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“Very enjoyable experience all around” 4 of 5 stars
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“Very enjoyable experience all around”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

At the beginning of April, we spent two nights at Khwai camp, the second stop on our Botswana fly-in safari. The camp infrastructure was a little more basic than the previous camp: bucket showers -but delivered within minutes after the request was made- and the tents were not very spacious but they had electricity and the bathroom had a sink with running (cold) water and a flush commode. For us it was sufficiently comfortable for a tented camp. The common area was rustic but nicely furnished and decorated and included an open dining and sitting area and a deck with fire pit, all with a beautiful view on the marshy surroundings. We arrived after a period of abundant rain, so everything was green and lush, the downside was that game viewing was more difficult because of the tall vegetation and driving the dirt roads was difficult at times. We still saw lots of animals on extended game drives thanks to our dedicated guides. Max was a knowledgeable guide and did a great job navigating the muddy dirt roads and river crossings. Meals were good, and like a previous reviewer stated, we also particularly enjoyed the lunches and tea times. What stuck out and made this the most enjoyable experience of our trip were the personal atmosphere and the exceptional friendliness of the entire staff.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AfricanBushCamps, Public Relations Manager at Khwai Tented Camp, responded to this review, April 22, 2014
Thank you so much for your review of Khwai Tented Camp. We are delighted you had such a personalised and friendly atmosphere and that you managed to experience some good wildlife encounters with our guides in camp. We look forward to hopefully hosting you at our camps again in the future and hope that the rest of your safari in Botswana went well.
Warmest Regards from the Team at African Bush Camps and Khwai Tented Camp
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

We stayed with our whole family (6 persons) at Khwai Tented Camp for two days and it was our highlight of our 19 days trip travelling through Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. This was due to different reasons:
1) The staff was absolutely excellent, well harmonized, very friendly and authentic. We are not able to pick one name out as they all did a fantastic job.
2) The game drives were terrific and the best we saw on our trip. This was in particular due to our guide Mwamo. He was totally focused and concentrated to spot all the animals for us that we were stunned. He could explain all animals and had had a fantastic knowledge about this area. We saw every day lots of lions, leopards, elephants and other (typical) animals (see pictures). We also saw a lion successfully hunting a Kudu which was on the one hand great to see but on the other also sad. We will never forget that experience! Thanks Mwamo.
3) Food was very, very good!!!
Overall, we wished to stay for more than two nights as we saw so many animals and felt very welcomed! Also best wishes to Quest!!!

Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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AfricanBushCamps, Public Relations Manager at Khwai Tented Camp, responded to this review, April 22, 2014
Thank you very much for your Review of Khwai Tented Camp. We are so delighted you had such a wonderful experience and that Khwai Tented Camp proved to be the highlight of your 19 day safari. The area is an excellent example of human habitation living in close, peaceful and harmonic co-existence with wildlife. We have passed on your feedback and well wishes to Quest, Mwamo and the excellent team we have in camp and we hope to have the opportunity to host you and your family again at Khwai or our other camps in the near future.
Warmest Regards
The Team at African Bush Camps and Khwai Tented Camp
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We arrived at Kwai Camp having spent a few days at Moremi Crossing. The camp is much smaller and slightly more basic. However any minor discomfort was made up for by the exceptional friendliness and hospitality we experienced during our stay. Mercy, who looked after us during our stay was one of the nicest people we have met during our travels and made us feel most welcome.

The camp is described as luxury but anyone arriving expecting luxury accommodation would be disappointed. However those who are used to tented camps will know what to expect. The plus side was that the tents had flush toilets and a sink with running water. The showers are of the ‘bucket’ variety and it took a certain amount of forward planning to get a shower when you wanted it!

The food was good and wholesome. We particularly enjoyed the lunches and afternoon teas. There was a large fridge in the bar area and we were told to help ourselves to drinks whenever we wished. We were asked to write our names on our water bottles that were also kept in the fridge. This was helpful to me as, when I forgot people’s names, I took a sneaky look at the writing on the bottles!

The Guides, in particular Moses who was extremely knowledgeable, found us an exceptional amount of wildlife including leopards (a mother and two cubs) with a kill, elephants and, the highlight of the stay, a pack of wild dogs who we followed until it got too dark to see them. One evening a hyena was hanging around outside the communal area while we were having pre dinner drinks

On the plane back the person sat next to me was surprised that we hadn’t stayed in air-conditioned rooms as he had. That sort of closeted “African Experience” may be for some but for those who want to feel immersed in the bush whilst still having a reasonable amount of comfort and hospitality I would strongly recommend visiting Khwai Camp

Room Tip: All the rooms are the same and seem to have the same view
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

We tacked on this camp as our only one in Botswana after a trip to Madagascar and the difference between the countries couldn't have been more striking - no more 7-hour delays in flgiths and never knowing what was going on... you are collected at Maun airport and flown to an airstrip, picked up by safari vehicle and at camp in 15 minutes. (Not sure about a previous review that said it was 2 hours from the nearest airstrip, possibly meant to review another camp). The downside of this is that there are a lot of other lodges nearby and the airstrip is busy so you don't feel terribly remote - there are other vehicles everywhere. The upside we realised is that you see precisely the same game as the people paying heaps more at the Khwai River Lodge (Orient Express) so it's not the game viewing you pay for, it's stuff like air conditioning (mind you, by 3pm at 38 degrees or so, you can see the appeal!)

We did not have the famous Pilot as he was at a wedding but our guides Mwamo and Ike did a good job.

