The Khwai River is situated on the Northern side of Botswana. The Khwai river extends from the popular Okavango Delta and forms part of the Moremi Game Reserve border. The Khwai River is located near a village aptly named the Khwai Village. The Khwai River village started as a small San settlement and has grown much larger in the past years. It is also one of the first places where non-hunting Botswana safaris originated. This river can be seen near the North Gate of the Moremi Game Reserve. Lately, the Khwai River has earned a strong reputation as being one of the best game areas in Botswana offering spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities.
A combination of lagoons and channels of papyrus, the Kwai River is surrounded by little islands that feeds off the borders of the river. It is fed by Angola’s summer rains, which take approximately four months to flow down into Botswana. This is due to the fact that the Botswana terrain is very flat and dry. The water reaches the Botswana area in the middle of the dry season.
Surrounding the Khwai River, wildlife and birdlife are in abundance. This area is a regular host to a wide variety of animals which include: elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, serval, cheetah and the wild dog. The wild dog particularly, is a regular feature, and has been the subject of a project being run in the area since 1989. The waters of the river are also frequented by hippos – often seen during the day and heard at night.
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