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“Beautiful Location and Serene Surroundings” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Meno A Kwena Tented Camp

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Meno A Kwena Tented Camp
Private Bag 053 Maun Botswana, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana   |  
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Gaborone
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“Beautiful Location and Serene Surroundings”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

We stayed only one night at this camp and wished we could have stayed longer!! We were on a weekend yoga safari trip! The entire trip was quite amazing. The location and set-up of the camp is beautiful. We would highly recommend it as it was small, quaint and very well situated to observe wildlife. The camp also supports conservation safaris and has an arts program focusing on local sustainability. The tents are beautiful with your own "balcony" facing the river and the animals, outside toilets and showers. There is a plunge pool, and several relaxing areas to chill and just relax while animal watching. We would highly recommend the great staff team too!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Meno a Kwena was our first stop on a recent three week safari trip to Botswana. The camp site above the Boteti River is magnificent, offering tremendous views of wildlife coming down to drink. When we were there the zebras were there in large quantities, along with a few wildebeests and elephants. The views from the hide on the river were phenomenal. We did an all day game drive, which is long, but saw elephants, zebra, wildebeests, impalas, four lions, giraffes, hippos and tons of fascinating birds. Part of our group saw a rhino. We also did a boat ride on the river, again lots of birds, a croc, a wonderful kudu sighting, hippos, etc. The walk with the bushman family was quite fascinating, and a neat experience. Accommodations were very comfortable, hot morning coffee in the tent was a delight, and the outdoor shower a unique and enjoyable experience - but not at 6 am! The food was lovely, the staff warm and accommodating, fireside evenings enjoyable, guides very knowledgable and helpful. This is a relatively rustic place, but overall an extremely enjoyable stay. The owner was away when we were at Meno. However Toff and Kiddy Hill were the most warm, gracious and welcoming hosts, and we quickly became friends. The owner could not have selected better people to serve as hosts in his absence.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

We stayed here two nights at the end of our trip because we couldn't get a flight out of Maun sooner. It was the most expensive location and the one at which we had the least number of activities. Most lodges have a morning and an afternoon activity. Here we had one activity per day. One activity was meeting some bushmen, and that was quite fun. The second day we went on a wildlife safari. The guide was not an employee of the camp, but came down when they had visitors. As a result, he hadn't been "tracking" the animals and we didn't see a single predator the whole day. It was also a very, very long trip into the wildlife park. They don't mention that in their pamphlet. The view onto the river below with the zebra drinking is lovely and the staff was kind as well. The toilets are outside of the tent which is very intimidating when all the other camps warn you over and over again not to leave your tent at night. We had a spitting cobra outside our tent the first night (it was caught and driven some distance from the camp and let free), but that made the separate toilet a more worrisome venture at night. They also didn't supply mosquito nets - which seemed very inappropriate given their location. I must repeat, however, that they have a lovely, lovely location.
I nearly forgot until I got to the tip for the room. Initially we were given a tent with no view. Or with trees blocking the entire view. We were perplexed, since all but one other tent was unoccupied. Given the hefty price tag, I made my boyfriend insist on a change of tent. They told us that this wasn't possible because the other tents had not been prepared for guests (not that anyone had been staying there, but just they had chosen this one for us). We eventually had a view - which all but the one tent had - but it seemed incredible to me we had to argue to get that. It was really odd.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

We were lucky enough to find Meno A Kwena by recommendation of our safari operator, The Safari Source. We could not have found a better spot to start our journey. We had our wedding ceremony in the camp's floating hide with the participation of the San Bushmen. Truly amazing! David, Jeff, and every member of the staff made our special day absolutely magical. They single-handedly arranged the ceremony (right down to making my bouquet!). There was such care and effort put into everything they did. We could not have hoped for more. Our next few days were spent enjoying walks with the Bushmen, relaxing in the pool while watching wildlife come to drink at the river, and spending a night out in the salt pans. The camp's atmosphere is welcoming and comfortable. The accomodations are lovely and lend a feel of old Africa. We have traveled to many camps in Botswana of all accomodation levels. Without hesitation we would eagerly return to Meno and highly recommend it!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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milano
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

