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Khwai River Lodge

Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

Platinum price level

Mango Opinion

Khwai River Lodge is one of the three Belmond Lodges in Botswana. It's great for those who do not do well in the heat since rooms have air conditioning, which is rare in Botswana. The lodges are run a bit more like a hotel than a small camp so the atmosphere is more reserved. Khwai can be a great option for large families or groups.

This is a land based camp located on the boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve. Game drives are excellent and can operate from inside or outside the park depending on where the action is.

Abundant wildlife and the five-star service of the Khwai River Lodge make this a favorite stop for everyone. You will enjoy exploring the grounds around this enchanting camp. Khwai is one of the oldest and most prestigious camps in Botswana. It has been hosting famous visitors since the 1960s.

Each tent has en-suite bathroom facilities, a mosquito net canopy over the bed and is fitted with modern conveniences and amenities, including air conditioning and an electric heater for comfort. The common areas consist of a thatched dining room, bar and lounge with a glowing open fireplace. Outside there is a campfire area alongside the teak viewing deck, a heated swimming pool and a secluded viewing platform which overlooks the peaceful river.

You can relax by the pool sipping champagne or iced tea and watch the elephants play in the Khwai River. Elephant, hippo, baboon and everyone else walk right through camp at their leisure. You will struggle to leave camp and then be overwhelmed by the wildlife you experience once you pull out each morning and afternoon on your game drives. You will see all the plains game: zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, impala, the rare red lechwe, as well as the predators that are never too far off including lion, leopard, hyena, wild dogs and cheetah.