- 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
It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.
It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.
Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!
My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
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!
Woan 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
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019