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Introduction To Kwando Reserve

Kwando Reserve covers 573000 acres (232000 hectares) of open wilderness. It boasts of the Lagoon area in the north and Lebala in the south based on the location and names of its two camps. The reserve has its 80 kilometre (50 miles) Kwando River alongside that starts from the Cuando in Angola meandering into Kwando from Namibia, Linyanti, Chobe rivers in Botswana, and finally joining the mighty Zambezi in Zambia and Zimbabwe leading to the thundering world famous Victoria Falls. The reserve has an extensive network of migratory trails allowing wildlife to traverse between Selinda, Linyanti, Chobe and the wilds of Namibia. The Lebala area, south of the Kwando and adjacent to the Linyanti marshes forms the boundary between Namibia and Botswana. In Tswana, Lebala means wide open spaces. The terrain is predominantly flat and is sprinkled with palms and dotted with islands of trees that exude the genuine beauty of nature. Lebala offers a majestic view of the maze of waterways, islands, floodplains, scrubs, trees and bushes that are spectacular for your Botswana safari in Kwando. The Lagoon area is located on the northern end of Kwando Reserve close to Kwando river banks providing a magnificent view across Mudumu National Park at the Caprivi Strip of Namibia.

Flora & Fauna Experiences Of Kwando Reserve

This African safari destination is similar to the ecosystem of Linyanti reserve. In its true essence, Kwando is an extension of Linyanti ecosystem on the north western side of the interconnecting rivers. The northern Lagoon part is densely forested with a variety of trees such as the baobab, sausage trees, lead woods, jackal berry and knob thorns. The Lebala area on the southern end of Kwando Reserve offers an excellent African safari photographic opportunities with its maze of grasslands, bush lands and islands of trees of sage, marula, baobabs, palms, camel thorns and acacia scattered all over the area. Towards the south, the landscape becomes more open giving one a feeling of game viewing autonomy as it nears the Selinda Reserve.

This wildlife Botswana safari area offers sanctuary to zebra, red lechwe, impala, baboon, monkey, tsessebe, giraffe, roan and sable antelope, steenbok, kudu, warthog, lion, hyena, wild dog, leopard and many more. The hippos and crocodiles are residents of the Kwando River and the Linyanti marshes. Kwando during its migratory months is an African safari haven for zebra, buffalo and wildebeest that are dwellers of the reserve from June to November supplemented by elephants during the same dry winter season. The heavenly birdlife Kwando safari boasts of egrets and herons that are common dwellers to include bee-eaters, diverse eagles, kingfishers etc.

When To Visit Kwando Reserve For Your African Safari In Botswana

Botswana safari experiences vary at Kwando depending on your preferences; it could be the greens during the wet summer, calming river, birdlife of the region you want to experience or simply the big game drives you prefer that Kwando Reseve is eminent for. November to April brings in the rainy days of the wet summer season. During this time, the landscape of your Kwando safari renews life with the multiplicity of flora covering the plains of Lebala to the thickets of Lagoon. The dry winter season in this African safari region in Botswana starts from May to October boasting a staggering number and dense concentration of the game – both resident and migratory during this time of year. October and November are the hottest months but even in dry months, the water in the lagoons, marshes and the Kwando River are abundant attracting elephants and other wildlife to quench its thirst or simply a bath to cool off.

Kwando Reserve Activities During Your Safari In Botswana

African safaris at Kwando Reserve are best known for game drives with seasonal walks. Both day and night game drive safaris are offers at Kwando Reserve. This ensures visitors to witness the slow transformation of the bright light of the day to that of the mysterious, soft colour of the African sunset. This is primarily coupled with viewing of a variety of wild animals including nocturnal such as civet, genet, serval, aardwolf, porcupine etc. Walking in Africa’s wilderness is one of the best options to have a truly life changing experience with nature as you explore the extensive maze of paths and observe the evolutionary plants, insects, tracks, droppings, fauna normally not experienced while game driving. Smell, touch, observe and sounds are key walking elements of a successful Kwando safari in Botswana. Evening boat cruises and seasonal fishing are only offered at the northern Lagoon Camp within Kwando Reserve. Boat cruises at Lagoon during your Africa safari is perfect for relaxation as you sit back and watch your surroundings with ease while the banks of rivers invites wildlife for a drink or a bath. This offers an alternate and unique experience to walking and game driving. Visitors who enjoy leisurely fishing can throw a line in the Kwando River waters while the boat cruises peaceful and gently along. Note due to government restriction, fishing is restricted in January and February.

Kwando Camp & Lodge Accommodations In Botswana

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