Still searching for the ultimate camp experience? Then get your little spot of heaven at the Khwai Development Camp in Botswana! It’s as wild as it gets.
There’s nothing! No fencing, no camp facilities and no entry gates! Only freedom to enjoy true wildlife and wilderness. Lions walking through your campsite at night, hippos grazing next to your tents and Hyena’s indulging your left over braai. Buckle up. This campsite is adventurous!
Your 10 most untamed camping tips when going to Khwai
01 | Know how to get there
The Khwai Community Campsites are just out side the Moremi Park, North Gate, roughly 140km from Maun.
02 | Book in advanced
Although these campsites have absolutely no facilities, the few campsites provided are mostly always booked out. Make sure to book and pay for your campsite in advanced with the Khwai Development Trust in Maun to reserve a campsite.
Khwai Development Trust
(outside North Gate)
Tel: +267 680 1211
Tel: +267 686 2362
Fax: +267 680 01210
03 | Campsites
Upon arriving at the Khwai Community Campsite you’ll notice there isn’t much. There are no toilets, showers or running water facilities. But this is what makes this campsite so unique and special. The campsites are completely open to the wilderness and are only marked with a small numbered board. Make sure to bring you own shower and toilet gear! When leaving, make sure your camping site is clean and that you not leaving any rubbish behind!
04 | Camp site safety
Remember your are completely out in the wild. There are no fences around you. Always be aware where you go and pay attention within your surroundings!
05 | Malaria
Since the campsites are next to the Khwai River, there will most defiantly be mosquito’s. Malaria is a health concern when visiting Botswana, specifically the Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta. Make sure to always spray yourself with Mosquito spray and cover yourself up by wearing long sleeves, especially during sun set time. Another option is getting a malaria vaccine form your doctor before going on your Botswana trip.
06 | Drinking & shower water
As with most parts of Africa, tap water in urban areas may cause upset stomachs. Stick to drinking your bottled water. Make sure you bring enough drinking water supply for your trip. Also don’t forget to bring your own gerry can of water for showering, washing the dishes and to freshen up. There are no water facilities at the campsites- yet.
07 | Lock up and go
Remember you are in the wildness. The animals love the smell of last nights braaivleis (BBQ meat)! Make sure to pack and store away everything including your dishes, cutlery, coolbox, rubbish bin and anything yummy for the animals to tear apart and feed on when you leave the campsite for a game drive. Make sure your tents and camping gear is probably secured. Expect strong winds and showers during rainy season.
08 | Enjoy the wildlife at your campsite
You could spend the afternoon relaxing at your campsite and you will still see a lot of wild life. The elephants come to drink the water right in front of you in the river and hippos play in their pools. We even saw a lion under a tree snoozing, while sitting in our camping chairs. No need to spend hours driving around if the true bush experience is right in front of you.
09 | Ultimate sun downer drive
Grab your coolbox and go on a sun downer self drive. Stop where ever you like and enjoy the sun setting with an ice cold Savanna Cider. Wait for the sun to set. This is the happy hour. The animals become alive and the adventure is only about to start. Drive back to your campsite in the dark. You’ll be amazed how many animals you see at night, which you hardly ever see throughout the day.
10 | Night time play time
Number one essential you are not allowed to forget when going camping in Botswana is your Spot light/ head lamp. You’ll be surprised what’s waiting for you in the dark. Once complete darkness has set in and you are sitting around your camp fire swing around and scan your surroundings with your spot light. You’ll see eyes staring at you from all directions and much much more…
This video will take you back in time, where the camera equipment wasn’t on a 4K level yet. But the memories and the adventures remain! View our video highlights of our Botswana trip with friends back in 2013 below.
Botswana Trip 2013
Have you ever been to Khwai? What was your camping experience like? We’d love to hear from you! If you have any questions regarding this post please comment below! Read our next Botswana blog post about camping at Xakanaxa.
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