Khwai is a wildlife-rich 200,000 ha gem on the fringes of the Okavango Delta – sandwiched between Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park. This is one of the best places in Botswana to see wild dogs and other predators and, with no fences separating any of these areas, you are likely to see just about everything that northern Botswana has to offer.
The Khwai River flows through the concession and in places spreads out to form marshy areas and in others is a mere narrow channel that animals step across as they migrate between Moremi and the Linyanti section of Chobe National Park, via Khwai. The water channels have good populations of hippos, crocodiles, waterbuck and lechwe, and the dry woodlands away from the river host good populations of sable and roan antelopes, zebras, impalas, giraffes, buffaloes and many other species. As is the case with most of northern Botswana, elephants can be found everywhere, and lions, leopards and hyenas are commonly seen. Wild dogs often den in the area during the winter months and can then be seen with pups.
The 200,000 ha (2,000 km²) Khwai area consists of the small Khwai Community Concession (NG19) and the much larger Khwai Private Reserve (NG18). The tourism core of this area lies along the banks of the Khwai River and its tributaries with associated floodplains and woodlands, as much of the area north of the rivers is remote and dominated by mopane woodlands and open floodplains.
Most of the easily accessible concession area (Khwai Community Concession) is open to the public and mobile safari operators, and so wildlife sightings can be crowded during the prime safari season of July to September. This concession hosts lodges and campsites, and prices range from budget to luxury. On the other hand, Khwai Private Reserve has several mid and upmarket lodges, and access is restricted to guests.
Most importantly, Khwai Community Concession – which receives the majority of visitors – is owned and run by the local community, with camps and lodges renting the privilege of operating in this exquisite space. For visitors, that means knowing that the proceeds of their trip directly benefit the local people in the area, which in turn is vital for the survival of any conservation area. A visit to Khwai village, situated in the concession itself, also offers the opportunity to meet some of Botswana’s charismatic citizens and to appreciate their history and culture that is so intricately entwined with the wilderness around them.
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Travel diary from our CEO: Kwaai Khwai
Travel diary: Khwai – making memories
Cape Town and surrounds, Khwai community reserve
9 days / 8 nights
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Greater Kruger, Cape Town & Winelands (South Africa) + Khwai & Chobe (Botswana) + Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
18 nights, 19 days
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Khwai & Chobe (Botswana) and Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
7 nights, 8 days
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Botswana: Maun - Moremi - Okavango Delta - Khwai - Maun
Botswana: Maun - Moremi - Okavango Delta - Khwai - Savute - Chobe - Kasane
Victoria Falls + Chobe + Khwai
6 nights / 7 days, but we will amend to suit your needs
Flexible – you tell us how many in your party