Belmond Khwai River Lodge is on the edge of a forest overlooking the flood plains of Moremi Game Reserve. Bordering Khwai community area, night drives are available as well as day drives.
The wildlife of Moremi is spectacular. It's the only region of Botswana where the big five can be found. Big cats are commonly seen here - lion, cheetah and leopard. Many other predators are around including hyaena, jackal and wild dogs. Other large mammals include elephants, hippos, giraffe and buffalo. Bird life in Moremi is spectacular with the mix of drylands and waterways and several heronaries and other areas where lots of species roost together.
The tented rooms at Khwai River Lodge are on platforms under thatch and spacious with great views and shady verandahs. There are easy chairs and hammocks so you don't have to leave your room to watch the wildlife if you like! Inside the rooms are en-suite bathrooms, four poster beds with mossie nets and discreet air conditioning. There are in room safes and mini bars. For visitors wanting to meet traditional Botswana people, Khwai provides this opportunity as Moremi is close to village lands.
Khwai River Lodge enjoys a unique location close to a San bushmen's village. Special arrangements can be made for visitors to interact with them. This is not a tourist attraction, but a community of people who have adapted ancient traditions to modern times. Former hunter-gatherers, they have now adapted to the modern Botswana and many of the men now work as drivers in the safari industry. The village has no modern communications, electricity, a school or a health centre. But you can step inside a building and be introduced to a traditional healer who crushes herbs, roots and other local ingredients into medicines for minor ailments. Many women practice crafts such as basket weaving. Working with dried leaves and dyes such as the deep black pigment of the toothbrush tree root, they transform these humble ingredients into beautiful pieces of intricate artistry.
Open: Belmond Khwai River Lodge is open all year.
Location: The lodge is set on the edge of a forest overlooking the floodplains of the Moremi Game Reserve. It has its own airstrip, accessible from Maun, Kasane and Livingstone.
Rooms: The 15 luxury tents have sliding glass doors, allowing the room to be open to the air. They are set on raised platforms and each has a private deck with chairs and a hammock. The tents are air conditioned and have en-suite bathrooms. Amenities include a mini bar, binoculars, battery charging facilities, ceiling fans and tea and coffee making facilities. In addition to the tents, there is one private suite set in a secluded position, ideal for those wanting a little more privacy.
Activities: The lodge offers day and night game drives, bird watching walks and walking safaris in the bush. It is also possible to visit a local San bushmen’s village. Khwai River Lodge is a good location for star gazing.
Facilities: The lodge has a lounge and bar and there is a small reference library of books and videos. The lodge has an observation deck overlooking the Khwai River and guests can use a high powered telescope to observe game. There is also an elevated hide. The spa provides a range of treatments including massage and facials and the curio shop offers toiletries as well as local arts and crafts. There is a large swimming pool.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables in the restaurant or out in the open air by the camp fire. Meals can also be taken in the privacy of your veranda.
Children: Children over the age of 8 are welcome at the lodge. Children between the ages of 8 and 12 share accommodation with an adult and the family group must have private game activities organised for them.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is internet access and the lodge has VHF radio communications. There are also telephones in each tent linking them to reception and the other tents.