Khwai River Lodge: Information from the owner
All the information on this page is supplied to us directly from the lodge owner and reflects their view, not ours.
For Expert Africa's view, see our own report, which contains our own observations and views.
|No. of rooms||15|
Main description of Khwai River Lodge
Khwai River Lodge: Facilities
|Property facilities||Private Vehicle Available|
|Room facilities||Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fan, Heater, Mini Bar, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Complementary Wi-Fi, Hair Dryer, Verandah, Lounge Area, Pure Cotton Linen, Mosquito Nets|
|Available services||Credit Card, Laundry Service|
|Activities on site||(some activities may be seasonal) Big 5, Bird Watching, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Game Walks, Massages, Safaris, Game Viewing Hide, Cultural Tours|
Room types at Khwai River Lodge
Luxury Tented Room
All luxury tents at Belmond Khwai River Lodge are housed on raised wooden platforms, offering magnificent views of the African landscape. The tents are shaded by a traditional African thatch roof. Sounds of wildlife surround you as you relax on your large private deck furnished with easy chairs and a hammock. The deck also provides a spectacular environment for enjoying a private dinner in complete harmony with your surroundings, ideal for special a occasion or just as a treat. The tent interiors are luxuriously appointed with en suite bathrooms, a private fully stocked mini bar, four poster bed with mosquito netting as well as discreet air conditioning. Amenities include: Air conditioning and heating Mini bar Outside lounge, with hammock and ceiling fan Private viewing deck High-quality Zeiss binoculars Individual gas geysers 'His and hers' vanity unit in en-suite bathroom Electric heaters 110v/220v plugs for electric razors Facilities for charging video batteries 24 hour DC battery lighting in guest rooms Tea and coffee making facilities Hair dryers In-room safes Overhead fans Intercom system to reception
Belmond Khwai River Lodge has an exclusive private suite, perfect for a more intimate safari experience. The naturally stunning private suite with a spacious secluded deck area is set away from the other rooms in the lode. The extended viewing deck has two relaxing sun loungers, perfect for basking in the African sun. To the side, a generous heated splash pool is set amongst the trees for shade and privacy, with full views of the Delta allowing one to wallow in communion with the hippos whilst spotting elephant and crocodiles on the island banks. The open air double showers and beautiful deep copper-framed Victorian bath, with only the tree canopy as a roof, offers further opportunities to commune with nature. Choose an elegant candle-lit dinner on the private outdoor deck (additional rates apply). Among the many other suite indulgences available in the suite include temperature controlled rooms, a well-stocked mini bar, oversized fluffy bathrobes, big soft bath sheets, cosy slippers and luxurious bathroom toiletries.
Activities at Khwai River Lodge
Many visitors come to Belmond Khwai River Lodge purely to experience its huge variety of more than 300 species of birds. If this is you, then do contact us in advance and let us advise on the perfect time of year to see what interests you the most. For instance, some of our visitors time their trip to coincide with the arrival of the massive flocks of carmine bee eaters on their annual migration.
But at any time of year it is wonderful to head out into the bush and among the beautiful trees that surround this camp. Spot the endangered wattled crane, ground hornbill, eagle, several types of stork and many beautiful singing birds such as larks. Special species for twitchers include Arnot’s Chat and Hartlub’s Babbler.
On early morning game drives expect to see a huge range of creatures, from big cats such as lions and leopards, to hippo, rhino, antelope, giraffe and buffalo. Widely acknowledged to be the predator capital of the world, this is the only place in Botswana where the Big Five can be found
Game viewing vehicles sit up to only 6 guests, which allows everyone to enjoy a window seat.
Night drives “into the middle of nowhere” are an amazing experience—a rare opportunity to be surrounded by the infinite darkness of the African bush. Don’t say a word, but simply gaze up at the stars and listen to the sounds. Nocturnal animals are out on the prowl—scuffling, howling and, if you are lucky, emitting the occasional deep-throated roar.
Gather around the campfire in this circular space and exchange your day’s adventures, much as local villagers do in similar communal areas throughout Botswana. Flames flicker and lamps glow as drinks are served; a choir sings traditional songs and invites you to a buffet of African specialities.
The open skies around Belmond Khwai River Lodge make it the perfect place to experience the vast, dark dome of the African night sky. “A jewel box” is how one of our guides describes it, and certainly it is a wealth of riches from the Milky Way to Orion and Venus.
Discover how Bushmen used the stars to locate the true south. And, using a powerful telescope, gaze on constellations that visitors from the northern hemisphere may never have seen before, including the Southern Cross.
Belmond Khwai River Lodge enjoys a unique location close to a San bushmen’s village. You may wish to visit this village and you may be invited into a private home to experience aspects of the villagers way of life of people who have had to adapt their ancient traditions to modern times.
On a walking safari through the delta you are totally enveloped in nature. You spot amazing things close-up: an insect, animal tracks, big game droppings, swarming termite mounds. These small, unexpected aspects of life often make the biggest impression. If a game drive is like reading a book: a walking safari is actually like becoming a character in that book.
Restaurants at Khwai River Lodge
Dining at Belmond Khwai River Lodge
Be it in the open-air or within our covered dining area, Belmond Khwai River Lodge offers a truly memorable dining experience. In the heart of the safari experience, surrounded by wildlife, enjoy delicious cuisine created by our skilled chefs. The restaurant offers something for everyone all day and our chefs will also gladly prepare picnics for you to take on a game drive. Game drives often start early. You will be woken with a light breakfast to enjoy in your tent before setting off on your drive. Restaurant times: Early breakfast (served around 6am) Light snacks, tea and coffee on morning activity Midday meal is served between 10h30-13h30 Afternoon tea (served around 4pm) Drinks and snacks on afternoon activity Dinner (served around 8pm)