Khwai Private Reserve (NG18)

A rich private concession in the east of the Okavango.

Khwai Private Reserve is a 200 000 hectare private reserve positioned between the Chobe National Park and the Moremi Game Reserve.  The reserve thus benefits from the through-flow of  magnificent wildlife from those important and productive areas.  The Khwai Private Reserve also benefits from the Khwai riverfront which is a magnet and lifeline for game, although the northern expanse of the concession is a vast area of mopane woodland.  Mopane is not ideal for game viewing and the game activities will be concentrated in the south of the reserve near to the Khwai River.

The landscape varies from open grasslands to channels and waterways and the mopane hinterland.

The camps in the Khwai Private Reserve are operated by Natural Selection but, like NG 19, this is a community controlled area and so Natural Selection works in partnership with the Khwai Development Trust.

NG 18 was previously a hunting area.  Natural Selection is proud of the conservation success story it has created with its partners.  Within months of hunting stopping here, game returned and became much less nervous and it now offers a very rewarding wildlife experience.

Animals: Sable, impala, roan, kudu.  Large numbers of elephant traverse between the Moremi and Chobe National Park.  Big cats are present.  Wild dog are found in the area.  Hippos and crocodiles frequent the waterways.

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 Private Reserve 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 Okavango is in flood in the winter months in the second half of the year, June to December, so the waterways are at their best.  In the summer season migrant birds return from around the world to breed.  The rains begin in around November and end in April.  The concession springs to life in those months with bright green vegetation everywhere.  This can make game harder to see as wildlife spreads away from permanent water sources and is also sometimes hidden from view, but it is a beautiful time of year and wildlife is still plentiful.

Access:  An approximately 30 minute flight from Maun; driving in takes three to four hours.

Camps: Tuludi, Jackal and Hide, Hyena Pan, Khwai Sky Beds, Sable Alley

Accommodation in this Area

From $565 per person

Khwai Skybeds

Deep in the Khwai Private Reserve, Skybeds offers a thrilling and fun way of experiencing the African bush for a night under the stars. Three thoughtfully designed skybeds offer plenty of comfort, including a private bathroom below deck. Skybeds overlooks a busy waterhole which attracts wildlife from miles around. Memories of listening to the elephants drinking at night as you gaze at the stars from your bed will stay with you long after you leave.

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From $440 per person

Hyena Pan Camp

Situated within a majestic cathedral of mopane trees, Hyena Pan overlooks a watering hole deep within the Khwai Private Reserve, a 200 000 hectare conservancy on the northern border of the Moremi Game Reserve. Hyena Pan is a rustic but comfortable camp with a friendly atmosphere offering an affordable safari experience. Best experienced in the dry season when the waterhole attracts huge numbers of elephants and other animals. The photo hide is a great experience.

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From $495 per person

Jackal and Hide

Located in the game rich Khwai Private Reserve, in a lovely setting with sweeping views over the open grasslands, Jackal and Hide is a little gem of a camp. Simple in style but with plenty of character and comfort, this is an authentic tented camp at very affordable rates. The camp is simple but the game viewing luxurious, being so exclusive in this vast reserve. Land and water activities are offered depending on seasonal conditions.

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From $695 per person

Sable Alley Camp

Sable Alley overlooks a pretty lagoon on the game lively Khwai Private Reserve, in the east of the Okavango. This is a smart ,sophisticated tented camp, stylish yet always with a lovely sense of presence. Thoughtful service, great food and top guiding combined with good and varied concentrations of wildlife deliver a fantastic all - round safari experience. Sable Alley's location on a private reserve ensures that it delivers an exclusive and flexible safari experience.

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From $915 per person

Tuludi Camp

Tuludi is one of the newest luxury camps in the Okavango, with tree-house style rooms shaded by magnificent leadwood trees and each with its own private plunge pool. There is even a treehouse library four metres up in the boughs. The location is glorious: a waterhole attracts wildlife right outside camp and the surrounds include seasonal floodplains, lily-covered lagoons and the mighty Khwai river. The area hosts large herds of elephant and buffalo and impressive concentrations of predators.

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