Meno a Kwena

Stylish and very interesting, a unique view and access to the zebra migration

Makgadikgadi
2018
$445 - $840

 

Makgadikgadi - DRY Camp

Price Range (2018)

$445 - $840

Our Rating

Client Rating

Our Highlights

  • Uniquely styled camp on the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
  • Transfers to and from Maun included
  • On the flowing Boteti River
  • Floating hide
  • Salt Pans, Meerkats and Mobile Camping experiences optional

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Safari Lifestyles View

 

We think this is a fantastic retreat and a gem of an area to visit. Under new management and newly refurbished.

 

The camp overlooks the Boteti River and the Makgadikgadi National Park beyond, where they conduct your game drives etc... As stated, it is not the most opulent camp, and its not designed to be... but it has incredible charm and is a great place to relax. From the rock pool that overlooks the River, the floating hide on the River itself to the main living area with its eclectic bunch of African objects... we love this "old school" camp.

 

They are not in the Park itself and and in order to make up for this, they make every effort to provide you with some of the best and most interesting excursion Botswana has to offer, detailing the very best that the Makgdadikgadi normally hides away.

 

A great camp at a great price.....!!

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Camp Detail

Camp Style

 Dry Camp.

Location

Private area on the banks of the Boteti River

How do I get there

Road transfer from Maun

Lodge Type

Creatively styles lodge with classic Meru Tent accommodation

Whats Included

 

  • Accommodation
  • All Meals
  • All drinks
  • Laundry Service
  • Game Drives - Daytime

Whats Not Included

 

  • Travel to and from the lodge
  • Private Vehicles
  • Personal Expenses
  • Premium Imported Drinks
  • Tips

Child Policy

Children of all ages accepted with conditions

 

Up to 12 Years:   A private vehicle needs to be booked

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Wildlife

Land activities

Water activities

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Spa pampering

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Wildlife & Activities

 

Wildlife

 

Following a rain the pans become an important habitat for migrating animals including wildebeest and one of Africa's biggest zebra populations, and the large predators that prey on them. The wet season also brings migratory birds such as ducks, geese and great white pelicans.

 

The pan is home of one of only two breeding populations of greater flamingos in southern Africa, and only on the Soa pan, which is part of the Makgadikgadi pans.

 

Activities

DAY DRIVES

BOATING

WALKING

HIDES

BUSHMEN

The Camp

Camp Overview

 

Meno A Kwena Tented Camp accommodates up to 16 guests in eight fully serviced canvas tents. The company is owner-operated and so personal attention to detail is maintained with a lifetime background in African safaris and conservation.

 

The lodge is a unique safari camp incorporating a traditional safari theme with African culture in a wildlife environment that excites all emotions.  The camp is designed to take full advantage of the most incredible view in Botswana.  This may not be the most opulent safari camp in Botswana but the camp makes up for it with style, attention to detail and service.  They are extremely sensitive to guests’ safety and relaxation while sharing our enormous passion for wildlife.

Lodge Layout

 

The Lodge sits on the high sandy banks of the Boteti River which acts as a natural border to the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park on the other side. These is no fencing to the parke so the game roams freely right up to the edge of the camp. What is impressive about the camp is the styling, it is a simple place which harkens back to the day of the old Botswana adventurers and looks somewhat like an expedition camp that has been set up for the season. This is a lovely touch as it feels unique against most other camps and definitely fits firmly into the "safari chic" bracket.

 

The main area is one large marquee style tent that is pretty much totally open. it really is an open planned arrangement festooned with seating of all shapes and colours, mixed in with all sorts of furniture in the "campaign" style. There is a simple bar and a dining table to take in conversation over dinner. The dinning area is particularity lovely with its ornate bric-a-brac, old photographs on the walls and a parachute decoration for the ceiling area.

 

The whole arrangement feels like it sits on the sandy floor which adds to its expedition feel. To the outside and towards the river is a fire pit area and a plunge pool built out of rocks and natural materials. Further out and half way down the steep banks of the river is where you can find a secluded hide which offers fantastic and quite close views of zebra and elephant etc as they come down to drink.

 

A fairly new addition to the camp is a floating hide which reached by steps and short gangway.

Room Description

 

The same kind of African "chic" can be found in each tented accommodation, which although not large, are more than adequate and comfortable. Each serviced en suite accommodation tent, hidden amongst the natural vegetation for privacy, is situated in full view of the Boteti River where wildlife comes to drink from the dry Kalahari.

 

Reached via a short bush walk there are 6 twin bedded and two double bedded Meru Tents. To the front is a small veranda area where there is seating. Through zipped doors will take you to your bedroom with twin or double beds, a small bedside table, some lights and not much else, however, it is still beautifully finished in rustic manner.

 

The bathroom facilties are outside of the tents in a separate enclosed area surrounded by stone and wood. The showers are actually bucket showers as this is an eco friendly camp and running water isn’t available but is provided for you whenever you wish

Camp Environment

 

The main area of interest is the surrounding land and the Boteti River with the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park over the other side.

 

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 salt pans 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 salt pans are accessible during the dry months (June to October) when we travel deep into them for the spiritual experience of pure space.

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