Meno a Kwena

Family Friendly with a View

The safari never stops at Meno a Kwena, 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 you. From their lofty position, the nine tents look down on a menagerie of animals at the water below, from herds of majestic elephant, to dazzles of nomadic zebra – all you need to do is sit back, and take it all in.

At just 90 minutes by road from Maun, Meno 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. And actually, the real treat at Meno 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.

Per Person From

$445USD*

* Based on current exchange rates

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Why Book this Camp?

  • Meno sits in an awesome location on the Boteti River overlooking the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park – a completely contrasting location, wildlife and habitat to the green and juicy Okavango Delta regions.
  • Watch the wildlife at the river below from the comfort of your private veranda; that’s what we like to call an ‘armchair safari.’
  • The zebra migration is resident here for much of the year. In the dry season there is no other water around and the Boteti River becomes a magnet for wildlife.
  • Learn a little about the traditional Botswana way of life with a visit to the local village.
  • Enjoy a wide range of thrilling (and unusual) activities.
  • The camp is great value for money and an excellent choice for families – there’s a natural swimming pool, and plenty of nooks and crannies for kids to explore and watch the action at the river below.

At-a-Glance

Accommodation & Amenities

  • 10 tents: 7 twins, 2 kings, 1 family (with 1 King-size bed and 3 single beds)
  • Ensuite bathrooms with indoor showers & outdoor showers
  • Swimming pool
  • Wifi available: No
  • Hairdryers: No
  • Battery charging facilities: in the mess tent & in room
  • Complimentary laundry service
  • Child policy: we welcome all ages
  • Disabled access: please enquire with reservations

What’s included?

  • All meals and local drinks; activities (NB some activities at an extra surcharge)

What’s not included?

  • Flights; premium brand beverages; tips & gratuities; insurance

Camp dates

Meno a Kwena is open all year round

Green season: 10th January to 31st March

Shoulder season: 1st April to 14th June; 1st November 9th January

High season: 15th June to 31st July; 1st September to 31st October

Peak season: 1st – 31st August

Activities

  • Venture out on game drives in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, complete with bush picnics and chilled drinks.
  • Enjoy cultural safaris and walks with the ancient Bushmen.
  • Cruise along the Boteti River by boat (water levels permitting)
  • Sleep-out under the stars in the heart of the Makgadikgadi Pans.
  • View the wildlife at the river at eye-level from the floating game-viewing hide.

Location

Conservation and upliftment of the local community are things we take extremely seriously. At Meno a Kwena, we give money, supplies and logistical support to the local school in Mareomotoa, and to a chess programme initiated by one of our guides for the children of the village. The camp operates almost entirely on solar power and is one of Botswana’s lowest impact tourism ventures. We hire locally, providing  livelihood and training opportunities for those from the nearby areas, and we also like to source our food supplies locally. Everything that can be recycled is recycled, and everything that can be sourced from natural energy is.

All of our camps surrounding the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park support the Makgadikgadi-Nxai Pans Conservation Initiative, a project aimed at creating optimal conditions for the mammal migration through the area. What is believed to have been Africa’s greatest large mammal migration used to occur here and, over the last decade, we’ve seen its gradual return. But since the migration last occurred (pre-1960), the landscape has changed considerably. This has led to land use incompatibilities primarily due to livestock and fencing, and the safe passage of the migration is not guaranteed. The Makgadikgadi-Nxai Pans Conservation Initiative therefore aims to address human-wildlife conflict around the park through community-informed land use planning and the introduction of sustainable economic incentives for wildlife-friendly land use practices.

When To Go

Meno a Kwena 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 the 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. In fact, the entire area is transformed into a Garden of Eden that has to be seen to be believed.

Logistics

The closest town to Meno a Kwena is the safari town of Maun, to which there are direct flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg. We suggest you fly to Johannesburg on an international carrier of your choice and then on to Maun. Meno is easily accessed by road from Maun Airport, taking about 90 minutes on a good, tarred road (the last five kilometres on a gravel road). Our transfers to camp depart from Maun Airport between 14h00 and 15h00 to allow for any regional flight delays.

Alternatively, Meno can also be accessed by air. The closest airstrip is Motopi, a 30 minute drive from camp, and there are daily flights from Maun and Tsigaro (Jack’s Camp), based on a minimum of two people travelling. Please contact us for seat rates.

Camp Story

Meno a Kwena is a place that’s steeped in history. This was the camp used by legendary explorers and crocodile hunters, back in the days when there were no vehicle trails across the Kalahari. Over the years, it’s been carefully refurbished, but the old-world charm and rustic quirkiness is as present as ever. You’ll find a roof fashioned from an old parachute, a lounge jam-packed with knick-knacks and trinkets from decades of travel, and an enormous crocodile skull to name but a few! This is a camp with heart, soul and a real flavour of Botswana.

In 2012, researchers discovered Botswana’s zebra migration. At Meno a Kwena, we’ve known about it for decades, and the arrival of the tens of thousands of zebra in a dazzle of black and white stripes is one of the (many) highlights of our year. The position of the camp, perched atop a cliff overlooking the Boteti, is quite simply the best spot in the area for migration viewing, and the sightings are astonishing. Spend your days lounging on the day bed or trailing a toe in the swimming pool whilst the action happens below. At night, retreat to the dining table for a feast of flavour, accompanied by flickering lanterns and stories of old…

Why Book this Camp?

