- Unique location
- Wonderfully authetic
- Privately owned and operated
- Cultural activities
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.
- Located beside vibrant wildlife
- Incredible views
- Friendly staff
- Superb safari experience
- Family Friendly
- Authentic cultural experience
- Stunning wilderness
- Habituated meerkats
Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again
Godfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023
We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil
Philip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023
It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve
Stephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023