Khwai Tented Camp

Reviews of Khwai Tented Camp

Excellent(95%) From 30 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 30 of our travellers who have visited Khwai Tented Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Miss A. from Pulborough
Arrived on: 26-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Khwai tented camp number two

Again we were well accommodated as requested with a tent nearest to the main tent and hot water jugs whenever we wished, much appreciated as tea addicts!

Staff were all very helpful and skilled, inevitably the guides take pride of place and are allocated for the stay, which is really helpful in every way. All the staff are well trained, very caring and friendly with a good sense of humour, which I am sure they need given the international range of visitors.

This camp was quite different to my expectations, as the web site has not been updated, so the tents were comparatively new, well furnished with modern equipment including re charging units in the tent, great except that the African 3 pin adaptor did not fit, but much more convenient to have an inhouse charging point.

We very much appreciated the fact that our wants and wishes were fully and unquestionably met whenever possible, ie which animals, details about plants , trees bushes etc We are both gardeners, so the amazing knowledge of the guide Action on all these matters was excellent and much appreciated.

We did drive past the village, but our hopes of visiting the village and school was not on offer, not sure if this was due to the relocated camp or not. We had indicated a desire to make local contact when we booked, but no negotiation seemed possible. A shame as we did not really like the idea of just being passing ships in the night, without at least meeting some locals who were in fact very near the camp.

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Mr Greg M from USA
Arrived on: 18-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Khwai Tented Camp August 18-21, 2018

Nice camp, minimal number of tents (6) but a bit too close together for our liking, in an attractive setting (although there was no visible surface water in the adjacent pools in front of the tents while we were there). Transport arrangements with Mack Air from/back to Maun were excellent. The staff paid good attention to detail, provided wonderful service and extras including a wonderful welcome, dinners served outdoors, in the boma, singing/dancing...all were very enjoyable. Wildlife drives (in new/beautiful/well maintained vehicles) were completed twice a day, with good emphasis to make sure all guests got to see highlight species (leopard, wild dogs, lions, hyena with pups, etc.) while also making an effort to see different parts of the area on each drive. Our guide was very knowledgeable/experienced and worked hard to give us great drives, though had a tendency to go for the "home run" photo location from the start, rather than work our way into position in a series of stops that allowed the animal some adjustment time....only cost us really one great opportunity on a lioness, who may not have been as habituated as the female leopard (Blue Eyes) to such activity.

We were last in the Khwai River area in 2007, at Khwai River Lodge, then owned by Orient Express and now by Belmond I understand. It was too large a camp (I recall 12 tents but now I learn they have 15!) and that is just too many for us to have a fly-in/wilderness experience. Overall, there seemed to be more human activity in the area, more vehicles patrolling around, numerous vehicles to a desired sighting in a very short time, large group of yellow-hatted individuals across the river one day on some sort of field outing, planes flying in/out of the airstrip on a frequent basis, Moremi reserve a bit run down/over used with baboons trashing mobile camp sites daily, etc. At one point in Moremi I took a picture of a lion that looked like the "Pied Piper" as there was a long line of vehicles following him or trying to get ahead of him (in a cloud of dust) that kind of ruined the experience and made us feel bad/uncomfortable and we pulled out (though we were the first ones to spot him) and went another direction. Given our numerous past trips to southern Africa, maybe we need to go further into the Delta next time....

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Mr J from London
Arrived on: 7-Jun-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Felt like home in the wilderness

This was my first time in Africa, and a brilliant introduction. I was on a safari car ten minutes after my plane landed, and the very first thing I saw was a huge bull elephant not ten metres away. Less than an hour later we saw a pack of wild dogs hunting which was fascinating.

I can't list all of the wildlife encounters, but the highlights were leopards everyday, 2 x lion hunts, and the many, many close encounters with the elephants who are totally relaxed around humans. We saw a minimum of fifteen elephants a day.

My guide Sinka was an absolute professional who was confident in any situation, and found wildlife long before the other guides. He explained the complicated ecosystem to us, and was kind enough to take me on a night drive alone which was extremely exhilarating, included a serval sighting and also taught me a lot about hippo behaviour. The atmosphere in Botswana at night is tense and exciting, and I am grateful to Sinka for showing it to me.

The atmosphere at the camp itself is totally relaxed and only disturbed by elephant trumpeting, hippo grunting and songs in Setswana. All of the staff are members of the local community and know the area extremely well. My tent was remarkably comfortable, spacious and had all amenities provided including charging ports and USB. I had total privacy at all times and my own viewing balcony where I spent many hours watching and listening to the hippos who were about 100m away and partied all night long. The meals were excellent and served in a very personal manner at a dinner table by the fireplace under the stars until everyone was ready for bed. One thing to note - the staff live offsite, wake up at 4am and have a journey to and from the camp but are too polite to mention this, so please don't keep them up all night if you do visit.

