Khwai River Lodge
Okavango Delta, Botswana
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Khwai River Lodge is one of the oldest safari lodges
in Botswana, opened in the late 1960's by the late Sir Seretse Khama,
the first President of independent Botswana. It is located
eight kilometres north-west of the north gate of the Moremi Wildlife
Reserve. The camp is set under a canopy of old indigenous Leadwood and
Fig trees and offers a commanding view of the Khwai River flood plain.
This is the perfect location for observing the perennial drama of the
African bushveld and provides excellent birding.
Khwai is renowned for its large concentrations of mammals and it is not unusual to see many different types of wildlife from the comfort of your own private deck. As a year-round destination for wildlife, predators can regularly be seen in the area, rated as one of the most prolific in Botswana for viewing wildlife. The exceptional location of Khwai makes it a regular host to Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Wild Dogs. Birdlife can also be viewed in abundance, with exceptional sightings of wildfowl and raptors near the lodge. At Khwai River Lodge, you are close to Africa's heartbeat and at the centre of a world that has not altered since life began. You can sense this from the moment you arrive.
Khwai River Lodge is owned and
operated by Orient-Express Safaris.
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15 twin-bedded luxury tents with thatched roofs feature lavishly appointed
en-suite bathrooms and dressing areas. The tents are housed on raised wooden platforms, offering great views of the African landscape. The tents are shaded by a traditional African thatch roof. Wildlife is all around 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 a special occassion or just as a treat.
The tent interiors are luxuriously appointed with en-suite bathrooms, a private fully stocked mini bar, four poster bed complete with mosquito netting as well as a discreet air conditioning. For your convenience, in-rooms safes are provided for the safekeeping of all cash, travel documents and other such articles.
Tent facilities include:
• Air conditioning and heating Mini bar
• Outside lounge with hammock and ceiling fan
• Private viewing deck # Individual gas geysers
• 'His and hers' vanity unit in en-suite bathroom
• Electric heaters
• 110v/220v plugs for electric razors
• Facilities for charging video batteries
• 24 hour DC battery lighting in guest rooms
• Hair dryers
• In-room safes
• Overhead fans
• Intercom system to reception
The Private Suite
Khwai River Lodge has an exclusive private suite, perfect for a more intimate safari experience. This stunning private suite has a spacious secluded deck area and is set away from the other tents in the camp. The extended viewing deck has two relaxing sun loungers, perfect for basking in the warm African sun. To the side, a generous heated splash pool is set amongst the trees for shade and privacy, yet with full views of the Delta and allows one to wallow in communion with the hippos whilst spotting elephant and crocodiles on the island banks.
The open air double showers and beautiful deep copper-framed Victorian bath, with only the tree canopy as a roof, offers further opportunities to commune with nature. Guests enjoying the luxurious new suite will have the opportunity to enjoy game-viewing on their own exclusive vehicle with their own personal guide and they will be able to set out on a safari expedition as and when they wish. Choose an elegant candle-lit dinner on the private outdoor deck (additional rates apply). Among the many other indulgences available in the suite include temperature controlled rooms, a well-stocked mini bar, oversized fluffy bathrobes, big soft bath sheets, cosy slippers and luxurious bathroom toiletries.
At Khwai River Lodge there are a range of facilities to make your stay complete.The Camp's Facilities include:
• Spectacular observation deck overlooking the Khwai River and beyond into the Moremi Game Reserve. Available is a high powered telescope, perfect for seeing game on the floodplain.
• A ‘Boma’ or ‘Place of Eating’ where dinners and local performances are conducted ‘under the stars.
• An elevated deck or ‘hide’ for viewing game or for those wanting a secluded area for a private and intimate dining experience.
• A fully equipped spa treatment room for those wanting to pamper themselves while on safari.
• A 20-meter Swimming pool – ideal to catch up on some ‘laps’ while on safari.
• Curio shop with toiletries, safari wear, local art and craft objects.
• A same-day laundry service.
• A small reference library of books and videos on the local flora and fauna.
• Internet access and satellite TV located discreetly away from the main lounge and dining areas.
• Satellite phones on request.
