Meno a Kwena Camp
Meno a Kwena – “Tooth of the Crocodile” Meno A Kwena Camp offers a traditionally classic tented camp experience where each of our six tents is ideally situated to take in the breathtaking view over the dry riverbed and Makgadikgadi National Park and overlooks the watering hole where wildlife come to drink.
Meno A Kwena is the name given to a deep stretch of the Boteti River once inhabited by hippos and crocodiles in a garden of water lillies. Translated from Setswana, Meno A Kwena means ‘Tooth of the Crocodile’.
The view from the entire camp high up on white calcrete and silcrete cliffs forms the centrepiece of the Meno A Kwena experience. Overlooking the dry riverbed of the Boteti, which stopped flowing over a decade ago, a waterhole has been maintained by the camp to sustain the myriad of animals and birds that come to drink there. Opposite camp on the other side of the dry Boteti River bed is the The Makgadikgadi National Park
The camp is owned and managed by David Dugmore, a legendary guide in the Kalahari and Okavango, who also produces and directs wildlife documentaries. The fact that the camp Cook wears a ‘tablard’ from Highgrove, home of Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry who spent a great deal of time in the Kalahari, gives away a well kept secret! The wildebeest and zebra migration concentrates along the Boteti during the dry season (May to November), small pools are the only surface water available to them. Resident and nomadic wildlife includes the big cat and small ones, impala, kudu, warthog, monkeys, jackal, and occasionally wild dog, elephant and giraffe. The bird life is excellent along the riverine woodlands of acacia, lead wood and terminalia
The main tent comprises the lounge area, library, bar and kitchen from where delicious traditional safari meals are prepared. Meals are cooked on the campfire by the chef, and prepared specially for the BBQ and ‘tin box oven’, adding to guests’ authentic safari experience.
Fully serviced accommodation is in mini meru walk-in tents. Comfortable twin or double bedrolls are made up with fresh cotton linen and traditional camping blankets. Fresh towels are provided for the duration of your stay.
Each tent has its own private bucket shower and loo. It is quite an experience standing under an open Kalahari sky filled with stars or alive with the traffic of riverine birds – depending on the time of day you choose to have your shower!
The camp is located inside Ngwato tribal land in the Central District, between the Moreomaoto and Khumaga Villages – on the Motopi to Rakops road.
The Camp has relatively easy access to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve , Makgadikgadi Pans National Park and Nxai Pans National Park; all are within two hours drive from Meno A Kwena.
Nature walks – all year round – are a fascinating feature that focuses on the signs and tracks of wildlife, the plants, birds and insects that play a important role in the lives and behaviour of the larger wildlife species. The guides are specialists at locating and explaining every detail and how they fit into the circle of life of nature.
Day safaris from camp – Licensed, experienced, and knowledgeable guides lead the safari car day trips into Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans National Parks all year round. An impressive packed picnic lunch and drinks are provided for these safaris.
Day trips are dependant on wildlife movements, influenced by the rains, and limited available surface water.
The cultural experience – all year round. The proximity of Meno A Kwena Tented Camp in a wildlife area close to tribal lands of rural Africans, living in villages and on farms, gives us the opportunity to involve guests in their traditions and culture. Time permitting and day to day community activities will determine what exactly we will do, this is not a contrived experience, rather the real live story as Alexander McCall Smith relates it in his series of books about “The Number One Ladies DetectiveAgency!.
Depending on the water that flows into the Boteti between Maun and camp we will offer canoe trips where farmers water their cattle and fishermen gather for the day!s catch
A recent addition to wildlife viewing at camp is in the form of a traditionally constructed hide built with reeds and thatch with shade netting screens.
The cliff hide brings guests overwhelmingly close to the wildlife in and on the shore of the river. Guests don!t just watch the elephants and other animals from the hide, they experience them as they drink, and the elephants swimming for hours and have mud and dust baths. The hide
experience is as exciting as any game drive and so is considered an activity well worth every second sitting quietly as the wildlife behaves naturally and unaware of this presence.
The Camp has relatively easy access to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve , Makgadikgadi Pans National Park and Nxai Pans National Park; all are within two hours drive from Meno A Kwena – and additional excursions can be arranged, with advance notice, to each of these locations.