The Manuchira Channel is known as the Khwai River at its eastern most extremity. The day’s journey follows this water course, with the track weaving from
the riverside and floodplains into the mopane veld and the woodlands that make Khwai one of the most scenic areas of the Okavango. Pass the magnificent
Dombo Hippo Pools in the morning stopping to enjoy the scenery and the antics of the resident hippo.
The western mopane veld is home to mostly breeding herds of elephant whilst the eastern reaches of Khwai is home to some impressive old bulls. The
mature bulls revel in the cool waters of the Khwai and are far more approachable while drinking and bathing than the breeding herds. The river
has an unusually high density of hippo as well as some huge crocodile. Leopard, cheetah, serval and lion are common predators along this route
and both Xakanaxa as well as Khwai are included in the home ranges of 2 different packs of wild dog. General game includes southern giraffe, Burchell’s
zebra, tessebe and red lechwe with roan and sable antelope being less common residents.