Meno a Kwena Camp
Meno A Kwena Camp: Our View
Meno a Kwena Camp (Teeth of the Crocodile) is a luxury “Out Of Africa’ style Safari Camp tucked away between the iconic Okavango Delta and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, at the borders of the Makgadikgadi saltpan. Meno A Kwena camp has been a long standing favourite of ours and is not your "typical" safari camp. We love the relaxed and personal atmosphere of the camp! The tented rooms at Meno A Kwena are large and luxurious, overlooking the Boteti River – and often elephants too. Meno a Kwena also offers a Family Tent. This camp boasts regular visits by royalty, and is popular with international tourists. Meno A Kwena offers the “Bushman Experience” which is a short (in distance) bush walk with San families who demonstrate how they harvest plants and berries in the bush for medicinal and other uses, and even how they make fire from a couple of sticks. This is a unique experience and not to be missed! Other activities at Meno A Kwena Camp, such as boating on the Boteti River, guided walks and “sleep outs” on the saltpans (conditions apply) are also offered along with the game drives onto the Makgadikgadi National Park. Despite the luxurious rooms, Meno A Kwena Camp is quite rustic and doesn’t stand on ceremony. They cook much of their food in an open air kitchen near the dining area. One can sit in their pool, cool drink in hand gazing down and across the river, or even take a siesta in their eclectically furnished chill tent nearby. We recommend trying both! Or one can relax on their floating hide – no swimming in the river! The food and drink is super and the guides are excellent.
Meno A Kwena Camp: Our View
- 10 luxury rooms including Twin, King and Family rooms – with en suite bathrooms
- Family tent - 1 main bedroom attached to a kid’s bedroom, each with their own bathroom and an indoor shower
- Super food and service
- Game Drives and Bushman walks
- Excellent Guides
- Floating Hide on the Boteti River
- Motor boating (water levels permitting)
- Chill tent
- Swimming Pool
- Rustic “Out of Africa” setting
- Sleep-out on the Saltpans (from 01 May to 30 September and subject to weather. Only available with a minimum 3-night stay and must be pre-booked)
- Day trip to Nxai Pan (only from January to March)
Meno A Kwena Camp: The Details
We drove to Meno A Kwena Camp and it’s about two hours from Maun airport. The road is not good so one has to drive slowly. Our tented room overlooked the river, as do they all. Many elephants were frolicking in the river below. The large tented rooms at Meno A Kwena Camp have a lounge area in front and a good size en- suite bathroom. These "tents” are really superb and luxurious. The family tent offers a king size bed and 3 single beds, so there is loads of space for everyone. We wished we had been able to spend more time in the camp itself, but there was so much to do! The “Bushman Experience” was truly worthwhile. The San group that took us were enthusiastic and clearly enjoyed the interaction. Although this area is not particularly known for its game viewing we had many sightings once we crossed into the Makgadikgadi National Park. Our guide at Meno A Kwena was excellent – a fount of knowledge about the flora and fauna of the area.
It’s a long way from Meno a Kwena Camp to the closest good wildlife viewing area in the Makgadikgadi National Park. One either has to drive for hours over a bumpy, sandy track across the river, or drive along a tar road for an hour to get there. The area doesn’t in our view have the same concentration of wildlife as one might find in the Okavango Delta or Chobe National Park. The game viewing isn’t as accessible and visits to the Makgadikgadi Saltpans are done as overnight trips. The latter is highly suggested on a 3 night stay at the camp and is a really unique experience.