Belmond Khwai River Lodge is a luxury safari lodge on the banks of the Khwai River overlooking its floodplain. It's situated on a private concession just outside the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana. It is one of the few luxury tented lodges in Botswana that has air-conditioning, and the game viewing in the Khwai River area is absolutely superb.
- Excellent wildlife and bird-viewing opportunities
- Private viewing decks overlooking the Khwai River
- Morning and evening game drives on open 4x4 safari vehicles
- Game viewing hide
- Luxury canvas-and-thatch rooms with air conditioning and heating
- En-suite bathrooms and in-room safes
- Fully stocked mini-bar
- Luxurious spa facilities
- Heated swimming pool
- Library, internet access and satellite TV
Belmond Khwai River Lodge offers 14 en-suite luxury tents, all raised on wooden decks and with thatched roofs. It's situated on a private concession just outside the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana. Every room has its own unique view of the Khwai floodplain from its private viewing deck. To make your stay more comfortable, every tented room has air conditioning, overhead fans and electric heaters. There is a fully-stocked mini-bar as well as a vanity unit, hair dryer and shaving mirror. The private decks are equipped with a hammock and easy chairs to relax on as you enjoy the view. In each room is an electronic safe and internal telephone to reception and other tents.
For those looking for the ultimate in exclusivity, Khwai River Lodge offers a luxurious honeymoon suite, offering all the same amenities as the tented rooms, but also with its own private plunge pool, outside bathroom with elegant bathtub and a large private deck area for excellent game viewing or private dining. You will also have a personal guide available for private game-viewing activities.
Luxury Main Camp
When at camp, you can enjoy pampering spa treatments or take a dip in the swimming pool (heated in winter). There's a large central indoor lounge and dining area and an outdoor boma for evening meals under a star-studded African sky. There's also a curio shop and a small reference library. The lodge boasts a hide that overlooks the extensive floodplain, an ideal spot from which to view the variety of wildlife that can be seen along the Khwai River.
An early morning tea and coffee service and a light breakfast are offered before activities commence. A full buffet brunch is served around 11am and a light tea precedes the afternoon game drive. At sunset, sundowners and snacks are served. A sumptuous evening meal is enjoyed in the dining area or in the outdoor boma by firelight.
Khwai River Lodge offers morning and afternoon/evening game drives, all conducted in open safari vehicles, led by qualified resident guides. Night game drives with spotlights are available as well as after-dinner stargazing presentations. Guided safari walks can be arranged along the Khwai River as well as a cultural visit to a local village. Some game drives are conducted in the private concession area where the camp is situated, and some drives continue through the local village to the adjacent Moremi Game Reserve, which is well known for its excellent game viewing.
By air: there are regular flights from Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa to Maun and Kasane. Onward flights take 20 minutes from Maun Airport and 60 minutes from Kasane Airport. Private charter flights can also be arranged.
By road: Transfers from Victoria Falls can be arranged.
Our Take on Belmond Khwai River Lodge
It's one of those special lodges where you have fabulous game viewing, but can also just relax, rewind and get away from it all. Combining an itinerary with its two sister lodges – Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge in Chobe National Park and Belmond Eagle Island Lodge in the Okavango Delta – you'll get a wonderful overview of why Botswana is considered by many to be the ultimate safari destination.
- Laundry service
- All meals/snacks (including buffet lunch and table d'hôte dinner)
- Game-viewing activities
- Transport to lodge
- Personal travel insurance
- All items of a personal nature
- Gratuities (optional)
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The Moremi Game Reserve is one of Botswana's best wildlife destinations. The lodges in the Moremi Game Reserve typically offer a combination of 4x4 game drives and boat trips on the waterways of the Okavango Delta. Moremi is a Big Five reserve, although currently only Chief's Island, deep in the Delta, has rhino following a successful rhino reintroduction programme. In other parts of Moremi, you can expect to see elephant, buffalo, lion and possibly leopard and wild dog as well. Cheetah are rare but they have been sighted here. General game includes giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, lechwe, puku, hartebeest, sable antelope, impala, waterbuck, baboon and monkey, warthog, hippo and crocodile.