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Meno A Kwena

Kalahari Desert, Botswana

Silver price level

Mango Opinion

Just a couple of hours by road from Maun, Meno a Kwena serves primarily the budget safari market. While this is not a prime wildlife location, this camp, with is simple style, can be an interesting option for a couple of nights. Very good opportunties to intereact with San Buhsmen at Meno a Kwena.

The safari never stops at Meno a Kwena, a hidden gem of a camp perched on a rocky clifftop above the Boteti River in Botswana. With a glittering roster of activities, including day trips to the Makgadikgadi Pans, guided walks with the San bushmen, and wildlife-watching boat trips, there’s plenty to get your teeth into.

Meno a Kwena isn’t a hyper-luxurious camp – and that’s why we love it. We don’t have private butlers and air conditioning, but what we do have are 10 classic tents perched on a 100-foot high clifftop overlooking the river and offering some of the best ‘armchair’ game viewing we’ve ever seen. Each is classically-styled, with locally-woven fabrics mixed with colonial-style furniture. All have fully-equipped en-suite bathrooms, and there are two family units, both with inter-leading.

The canvas lounge and dining tents are piled high with books and trinkets, and decorated with old-world artefacts, and our piece de resistance – a sculpted crocodile! And it’s not there for no reason – Meno a Kwena literally translates as “teeth of the crocodile.” Keep an eye on the river below from just about comfy chair in the living area, or plunge into the Flintstone-esque rocky swimming pool, and watch the animals doing the same below you.