Khwai is visited by wildlife lovers from all over the world because of its incredible species density and diversity. The presence of the Khwai River, particularly in the dry winter months attracts elephants and buffalo and, in their wake, lions and hyena. Water-adapted antelope like red lechwe, and water dependent species like waterbuck, impala, and warthog are common sights, as are kudu, leopard, zebra, and giraffe. Special sightings found in Khwai and Moremi are of African wild dogs, cheetah, sable and roan. Birdlife is equally spectacular and the drama that plays out between predator and prey is astonishing.
Northern Botswana is the population stronghold for buffalo, and Khwai is heaving under the weight of thousands. Elephants are an everyday occurrence, as are hippos, herds of red lechwe, waterbuck, zebra, and impala. Special additions in the area are sable and roan.
The density of prey species in Khwai means that predators follow in abundance. Lions and hyenas thrive, leopards are seen regularly, while crocodiles occupy every waterway. Most significantly, endangered African wild dogs and cheetahs add to the predator checklist in Khwai.
Khwai is a paradise for keen birders, and is home to up to 500 different species. The presence of water and the open grass plains adds to the diversity of habitats for birds, and particularly during the summer months, both Khwai and Moremi are buzzing with both migrant and resident bird species.
Low Season - November, December January to March
High temperatures are common during the summer months but when the first rains arrive in November (hopefully) the bushveld sighs with relief – the flush of new growth is welcome as the new generation of plains game are born. The migrant species of birds return, and the Delta comes alive with new life. The summer rains are predominantly localised afternoon thundershowers. Predators are still abundant, but the area is quieter in regard to traffic, affording more exclusive game viewing.
Mid-Season - April, May, June
The temperatures are pleasant, with warm days late 20’s (°C) and comfortable nights. The vegetation is drying out with the last of the rains. In June the temperatures start dropping particularly in the early morning and evenings. However, the Delta floods
towards the end of this season, bringing fresh water and reducing the areas to game drive on, concentrating the animal populations further and extending the mokoro trail opportunities.
High Season – July, August, September & October
July & August are the coolest months and often very cold at night and early mornings, with warm pleasant days. The waterholes dry up and the game congregates along the rivers and pans. In September the temperatures soar to mid to late 30’s. The Okavango floods at the beginning of the winter season, so there is plenty of slow flowing water around for the animals, the game movements are also restricted due to the island sizes decreasing with the rising water levels. With the high concentration of game as well as the Delta offering its beautiful flood season – this is truly the peak season of all safaris.
It is very important that you drink plenty of water especially during the warmer months. It is generally recommended that guests drink at least 2 to 3 litres of water per day. Many malaria prophylactics contribute to dehydration as do alcoholic drinks, so please make an effort to keep drinking water.
Malaria (Low Risk) – prophylactics recommended
Malaria is at its highest prevalence during the warmer and wetter months of November to April. The species of mosquito which carries malaria is only active at the times when you are usually sleeping or sitting around the campfire. The best prevention is to avoid being bitten – therefore a mosquito repellent is recommended. We also suggest that you wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants in the evening. In terms of medication to prevent Malaria – please consult your Doctor or local Travel Clinic for the most up to date information.
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Activities include game drives, night drives, walking safaris & mokoro trips.
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