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Meno A Kwena Camp

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- Unique location
- Wonderfully authetic
- Privately owned and operated
- Cultural activities

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Overview

Meno a Kwena is a small, charming lodge on the Boteti River, in the Makgadikgadi Pans area of Central Botswana. This private camp is in an unusual position between the Okavango and large, open salt pans to the south east and offers a rustic, hands on safari experience.

A large, L-shaped marquee makes up the main guest area and houses pleasant dining and lounge areas, along with comfortable sofas, bar and a curio shop. Every room is filled with interesting ornaments, photos and artefacts giving the area heaps of personality. A plunge pool and campfire overlook the river and a floating hide is a perfect place to relax and set up your camera.

Activities here offer a balance of wildlife and cultural human interaction. The main focus is still on vehicle safaris and guests are transported to the far side of the river for twice daily game drives. During the dry season herds of zebra, wildebeest and elephants congregate here as well as the resident hippos and crocodiles. Depending on water levels, motorboat safaris are also available; a lovely evening activity. Cultural activities are hugely important to owner David Dugmore and hence Bushmen walks and village visits are highly recommended. Day long treks and overnight trips can also be organised with camp outs on the pans themselves being a particular highlight.

The accommodation is spread out along the river bank in the form of 8 canvas tents, housing 16 guests. Surrounded by shrubbery for privacy, each room is fairly basic but full of personality and traditional touches. All ensuite, with outdoor showers and great views of the river and visiting wildlife, the rooms are homely and comfortable.

There is the usual minimum age of 12 at Meno a Kwena, however children as young as 6 may be accepted when booking private activities.

An authentic camp that is privately owned and operated, Meno a Kwena is a true African experience. In a great location with a team of dedicated staff and guides, this camp has truly mastered the personal touch and offers a fantastically unique safari.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 508 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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