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Meno a Kwena

Kalahari & the Pans

Rating: Mid-range    Price from: £235 - £400 pp full board

Meno a Kwena overview

Meno A Kwena is a tented camp very mush in the style of a traditional safari camp. It was established and is still run by the wildlife documentary producer, and Kalahari and Okavango expert, David Dugmore. The camp overlooks the Boteti River, which began flowing in 2008 having been dry for several years. The pace of life at Meno A Kwena is relaxed, allowing guests to savour the vast African skies and the richness of wildlife in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Makgadikgadi and Nxai Saltpans.

During the dry season (June to October), the river provides the only source of water for much of Southern Africa's second largest zebra and wildebeest migration. At this time resident and migratory wildlife includes elephants, white rhinos, monkeys, giraffe, wild dogs, all drawn to the river to drink. In the summer months (November to June) there are large herds of zebra and wildebeest in the open plains and pans. Safari activities are designed for guests to get the best year round wildlife viewing opportunities. Guided walks with local Bushman are a speciality at Meno A Kwena and offer a different perspective on life in this remote area. 

Accommodation is in large comfortable safari tents on the riverbank, with a semi-attached bathrooms with flush toilet and bucket shower. Between activities guests relax around camp, take a dip in the natural rock pool and enjoy safari-style meals cooked over the campfire, on the barbecue and in the tin box oven. The central tent houses the lounge, dining area, bar and reference library.


Open: All year.  

Location: On the banks of the Boteti River, near the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans. The camp is about a 90 minute drive from Maun. The nearest airstrip is at Motopi, 17kms away.  

Rooms: This tented camp accommodates up to 16 guests in 8 en-suite rooms, 6 with twin and 2 with double beds. Bathrooms have safari (bucket) showers and flush toilets.  

Activities: Game viewing, day trips to Nxai Pan, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and Baines Baobabs. Nature walks with a Bushman guide is a highlight. There is a floating wildlife viewing hide within a short walk from the camp as well as a photographic hide. By special arrangement it is possible to visit meerkats, take a scenic flight over the pans, go star gazing and camp out in Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans National Parks and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.. 

Facilities: The camp has a beautifully decorated lounge and dining area. There is also a bar. The natural rock plunge pool overlooks the river. There are several outdoor seating areas and a campfire. The camp offers a laundry service.  

Dining: Meals are good safari fare, and guests usually eat together at one long table in the dining room. 

Children: Children aged 8 years and over are welcome. 

Health: This is a malarial area. 

Communication: There is no mobile 'phone reception. 

Camp website: www.menoakwena.com

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client reviews

George & Jaki Kennedy-Copeland (26/11/2014)

"A very different experience and they are excellent at what they do. The 'bucket shower' system was so much more than we had anticipated. Hot water was provided whenever we wanted it, and the shower area had a lovely view, complete with Zebras and Elephants. Particularly attentive and creative regarding Vegetarian and Lacto intolerance diets. We also enjoyed the Bushmen walk very much, the information and their sense of humour."

Cass (29/05/2013)
"This completely surpassed our expectations! It was romantic, beautiful, the staff and owners was lovely and the food was delicious. We were very well taken care of and the camp is simply stunning. A particular highlight is the \'looseum\' and the copper openair showers overlooking the river and zebra and elephants!"
Mrs Rebecca Bissell (11/05/2013)
"Great camp, our view over the Boteti river and seeing Zebra drinking in the morning was fantastic. Everyone was really friendly and we spent a fantastic day watching massive herds of Zebra from the floating hide - at times there were over 200 Zebra infront of us!! - AMAZING!"
Del & Jude Hitchcox (08/11/2012)
"Our one regret is that we only stayed 2 nights, could have happily stayed longer.
Allyson Burt (18/06/2012)
"The lodge had the atmosphere of a house party and everyone waswelcome. Comfortable tents and interesting en-suite facilities. The journey from Maun included a stop at a cordon sanitaire to disinfect our shoes because of a foot and mouth outbreak. A long drive to the National Park and not within easy reach of the salt pans. The walk with the San is recommended."

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