Khwai Private Reserve
The 200,000 hectare Khwai Private Reserve is a wildlife rich area located in the heart of Botswana, between Chobe National Park and the Moremi Game Reserve. Both the green and dry seasons in Khwai have their own charms, and we rather like both. When the rains fall from December to March, the area floods and you’ll find astonishing numbers of hippo, elephant and buffalo, accompanied by a rainbow-coloured array of water birds. The rains do however scatter the wildlife far and wide, and you may need to travel a little further on game drives during these months to spot the wildlife. As the grass grows, it’s slightly harder to spot predators, but fear not! This cover of grass means that the wildlife doesn’t see you coming, and the intimacy of the encounters is not to be sniffed at.
In Botswana, winter brings a scorching desert sun (lucky for some) and the seasonal waterholes evaporate, whilst smaller ones dry up completely. At Hyena Pan, the water remains, and animals flock to the last droplets of water, and there’s drama aplenty between predator and the unlucky prey. June, July and August are traditionally the best times for game viewing in Botswana, but don’t rule out September and October either. And regardless of when you go, we’d recommend at least three nights and two full days, to discover everything you need to.