Elephant drinking in the water of the Khwai River

Khwai River Tours and Travels

About Khwai River

The Khwai River is situated on the Northern side of Botswana and extends from the dazzling Okavango Delta, one of the country's top destinations, and forms part of the Moremi Game Reserve border. This powerful body of water is located near a village aptly named the Khwai Village, which 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.

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Lately, the Khwai River has gained a worldwide reputation as being one of the best game areas in all of Botswana offering some utterly spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities. Surrounding the Khwai River, wildlife and birdlife are in abundance. This area is a regular host to a wide variety of animals which include: elephants, buffalo, lions, leopards, servals, cheetahs and the wild dog. The wild dog has been the subject of a conservation 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.

A combination of lagoons and channels of papyrus, the Khwai River is surrounded by little islands that feed 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. A number of different operators in the area take visitors on game viewing tours and will show you the best that this incredible region has to offer.

Khwai River Tours

Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Khwai River

Herd of Elephants | African Safaris | AfricaCultural Experiences, Local Partners

Botswana Lodge Explorer

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Chobe Boat Cruise | Botswana | AfricaCultural Experiences, Local Partners

Botswana Untouched

13 days FROM $3,695
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Delta & Desert Discovery

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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:

Camp Dizhana Khwai River

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Camp

Camp Dizhana is an eco-friendly camp, with comfortable tents and the option to either stay as a full board guest or to self-cater. Camp Dizhana is situated on the banks of the Khwai River. The camp is built in the Mababe community concession area that borders the Moremi and Chobe National Parks, which makes for an excellent game viewing experience. Boat and driving excursions are both available, providing guests with some fantastic wildlife sightings.

Khwai Bedouin Camp Khwai River

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Overlooking the magnificent Khwai River on a private concession, the Khwai Bedouin Camp is set deep in the bush amongst large acacia trees with comfortable en suite tents facing the river. The camp is frequently visited by the local animal residents, from elephants to lions, so you can enjoy your safari from the comfort of your own tent. At night, bed down to soft pillows and duvets with mosquito nets provided for your added comfort. This one of a kind camp is situated in the Khwai River area just outside the northern gate of the Moremi Game Reserve.

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. Set amongst the african bush in a private concession within the Moremi Game Reserve, the luxury tented chalets of Mankwe Bush Lodge are surrounded by a canopy of indigenous mopani bush and Camelthorn Trees.

Sango Safari Camp Khwai River

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Sango Safari Camp is hidden away under the shade of the trees that overlook the Khwai River. The tent huts come equipped with an ensuite and comfortable furnishings. In the main area there is a plunge pool as well as a dining area and lounge. The camp offers guests the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding wildlife of this unique habitat. The hotel is situated on the outskirts of the traditional village of Khwai and on the border of Moremi Game Reserve.

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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