Highlights of the camp itself were the Boma dinner, conversations with the staff especially Kennedy the host, and checking the sand outside the tent for footprints from nocturnal visitors. The camp is the perfect size to be luxurious while still being familiar and cozy, and is surrounded by atmospheric wilderness.

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Prof V & Mr T from Oxford
Arrived on: 26-Mar-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great start to our holiday!

This was the first of four camps on our trip and got us off to a great start - after being picked up from the plane, we went straight out on a game drive and saw a leopard.

Our guide, Ken, had a great personality - really lively and friendly, as well as being very skilled at finding animals. The next day we saw lots of lions, including a pair mating; and on subsequent days we saw more leopards, and also some wonderful birds, including Verreaux's Eagle Owl.

The tents are lovely and we really enjoyed the food. The camp has a really fun and charming atmosphere.

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Mr J from Livingston
Arrived on: 30-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Special welcome at Khwai Camp

We received a wonderful welcome by a group of the staff singing for us when we arrived!! (Wish we had gotten on video!! ) They also had evening entertainment with more singing at a special sit-down dinner. Very special. Food very good.

The Camp Management gave us a personal 50th Anniversary card and gift bottle of wine in our room! The Assistant Mgr. Kennedy was especially attentive and helped me have internet in the office.

The accommodations were great and well cared for. Always plenty of bottled water and insect repellent available.

Our Guide Mighty did very well and got us out extra early so we were successful in finding the Wild Dog pack! Great pictures.

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Mr C from Knaresborough
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Khwai Tented Camp review

A beautifully positioned camp, with a great outlook. The staff were lovely and we enjoyed our stay here.

Due to the number of camps in the area and therefore the related number of vehicles, some of the game viewing felt more like a safari theme park, certainly compared to what we experienced at Lebala.

It was good to be able able to experience both game drives and mokoro trips from the same camp.

Our guide, Sinka, was very knowledgable and went out of his way to give us varied experiences, including tracking wild dogs.

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Arrived on: 2-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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The BEST!

I want to stay longer.

ALL is Excellent!

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Mr F from California
Arrived on: 13-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Amazing Honeymoon at Khwai Tented Camp

I cannot speak highly enough about our experience at Khwai Tented Camp! From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, everyone worked tirelessly to make sure that we had an incredible experience. In particular, Ken was simply the best guide in the region. Every day, he set out to find certain rare animals (lions, leopards, wild dogs), and he never failed to deliver! But more than that, he would find the animals long before any of the other jeeps, so that we would have quality time with the animals before the hordes descended. I got the impression that other drivers were tracking Ken instead of the animals themselves.

Beyond the amazing wildlife we saw, though, the Camp also succeeded in making our stay incredible in a million little ways. The newly refurbished tents were lavish: an incredibly comfortable bed, a great shower, lots of little amenities, and a porch overlooking a hippo-filled river. And the staff were so attentive and considerate! In particular, Dudu really went above and beyond to plan a customized candlelight dinner for us to celebrate our honeymoon. But every member of the staff was incredible, and the food and wine never failed to impress.

I am struggling to think of something negative to say about our experience, but I simply cannot. This place is an absolute joy.

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raedrian from Canada
Arrived on: 23-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Terrific African Tent Safari Experience

We arrived at this camp after extensive rains that limited access to some game areas but we still got plenty of game sightings with highlights being (close) encounters with wild dogs and leopards. On our last day, Gideon (our excellent driver/guide) managed to get us to some farther areas with some exciting river crossings.

The facilities were as promised, not luxurious but in keeping with traditional tenting camps from the past. Everything was clean and well kept. Only downside was that there was no electrical outlet in the tent for charging tablets/phones etc. However, there was a charging "station" in the dining/common room. Meals were in the open air and beautifully presented. The service was second to none, the staff was outgoing and eager to please.

We have been to much more luxurious resorts but we felt that here we were more in the "real Africa" and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Mrs S from Brentford
Arrived on: 7-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Khwai Tented Camp review

The tents although ensuite were fairly basic (about to close for rebuilding on another site closer to the river).

Delicious food, small and intimate setting, lovely staff. Excellent game drives, varied & abundant wildlife including leopards, wild dogs, and huge numbers of hippo!

We very much hope the staff who were so friendly and welcoming & mainly local, and were to be laid off due to closure of the camp, will be re-employed when the new camp opens.

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