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Khwai Skybeds
is located in the Okavango Khwai River area of the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana.

At 2100 square kilometres, the Khwai Concession is a relatively large private safari area, even by local standards. Situated to the northeast of the Okavango Delta and bordering Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park and the Linyanti Waterfront areas, the area is largely comprised of dry mopane woodland, with water frontage onto the Khwai River only on its southern boundary. Wildlife is generally focused on the better watered southern sector and the northern water holes during the May/Oct dry season, but disperses into the vast wooded hinterland during the converse Nov/Apr green season.

This very simple and rather unique camp is set 22km north of the river, around a very remote and usually very active waterhole. It consists of a rudimentary mess and camp-fire area only. Guest accommodation is in five very unusual skybeds, two storey platforms with bathrooms on the lower floor and a bed under the stars on the upper deck with views out over the waterhole.

The camp is not fully serviced, you arrive here with your guide and he does all the cooking and hosting. So in this way it is more of a bivouac experience, almost always done for one night at the end of a stay at the nearby Hyena Pan or in between stays at Sable Alley and Hyena Pan, all three being on this same concession.

The usual way to visit is to spend the afternoon vehicle safari heading into camp, overnight here and then spend the morning with a vehicle safari to your next location.

Rather encouragingly there is no phone signal and no wifi facilities, but there is a central charging facility for devices. Children of all ages are welcome although those 0-11 years are required to share with an adult or older sibling.

The main potential downsides are the considerable simplicity of the camp, the potential for relatively lower wildlife sightings in the dry mopane forest areas immediately around camp and the lack of walking safari options.


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