An amazing camp in a superb location overlooking the river Boteti whe hundreds of wild animals go to drink. You can drink a super aperitive while looking with all the confort at the African wildlife! It is a small camp as they can accomodate up to 16 people so it never fells overcroweded, a plus. The tents are beautifully decorated with local furniture, I felt in love with the bedsheets, a beautiful toil de jouy in green and brown in the midle of the savannah!!! The shower is a real experince as you have to order the hot water that after flows from a copper bucket, enough water for a shower and if you need extra water you just need to say so....the food and drinks are more than good being in the middle of nature. The guides and safaris are also super well organized, try to stay at least 4 days and spend one night in a mobile camp on the salt pans, very special....
We particularly appreciated that David, the owner, has develop a nature conservation project, it is so enjoyable to talk to him about Africa and its wild life, his family has been there since 1820!!
For sure a place to come back.....

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012 via mobile

i was blessed to spend a little over one month in botswana, i cannot even begin to boast of what i loved most about meno a kwena, the location is beyond the wildest of dreams and words such as stunning, incredible and absolutely amazing just dont come close to this spectacular place. the animals i saw most days whilst i sat nestled in the cozy viewing areas as well as my tent verandah which might i add was luxurious and beyond comfortable, included the many zebra, elephant, kudu, giraffe, wildebeest, vervet monkies and bush babies! squirrels showed themselves everyday and at night i was blown away by the calling of the lion, leopard and the hippos! i sat mesmerised clutching my camera and took almost ten thousand snapshots of the everything that surrounded me in this piece of heaven! i witnessed hippo greeting geese and families of many kinds of animals sharing this paradise in harmony! woooow!!!!! the meno a kwena team were incredible on every level, friendly,helpful,kind,compassionate and great fun! the meals were huge and absolutely divine, it would be impossible to not looooove this place and all aspects of it! there are three main meals in the day plus dinner was three meals in one finishing off with a tasty dessert to top it off and ensure 110% satisfaction. the team are sweet people with passion for their place and position and greet all with a big friendly dumella and sincere smile! sitting around the campfire was sensational and sharing stories and enjoying the laughter was just one of the numerous highlights to everyday at meno! the bushwalk with the bushmen was something ill hold close to my heart forever, i learned so much and smiled so much and will return to lather myself in the magical meno a kwena again ( and again and again). i found the other travellers to be equally as in love with this entire place and all it offered, one thing for certain is that peace, tranquility and harmony are found here in abundance and you find yourself wondering why on earth you had not been here for evvvvery holiday! i met some truly amazing people during my stay and returned for more before heading back to my home country. i cannot say anything but the greatest things about all aspects of meno a kwena! for anyone that wants to truly be one with nature and all of its serenity and beauty, meno a kwena is a must see and must stay! i am already looking forward to returning with my friends and family in the future to share with them the most incredible experience of a lifetime! i could write for hours on this place but the best way for anyone to even come close to understanding is to go there! it is worth it in everyway and id stay at meno for my entire holiday next time, thats how incredible and majestic this place and its ppl is!!! i found heaven and i want more! nothing beats this place, nothing!!!!

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

Meno is a true bush camp - tented accomodation and main areas on a high bluff looking over a river. Directions were excellent (you really have to have a 4x4). The main camp area is a charismatic tented construction lined with old parachutes and liberally furnished with interesting artefacts. There are shaded sitting areas looking out from the bluff over the river below. A plunge pool is there too, but was an offputting shade of putrescent green during my visit so I gave it a miss. Meals are taken at a communal table, and the food is "safari camp competent".

The tents are classic safari tents. Two narrow single beds, camp furnishings, excellent bug screens. The shower area is outdoors, well designed and laid out, with a middle eastern brass shower tank which has to be filled to order. The tents are well screened from each other.

The best feature of Meno is the elephant viewing. Elephants come out of the reserve to the river to bathe. The camp has a floating hide at the foot of the bluff which brings you to a couple of dozen yards from the elephants - outstanding.

In other respects, the Magkadikgadi reserve was very disappointing - we had the most tediously dull game drive I've ever done. If you want to see wildlife go to the Okavango.

I think after three days here you would be going mad with boredom, but a great place for a mental reset for a few days.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Private Bag 053 Maun Botswana, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana
Location: Botswana > Central District > Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
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Ranked #2 of 9 Specialty lodging in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

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