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Belmond Khwai River Lodge
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Key West, Florida
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74 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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“Perfection !”
Reviewed 18 June 2013

Our stay at the Khwai River Lodge could not have been better. The "tents" are roomy and extremely comfortable with spectacular views of the river and it's wildlife. The game drives are each an adventure of their own never knowing what you will see and NEVER being disappointed in what appears. Don't miss doing a "night game drive". The stars are beyond belief and the wildlife seen at night rivals everything viewed in daylight. Wonderful. And if you are there on a Wednesday evening, the traditional Boma barbeque dinner is a special treat with entertainment provided by the very talented staff. An added note: As a Type 1 diabetic, lodge staff were most understanding of my dietary requirements being sure at every meal there were selections compatible with my diet and always having boxed fruit juice and fresh fruit on hand (including on game drives) should I need it for treating hypoglycemia. A very special place operated by Charlotte and her team of knowledgeable, talented and hospitable personnel. They all make you feel like a member of the Khwai River Lodge family. Truly Wonderful. We will return.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kennewick, Washington
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

This place is terrific. Rooms, food, personnel, game-drives, guides...........all were wonderful. This placeand the people here was the highlight of our trip to Africa. Highly, highly recommended!! Be sure to take a good camera with a telephoto lens and a pair of binoculars. Only saw one mosquito in mid-May.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lady Lake, Florida
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Reviewed 18 May 2013

This place has ideal location, ideal facilities, wonderful guides, great tea time. Sitting on the front porch of my personal home away from home and watching about 15 elephants drink (including 3 babies) was a highlight. I highly recomment this place to everyone.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney
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Reviewed 24 April 2013

This camp was a great contrast to Eagle Island Camp and all game drives were conducted by jeep. From the moment of our welcome to our departure, the attitude and friendliness of the staff was proof of the culture instilled by Debbie the camp manager. She has a great team and treats staff and clients as part of her family. Service was above expectations in all areas.

Wi-fi is also a welcome addition and is available in all rooms. A nice swimming pool is great to cool off after game drives.

Ness was our very experienced guide, ably assisted by other guides via radio. As a result we enjoyed two close encounters with leopards. Since speaking to many people on tour, this was a rare privilege. We also saw lionesses on our 3 night stay. Nothing stops sundown drinks, demonstrated by the photo of Ness who managed to recover our drinks from the submerged jeep.

We understand there are plans to move the spa to Eagle Island Lodge, one of the other Orient Express lodges. This would be disappointing for guests as we enjoyed our massage after the long drives and believe that people who frequent luxury lodges have an expectation a spa is part of the experience.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 March 2013

We stayed at all 3 Orient Express Camps. They were all amazing. Khwai had so many animals for us to see. Hundreds of elephants, hippos, leopards, lions, birds, badger, monkeys, warthogs and more. They welcomed us with singing and fresh fruit drinks. The "tents" were amazing and beautiful.I can not say enough good about this place! The food was awesome. Our guide was amazing, taught us so much.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Lake Forest, California
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Reviewed 18 January 2013

Had to let everyone know this Lodge is a Diamond in the Ruff, we came upon it by accident, as driving in the middle of nowhere, along the Moremi Game Reserve and encounter one of the most beautiful cats in the World (Leopard) after waiting about 15 minutes for the Leopard to move off the road as he checked us out...... the next turn was PARADISE after camping for 4 nights we (I) was so ready for a hot shower and a nice fluffy bed...... From the Reception to the meals to the drinks the groups hospitality went far beyond my expectations.... Thank you again for another memory on my "Out of Africa" dream vacation over the holidays........ Ciao

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 November 2012

This was part of a trip which included the three Orient Express lodges in the order of Khwai River Lodge, Eagle Island Lodge and then Savute Elephant Lodge, staying three nights in each.

As the first lodge - this was just wow and wow again. Room was good, note no bath but decent shower. All rooms in the 3 lodges were similar. Johnson our guide was fab, and all the staff were really friendly and helpful. The food better than you might expected given the location and transport requirement. The laundry really is excellent - back same day service - out in the morning back that evening.

PS as two gay men there were no difficulties at all.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Belmond Khwai River Lodge
Address: | Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
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Region: Botswana > North-West District > Okavango Delta > Moremi Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 27 Speciality Lodging in Moremi Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Belmond Khwai River Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 15
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 
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