Reviews of Khwai Tented Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
32 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Khwai Tented Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
Our guide, Essie, was determined to thrill and amaze us. When we first met, I mentioned all of the incredible animals that I had seen- lions, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, sable, and more, but told Essie that I had not seen a leopard or a bush baby... By the end of the first day, I saw a magnificent leopard with eyes like fire. By the next night, the bush babies were hopping in the treetops! The following day we saw another leopard, unperturbed by us as she devoured an impala. There were more surprises as well- wild dogs and hyenas to name a few, and one night the hippos took over the entrance to our camp so we had to go in by the back route!
The tents were more basic than some of the over the top luxury camps, but we were always perfectly comfortable, with a deck overlooking the water with majestic birds of all shapes and sizes flying to and fro.
The staff were so warm, friendly and good natured, making us feel at home and bringing us into their world with song, dance and laughter. The highlight was the African dinner, with my favorite- pap and morogo! It was a warm, wonderful place and I am so happy that we had the good fortune to visit!" See all these reviews: 17n in Botswana
"Khwai Tented Camp review"
The game sightings vastly exceeded our expectations - although supposedly a sub-optimal time of year (late April), in our 3 days we saw lion, leopard, elephant, hyena + pups, giraffe, hippo, zebra, monitor lizards, wart hog, several different species of antelope and many wonderful birds.
The only criticism (which only became apparent to us after visiting another camp) is that Khwai is a relatively small concession with several operators in the vicinity. Hence good sightings (e.g. hyena pups or a lion kill) rapidly attracted 5 or 6 vehicles. In addition, the area is not as visually attractive as that at, say, Kwara." See all these reviews: 6n in Botswana
"small more basic camp but very enjoyable"
The staff did everything to make our stay excellent." See all these reviews: 11n in Botswana
"Best safari of our entire trip"
Mention a type of animal you would like to see, and he seems to magically find one--in the pitch black dark, just by waving a flashlight into the bush. The entire camp sings a welcoming song upon your arrival, and wishes you off on departure with yet another song and dance.
We loved every minute of our stay." See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana
"Khwai Tented Camp"
The food was good and the staff was very friendly. Canaan and Abali (sorry if I misspelled that) helped my husband with his quest to learn some phrases in Setswana which he very much enjoyed.
The game viewing was good but our guide seemed to feel that he needed to get us to where the game was as quickly as possible and drove very fast over some bumpy tracks. I don't think the pressure came from us, we were quite happy to see any and all animals. A slower pace would have suited us just fine." See all these reviews: 13n in Botswana; 2n in Zambia
"Great place to begin"
modest beds with down comforters, flush toilet, bucket shower that they filled with water heated
over the fire, separate dining tent where they served surprisingly good meals. The staff met our
After landing at the Khwai airstrip, Pilot and MP took us on a great game drive on the way to the
camp. Since there were only five tents, my husband stayed with one of our daughters in one
tent and I stayed with our other daughter in another tent. We were zipped in at night and heard
lion growls, hyena laughs, and elephants strolling through camp to munch on the acacia pods.
A night game drive on our second night at Khwai we experienced many first sightings. Pilot would
stop the 4x4 vehicle at almost every sighting or when we asked to spend a bit more time.
We thought this was the perfect place to start our adventure in Botswana." See all these reviews: 10n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe; 1n in South Africa
"Great Safari at Kwhai Tented Camp"
We saw a wide variety of mamals and birds too numerous to mention--but I photographed them all.
Food was excellent--prepared by the very capable Temptation, who had been trained in the culinary arts by Orient Express. She had to prepare her meals on a small four top gas stove stove and every meal was presented beautifully and hot. By the end of our three days we felt like part of their family.
Tent life was what we had expected from a previous trip on the Serengetti, and we always had hot water for showers and morning game drives--cold temperatures at night were made more comfortable by hot water bottles in bed. This was the first of 3 camps visited in Botswana, and for personal attention and devotion/skill of the guide/tracker, it was not exceeded." See all these reviews: 9n in Botswana; 4n in South Africa; 2n in Zambia
"Great time at Khwai Tented Camp"
The camp is quite small (only 4 tents) and is quite different to the more typical permanent cabin type structures in other camps. It is, however, exactly what we were hoping for in that it is more basic and you feel closer to the animals and your surroundings. The tents are perfectly large enough for two substantial beds, bedside tables, storage chests etc. with a wash basin and flush WC in the adjoining 'room'. The outdoor bucket shower was perfectly adequate and provided plenty of water for the two of us to shower comfortably and the very willing staff would fill it up with hot water on request. A shaded area with chairs at the front of the tent was much appreciated during siesta.
