- 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
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