Khwai River Lodge

A setting on the Khwai River floodplains gives this luxurious tented camp one of the best locations in the area. The open, wooded landscape is particularly beautiful and thanks to its position overlooking the Moremi Game Reserve, Khwai River Lodge has long had a reputation for excellent game viewing.

Expertly-led game drives explore both Moremi and the private concession in which the lodge sits, affording activities not permitted in the reserve: guided walks, spot-lit night drives, and off-road driving for up-close sightings. In between game drives, treat yourself to a relaxing spa treatment or a dip in the pool, complete with sun loungers and shade umbrellas. A gym, internet access and video library are among the other conveniences at this long established but completely modernised lodge.

Each of Khwai River Lodge’s 14 tents sits on a raised platform with unfettered views of the floodplains, home to grazing antelope and thirsty elephants. The tents feature en suite bathrooms and plenty of creature comforts but for the ultimate in exclusivity and indulgence, the Private Suite is a romantic favourite and features a private guide and vehicle. Accessible by air and road, Khwai River Lodge makes an unbeatable combination with a water-based Okavango Camp and a stay in the Chobe National Park.

Khwai River Lodge Rating

5 / 5 (from 133 votes)

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  • Grand, Air-conditioned Tented Suites
  • Superb Game Viewing & Birding
  • Private Suppers & Spa Treatments
  • Night Drives, Village Visits & Stargazing

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The Luxury Tented Suites

  • Huge Walk-in Tented Suites
  • Air Conditioning, Fan & Heater
  • Viewing Deck & Mini Bar
  • Exclusive Honeymoon Suite Available

Standing on raised platforms and overlooking the Khwai River floodplains, the lodge’s 14 tented suites set the bar high. Air conditioning, a ceiling fan and heater assure complete comfort, and the mosquito-netted four-poster bed adds a romantic touch. Each tent has a full en suite bathroom as well as a broad viewing deck – ideal for armchair game viewing and private suppers. A well-stocked mini bar, tea and coffee-making facilities, a safe and battery recharge points are among the conveniences.

Couples looking for an extra bit of privacy will love the Private Suite: set apart from the main camp, this honeymoon favourite boasts a heated plunge pool, sun loungers, open-air showers and a Victorian-style copper bathtub. A private guide and game viewing vehicle complete the exclusive package.

The Lodge Facilities

  • Swimming Pool & Sun Loungers
  • Internet, Reference & Video Library
  • Gym & Spa
  • Viewing Deck & Spotting Scope
  • Private Dining Available
  • Lounge, Dining Area & Bar

Khwai River Lodge has one of the most complete set of facilities of any wilderness lodge in Botswana. Guests have the use of a 20 metre swimming pool surrounded by sun loungers and shade umbrellas as well as a gym, video and reference library and a game spotting scope, mounted on the lodge’s wide viewing deck. Spa treatments and table-for-two dining can be enjoyed in the privacy of your suite; internet access and satellite television keep you up to date.

Evenings begin with drinks ordered from the bar and enjoyed under a canopy of stars. You’ll sit down to delicious food in the lodge’s dining area or in the outdoor boma, a traditional eating place where dishes are served by firelight.

Activities at Khwai River Lodge

  • Morning & Afternoon Game Drives
  • Birding, Stargazing & Bush Dining
  • Night Drives & Guided Walks
  • Village Visit & Cultural Interaction

Khwai River Lodge conducts most of its game drives in the Moremi Game Reserve, a short drive from camp. The Khwai area has long has a reputation for game viewing and rarely disappoints: permanent water ensures year-round wildlife, especially during the increasingly hot and dry winter months when great numbers of elephant, antelope and buffalo move into the area. Predators are drawn to the bounty, and Khwai is famous for sightings of lion, leopard and wild dog as well as many species of eagle and vulture. Morning and late afternoon game drives are supplemented with spot-lit night drives, guided nature walks and visits to the local Khwai village for an insight into life on the wild fringes of the Okavango.

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Khwai River Lodge Rates 2016

  • Green Season 2016
  • USD825 pp sharing
  • Shoulder Season 2016
  • USD1010 pp sharing
  • High Season 2016
  • USD1710 pp sharing

Green:  January – March and December    |   Shoulder:  April – June and November    |   Peak:  July – October

Includes & Excludes

Includes: Khwai River Lodge accommodation in twin-bedded tented rooms with air conditioning, Botswana National park fees, Emergency medical evacuation insurance, Government levied General Sales Tax, All meals: breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, All drinks, teas, coffees, soft drinks, house wines, local beer and spirits including premium brands, Daily laundry services, 2 game viewing activities per day

Excludes: Scheduled and / or private inter-camp flight costs from Maun, other camps, Kasane or Livingstone, VSOP Spirits, South African Reserve Wines and important Champagne, Tips, gratuities


The ‘Stay 4 Pay 3′ is a promotion that offers one complimentary night based on a minimum number of
nights spend at Belmond Safaris in Botswana. Minimum of 4 nights required in low season.

Book 4 nights or more and enjoy an exceptional 35 minute helicopter safari with our compliments; book
2-3 nights and we will discount the helicopter safari by 50% of the normal selling price to $165 per
person when you pre-book this activity for your clients. Book one night only or book in camp, and a
charge of $330 per person will apply.

Validity: Between 1 January — 31 May 2014 and 16 October—31 December 2014

A Single Surcharge is applicable to bookings during the shoulder & peak Season. Single Surcharge is $313 in shoulder season and $513 in peak season.

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Khwai River Lodge on 24/06/2014 rated 5.0 of 5