- Belmond Khwai River Lodge is a renowned luxury game lodge sprawled under a canopy of aged indigenous leadwood and fig trees. The air conditioned, twin-bedded, thatched tents offer guests handsome ensuite bathrooms, romantic mosquito net canopies and personal bars.
- The lodge also provides guests with a thatched dining room, as well as a bar and sitting area with an open fireplace. There is a heated swimming pool and a secluded viewing platform, overlooking the river, for guests to birdwatch.
- Safaris include morning and evening game drives, both inside and outside of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, guided walks and bird watching, as well as a fascinating visit to Khwai Village.
- Embark on a private, cultural excursion where you will meet one of the village elders for an intimate and insightful experience into Botswana’s vivid culture.
- Keep your binoculars and camera at hand, as elephants often frequent the camp to slake their thirst at the river in front of the lodge.
- Khwai River floodplains are renowned for its large concentrations of mammals and is a year round destination for wildlife. This spectacular area has a large predator population, as well as a diverse array of bird species.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
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.
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.
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.
Nestled on the edge of a leadwood and fig tree forest, overlooking the vast Khwai River floodplains and beyond into the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, sits the luxurious Belmond Khwai River Lodge. Khwai is renowned for its large concentrations of mammals and it is not unusual to see many different types of wildlife from the comfort of your own private deck. As a year round destination for wildlife, predators can regularly be seen in the area, rated as one of the most prolific in Botswana for viewing wildlife. The exceptional location of Khwai makes it a regular host to Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Wild Dogs. Birdlife can also be viewed in abundance with exceptional sightings of wildfowl and raptors near the lodge.
The inviting tented rooms at Belmond Khwai River Lodge feature panoramic private decks. They’re the perfect theatre from which to enjoy the drama of the wild. After a day spent in the savannah, unwind in the tranquil pool or share stories by the fire. Want a massage on your private deck? All you have to do is ask. The lodge also provides guests with a thatched dining room, as well as a bar and sitting area with an open fireplace. For optimum game-viewing, Belmond Khwai River Lodge has a deck overlooking the river where you can while away your afternoon from the comfort of the heated swimming pool. Belmond Khwai River Lodge offers morning, afternoon and night game drives and star-gazing after dinner. Go on a cultural visit to a local village which will provide fascinating insight into African life.
Our indulgent tented rooms are built for game spotting. Spy wildebeest from the elevated private deck, or swing in a hammock as zebra and elephants saunter past. Inside, a netted four-poster bed, elegant bathroom, air conditioning and minibar all provide welcome refreshment after a day’s pursuits.
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.
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.
Guests dine on delicious cuisine in the comfort of a covered dining room. For something romantic, you may arrange to dine in private on your tent’s wooden deck. A covered lounge area and bar are also available. Here you can relax after a day out in the African wilderness. After dinner, you can keep warm around a campfire under the African night sky.
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.
Enjoy superb cuisine, fine wine and discreet service with an intimate romantic dinner served on the deck of your tent beneath the African sky.
African Boma experience
A dining experience second to none in a traditional Boma, best translated as a traditional meeting place, where senior tribe/community members would traditionally get together for the “Kgotla” or meeting. Typically traditional food dishes would be served during or after these get-togethers in the Boma. The Boma has two entrances, one more hidden than the other to ensure the safe passage of tribe elders or the chief should any threat arise. The Boma offers spectacular vistas of the African night skies, through the silhouettes of Camel Thorn trees and Acacia nigrescens, which have been incorporated into the design.
Those wishing to stay in the tranquility of the camp can relax in the hide overlooking the floodplains, or make use of the gym and spa facilities, enjoying treatments while surrounded by magnificent views of the Delta.
There is a heated swimming pool and a secluded viewing platform to watch an African sunset.
After a day of activity, unwind with some expert spa pampering. Relax with a rejuvenating treatment, either at the intimate spa, in the comfort of your room or on your private deck. A variety of massages are available for you to choose from. We exclusively use products from Africology, which are 100% natural and chemical-free.