Covering roughly four thousand square kilometres, the Kwando Concessions are known, somewhat prosaically, as Kwando NG14 and Kwara NG20. This is an enormous area, making its landlord the second largest land owner in Botswana.
The more northern Kwando concession lies adjacent to the Kwando River, which forms the border with Namibia. There are on NG14 just two camps – both owned and operated by Kwando Safaris – which effectively means there can only be a maximum of thirty-six people on the concession at any one time.
Famous especially for its wild dog sightings, the Kwando guides actively track game, which is best seen during the drier months (June through to October) – when migratory animals join the resident population to concentrate along the river and local water sources.
As is true of all areas with a permanent supply of water, the game disperses into thicker cover when the rains return (November through to April), so, given the Kwando’s long river frontage (some eighty kilometres), the dry season will probably suit time-strapped travellers keen to see a high variety of wildlife.
The Kwara concession, known for the quality of it’s guides, and for a deep water channel linking it to the Moremi Game Reserve in the heart of the Okavango delta, is fantastic not only for its game, but also for fishing, walking and, during the peak flood months from June to September, for mokoring.
The channel itself offers a wonderfully adventurous alternative to flying to Moremi. Less to think about, and, depending on the location of camps, sometimes quicker, its something well worth squeezing onto the itinerary.