Khwai Tented Camp

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Experience a time of luxurious camping by the majestic riverside at Khwai Tented Camp.

Khwai Tented Camp is situated in a community-run concession on the eastern border of the Moremi Game Reserve. The Khwai River forms a boundary between the reserve and the community area, and as the sole source of water for miles around attracts wildlife from afar. As the game reserve is community-run, a percentage of tourism fees go directly to help local people and projects through the Khwai Community Development Trust. Guests will enjoy spacious tented accommodation in six twin–bedded Meru-style tents, complete with comfortable beds and private en-suite bathrooms with flushing toilets and hot-water bucket showers.

As part of a community concession, Khwai Tented Camp allows guests to enjoy night drives and walking activities (which are not permitted in the National Parks). Game drives in open 4WD vehicles are on offer as part of the daily activities. Exploring after dark with spotlights gives guests an opportunity to discover the nocturnal animals which are rarely encountered during the day. There is the added opportunity to explore the surrounding wilderness on foot and enjoy a close encounter with flora and fauna.

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Khwai Tented Camp has recently been relocated to a semi-permanent site within this community-run concession on the eastern border of the Moremi Game Reserve. The new exclusive location of the Khwai Tented Camp, on the banks of a lagoon flowing into the Khwai River, acts as a boundary between the reserve and the community area, offering visitors staying here several unique ways to experience Africa.

Besides the day-time drives which can feature Africa’s big attractions – lion, cheetah, leopard, wild dog, elephant, buffalo, hippo and giraffe – guests at Khwai Tented Camp are able to explore nature after sunset with a night drive. This activity, along with the guided walking safaris, is not usually permitted in the National Parks or Game Reserves, and allows guests to get an up close and personal experience with some of Africa’s nocturnal and / or more elusive animals.

The camp also provides the opportunity to explore the great stands of leadwood and mopane woodlands as well as open grasslands and banks of the Khwai River on foot.

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Accommodation and Rooms

Khwai River Lodge is perfectly designed to blend into the surrounding environment. All luxury tents are housed on raised wooden platforms, offering great views, and are shaded by a traditional African thatch roof.

Khwai has six twin-bedded Meru-style tents with private en suite bathrooms, flushing toilets, and hot bucket showers. Furnishings include large mirrors, hammocks and antique loungers. There is a fully enclosed family suites that sleeps four.

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Standard Tent

Comfortable and spacious meru style tents elegantly set-up on wooden decking overlooking the tranquil waters of the lagoon. Accommodation includes en-suite bathroom facilities with flush toilets and al-fresco bucket showers.

Khwai Family Cottage

In our family cottage, you will enjoy a spacious and private family safari experience, with a wooden deck overlooking the lagoon where afternoon siestas and evening dining can be enjoyed. Accommodation includes an open plan room with a curtain divider between the parents bed and the lounge / children’s area. In addition there are en-suite bathroom facilities comprising of a spacious bath, a shower and an elegant basin as well as flush toilet facilities.

Simple yet elegant, the new Khwai Family Cottage provides families with young children the opportunity to experience an authentic and exclusive African safari.


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Khwai Tented Camp offers a large wooden viewing deck where you can kick back with a refreshing drink to admire the view over the floodplains.

Meals at Khwai Tented Camp are served in the covered dining room. Enjoy an early morning breakfast before the first outing, followed by a delicious brunch on return. Dinner is a more lavish 3-course affair that awaits you after your late afternoon game drive.

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Facilities Includes:

  • 24-hour Security.
  • Bar.
  • Battery Charging Facilities.
  • Communal Dining.
  • Laundry Service (Complimentary).
  • Pool.
  • Private Vehicle Available.
  • Restaurant.


Twice Daily Game Drives are offered at Khwai Tented Camp, Morning Game Drives and an Evening Game Drives. Guided walks are available at Khwai Tented Camp. Our Guided walks normally depart from the camp after breakfast, the duration of the walk will depend solely on the group walking. The Bird life at Khwai Tented Camp is phenomenal and the perfect place to view such a wide variety of species. From beginners to avid birders this is the place for you. On the afternoon game drive just before sunset guests will stop at a secluded spot where the professional guide will stop the vehicle and unpack tables, drinks and snacks for guests to enjoy before departing on a night game drive.

Night Drives are offered as an optional activity at Khwai Tented Camp and can be arranged on request. Most of our afternoon game drive continue into Night Game Drives if all guests on the vehicle wish to continue their safari experience. Khwai Tented Camp is situated on a beautiful all year round lagoon, therefore allowing us to do Mekoro Safaris all year round. A Mekoro is a traditional canoe which is normally made by digging out the trunk of a large tree. However, to preserve the trees and national parks we have molded our Mekoros out of Fiberglass. Khwai Tented Camp offers Bush Lunches or Bush Dinners on request.

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Activities listed:

  • Birding.
  • Game drives.
  • Guided walks.
  • Night drives.
  • Local village visits.
  • Walking safaris.
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Khwai Tented Camp Reviews

“Khwai has cute tents set on a pond which is full of Hippos and they come out of the pond and crash around outside your tent at night. The staff speak good English and the food is spectacular. Best of all are the animal encounters. We saw loads of hippos up pretty close, plus lions and masses of common stuff like giraffes, zebras and elephants etc. Recommendation is to give yourself an extra night in the area.” – Arnold M

“The positives about Khawi. 1. Abundance of animals, great sightings and interesting animal behaviors observed. Lots of baby elephants, elephants swimming, wild dogs and hyena encounter, young male lions swimming, an African Wild Cat for the first time, different types of owls …. Great pictures due to animal activities. 2. Good food and friendly staff at camp. 3. Bee was our guide – fabulous! Knowledgeable and very strong guiding skills! 4. Great to be in a conservation area and be able to go off road. Also wonderful to go into Chobe and Moremi Parks.” – patcal4

“My first time in Botswana was fantastic. The Khwai Tented Camp is at a really beautiful location. The staff is helpful; the managers do everything they can to make your stay the best ever. I will go back it was an experience of a lifetime.” – Marina052015

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