• VHF radio communications plus 24 hour emergency facilities.
• Environmental flora and fauna check lists.
• Talks and lectures available by the head environmentalist by request.
• Tent to tent internal telephone service.
• The Suite – for those wanting a more intimate safari experience.
With incredible views cross the Okavango Delta and delicious food to match, the dining experience at Khwai is one to remember. Dine in the open air or under the covered area and watch the Botswana sun set across the water-lily-filled waters. After dinner enjoy the bar and lounge areas. Seated around the camp fire, you can share stories of the day's experiences with other guests or simply curl up and relax while the wildlife in the Delta does the same.
The kitchen offers something for everyone all day and will also be glad to prepare picnics for you to take on a game drive. Game drives often start early. You will be woken with a light breakfast to enjoy in your tent before setting off on your drive. On your return the kitchen will be open for a light brunch to satisfy you until the next adventure begins...
Early breakfast (served around 6am)
Light brunch (served around 11am)
Light snacks, tea and coffee on morning activity
Afternoon tea (served around 4pm)
Drinks and snacks on afternoon activity
Dinner (served around 8pm)
Activities at Khwai River Lodge include morning and afternoon game drives in open land cruisers. Night spotlight game drives and star gazing presentations are also conducted after dinner. A cultural visit to a local village can be arranged, as well as guided safari walks along the Khwai River by one of the experienced team of guides.
For those wishing to stay at the camp and relax, Khwai River Lodge, is equipped with a hide overlooking the Khwai floodplains, a swimming pool, as well as a gym and spa facility. Guests can enjoy indulgent treatments in the spa facility or in the privacy of their own tent.
Khwai River Lodge is situated joust outside the Moremi Game Reserve, which is well regarded as one of Africa's finest and most beautiful reserves. It covers an area of untouched wilderness including approximately twenty percent of the Okavango Delta itself. The reserve has a wide diversity of ecosystems but the game here is the principle attraction; Moremi is widely acknowledged as the predator capital of the world.
Elephant and both species of rhinocerous are present along with good herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra. Plenty of antelope such as waterbuck, kudu and red lechwe provide ample opportunity for the vast numbers of predators with large prides of lion, leopard and cheetah regularly spotted on game drives along with resident packs of wildog and hyaena within Moremi.
This camp is set on the banks of the Khwai river, which during the dry months of the year is the only source of permanent water in the whole area. This area is most famous for its raptor populations - Martial Eagles, Secretary Birds, Bateleurs and a whole host of smaller raptors comprise the main feature of this area.
There are wonderful water birds to be found along the Khwai river and the river is fairly open, allowing for easy birding. Birds to look out for are Purple Gallinule, Saddle-billed Stork, Black Stork, Kingfishers, Slaty Egret and a whole host of little waders. The surrounding woodland comprises mainly of Mopane and there are a number of birds to look out for here; a big special for the area is the Arnot's Chat and Hartlub's Babblers.
A trip up to Xaxanaxa ("kakanika") Lagoon is also a worthwhile excursion, as this takes you up onto part of the permanent swamp. Khwai boasts over 300 species and is well worth the trip.
Indulge in a spa treatment in the magnificent surroundings of the Okavango Delta. Feel at one with nature as our experts use a selection of naturally wild products to sooth and relax you after a day filled with exciting activity.
The Khwai River is part of the Okavango Delta's system.
But the lodge lies at the point where the river narrows to a stream and
disappears into the sand and here you find Moremi, one of Africa's most
majestic game reserves.
Moremi roars with Botswana's largest,
grandest, fastest, sleekest and most beautiful game. Waterbuck, Crocodile
and Hippo abound. Vast herds
of antelope and Zebra graze contentedly on the coarse grass. And where
the antelope feed, the predators are not too far off: Lion, Leopard
and Cheetah, Hyena and Wild Dog.
Within the Khwai
River region one is also able to notch up numerous bird sightings.
It is especially the high population density of raptors
that is very impressive. Birds such as the Bateleur Eagle, Tawny Eagle,
African Fish-eagle and Brown Snake-eagle all being well represented.
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