
The final night of our stay at the camp, the lions arrived at camp at dusk. We were escorted to our room and instructed not to leave, and the staff left us a bedtime story called, “How the Lion Got its Roar.” As I was reading this to our children, the lions helpfully provided sound effects to the story. And did that all night long. We know they were hungry as we could see the bones sticking out of the hips of the cubs, and the leanness of the adults, and we’d seen them stalking eland, but not successfully. As we heard them roar, moan, and even breathe at midnight, 1am, and finally a big ruckus around 3:30, the lions who had been circling our tent seemed to have made a kill. We saw them early in the morning and they left the camp area by 8am. We learned that they had taken down a buffalo during the night, and the cubs now had bulging bellies. The prints in the sand around our tent made it clear why we could hear them breathing and roaring all night. They really liked our tent area, at the farthest end of the camp. That was cool, but we needed to get a good night’s sleep after that experience.
- Teri Thomas
I was a bit surprised at first of the camping experience we had, but I wouldn't have had it any other way. We had such an "up close and personal" experience with the wildlife. I love the use of solar power at the Khwai Camp.
To have such luxury at a remote camp was wonderful. The meals were good and the staff treated us so well at all the camps…Our particular favorite was the River Club. Oh my gosh! What a place. We were treated like we were the only visitors there.