Meno a Kwena
A complete desert experience
- Nine tents
- Swimming pool
- Floating hide
- Dining tent and boma area
- Game drives
- Cultural walks with the Bushmen
- Sleep outs on the salt pans
- Boat safaris
- Day trips into Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans National Parks
Halfway between the Okavango Delta and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, family-run Meno a Kwena can be found perched on cliff overlooking the Boteti River to the expanses of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. The camp takes conservation and upliftment of the local community very seriously and they have several initiatives in place to help secure a future for Botswana’s wildlife and the ecosystems they live in.
Meno a Kwena boasts nine classical and comfortable canvas tents, all with en suite bathrooms, with verandahs overlooking the river which draws elephant and zebra from far around with some of the best game viewing right in front of the camp itself.
You can also watch the show unfold from the camp’s swimming pool, a great spot to relax before hearty meals in the dining tent or warmed by the fire. You can get even closer to action on the river in the camp’s unique floating hide.
Head out on game drives and boat safaris in search of white rhinos, hippos, giraffes, lions, leopards, hyenas, cheetahs, wild dogs, jackals, and more, while the dry season (May to November) sees Africa’s second-largest zebra migration make its way through. Meno a Kwena also maintains a strong relationship with a clan of San Bushmen who can be joined on fascinating cultural and walking experiences in their wilderness, and, for a truly unforgettable night, sleep out on the pans under an ending blanket of stars.
Supporting the community
Through its sustainable tourism practices, the camp maximises the long-term benefits of eco-tourism for the people of Botswana, including the Bushmen. Some of the ways Meno a Kwena contributes to Botswana’s economy and future include donating money, supplies and logistical support to the local school in Mareomotoa, as well as to a chess programme initiated by one of the guides for the children in the village. They also hire locally, providing livelihood and training opportunities for those from the nearby areas.
The camp operates almost entirely on solar power and is one of Botswana’s lowest impact tourism ventures. Food is sourced locally. Everything that can be recycled is recycled, and everything that can be sourced from natural energy is.
All of the 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.