The Khwai River is a picturesque region characterised by tall evergreen trees lining a wide floodplain. It is situated to the north-eastern tip of Moremi Game Reserve, and has superb consistency and distinctive species of predator and prey. A large pride of lion are often seen hunting buffalo and elephant, whilst leopard sightings are steady. Birdlife such as saddle-billed storks, wattled cranes, and many species of kingfishers and bee-eaters are common, and this is another great area for African Painted Dogs (wild dogs).
Being outside of Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park, walking safaris and night drives are permitted and are offered by the lodges and camps as part of their regular activities. Some of the Khwai camps also offer boating and/or mokoro activities, so the range on offer is excellent.
Khwai also hosts some of the best value for money camps in the country, from entry level to luxury, and this is why we often include at least two nights here on our itineraries.
where to stay
From our many visits to Khwai, we have first-hand knowledge of the lodges and below you can find the ones we most commonly use. Those lodges include mainly our favourites sorted from low-key to deluxe, which are usually smaller lodges with very personalised service, but also some bigger places, if they are the best or only option available. Open, close, then open each tab again to display the images fully.