The Khwai Community Reserve boasts a fantastic location on the banks of the Khwai River in Botswana and provides an incredible experience in the African wilderness. Just on the edge of the north-eastern border of Moremi Game Reserve and run by a local community in the Khwai Village, this underrated reserve is very accessible and worth a visit.
The Khwai Community Reserve spans close to 500,000 acres and consists of floodplains, riverine, savannah, and mopane forests, all home to prolific wildlife. The Khwai River carves its way through the vast acres of land, and as it is the only source of water for miles, the river attracts thousands of wildlife that pass between Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park—making the Khwai Community Reserve an excellent option for a safari experience.
This hidden gem boasts a scenic landscape and offers a low-key wilderness experience away from the crowded, larger parks. It is accessible by 4WD vehicle from Maun or a 35-minute charter flight to Khwai Private Reserve from Maun International Airport—which is the main gateway to the Okavango Delta of Botswana.
African wild dogs are known to den and breed in this area.
It depends on where you stay in the area. Certain camps only allow children over the age of seven to stay on-site, while other camps restrict certain safari activities to children 14 years and up.
Yes, most of the camps have multiple charging points for cameras, laptops and batteries. However, it is advised that you check with your camp before arrival.
As many safari-goers know, the Okavango Delta of Botswana is renowned for its prolific wildlife, in large part because of the abundance of water in the region. At Khwai Community Reserve, the Khwai River snakes across the vast landscape between Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve, and attracts hordes of water-seeking wildlife, especially during the dry season.
The floodplains of the Reserve are home to game species such as buffalo, zebras, elands, wildebeest, and sable, while the woodlands provide an oasis to the likes of leopards, primates, and birds. Furthermore, there is a healthy population of predators in the area, including African wild dogs, who den and breed in the reserve. The Khwai River provides impressive game-viewing opportunities, as the resident wildlife make their way to the water source. Wildlife includes giraffes, elephants, hyenas, lions, leopards, and cheetahs, as well as various antelope species.
.Additionally, the birdlife is incredible, with approximately 450 species. Bird watchers visiting the area should keep an eye out for Arnott’s Chat and Senegal Coucal, as well as the Verreaux’s eagle-owl, and the long-toed lapwing.
The best time to visit Khwai Community Reserve is between May and November, during the dry season. In search of water to quench their thirst and stay cool, the resident wildlife between Moremi and Chobe make their way to the Khwai River during this time. The wet season occurs between December and April, and usually sees game migration from Chobe National Park. However, Khwai Community Reserve is a great destination all year-round.
The Khwai Community Reserve is ideally located along the Khwai River and close to Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve—making it an easy stopover between safari trips. The Reserve is home to prolific wildlife who gather around the local water source during the dry season, providing the ultimate game-viewing opportunities.
The abundance of wildlife and birdlife alike, provide amazing rare and wonderful moments for aspiring wildlife photographers, while those seeking a different perspective can book a mokoro trip along the river. Mokoro safari experiences are synonymous with the Okavango Delta—where safari-goers can admire the hippos and elephants socializing on the Khwai River as they gently glide by. For the culture vultures, the local Khwai community runs an ecotourism initiative, providing excellent insight into how the people and wildlife of the region live together in harmony.
Other safari experiences on offer include guided game drives, bird watching, and walking safaris.
There are various camps within the Khwai Community Reserve, as well as in the Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park. Safari-goers can choose from luxury tented camps to fully-furnished bush chalets with en-suites and verandahs overlooking the scenic landscape.