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Khwai River Lodge

The short 20-minute air transfer from Savute to Moremi Reserve is in another tiny plane and the ride is as exciting as a safari; one of you can even sit next to the pilot and have a go at taking the controls if they’re in a good mood! Moremi’s most luxurious spot is Khwai River Lodge, one of Botswana’s oldest lodges and still the chicest. You’ll feel instantly at home, as the accommodation is designed in a similarly romantic way to Savute: tented bedrooms with breathtaking savannah views, four-posters and polished wood desks. Couples should book the Real End Palm, which lies on the outside edge of the camp and has a plunge pool and outside copper tub for two, plus the benefits of candlelit dining on the outdoor deck, your own 4x4 vehicle and personal guide, and an in-room massage. The rest of the camp is charmingly memorable. The tents are named after trees and there’s a wooden bar and a camp fire that's great to sit around at night clutching an Amarula (a creamy liqueur made from the amarula nut, which grows throughout Africa). There's also the Naturally Wild spa and gym, though I’d recommend having a massage on your private deck. The surrounding scenery, which is very lush and green, is markedly different to Savute. Moremi has vast river floodplains, attracting a huge array of birds, and there are also hippos and crocodiles in abundance. Elephant, buffalo, cheetah, lion and leopard are also kings here, but herds of zebra, impala and wildebeest are magnificent too and much easier to spot, sometimes from your room! Arriving at the camp after the second drive of the day, well after the sun has set and the big cats begin to prowl, drinks at the bar are a welcome sight, followed by a huge dinner. The food here, as at Savute, is magnificent. Everything’s included, from your mouth-wateringly good breakfast to afternoon tea and cake and delicious three-course dinner. Each night, staff suddenly appear and announce the menu, which includes such exotic delicacies