This Khwai & Moremi Budget Lodge Safari visits one of Africa's finest wilderness areas - the pristine Okavango Delta.
Staying at Khwai Guest House in the remote village of Khwai this safaris offers an ideal mix of real cultural encounters and outstanding game viewing. Explore the small village and meet the locals of Khwai, experiencing traditional African culture. Embark on open vehicle game drives in the diverse Khwai Concession and Moremi Game Reserve, rated as one of the top wildlife destinations in Africa. Glide along the winding channels of the Okavango Delta in a traditional mokoro, spotting wildlife and birds as you move through the unspoilt bush.
In between game viewing activities you can relax at the charming and comfortable Khwai Guest House, located in rural Khwai village on the fringes of Moremi Game Reserve.
This Khwai & Moremi Budget Lodge Safari begins in Maun, the travel hub for exploring the Okavango Delta. Leaving the bustling town of Maun we make our way to Khwai village, about three and a half hours drive away.
Arriving at Khwai village, we head to Khwai Guest House, our comfortable base for the next three nights. Khwai village is located on the fringes of the famous Moremi Game Reserve, the only official reserve in the Okavango Delta.
On this Budget Botswana Safari you get to experience a combination of authentic cultural encounters in the local village and explorations of the Okavango Delta - one of Africa's best game viewing destinations. We spend two days exploring this wild part of Botswana, visiting the traditional village and both the community-run Khwai Wildlife Concession and the prestigious Moremi Game Reserve, covering the eastern part of the pristine delta ecosystem.
Our stay at Khwai Guest House is on an all inclusive basis (full board including meals, activities and park fees).
On days two and three we wake at sunrise, have an early breakfast and set off on our morning adventure. We return to the guest house for lunch at about midday, followed by free time to rest and relax. At about 15h30 or 16h00 (depending on the season) we embark on our afternoon activity, returning in time for a tasty dinner prepared on the campfire.
Activities include three-hour game drives in the Khwai Concession and in the Moremi Game Reserve, full day game drives in Khwai Concession and/or Moremi Game Reserve (subject to availability on arrival) and night drives. Then there are mokoro trips, lasting about two and a half hours, and cultural excursions that take about two hours. The guest house also offers thrilling game walks in season.
The Khwai Guest House is set on large grounds in Khwai village, serving as an ideal base for spending time in the traditional settlement of Khwai. You can walk around the rural village and meet the locals, gaining insight into their unique way of life. Take your time exploring the African traditions and age-old customs that have survived in this remote community of Botswana.
Game viewing takes place in Moremi Game Reserve, one of Southern Africa's finest wildlife reserves, and the top-notch Khwai Concession Area of Botswana. The guest house borders on both wilderness areas, which are home to an impressive diversity of animals, plants and birds. There are plenty of large mammals to be seen in the area, including elephants, buffalos and predators such as lions, wild dogs and leopards. The wild animals move freely between Moremi and Khwai, which is a lesser-known wildlife gem. Exploring the range of habitats, from indigenous forests to open floodplains, we are sure to encounter all kinds of wildlife, other creatures and birds.
Our days are spent embarking on game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles and taking mokoro trips along the delta channels with local guides. Mekoros are the traditional style canoes used to navigate the watery Okavango Delta. Gliding on the tranquil waterways and lagoons in the untamed African bush, you can sit back and take in the wild environment, looking out for wildlife and birds as your guide stands in the back of your mokoro poling the vessel along.
If conditions allow then we venture out on nature walks with the experienced local guides. Walking in the bush is one of the best ways to get a real sense of the natural habitat and see its creatures and plants up close. Heading into the bush on foot is also a thrilling experience as we may encounter large animals at any moment!
The daily itinerary above serves as a guideline only. The day-to-day schedule changes according to various factors.
Today we say goodbye to Khwai Guest House and the unforgettable Okavango Delta. After breakfast we drive the three and a half hours back to Maun where this once-in-a-lifetime Khwai & Moremi Budget Lodge Safari comes to a close.
At the end of the safari you are transferred to the Maun airport for your onward flight.
This lovely guest house offers excellent-value-for-money in the Okavango Delta of Botswana. The guest house is surrounded by natural vegetation and features an open-sided lounge and dining area under canvas and permanent eaves. This spacious lapa has canvas side-panels that can be closed to create a cozy enclosed space sheltered from the elements. The dining area is equipped with tea and coffee making facilities and there is an open-air campfire for kicking back under starry African skies.
Accommodation is in six free-standing chalets with thatched roofs and en-suite bathrooms fitted with open-air showers. The chalets have been refurbished, creating peaceful and fresh interiors decorated in neutral tones and uplifting blues and whites. The furnishings are simple yet tasteful, incorporating wood, modern elements and comfortable beds - a refreshing change from the standard African themes of many a safari lodge. The main lapa space follows the same aesthetic with well-selected furniture, neutral colours, modern touches and natural materials.
This Khwai & Moremi Budget Okavango Lodge Safari is also available as a fly-in package that includes flights from Maun to Khwai, and back to Maun.
This tour does take children.
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