Overview – Kwando
There are two fully inclusive, upmarket lodges run by Kwando Safaris in Kwando Concession (also Kwando Game Reserve), which is a vast and wild area. Lagoon Camp is located near the Kwando River, and Lebala Camp is near the Linyanti Marshes. Emphasis is on quality service and superb guiding. Activities include game drives, night drives, walking and boat safaris. There are plenty of animals around, especially in the Dry season. Four of the Big Five are present (rhino is absent).
Pros & Cons
- Excellent wildlife viewing with four of the Big Five easily spotted
- A good variety of habitats are seen, through access to the Kwando River and Linyanti marshes
- Off-road driving is permitted, which facilitates quality sightings
- Game drives, night drives, boat trips, walking safaris and fishing trips are available
- Very exclusive private reserve with great food and stunning lodges
- Excellent guiding
- Only expensive, all-inclusive packages available
The Kwando River and the Linyanti marshes attract big herds of animals in the Dry season, from June to December. Elephant, buffalo, zebra and wildebeest are prolific. There is a good variety of other herbivores including impala, red lechwe, giraffe, kudu and tsessebe. Lion, leopard and spotted hyena are common, but cheetah is rarely seen. Wild dogs are sometimes tracked down as well.
This big private reserve hosts a variety of habitats. Around the Kwando River is a riverine forest. Ebony and marula trees are just some of the impressive species dominating the scenery. Further south, near the Linyanti marshes, the scenery is dominated by vast plains, borassus palms, tree islands and patches of wooded savannah.
Weather & Climate
The Kwando Concession has a distinct Dry season (April to October). This is marked by a gradual drop in both rainfall and temperature until August, when both begin to climb again. The equally distinctive Wet season (November to March) does little at first except push down the dust, as intermittent rain begins to fall. But at the start of the year, when the storms arrive, it gives the landscape a good drenching.
Best Time to Visit
The second half of the year sees a number of herbivores spend extended periods at the park, drawn here in the Dry season (April to October) by the park’s reliable rivers and marshes. This is also when visitors are drawn to this and other parks in Botswana, so expect high-season prices. Birders will want to visit when migratory birds arrive with the rains.
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Emma is an award-winning travel writer for Rough Guides, National Geographic Traveller, Travel Africa magazine and The Independent.
Unforgettable riverside wilderness
Northern Botswana is one of the very best regions to see African wild dogs, and Kwando, a magnificent region of wetlands, forest and floodplains west of Chobe, is one of their key strongholds. Large herds of buffalo, giraffes, hippos,...
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Only visited once and did not stay over. Very secluded great wildlife and great vibe.