Belmond Khwai River Lodge
Okavango Delta, Botswana
It sometimes feels like Khwai River Lodge has been in the Okavango for as long as the elephants. This is one of Botswana’s oldest lodges and has been a pioneer in developing luxury safari tourism in the country. It’s been refurbished a number of times so a modern opulence contrasts the few original lodge buildings that remain.
Expertly located on the Khwai River, this lodge has arguably the finest location in the Okavango for spotting wildlife. If we had to pinpoint the exact spot where the highest concentration of animals congregate then it would be the riverbanks visible from the lodge. From your private verandah there are sublime views over all the animals that make the Delta so special.
Usually there’s so much to see that you don’t need safari activities. Morning and afternoon game drives are expertly guided and there’s an exclusive option to explore a small local concession after dark. Among our many highlights here have been prowling leopards and quarrelling herds of elephants.
While the lodge doesn’t have the same exclusivity of old, the tented suites are almost incomparable. Stretching over 100 square metres, they’re equipped with comfortable furniture, a humongous bed (twin beds are also available), and a bathroom that could feature in any world-leading hotel. To enhance the romance there’s also a private suite with a heated plunge pool and open-air Victorian bath.
- All suites have a double bed
- Full board food and drink
- Game drives in a 4x4 purpose built safari vehicle
- Night drives
Open all year round, children over the age of eight are welcome.
This lodge can be booked as part of a tailor-made safari, with or without flights. Per person per night prices from £415 / €475 / $545