Meno A Kwena
Boteti River, Kalahari, Botswana
Located on cliffs overlooking the Boteti River, Meno A Kwena is a unique camp which harks back to the authentic safari experience of the past. The traditional style is combined with modern facilities, as well as superb river views.
At a Glance
Day trip drive into Makgadikgadi and/or Nxai Pans National Parks with a picnic lunch
Located near three ecologically pristine wildlife sanctuaries
Relax around the natural plunge pool built of rock which overlooks the flowing Boteti River
Fascinating walks with the San bushmen, learning about their way of life
Spend an exciting night in a secret location in Magkadigkadi Salt Pans, and wake up to an incredible sunrise
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Meno a Kwena (Tooth of the Crocodile) sits above the Boteti River, which itself forms the boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. During the dry season, the waterholes of the river attract some 50,000 zebra each year - this is the second largest zebra migration in all of Africa.
Perched high on the riverbank of the Boteti River, the lounge area has an authentic feel, full of fascinating photographs and various intriguing objects from the African bush. A unique natural rock plunge pool is the perfect place in the dry season to observe the competition for water at the river's edge below.
A lot of emphasis is placed on the ‘theatre view’ from camp, so no matter where guests are they may watch the scenes play out below. Tents are protected by a thorny closure, yet still provide superb views of the wildlife enjoying the river below. If guests are keen for a closer view, a spacious floating hide offers uninterrupted views of the local wildlife, including hippo, elephant, giraffe, and many more.
The nine comfortable tents are traditionally decorated, reminiscent of the original safari experience. Alongside features such as outdoor bucket showers, which transport you back in time, each tent provides modern facilities such as flush toilets.
Excursions can be organized to incorporate three protected wildlife sanctuaries in the Kalahari – The Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans National Parks, and Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The location of the camp, puts it in a unique position to experience extensive and varied Kalahari safaris. One of the highlights is walking with the San Bushmen, who give a unique insight into their way of life, and provide an unforgettable safari experience.
Guests at Meno a Kwena are accommodated in nine Meru tents. Each tent has en-suite facilities, complete with flush toilet and outdoor bucket showers. The tents are hidden amongst natural vegetation for privacy but still boast views of the Boteti River where you can observe wildlife coming and going for a drink. The tents are all located within a thorny closure for safety.
Children are welcome to come and stay at the camp, however it must be noted that there are no specific childcare facilities available for them.
Camp cuisine is an authentic experience, cooked on open wood fires and in tin box ovens in the ground. Fresh baked bread from the coals of a hardwood fire is a perennial favorite. The camp has a small plunge pool for guest to enjoy between safaris.
Game drives can be arranged in open 4x4 vehicles into the three Kalahari wildlife sanctuaries – Makgadikgadi Pans and Nxai Pan National Parks, and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Guided walks with the San Bushmen are extremely rewarding, and a fascinating way to experience safari from a different perspective. Enjoy a sunset cruise along the Boteti gorge, or for the adventurous, a sleep out in Makgadikgadi Salt Pans for a truly unforgettable night.
Location & Directions
Boteti River, Kalahari, Botswana
Meno A Kwena Tented Camp is located above the banks of the Boteti River, which is one of the few drainage systems that carry the Okavango floodwater out of the delta in times of average and above average rainfall deep into the Kalahari. The Boteti Riverbed is the western boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park in North Central Botswana.
When to go
Botswana’s winter is May to October when the weather is hot during the day (not stiflingly hot) and cold at night. Botswana's summer months (November to April) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.