Khwai River

The wilderness area around the Khwai River, Botswana makes this destination a true African safari gem. It extends from the mighty Okavango River all the way to the north of the country where it forms the boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve. With Chobe National Park at the other end, this nearly 200 000 hectare wildlife-rich expanse includes the Khwai Community Concession and the Khwai Private Reserve. The area is dominated by grasslands, permanent flood plains and large areas of Mopane forests. There are no fences and the unrestricted movement of large herds of animals makes for spectacular sightings of elephants, buffalo, lions, wild dogs and plains game like zebras and rare antelope, like sable.

The diversity of habitats ensures impressive birding opportunities, with egrets, cranes, vultures and different species of eagles counting among the more than 500 species present in the area. Eco-tourism ventures in the Khwai Concession serve as an economic driver for the local community with the income distributed via the Khwai Community Trust.

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Why Do People Travel to the Khwai River in Botswana?

The Khwai River is located in the greater Okavango Delta ecosystem in Botswana. It’s situated on the northeastern edge of the Moremi Game Reserve, which itself is within the Okavango Delta region. While it’s not part of the delta’s core, the Khwai River area shares some ecological similarities with the Okavango Delta and offers outstanding wildlife viewing and water-based activities.

The Khwai River region in Botswana is a popular travel destination, attracting visitors for a range of reasons that center around its exceptional wildlife experiences, natural beauty, and cultural encounters. The Khwai River region is renowned for its prolific wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, hippos, buffaloes, giraffes, and various antelope species. It offers excellent opportunities for game drives and wildlife viewing. The Khwai River Game Reserve is part of the Moremi Game Reserve, which is known for its pristine wilderness and diverse ecosystems. Visitors can explore a rich and thriving wildlife habitat. Guided walking safaris in the Khwai region allow visitors to get up close to wildlife and learn about the flora and fauna of the area from experienced guides. The Khwai River area is a paradise for bird enthusiasts, with over 400 bird species, including raptors, waterbirds, and various songbirds. Visitors can experience the tranquility of the delta by taking mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) safaris along the waterways, which is a unique and peaceful way to explore the environment. The Khwai area is home to the Khwai community, and travelers can engage in cultural interactions, such as visiting local villages, learning about traditional customs, and enjoying cultural performances. The Khwai River area offers a sense of remote and untouched wilderness, providing an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life and a chance to immerse oneself in nature.

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Safari Ideas for Khwai River

There are a variety of ways for the intrepid traveller to explore the Khwai River region, Botswana as the abundance of fauna and flora species offer prime wildlife viewing. From game drives and guided bush walks to gliding along on mokoros and observing from above in a helicopter, a safari to Khwai is a once-in-a-lifetime trip. The lifeline that is the Khwai River makes the area a wild haven as this stable water source also lies along a seasonal migratory route. Visitors can rely on a full Botswana mokoro experience between April and October when the levels of the Khwai River rise and the many channels are passable.

This is also when regular sightings of wild dogs occur in Khwai with these plucky predators denning in the area. The summer months (December to March) will delight avid birders as this is when the visiting migrant species are out in full force. A visit to Khwai village, to see the impact of the various eco-tourism ventures on the livelihood of the local community and how this, in turn, impacts sustainable conservation, can also be arranged.

Safari to Khwai River

To stay near this area, visit Hideaways Mogotlho Safari Lodge, Khwai River. Visitors can rely on a full Khwai mokoro experience between April and October when the levels of the Khwai River rise and the many channels are passable. This is also when regular sightings of wild dogs occur with these plucky predators denning in the area. 

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