On the southern edge of the small NG19 concession, where hunting is illegal, are Tsaro Lodge, Khwai River Lodge and Machaba Camp. For the sake of continuity, I’ve described these in the North Gate section, in the chapter covering Moremi Wildlife Reserve.
The larger NG18 area, which stretches north to the Linyanti concession, east of Kwara and west of Chobe, is owned and managed by the small, local community of Khwai Village. Here the people have formed themselves into the Khwai Development Trust, and in 1999 they earned about P1.2million (US$240,000) by auctioning off their hunting quota to different hunting organisations.
The only time that I’ve been here is when driving on the ‘transit route’ between Moremi and the Linyanti and Selinda reserves. The interior of this concession appeared to be fairly monotonous mopane, but there were signs of game around.