Meno a Kwena (Makgadikgadi
FAMILY FRIENDLY WITH A VIEW
The safari never stops at Meno a Kwena, a hidden gem of a
camp perched on a rocky clifftop above the Boteti River in
Botswana. With a glittering roster of activities, including
day trips to the Makgadikgadi Pans, guided walks with the
San bushmen, and wildlife-watching boat trips, there’s
plenty to get your teeth into. But sometimes, the best game
viewing is where you least expect it, and at Meno, it’s
right in front you. From their lofty position, the nine
tents look down on a menagerie of animals at the water
below, from herds of majestic elephant, to dazzles of
nomadic zebra – all you need to do is sit back, and take it
At just 90 minutes by road from Maun, Meno is a good
option if you’re travelling as a group, or with little ones
(or even big ones!). The camp was originally used by
Southern Africa’s legendary explorers, and although we’ve
added a few little touches here, and some little quirks
there, it’s refreshingly and stylishly simple. And actually,
the real treat at Meno is the connection with nature; when
an elephant provides your alarm call in the morning, and you
can game view straight from your private veranda, nothing
else really matters.
Meno a Kwena is located on tribal land on the western
boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park (MPNP),
overlooking the exceptionally beautiful Boteti River. In the
desert, water means life and the Boteti is the only
permanent water source in the area, attracting a rich array
of resident game and a procession of migratory wanderers.
Meno sits almost exactly halfway between the unique Okavango
Delta region and the drier southern regions, and it’s this
excellent location that makes the camp truly special. Head
into the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, where baobabs
stand like sentinels above the shimmering expanses of
crusted salt, or discover Nxai Pan National Park, its
endless landscapes dotted with umbrella acacias and clumps
of mopane woodland.
Meno is easily accessed by road from Maun Airport, taking
about 90 minutes on a good tarred road.
WHY BOOK THIS CAMP?
- Meno sits in an awesome location on the Boteti River
overlooking the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park – a
completely contrasting location, wildlife and habitat to
the green and juicy Okavango Delta regions.
- Watch the wildlife at the river below from the
comfort of your private veranda; that’s what we like to
call an ‘armchair safari.’
- The zebra migration is resident here for much of the
year. In the dry season there is no other water around
and the Boteti River becomes a magnet for wildlife.
- Learn a little about the traditional Botswana way of
life with a visit to the local village.
- Enjoy a wide range of thrilling (and unusual)
- The camp is great value for money and an excellent
choice for families – there’s a natural swimming pool,
and plenty of nooks and crannies for kids to explore and
watch the action at the river below.
Meno a Kwena isn’t a hyper-luxurious camp – and that’s
why we love it. We may not have private butlers and air
conditioning, but what we do have is nine, classic tents,
perched on a 100-foot high clifftop overlooking the river,
and offering some of the best ‘armchair’ game viewing we’ve
ever seen. Each is classically-styled, with a few
eccentricities thrown in here and there; think locally-woven
fabrics mixed with colonial-style furniture, and simple
fittings brightened by snippets of colour. All have
fully-equipped ensuite bathrooms, and there are two new
family units, both with inter-leading tents, perfect for the
The canvas lounge and dining tents are piled high with
books and trinkets, and decorated with old-world artefacts,
and our piece de resistance – a sculpted crocodile! And it’s
not there for no reason – Meno a Kwena literally translates
as “teeth of the crocodile.” Keep an eye on the river below
from just about comfy chair in the living area, or plunge
into the Flintstone-esque rocky swimming pool, and watch the
animals doing the same below you.
Meno A Kwena is a unique safari camp incorporating a
traditional safari theme with African culture in a wildlife
environment that excites all emotions. The camp is designed
to take full advantage of the most incredible view in
Botswana. This may not be the most opulent safari camp in
Botswana but we make up for it with style, attention to
detail and service. We are extremely sensitive to our
guests’ safety and relaxation while sharing our enormous
passion for wildlife.
“Each serviced en suite accommodation tent, hidden
amongst the natural vegetation for privacy, is situated in
full view of the Boteti River where wildlife comes to drink
from the dry Kalahari.” The small camp has six twin and two
double tents, each with en suite flush toilets and authentic
safari showers, all within an enclosure of thorny branches
for safety from wandering wildlife.
If you were to go on a game drive around the Makgadikgadi
Pans and look for a picture-perfect picnic spot, then it
would be Meno’s exact location, perched above the river
bend, gazing down at the wildlife. But when you’re staying
at Meno a Kwena, game viewing isn’t just a snatched hour
over lunch; it’s all day, every day. Just sit back on the
veranda and watch the zebra and antelope from your cliff-top
position (G&T optional).
If you can drag your eyes away from the view, hop on a
game drive to find desert-adapted animals that can’t be
found elsewhere in Botswana. There’s antelope with comical
twisted horns, and remarkable desert elephant. The rumble of
hooves heralds the arrival of Africa’s second largest
migration. A stonking spectacle of 30,000 zebra and
wildebeest migrate across the Makgadikgadi Pans, alongside a
scattering of other hooved beasties.
As the pans dry from April onwards, the zebra complete
their journey at the river in an explosion of black and
white stripes, followed closely by the predators: lion with
their impressive black manes, leopard and cheetah using the
surrounding bushes as cover, packs of wild dog, and
mischievous jackal. Wow.
Accommodation Rates:- From $445
per person per night. Please contact us for a quote and