Khwai River Lodge is located on the the banks of the Khwai river at the edge of the Delta. Let me note that at the outset of our trip, we were looking for the best lodges to visit. This Orient Express Hotel is no exception. The lodges are in fact well appointed luxury tents. The main lodge is open and on a beautiful setting overlooking the Khwai River.
Perhaps two things disappointed us with our stay here. One, the game drive experience was not what we experienced at other lodges (e.g. Kwando Safaris). Although the Lodge benefits from having access to "community" lands, much of the viewing is done in the nearby national park, which is packed with other vehicles and campers, as well as people in their own private cars. When an animal is found, it is bound to be swarmed by many other cars.
Secondly, the lodge is too big (for Safari purposes) and full of too many wealthy people who have little interest in seeing the wildlife. Accordingly, you have meals with many others and have to go on game drives in cars of 6-8 people, which means that you can't necessarily see what you want to see and are at the whim of your fellow travellers.
Although the lodge is truly a luxury lodge, with a full time diesel generator to boot, we would have excluded this from our trip because it did live up to what we had expected at previous lodges. Lebala, the previous place, was far more rustic and smaller (but equally as luxurious), except that instead of a generator, it had nice oil laps hung everywhere, which gave it a nice romantic cozy feeling. It was also situated on a private game concession, which is key to a safari experience!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sink into time-honoured indulgence as you overlook the vibrant floodplains and dramatic big game of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Khwai River Lodge By Orient-Express Hotel Moremi Game Reserve