Khwai River Lodge | Okavango Delta | Botswana

A Belmond Property

Personal Impression

Khawi River Lodge is the only game park that offers accommodations with air conditioning in this area of Botswana. The main lounge area is comfortable with big chairs, dark woods and a great view on the banks of the river. This is the realm of the predator and its prey. Large swimming pool and great air conditioned tents make this a good choice for those that prefer an air conditioned accommodation and want to spend time in this game rich area of Botswana. When entering the "tents" you are not aware really that this is a tent. They are all raised off the ground and have the feeling of a more traditional hotel. This hotel is part of the Orient-Express Hotels.

Location of the camp and game viewing

The camp is located on the borders of Moremi Game Reserve on the river bank. Lots of diversity of animals here offering superior game drive viewing. Of course activities center around the traditional game viewing and also night game drives. You can drive off road on the private game reserve. Your guide may also take you to the Moremi Game Reserve and drive this area as well.


The tents feel more like a standard permanent structure, with nicely polished wood floors. Particularly since they also feature air conditioning. The rooms are a nice size and have a nice bathroom, shower only, no bathtub. The tents are all raised above the ground and you walk on the ground between the tents. The grounds are well manicured and this property definitely feels like a more traditional hotel. There is a large swimming pool on the grounds. Room number one at an extra charge features a plunge pool and an outdoor bath tub. Pictures below. Right outside this room is a pond area which is frequented by hippos usually by around 1:00 pm in the afternoon. Sit on your deck and watch the hippos at play, a nice way to pass the afternoon.

Internet access

They did not have internet access when I was there, however it has since been added.

Dining and Wines

Covered dining room offers excellent cuisine. A starter, choice of meat or vegetarian dish, dessert and cheeses is offered each evening. Of course, a fully-stocked bar in a covered area is offered for pre-and post dinner drinks. After dinner sitting around the fireplace is the traditional activity. The Boma at Khawai is really a special treat. Located off the property you arrive in the BOMA to a walkway lighted by flames and it is really neat effect. This is a new BOMA and is certain to please all guests. Laundry and local alcoholic beverages are included in the rate.


All types of spa treatments are available and the spa is housed in a separate area in the middle of the complex.


This is a very luxurious air conditioned option with a more traditional hotel feel for those who want those conveniences.

Website: Khwai River Lodge