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Okavango Khwai River Concession


... is located to the north-west of the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana.

This area is an unusual mix of private concessions and public access areas centred on the small but vital Khwai River at the north-eastern extreme of the Okavango Delta, backing onto the great arid bushlands of Chobe National Park.

The river itself usually flows into this otherwise arid area during the Jun/Oct dry season, potentially causing great clustering of wildlife and providing excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing, with an especially good reputation for for lions, leopards and elephants.

The main compromise to safari quality is the amount of vehicle traffic which flows along the central transit road, the presence of a substantial village and the volume of camps which share the private concession areas along the eastern river-front.

The camps here may not enjoy the same kind of pristine location as those further west, but nor do they command quite the same prices, so this area may be worth considering if you are looking to keep a lid on costs. Some of them are also unusually accommodating to children.

However there is always a risk each year that the river will fail to flow into this area. It has been quite reliable since around 2008, but before that there were regular dry years during which the wildlife viewing was very poor and visitors were obliged to drive further west to find animals.

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