KhwaiKhwai is a village based on the north bank of the Khwai River, which forms a natural border to the Moremi Game Reserve. It is home to approximately 400 people who are in charge of running the Khwai Concession, also known as the Khwai Development Trust and is a great destination for watching wildlife. It offers a good variety of sightings, including predators such as lion, hyena and sometimes the African Wild dog. Sable and Roan antelope tend to make a more regular occurence in this region and if you have an interest in raptors, it is not uncommon to see a variety of eagles including the Bataleur, Martial, Tawny and Brown Snake eagle.The river has permanent water, and therefore, a relatively consistent number of wildlife remain in the region all year round.
Things to do in Khwai:
Activities in Khwai revolve mostly around wildlife watching and all lodges host daily game drives. Dependent on where you are staying, mokoro, boating, night drives and cultural activities will also be part of the program.
If you plan to self-drive in Khwai, the Khwai Development Trust offers a variety of activities including mokoro, boat cruises, bushwalks and cultural tours. If you are interested in a night drive, this can be done in your own vehicle, but only if accompanied by a representative of the KDT to ensure your safety.
How to get to Khwai:
Khwai is one of few areas in Botswana accessible via self-drive, transfer and fly-in safari. For self-drivers, 4x4 driving experience is required and an equipped 4x4 vehicle to get you to your destination safe and sound. From Maun it will take 3-5 hours to Khwai, dependent on the route you take and the lodge you stay at. Some of the accommodation such as Khwai Guesthouse and Moghotlo Safari Lodge offer road transfers from/to Maun, for those who do not have off-road driving experience.
Where to stay in Khwai:
There is something to offer for everyone in terms of accommodation in Khwai. The KDT offers different campsites at Magotho, Sable Ally and Matswere. Accommodation ranges from midrange (Khwai Guesthouse), to luxury (Machaba Camp) to 5 star (Belmond Khwai River Lodge).
Please click here for a list of accommodation.