Khwai Community Concession (NG19)

The Khwai Community Concession is situated in the extreme north east of the Okavango Delta and is controlled by the Khwai Community through the Khwai Development Trust.

The camps and lodges of this concession benefit both from the Moremi Game Reserve’s and the Chobe National Park’s excellent game and high numbers of elephant and buffalo in particular and the enhanced activities the concession offers allowing for night game drives and walking safaris. This concession links the Okavango Delta to the Linyanti and has a focus on land activities. It has become a busy area in terms of tourist density and human traffic and Khwai village is an area of human habitation that has grown recently.

Tours of Khwai Village can be organised either directly with the community or via a lodge in order to meet members of the community and understand about their traditional way of life and also to ask how tourism is benefitting them.

Animals – Large herds of elephant and buffalo are drawn to the Khwai River in the dry months from April until October.  Khwai is also known as a good area for lion sightings with large prides.  Leopards are also in the Khwai area in good number; they love the mix of riparian forest with its large trees and open areas.  Roan antelope is more likely to be sighted here than in many other concessions.

Birds- Birdlife is excellent and varied: see the stunningly colourful lilac-breasted roller and numerous other species including both saddle-billed and marabou storks.  There are many more aquatic birds in the wet season as the concession has only a small area of the Khwai River in terms of permanent water.  Raptors are particularly numerous here.

Plantlife – Khwai Community Concession has a range of flora from mopane forest to acacia, especially rather fine camel thorn and bands of riverine forest in the vicinity of the Khwai River which includes sausage tree, leadwood, sycamore fig, fever-berry and jackalberry. The waterways sport beautiful lilies on the slower flowing lagoons.

Best Months – The Khwai River is a vital source of water for large numbers of game from the southern Chobe National Park when ground water has dried up in the winter months.  So to see game concentrations here at their best, visit in the dry season.

Access – Many tourists self-drive between Maun and Khwai.  Many roads become much more difficult during the rainy season and some will be submerged.  Most visitors to the below camps will fly in on from Maun on a light aircraft.

Camps: Belmond Khwai River Lodge, Khwai Tented Camp, Khwai Bush Camp, Bushways Sango Safari Lodge, Machaba Camp, Little Machaba Camp.

Accommodation in this Area

From $530 per person

Endeavour Safaris

Endeavour Safaris is a specialist safari outfit best known for their accessible safaris for persons with disabilities. Endeavour offer a variety of safari options which can be tailored to individual needs. Passionate about inclusive tourism and opening up the wonders of safaris to all guests, they offer a full range of safari altwith services including dialysis machines, wheelchair friendly vehicles, access to boating and medical facilities. Other safaris include Trans-Okavango boating safaris.

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From $440 per person

Saguni Safari Lodge

Saguni Safari Lodge is a simple and affordable tented lodge set in the game rich eastern corner of Moremi, in the Khwai community concession. With 17 rooms it is larger than most camps but retains a friendly and intimate atmosphere. This is a pretty area of the Okavango with excellent year round game though it is busier than other Okavango concessions. The camp lies on the fringes of the traditional Khwai village.

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From $370 per person

Nokanyana Camp

Nokanyana Camp, meaning “Little River”, lies on the confluence of the Khwai and Mabebe rivers, in the far east of the Okavango. This is an intimate and relaxed camp offering an affordable base to explore the area, with game drives to Moremi, Khwai and Mababe depression. With 3 family tents Nokonyaya is particularly well suited to families. Activities focus on morning and afternoon game drives.

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From $1500 per person

Bushways Safaris

The long established Bush Ways Safaris provide a variety of mobile safari adventures across northern Botswana and the Okavango Delta. Bushways offer three mobile safari types, semi participation, fully serviced and accommodated safaris, covering a variety of itineraries and provide a cost effective way of visiting northern Botswana. Bush Ways Safaris also offer private and tailored safaris.

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From $609 per person

Khwai Leadwood

Khwai Leadwood Camp is set in the game lively Khwai community concession area, a pretty corner of the Okavango well known for excellent and varied game viewing. Overlooking a scenic lagoon, this classic tented camp offers a good value safari from a prime location. This is an authentic and friendly camp offering game drives, walks and seasonal mokoro rides with excellent guides.

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From $609 per person

Khwai Bush Camp

Khwai Bush Camp is set in the game lively Khwai community concession area, a pretty corner of the Okavango well known for excellent and varied game viewing. Overlooking a scenic lagoon, this classic tented camp offers a good value safari from a prime location. This is an authentic and friendly camp offering game drives, walks and seasonal mokoro rides with excellent guides.

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From $655 per person

Little Machaba Camp

Little Machaba is the charming smaller sister camp to Machaba Camp, set in a scenic spot overlooking the Khwai River in the game lively Khwai concession in the east of the Okavango. This is a classic tented camp in the style of the traditional 1950’s safari, simple but sophisticated and extremely comfortable. A wonderful base from which to enjoy the excellent game viewing in the Khwai area.

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From $590 per person

Machaba Camp

Nestled along the riverine forest below the shade of the sycamore trees in a quiet corner of the Khwai concession lies Machaba Camp. There is a friendly down to earth feel to this camp, offering an authentic safari with plenty of sophisticated touches to make this a spoiling experience. Stylish and thoughtfully designed rooms, excellent food and great guides come together to deliver a great all round safari.

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From $355 per person

Sango Safari Camp

Sango Safari Camp is a classic safari tented camp nestled in the shade of the trees overlooking the Khwai River. Situated on the outskirts of the traditional village of Khwai and on the border of Moremi Game Reserve, the camp offers guests the a good affordable base from which to explore the wildlife and culture of this unique habitat well known for its good game viewing.

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From $700 per person

Khwai River Lodge

Nestled on the edge of a leadwood and fig tree forest, overlooking the vast Khwai River floodplains and beyond into the Moremi Game Reserve, sits the luxurious Khwai River Lodge. The area is renowned for its large concentrations of animals. This sophisticated lodge offers a luxurious safari experience, with extremely well appointed rooms, fine dining and even a spa for those quiet hours between activities.

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