Meno A Kwena is a tented camp very much in the style of a traditional safari camp. The camp overlooks the Boteti River, which began flowing in 2008 having been dry for a number of 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 en-suite bathrooms that have flush toilets and both indoor and outdoor showers. 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: Meno A Kwena is 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 24 guests in 9 en-suite tents, 7 with twin queen beds and 2 with king-size double beds. Bathrooms have both indoor and outdoor 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 and when waterlevels allow, boat cruises are offered. An optional village visit can be arranged, a worthwhile activity. 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 cooked on an open fire, and guests usually eat together at one long table in the dining room.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Those with children aged 12 and under must book a private vehicle.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is no mobile 'phone reception.
"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."