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Khwai Guesthouse

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- Modern, elegant chalets
- Excellent staff and guides
- Abundant wildlife
- Bushways Safaris portfolio

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Overview

Khwai Guesthouse is located within the rural village of Khwai on the Okovango Mopane Tongue area, northern Botswana. Situated within the pristine wilderness region of the Khwai Concession, and bordering the Moremi Game Reserve, guests will experience no shortage of spectacular wildlife viewing. Opportunities to see the big five abound, along with sightings of giraffe, hippo, ostriches, honey-badgers, and a plethora of birds. The guesthouse will charm any traveller seeking a cosy, good-value base from which to explore Botswana’s spectacular wilderness. The property can be accessed by road or via light aircraft transfer from Maun or Kasane.

Khwai has an exceedingly open and friendly atmosphere, with excellent, attentive staff. The thatch-roofed main area is open-plan and houses a lounge area, bar, and restaurant. Self-catering guests can use the communal cooking area, or delicious bush meals are prepared each evening. Pre-dinner drinks are served in a lovely setting around the open fire.

There are six individual bungalows arranged in either double or twin formation. Inspired by Botswana’s traditional rural homes, the chalets have stone walls, thatched roofs and a clean, modern feel. Recently refurbished, the rooms have simple but elegant décor and each room houses a writing desk, wooden storage chests, a fan, a safe, and an ensuite bathroom with open-air shower, separate toilet, toiletries, and bath linen.

The guesthouse offers a variety of interesting activities. Half or full day game drives in the Moremi Game Reserve promise stunning wildlife encounters in one of Botswana's most beautiful parks. The property’s location within the private Kwhai Concession means that guests can enjoy unique experiences such as visits to the Khwai Development Trust sustainable tourism project, water safaris with expert guides in traditional Mokoro canoes, and superb night-time game drives not offered in the Moremi Reserve. Cultural visits to the Khwai’s resident Babukahwe, or 'river bushmen', are also possible.

There are no age restrictions at Khwai Guesthouse, but the grown-up feel of the lodge combined with age restrictions on some activities mean that a stay might better suit families with older children with an interest in wildlife and nature. Note that children under 16 are not permitted to join walking activities, and those under 12 are unable to participate in Mokoro safaris. Although there are no family suites, children under the age of 18 will be provided with a bedroll mat on request, and those under 12 must share a room with a parent. Rooms can accommodate a maximum of 3 people, with space at a premium. Note that parental supervision is essential at all times, as the guesthouse is unfenced, with wild animals free to roam.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 506 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • 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

    MissingCatherine 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!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

  • We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
    We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.

    Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.

    MissingZoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019

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