Khwai River Lodge, a preferred lodge for Ker & Downey, is surrounded by the Moremi Wildlife Reserve’s sun-bleached and game rich floodplains, combining the best of Botswana’s dramatic wilderness with the Belmond brand’s finer luxuries. Accessible by plane or helicopter, this safari lodge in the middle of nowhere offers front row seats to the season’s natural migrations.

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Belmond Khwai River Lodge is situated on the edge of the Moremi Game Reserve.

From the moment the staff begins their celebratory welcome song to the final romantic sundowner, Belmond Khwai River Lodge presents itself as a thoughtful start-to-finish luxury experience in the African bush.

Raised on wooden platforms, Belmond Khwai River Lodge has 14 tents are palaces of indulgence, with netted four-poster beds, elegant en-suite bathrooms with dual sinks, stocked mini bars, and even the rare bonus of air conditioning. Perhaps the most valuable feature, however, is the collection of private viewing decks, shaded by traditional African thatch roofs and furnished with easy chairs and hammocks. From here, enjoy private meals, spa treatments, or leisurely afternoons watching the elephants, hippo, and impala approaching the river. For a more secluded and romantic getaway, opt for the single private suite with its heated splash pool and open-air bathroom with double showers and copper-framed Victorian bathtub.

At Belmond Khwai River Lodge, game drives begin early. After awakening with coffee and a light breakfast in the restaurant, set off for the Moremi Wildlife Reserve’s Khwai River floodplains, a region renowned for its large concentration of freely roaming mammals. This is a year-round destination for wildlife viewing, where elephant, buffalo, hippo, wildebeest, giraffe, lion, cheetah, and leopard thunder across the plains. Picnics and sundowners in the bush are something spectacular to behold.

Upon arrival back at the lodge, enjoy communal dinners in the kitchen or a lively outdoor Boma experience around the fire, with the Belmond staff providing the song and dance entertainment. As night descends, embrace the sky with a stargazing tutorial or embark on an exclusive nighttime “spotlight” safari within the private concession. From dawn until dusk, this luxury safari lodge affords surprises—both in wildlife and hospitality—at every turn.

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