- Superb dry season game viewing
- Private concession
- Day and night game drives
- Canoe excursions
Khwai Tented Camp is an intimate, traditional bush camp located within the community-run Khwai concession in the northeast Okavango Delta, Northern Botswana. Situated by a lagoon which borders the Moremi Game Reserve, the camp is easily accessed by road or by air into the nearby Khwai Airstrip. Game viewing in this region is excellent during the Jun/Oct dry season, with large numbers of elephant, lion, leopard, spotted hyena and wild dog to see, plus occasional sightings of cheetah, hippo, and giraffe.
The camp is currently undergoing complete refurbishment, with its owners promising spacious and more contemporary facilities upon completion. The main area will be a wood and canvas construction on raised decking with panoramic views of the lagoon and surrounding bushland. It will comprise indoor and outdoor lounges, a swimming pool, and a dining area with communal tables. Subject to arrangement, guests can enjoy an alfresco ‘bushland’ lunch or dinner, served in a secluded location.
Activities include game drives, mokoro canoe excursions (water levels permitting), bird watching and cultural visits to local villages. Night drives and guided walks are also available within the private Khwai concession, activities not permitted in the adjacent Moremi Game Reserve.
The refurbished accommodation will comprise six contemporary Meru-style tents sleeping two, and one family cottage. Built on raised decking, each tent will have a private veranda with tranquil views of the lagoon and will contain twin beds and an ensuite bathroom with twin basins, indoor and outdoor showers, and flushing toilet.
Children are welcome at the camp, with a recommended minimum age of seven years. A family cottage accommodates four guests, and comprises an open plan lounge and sleeping area, with a curtain partition between parents’ and children’s beds. The ensuite bathroom contains both a bath and shower, plus basin and flushing toilet. Outside is a spacious veranda with lovely views and seating, plus a large table and chairs for optional private evening dining. Note there is a minimum age restriction of 16 years for participation in walking safaris, with nature walks around camp available as an alternative. As the camp is unfenced, adult supervision is essential at all times. The camp may be booked on an exclusive basis, subject to a minimum of 12 guests, making it a good option for larger groups.
Khwai Tented Camp offers an authentic safari experience in a peaceful waterside location, and is a great choice for travellers wishing to experience northern Botswana’s diverse landscape and abundant wildlife.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019