Meno a Kwena Camp

Meno a Kwena Camp is one of the premier safari camps in the Makgadikgadi Pans Region of Botswana.
The safari never stops at Meno a Kwena Camp, 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 of you.
From their lofty position, the ten tents look down on a menagerie of animals at the water below, from herds of majestic elephants to dazzles of nomadic zebra – all you need to do is sit back and take it all in.
At just under 2 hours by road from Maun, Meno a Kwena 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.
The real treat at Meno a Kwena 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.

 

Accommodation at Meno a Kwena Camp:

Meno a Kwena Camp isn’t a hyper-luxurious camp – and that’s why we love it.
We don’t have private butlers and air conditioning, but what we do have are 10 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 family units, both with inter-leading tents (one with three beds for children, one with 2 beds), perfect for the kids.
The canvas lounge and dining tents are piled high with books and trinkets, and decorated with old-world artifacts, and our piece de resistance – a sculpted crocodile!
And it’s not there for no reason – Meno a Kwena translates as “teeth of the crocodile.”
Keep an eye on the river below from just about any comfy chair in the living area, or plunge into the Flintstone-esque rocky swimming pool and watch the animals doing the same below you.

When to Visit Meno a Kwena Camp:

Meno a Kwena Camp is open all year round, and almost every month heralds a different highlight. During the dry season, from April to October, the Boteti River is the only source of water for miles around, and hundreds of animals, predators, and prey, assemble on the banks, making for truly remarkable game viewing – and you don’t even have to leave camp!
April is the culmination of Africa’s second-largest mammal migration and the wildebeest and zebra join the resident wildlife at the river in their masses.
In the Makgadikgadi, the lunar-like salt flats glint in the sunlight, and a haze shimmers above the ground.
This is the desert in its most iconic state and a jaw-droppingly magical sight.
As the clouds gather and the rains begin to fall in the wet season, the Makgadikgadi is transformed into a blanket of glittering, green grass.
The beasties of the migration begin their journey back to the salt pans lured by the promise of nutrients, and to breed in the fertile environment.
The entire area is transformed into a Garden of Eden that must be seen to be believed.

 

The Landscape at Meno a Kwena Camp:

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.

The Wildlife at Meno a Kwena Camp:

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).
Meno also has a great mix of bush birds in camp, waterbirds by the river, and desert species as you head on a drive.
The camp also has an abundance of owls including barred and Verreaux’s.
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 an antelope with comically twisted horns and a 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 completes 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.

 RATES

1 June 2024 to 30 June 2024 & 1 September 2024 to 31 October 2024 & 20 December 2024 to 9 January 2024.

From USD 896 to USD 995 per person sharing per night.

1 July 2024 to 31 August 2024.

From USD 1097 to USD 1155 per person sharing per night.  

1 November 2024 to 19 December 2024.

From USD 707 to USD 785 per person sharing per night.

The rate may vary depending on the number of nights you stay at the camp.

Single Rates on Request.

Rates Include:

Accommodation.

All Meals and Local Beverages.

Wi-Fi.

Laundry.

Daily Activities.

Airstrip Transfers.

VAT.

 

Rates Exclude:

Conservation Levy.

Premium and Imported Beverages.

Gratuities.

Travel Insurance – highly recommended. 

 

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Makgadikgadi Sald Pans, Botswana

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