Khwai River Lodge

Large and imposing lodge on the Khwai River

Khwai Community Concession
2018 $
645 - 1340


Khwai Community - DRY Camp

Price Range (2018)

$645 - 1340

Our Rating

Client Rating

Our Highlights

  • 14 Luxury tents, 1 Private Suite
  • Spa treatments and gym
  • 20m swimming pool
  • Exclusive night-time Safaris
  • Entry to the Moremi Game Reserve

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Safari Lifestyles View


We think that this camp is a bit too big for its own right, perhaps a little too imposing and the Orient Express, the group owners (now called Belmond Safaris) are perhaps better known for the hospitality rather than their safari experience.


However, its the Khwai region itself which is the reason why people should book here, known as one of the best wildlife regions in Botswana you have excellent chances of seeing Lion, Leopard and Wild Dog hunting.


If you like air-conditioning in your tent then this is a great camp, however it is an expense option in an area which is a public concession and Khwai River lodge does charge private concession prices. At this stage though there is only one other lodge that comes near its high standard in the area and that is Machaba Camp.

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Camp Detail

Camp Style

Dry camp. Day and night drives. Mokoro and Boat excursions, some guided bush walks


Khwai Community Concession, Moremi Game Reserve

How do I get there

Charter flight to airstrip then private transfer to camp

Lodge Type

Lodge with 14 Meru Tents and 1 Private Suite

Whats Included


  • Accommodation
  • All Meals
  • All drinks
  • Laundry Service
  • Game Drives - Daytime

Whats Not Included


  • Travel to and from the lodge
  • Private Vehicles
  • Personal Expenses
  • Premium Imported Drinks
  • Tips

Child Policy


Contact us for the latest on the child policy for this camp

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Land activities

Water activities

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Spa pampering

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Wildlife & Activities




The wildlife viewing is generated around similar species to that of the general Okavango Delta. In and around Khwai you can see general plains game such as elephant, impala, zebra and wildebeest sable antelope with great concentrations of lion, leopard and hyena. In recent seasons there have also been good numbers of wild dogs and some occasional cheetah.


The more aquatic animals like hippo, waterbuck and red lechwe are generally always seen depending on the area visited.

Birdlife is also strong and concentrates on the main river area where lovely flocks of pygmy goose and white-faced ducks mingle with spur-winged goose, comb ducks and African Jacanas.






The Camp

Camp Overview


Khwai River Lodge nestles on the edge of a Leadwood forest overlooking the vast floodplains of the Moremi Game Reserve. Known for its exceptional range of big game, many animals can be seen slaking their thirst from the comfort of your own private deck.


Moremi Game Reserve is situated at the heart of the Okavango Delta and was the first wildlife area to be set aside by tribal people rather than colonial powers.


Although the only statutorily protected part of the Okavango Delta, it is surrounded by a carefully controlled buffer zone. This allows free movement of animals according to seasonal migration. Extending north and east to join Chobe National Park, it is a wildlife haven that stretches all the way to Kasane.

Lodge Layout


The plot size is quite large and is mainly laid to well kept grass.


The central area is dominated by a very large thatched structure which acts as a the main lodge, lounge and dinning area. Within the lounge is a feature open fireplace which is quite unusual for a lodge in Botswana and a great help in winter. To the outer areas of this large communal meeting place is a very large deck which overlooks the Khwai River itself.


The very large tented accommodations are spread on either side of the main lodge and are reachable on ground level.


To the side of the main lodge area is a raised hide with some seating for you to enjoy the views over the river.

Room Description


All luxury tents at Khwai River Lodge are housed on raised wooden platforms, offering magnificent views of the African landscape. The tents are shaded by a traditional African thatch roof.


Sounds of wildlife surround you as you relax on your large private deck furnished with easy chairs and a hammock. The deck also provides a spectacular environment for enjoying a private dinner in complete harmony with your surroundings, ideal for special a occasion or just as a treat.


The tent interiors are luxuriously appointed with en suite bathrooms, a private fully stocked mini bar, four poster bed with mosquito netting as well as discreet air conditioning.

Camp Environment


The Khwai area is a large concession teeming with game. Particularly in the drier months the animals are drawn to the Khwai River itself as their only means of water.


This area is deemed to be a public concession and is of outstanding beauty, delivering the same reputation as the above two mentioned, in that the diversity of game and vegetation is shared. Much smaller in size, its real benefit is accessibility, and differences in accommodation, which is mostly more affordable in terms of its lodges and its suitability for Mobile Safaris and Self Drivers.


The main border is along the Khwai River, the others being Moremi Game Reserve to the West, the entrance to the Savuti area to the north and a little used area of the Chobe National. This concession is run by the members of the Khwai Village community and extends from their village to Mababe village to the east.



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