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Khwai River

Khwai River Tours

About Khwai River

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.

Khwai River Tours

Here are some popular itineraries for a trip to Khwai River

Herd of Elephants | African Safaris | Africa

Botswana Lodge Explorer

10 days FROM $3,809

Botswana Untouched

13 days FROM $5,239

Khwai River Hotels

If you are planning a Khwai River holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Mankwe Bush Lodge Khwai River

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

To stay at Mankwe Bush Lodge is like staying inside a game park as the animals move around freely and there are no fences between the reserves and the campsite. Mankwe Bush Lodge offers classic, luxury, tented chalets elevated to reveal a grand view of the mopani bush below.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Khwai River Tailor made suggestions

Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Khwai River.


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