About Khwai Private Reserve and Khwai Community Concession
Exceptional wildlife experience near Moremi Game Reserve
You will often read about the Khwai area when planning your safari in Botswana - and more specifically when planning a Moremi safari. Often misunderstood and underrated, the Khwai area comprises Khwai Private Reserve and Khwai Community Concession.
Khwai Private Reserve
Khwai Private Reserve is a staggering 200,000 hectares of pristine wilderness. It sits on the north eastern fringe of the Okavango Delta, with Moremi Game Reserve to the south, Chobe National Park to the east and the private Kwara concession to the west. The diverse landscape is one of mopane, acacia woodland, seasonal waterholes, open floodplains and waterways that wind their way across the landscape from the Khwai River.
Wildlife in Khwai Private Reserve is prolific and diverse with large herds elephant, sable and roan antelope and a healthy population of predators - leopard, lion, cheetah and wild dog. Buffalo are always to be found in the reserve, when it rains, they head north to the mopane to graze off the rich grass and in June they move south to the river.
On the ground Khwai Private Reserve has partnered with the local communities and the Khwai Development Trust in several community outreach and wildlife conservation projects.
Khwai Community Concession
Wedged between Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park, the 180,000-hectare Khwai Community Concession is managed by the Khwai Development Trust on behalf of Khwai Village community. The Trust operates campsites and offers mokoro and boat excursions, walking and cultural tours for self-drive visitors and mobile safari operators. Despite its popularity and reputation for being rather busy, the game rich Khwai area offers an intense wildlife experience. Khwai is renowned for offering excellent leopard sightings as well as wild dog. Elephant, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, giraffe, zebra and hyena are ever present. Birdlife is prolific.
There are a handful of excellent lodges situated in small private concessions along the Khwai River and a couple of affordable camps situated near to Khwai village. Knowing the area intimately and having superior knowledge of game movements the lodge guides go out of their way to take lesser known routes to avoid meeting too many vehicles whilst out on game drives. Camps situated nest to Khwai River are Khwai Bush Camp and Khwai Tented Camp. Close to Khwai village -and a most affordable opion- is Khwai Guest House.