The winding Kwando river stretches for 80 kilometres in the impressive 232,000-hecatre Kwando Nature Reserve in the remote part of northern Botswana. To the north, the reserve is shaded by dense mopane and marula trees with patchworks of savannah dotting the landscape. In the south, the grasslands become the dominant feature with scatterings of palm trees breaking the otherwise flat horizon.
With only two camps in the entire reserve (one in the north and one in the south) visitors will be forgiven for thinking that they have this wilderness all to themselves. Wild dogs have been denning in the area for years with pups being born between May and July. Ancient migratory trails running throughout the reserve are frequented by elephants, zebra, and wildebeest. When the rains come, Kwando shows off its prolific birdlife as egrets, bee-eaters, and kingfishers swarm to the area.
Predators are well-tracked in the reserve. Lion, cheetah, leopard, and hyena all wander throughout Kwando in pursuit of impala, giraffe, and other potential meals. Off-roading will get safari-goers up close to animals while night drives may bring visitors across the elusive Selous mongoose, feline servals and caracals, or various owls living in the reserve. Game-viewing is at its best in the dry season but, although it recedes somewhat in the rainy season, it is by no means non-existent and visitors may find themselves treated to unique sights such as predators on the hunt.
- Kwando Reserve is renowned for its remote location and intimate safari experience with only two lodges on the reserve
- The endangered African wild dog inhabit dens near to Lagoon Camp
- The nocturnal game viewing in the reserve is superb
- An abundance of different predators call Kwando home
- The camps offer great activities for families