  • Meno sits in an awesome location on the Boteti River overlooking the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park – a completely contrasting location, wildlife and habitat to the green and juicy Okavango Delta regions.
  • Watch the wildlife at the river below from the comfort of your private veranda; that’s what we like to call an ‘armchair safari.’
  • The zebra migration is resident here for much of the year. In the dry season there is no other water around and the Boteti River becomes a magnet for wildlife.
  • Learn a little about the traditional Botswana way of life with a visit to the local village.
  • Enjoy a wide range of thrilling (and unusual) activities.
  • The camp is great value for money and an excellent choice for families – there’s a natural swimming pool, and plenty of nooks and crannies for kids to explore and watch the action at the river below.

At-a-Glance

Accommodation & Amenities

  • 10 tents: 7 twins, 2 kings, 1 family (with 1 King-size bed and 3 single beds)
  • Ensuite bathrooms with indoor showers & outdoor showers
  • Swimming pool
  • Wifi available: No
  • Hairdryers: No
  • Battery charging facilities: in the mess tent & in room
  • Complimentary laundry service
  • Child policy: we welcome all ages
  • Disabled access: please enquire with reservations

What’s included?

  • All meals and local drinks; activities (NB some activities at an extra surcharge)

What’s not included?

  • Flights; premium brand beverages; tips & gratuities; insurance

Camp dates

Meno a Kwena is open all year round

Green season: 10th January to 31st March

Shoulder season: 1st April to 14th June; 1st November 9th January

High season: 15th June to 31st July; 1st September to 31st October

Peak season: 1st – 31st August

Activities

  • Venture out on game drives in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, complete with bush picnics and chilled drinks.
  • Enjoy cultural safaris and walks with the ancient Bushmen.
  • Cruise along the Boteti River by boat (water levels permitting)
  • Sleep-out under the stars in the heart of the Makgadikgadi Pans.
  • View the wildlife at the river at eye-level from the floating game-viewing hide.

Conservation

Conservation and upliftment of the local community are things we take extremely seriously. At Meno a Kwena, we give money, supplies and logistical support to the local school in Mareomotoa, and to a chess programme initiated by one of our guides for the children of the village. The camp operates almost entirely on solar power and is one of Botswana’s lowest impact tourism ventures. We hire locally, providing  livelihood and training opportunities for those from the nearby areas, and we also like to source our food supplies locally. Everything that can be recycled is recycled, and everything that can be sourced from natural energy is.

All of our camps surrounding the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park support the Makgadikgadi-Nxai Pans Conservation Initiative, a project aimed at creating optimal conditions for the mammal migration through the area. What is believed to have been Africa’s greatest large mammal migration used to occur here and, over the last decade, we’ve seen its gradual return. But since the migration last occurred (pre-1960), the landscape has changed considerably. This has led to land use incompatibilities primarily due to livestock and fencing, and the safe passage of the migration is not guaranteed. The Makgadikgadi-Nxai Pans Conservation Initiative therefore aims to address human-wildlife conflict around the park through community-informed land use planning and the introduction of sustainable economic incentives for wildlife-friendly land use practices.

When To Go

Meno a Kwena 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 the 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. In fact, the entire area is transformed into a Garden of Eden that has to be seen to be believed.

Logistics

The closest town to Meno a Kwena is the safari town of Maun, to which there are direct flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg. We suggest you fly to Johannesburg on an international carrier of your choice and then on to Maun. Meno is easily accessed by road from Maun Airport, taking about 90 minutes on a good, tarred road (the last five kilometres on a gravel road). Our transfers to camp depart from Maun Airport between 14h00 and 15h00 to allow for any regional flight delays.

Alternatively, Meno can also be accessed by air. The closest airstrip is Motopi, a 30 minute drive from camp, and there are daily flights from Maun and Tsigaro (Jack’s Camp), based on a minimum of two people travelling. Please contact us for seat rates.

Camp Story

Meno a Kwena is a place that’s steeped in history. This was the camp used by legendary explorers and crocodile hunters, back in the days when there were no vehicle trails across the Kalahari. Over the years, it’s been carefully refurbished, but the old-world charm and rustic quirkiness is as present as ever. You’ll find a roof fashioned from an old parachute, a lounge jam-packed with knick-knacks and trinkets from decades of travel, and an enormous crocodile skull to name but a few! This is a camp with heart, soul and a real flavour of Botswana.

In 2012, researchers discovered Botswana’s zebra migration. At Meno a Kwena, we’ve known about it for decades, and the arrival of the tens of thousands of zebra in a dazzle of black and white stripes is one of the (many) highlights of our year. The position of the camp, perched atop a cliff overlooking the Boteti, is quite simply the best spot in the area for migration viewing, and the sightings are astonishing. Spend your days lounging on the day bed or trailing a toe in the swimming pool whilst the action happens below. At night, retreat to the dining table for a feast of flavour, accompanied by flickering lanterns and stories of old…

Accommodations

Meno a Kwena isn’t a hyper-luxurious camp – and that’s why we love it. We may not have private butlers and air conditioning, but what we do have is nine, 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 new family units, both with inter-leading tents, perfect for the kids.

The canvas lounge and dining tents are piled high with books and trinkets, and decorated with old-world artefacts, and our piece de resistance – a sculpted crocodile! And it’s not there for no reason – Meno a Kwena literally translates as “teeth of the crocodile.” Keep an eye on the river below from just about comfy chair in the living area, or plunge into the Flintstone-esque rocky swimming pool, and watch the animals doing the same below you.

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Explore Meno a Kwena

Wildlife

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).

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 antelope with comical twisted horns, and 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 complete 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. Wow.

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The Landscape

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.

 

 

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