Meno a Kwena ('teeth of the crocodile') is situated a short drive south-east from Maun on the edge of the Boteti River and the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. One may air charter to the Camp from Maun or any other Botswana lodge, or be transferred there by road from Maun, or self-drive to the lodge.
Meno A Kwena Tented Camp accommodation is in 9 fully serviced, well-appointed canvas tents. The tents are serviced with en-suite facilities, and are hidden amongst natural vegetation, with outstanding views down to the Boteti River. All tents have flush toilets and authentic safari showers, all enclosed by thorny branches for safety from wild animals.
The Meno a Kwena experience is all about the views and the wildlife. The camp incorporates a traditional safari theme and the main areas have been built to take full advantage of the most incredible view in Botswana. The style and attention to detail ensures that guests’ are transported back to another safari era. There is a main lounge and dining area, a natural rock plunge pool on the crest of the cliff, and the memorabilia of the safari bygone era take prominence wherever you look. The camp is solar powered.
Meno a Kwena Tented Camp ensures your safari experience is maximised by offering you trips into the Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans National Parks and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. All year round wildlife viewing includes the migratory water-dependant zebra and wildebeest herds concentrating along the Boteti River during the dry winter months (June to November), as determined by the rains and water availability in the saltpans. Some of Botswana’s most impressive wildlife concentrations occur along the river during the dry season. These include large herds of zebra and wildebeest (population – 20 to 30 000), antelope, elephant, white rhino, predators, giraffe, hippo, crocodile and many bird species as well as spectacularly contrasting habitats.
The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park covers a vast area from the Boteti River, through its interior of scrublands, palm belt and grasslands, to the extraordinary saltpans in the east. The interior of the park supports desert-adapted wildlife including oryx, springbok, ostrich, jackal and meerkats. During the summer months (November to June), the zebra and wildebeest form impressive herds in the open grass plains and pans. The saltpans are accessible during the dry months (June to October).
Nxai Pan National Park adjoins the northern boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to create a vast 12,000 square-kilometre protected ecosystem within the Kalahari. It takes an hour to get to the park from camp and so requires a day-trip with picnic lunch. Baines Baobabs is a group of seven Baobab trees painted by 1800s explorer and naturalist Thomas Baines. This grove of massive trees is a spectacular sight to behold against a backdrop of saltpan and endless horizons.
Meno a Kwena offers 'mobile' safari trips into the northern region of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, a fifty thousand km sq wildlife reserve just two hour’s drive from Meno A Kwena Tented Camp. A combination safari including the Boteti River and Central Kalahari is particularly productive during the summer season (December to May). A twenty five square metre floating vessel adds to the list of wildlife viewing opportunities at Meno a Kwena, situated within walking distance of the camp. The Bushman nature walking activity enhances the variety of wildlife safari experiences available to guests.
Meno a Kwena Seasons
Green Season: December, January, February and March.
Migration Season: November, April, May and June.
High and Dry Season: July, August, September and October