The house staff were particularly amazing we thought. They must work very hard. It's all local staff which was great, so many lodges we've been to over the years have a white 'host' it's quite nice to jsut be hanging out with the Batswana, learning some local words and they look after you very well. The food was really good, vegetarian was no problem for them (though they'll often include fish, worth letting them know if you don't eat that either). The staff love to sing, so you will get a greeeting and other performances through your stay.

It's not a really luxurious camp but is very comfortable, the tents are fine, pretty large and they have mozzie coils to keep it bug free, we had no real problems - the main area is charming, the bucket shower system works fine, just ask the driver when you're out on safari to radio in and it will be ready when you get back. Lots of cold towels to refresh you on arrival, free drinks whenever you feel like one and they give you your own water bottle as a souvenir which is a nice touch.

The game: we saw lots of lion, hippo, elephant and GREAT leopard sightings (cubs and all), no real threat that you won't see one as far as we could tell. Jackal, serval, mongoose, monkeys, baboons, wildebeest, tons of antelope, the works, But it was the wild dog we especially wanted to see and on our last morning saw a pack with puppies and got some great shots, it was awesome.

The camp is a great spot if you're not looking for high-end but want to feel looked after and learn a little about the country. And do remember all the vehicles are driving in the same area, the guides all chat about where the key animals are so you're probably not going to get a heaps better experience at a more expensive camp - exceopt for that aircon! Very happy to recommend Khwai tented camp if you're looking in the Delta (they drive you over the river every now and then to Moremi NP) but if you want a more remote experience actually we feel we'd skip Botswana altogether and go to Zambia where the game was a little less easy to see but we had far more sense of being on our own..

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

This was our first camp in Botswana. The camp isn't fancy, and gives you the real feeling of being in the bush. Very friendly and welcoming staff. Food provided was simple, but good.

The bucket shower was an experience. Make sure you let the staff know in advance that you want warm water at a certain time for the shower. We had some trouble coordinating bucket fills with other guests. Wake up calls came via someone filling your canvas "sinks" with warm water in the morning.

Our game viewing guide was Pilot and he was awesome. Lots of game to view and photograph; wild dogs, elephants, hippos, lions, zebra, giraffe, baboons, leopards, and more... Afternoon game drives and sunset coctails with Pilot were a great experience.

There were limited plugins available for camera charging at the main reception bungalow. I brought along a solar charger which worked great.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

This is a great camp, the welcome and farewell from the staff are memorable and beautiful. the famous Pilate absolutely deserves his legendary status. We came with a specific mission to photograph wild dogs (this was our third trip in three years to attempt this) and Pilate went way beyond what could be expected to make this happen, including missing dinner and going out tracking at night on foot alone. And boy did he deliver!!!! With great thanks also to Quest. We also saw leopard (treed by the wild dogs), ellies, birds and the usual game animals. The tents are very comfortable (with bucket shower) and your verandah looks out on the river which was somewhat dry at the time we went. The food is healthy and not too much which can be a problem in other camps where you end up going home weighing much more than when you started.
Of the 10 different camps we have stayed in so far, Kwai is the one I would recommend most highly.

Room Tip: We stayed in Tent 1 but all seemed to have very good views and similar level of comfort.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AfricanBushCamps, Public Relations Manager at Khwai Tented Camp, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
Dear Kye88,
Thank you very much for staying with us at Khwai Tented Camp and taking time to post a review on Tripadvisor. We appreciate your feedback and we are delighted you had a wonderful time with Pilot and that he found the Wild Dogs you had specifically set out to find. We hope to have the opportunity to host you again in the future!
Take Care and Kindest Regards
Khwai Tented Camp and the team at African Bush Camps.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

We stayed at this camp as part of a safari tour of Botswana. The camp is situated on a island reached by a wooden bridge. It is quite remote being two hours drive from the nearest airstrip.

Very similar style to the other camps we stayed in. However, the local staff were really excellent and friendly. The room/tent was spacious and comfortable albeit we didn't have the best room and had no view (see below). The food was very good and dieting is not a concept of these types of holidays !

We were amused by the local delinquent elephant called Gabriel or Mr G who would spend a fair amount of time terrorising the staff and quests by charging everyone.

I would strongly recommend this camp.

Room Tip: Avoid Room/Tent 5 as it has no view. The best are rooms 1,2 and 3
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AfricanBushCamps, Public Relations Manager at Khwai Tented Camp, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
Dear NAB34
Thank you very much for visiting our Khwai Tented Camp and for taking time to post a review on Tripadvisor following your time with us. We are delighted you had a wonderful trip with us, found the staff friendly and the tents comfortable. You will be pleased to note that Gabriel (aka Mr G) continues to entertain guests with his antics around the camp. We look forward to having the opportunity to host you again in the near future.
Thank you and Kindest Regards
Khwai Tented Camp and the team at African Bush Camps
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Address: Khwai Community Area, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
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Location: Botswana > North-West District > Okavango Delta > Moremi Game Reserve
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Ranked #10 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Moremi Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This is the perfect blend and co-existence between man and nature, where you will experience the best of wildlife in Botswana’s iconic Moremi Game Reserve combined with a taste of culture in the old village of Khwai.The camp affords small private groups, families or independent travellers within its capacity of only 8 beds.This is the old African safari experience that takes you back to experiencing Africa in a tent in a wilderness area.It is a combination of luxury camping and a permanent camp with the best wildlife highlights set in a community based wildlife resource area. ... more   less 

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