The communal dining tent had 24 hour bar and tea and coffee areas, together with comfortable settee/chairs with coffee table and supply of books and magazines. Outside the dining tent was a fire area with seating and a hammock. The camp overlooked the River Khwai with a wooded area on the far side.
The camp staff were very efficient and friendly and could not have looked after us better. Nothing was too much trouble and we couldn't have asked for more. The food was absolutely magnificent - cooked by Thaelo and served by Joe. Without doubt the best food of our stay in Botswana - and the other camps were pretty good! Salvation and the other staff were pleasant, cheerful and very efficient. We wrote some very favourable comments in the guest book but were surprised to be told that the staff were discouraged from reading the book! I can't help thinking this is a bit short sighted.
The guiding was excellent - Pilot was very knowledgable and good company. We enjoyed game drives and a guided walk with him - game viewing was excellent - including lion, elephant, impala, kudu, leopard tortoise, giraffe, cheetah, hippo, leopard, zebra, side striped jackal, wildcat, baboon, buffalo, tsessebe, red lechwe, warthog, waterbuck, dwarf mongoose, spring hare, honey badger, vervet monkey, crocodile. Birds too were fabulous - far too may to list, but we were very happy to see such a variety.
We very much enjoyed Khwai Tented Camp and we would not hesitate to return." See all these reviews: 9n in Botswana
"Camping at its best!!!"
This place was the highlight of our trip not least because of the enthusiasm of the Guide called Pilot and all the camp staff.
We were greeted with a beautiful welcoming song and dance and shown to our tent. Our tent was the first in a line of four semi permanent tents. Beautifully clean with a very comfortable bed, plenty of luggage space and the outside bucket shower!! Toilet and washbowl were in a separate section of the tent separated by a zip up tent wall!
Warm water was available for washing in the outside washbasins whenever we came back from a drive and first thing in the morning. The smell of wood smoke and the glowing fire at breakfast each morning and after the dinner was something to remember. The food was consistently excellent and always served with beautiful smiles from 'Open' the newly recruited waiter and Tilo the wonderful cook.
Pilot the guide was outstanding. We couldn't praise him highly enough and was the best we encountered during our entire trip. His enthusiasm was never ending- for a man who has been in the business for 22 yrs! He would make new roads through the bush to track leopards and his tracking instincts were amazing!!
His enthusiasm was such that when we found 2 leopards he took even more photos than us!! Time was never a problem and he gave us that luxury of being able to spend as much time as we wanted with the animals. These 3 nights here in many ways made our trip. Maruska, very well done and thanks for getting us here." See all these reviews: 8n in Namibia; 8n in Botswana; 1n in South Africa
"lovely stay being spoiled at kwhai"
The tented rooms are smaller than in Linyanti Bush Camp, but nevertheless extremely comfortable. The lack of running water and electricity in the camp simply adds to the experience! We always had plenty of hot water whenever we needed it and the bucket showers were just great. The food and service at mealtimes were excellent too.
The game drives were a real treat with our guide Pilot. Polite, friendly, extremely knowledgable and a whole lot of fun, he enabled us to see lions on three different occasions, spend around an hour observing and then following a cheetah and then shortly afterwards to see a leopard.
Game was generally easier to spot in the Kwhai area than it had been in our previous camp in Linyanti because of more open areas and Pilot certainly helped us get "our money's worth" with his skill.
If you are travelling in July make sure you do bring some warm clothes as it certainly does get chilly after sundown and stays so until well into the morning. The warm ponchos provided for the game drives and the hot-water bottles in the beds were great!
The only negative comment is that we were asked to sign a form in which we exonerate African Bush Camps from any responsibility even in the case of gross negligence. The wording needs to be changed here." See all these reviews: 6n in Botswana
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