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Belmond Khwai River Lodge
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Andover, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“So many animals so little time”
Reviewed 22 October 2013

This is a marvelous place in the middle of Africa. Far more than I expected. Great rooms.
We were part of a Tauck Tour. Wonderful food. Best brie of the trip. The guides couldn't do enough for us. The singing when we arrived was a show stopper.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Simi Valley, California
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

An absolutely GREAT Orient Express Safari Lodge in Central Botswana. Super food, facilities & staff. Could not recommend it more highly. We stayed here as part of Jane Lee & Larry Winters, Town & Country Travel Group's 2013 trip.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Appleton WI
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

Our stay at the Khwai River Lodge was part of a Tauck tour. This is my idea of the perfect way to go tent camping in the wilderness. Each "room" is a separate tent-like structure facing the Khwai River. Each tent has a huge porch, spacious living area and attached bath suite. The tents have air conditioning for warmer weather, although the weather was mild enough that we didn't need it. The living area had a bed with mosquito netting, two lounge chairs, a writing desk, and a bench and coffee table. Behind the sleeping area was a large open closet with a safe, and the bath facilities. The porch was the perfect place to watch elephants, hippos and antelope close up. Star gazing was a treat here as there is almost no ground light. One night one of the staff members set up a telescope with great views of Venus and Saturn.
The staff here were very attentive and open to talking about life at the camp and that part of Africa. Our stay included morning and late afternoon game drives in specially designed jeeps. Everyone had an outside view and the three rows of seats were tiered so all had clear views out the front. This was the dry season, but the delta area has water all year round so game was plentiful. Our best sightings included two leopards, hyena pups, wild dogs and the usual elephants, lions (up really close!!), giraffes, crocodiles, and more. The jeeps are built to ford streams which is a bit scary at first but a really cool experience. The camp borders the Moremi Game Reserve so we were able to visit that area as well.
One memorable dinner was a barbecue under the stars with musical entertainment provided by the lodge staff. Afternoon tea was available and our wake-up calls included trays delivered to our tents with hot coffee, hot water for tea and shortbread cookies to hold us over until breakfast.
The lodge has a small gift shop featuring art and crafts made by local artists. Credit cards and American dollars were accepted. This is also a good place to have laundry done.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brussels, Belgium
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106 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2013 via mobile

Like in a picture perfect postcard, you can view elephants, hippos and other magnificent wildlife from your luxurious and comfortable lodges. Very personable and efficient service and knowledgeable guides make this spot fantastic for safari yours but also for some relaxing moments. Only things should be addressed by management are the food that is too basic for a luxury resort as well as the gym and SPA. Still, a great place.

Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Houston, Texas
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2013

Khwai river is the friendliest camp I have ever been, it is also so well run. The people who work there are so nice, the make you feel at home. The hotel has great decor in keeping with the african theme. The bar and dining room very comfortable. They even have a small spa. The rooms are semi tented rooms on stils. And they are so comfortable and and each one seems a world away from the rest. The view is beautiful and the noises of the animals wonderful.
The staff makes and sells in the gift shop the most incredible baskets in the world!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Leicester, England, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2013

From the moment we arrived it surpassed all of our expectations. The team led by Juan, Alzaane and Tsebo, were faultless and impeccable, the warmth of their welcome continued throughout the stay. The accommodation was pure luxury with every attention to detail. The game drives were truly exceptional all down to the fantastic skills of our guide Rock. The best lodge you can find in Botswana, the location, the staff and the game all added up to sheer perfection.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level 6 Contributor
250 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2013

enjoyed my stay here! the staff are friendly especial Tsebo. food is lovely and the surrounding is fantastic - elephants are practically hanging out at our balconies. Love the night campfire which is perfect for stargazing. The game drive are superb with excellently maintained vehicles. I especially enjoyed Sello, my guide. His knowledge is impeccable and he is also extremely witty.

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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 #9 of 29 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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