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Meno a Kwena

Meno a Kwena is by the Boteti River a short distance from the Makgadikgadi National Park.


Boteti River near the Makgadikgadi National Park

Accommodation Type

Tented safari camp

Accommodation Level

Mid-rangeOverall good quality. This is a wide category, but you can expect a comfortable stay.

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Meno a Kwena

Meno a Kwena is by the Boteti River a short distance from the Makgadikgadi National Park. The nine tents are arranged along the escarpment overlooking the river which attracts animals such as zebra, wildebeest, elephant, giraffe, antelope, a variety of predators and varied bird life. You can watch the ever-changing scenes from the privacy of your own room. Staying at Meno a Kwena feels like being on an adventure. It’s not luxury, but it’s really friendly, very comfy, and the position high on the rock bluff overlooking the river is hard to beat.

The safari-style tents are perfect for this remote location and blend in amongst the surrounding trees. Each has comfy beds, plus an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet, inside and outside showers and toiletries. There’s a veranda at the front, shaded from the sun.

You’ll dine in the mess tent, at a long communal table and surrounded by safari memorabilia. The atmosphere evokes that of safaris of the past. Outside, overlooking the river, there’s a lovely plunge pool created from natural rock formations.

You’ll have the chance to spend time exploring Makgadikgadi National Park (note, this is not the same as the salt pans, which are further away) by 4×4 vehicle in search of wildlife including oryx, springbok, ostrich and meerkats. This is not the best place in Botswana if your focus is just seeing as much wildlife as possible, but the wildlife can be good here, and it’s a more unusual spot to see it. You can take a whole day to see the salt pans of Makgadikgadi or Nxai Pans as well, enjoying a picnic lunch en-route.

An experience not to be missed whilst here is a safari walk with a Bushman group, a rare opportunity to gain an understanding of the Bushman way of life and their close relationship with nature and wildlife. There’s also a wildlife viewing hide a short walk from the camp on the banks of the river for some exciting, close up views of animals and birds and ideal for photography. For those spending 4 days or more at Meno a Kwena there will be chances to do a specialist meerkat safari, enjoy conservation safaris and take a scenic flight over the saltpans.

Meno a Kwena Highlights

  • Explore Makgadikgadi Pans National Park by jeep, boat and on foot
  • Sip a sundowner as you look down over the flowing Boteti River
  • Watch wildlife from the hide

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Meno a Kwena Location

Meno a Kwena

Meno a Kwena


  • 9 guest tents
  • Open all year
  • Children are welcome. Those travelling with children aged 12 and under will require a private vehicle


  • Shaded lounge with a small library
  • Shaded dining area
  • Small library
  • Bar
  • Natural rock plunge pool
  • Choice of outdoor seating areas, some covered
  • Camp fire
  • Laundry service


  • Game viewing by 4×4 vehicle in Makgadikgadi Pan National Park
  • Full day trips to Nxai Pan
  • Bushman walking safari
  • Visiting the floating viewing hide
  • Boat cruise on Boteti River
  • Excursions to the saltpans including a sleep out (June to October)
  • Trip to meet meerkats in the Pans (full day trip from about June to October)
  • Scenic saltpans flight

Tents are traditional Meru-style, with canvas walls and ceiling around a wooden frame, with sliding doors out onto the veranda, set amongst the shade of trees along the riverbank.


  • 9 guest tents, 7 twin and 2 doubles
  • En-suite facilities with flush toilet, indoor and outdoor showers
  • Private shaded veranda
  • All tents are river facing

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    Tuskwana the Elephant likes this because…

    Meno A Kwena falls under the Natural Selection umbrella. They are fully committed to wildlife conservation and pledged 1.5% of their turnover to conservation. Their current conservation project in the Makgadikgadi area aims to expand the mammal migration routes between northern Botswana, Makgadikgadi National Park and the Kalahari.

    And don’t forget … for every booking we take, Botswana Specialists (which is part of Tribes Travel) plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we also back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.

    You can click on Tuskwana to read more about our TRAVEL + PROTECT initiatives on our Tribes website, including ways you can help with our ongoing projects.


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