Meno A Kwena

4/5 Stars
  • Meno A Kwena
    Meno A Kwena
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Meno A Kwena, Central Kalahari

General information

Meno A Kwena is an old-style safari camp, run by David Dugmore, an experienced guide with a real passion for Botswana’s bush and for community development . It is situated on tribal land on a cliff edge overlooking the Boteti River, which began to flow again in late 2008, having been dry for over 15 years. The name Meno A Kwena is the local name for the area, which translates as ‘teeth of the crocodile’.


Meno A Kwena’s relaxed atmosphere, warm welcome and the team’s keen interest in the surrounding area and its wildlife shine through – as does the hands-on approach of the camp’s committed owner and managers. It won’t be to everyone’s liking – it’s fairly rustic, and if you are travelling to Botswana for a pure big-game experience then it’s tempting to say Meno A Kwena will not be for you. The return of water to the Boteti has started to change the dynamic here however and often game-viewing from the camp is as good as it is from the vehicle. Looking at the bigger picture, Meno exists right on the transition zone between the unique Okavango Delta region of the Kalahari and the more typical, dryer regions further south – it’s this location which makes it special. So, if you are keen to experience something slightly different from the norm with a rather quirky feel and an emphasis on the human side of life in Botswana as well as the wildlife, Meno is certainly worth a visit for at least a couple of nights.


  • Location: Kalahari’s Salt Pans, Botswana
  • Ideal length of stay: We’d recommend Meno A Kwena for a couple of nights for first time visitor’s to Botswana, perhaps longer if you are a regular to Botswana and want something more than just the big game experience. We think it works particularly well at the beginning of a trip, when it offers a chance to relax after a long flight.
  • Directions: Road transfers from Maun to Meno A Kwena take about 1½ hours and are included in the camp’s accommodation rate. Alternatively, there is an airstrip 17km from camp at Motopi, with a 20-minute transfer to camp available.
  • Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

Special interests

Botswana is one of Africa’s top safari destinations – and also one of our top recommendations for photography holidays in Africa. Few of our holidays are group trips led by photographers; most are great safaris shared with others who love wildlife, and love to capture it on film.

From birdlife to big game, a wildlife photography holiday in Botswana won’t disappoint you! The game roams freely between the huge Chobe National Park, Moremi Game Reserve and the country’s many private reserves and national parks (which cover about 40% of the country). In all of these you’ll find great photographic opportunities – but the private reserves probably offer the best, as here off-road driving is allowed, and so the opportunity for positioning for the best pictures is greater. Botswana is seldom cheap, but for photographers whose budget is really flexible, it’s often possible to pay extra for a private vehicle and guide – allowing you much greater exclusivity and control over exactly where your spend your time in the bush.

Aside from its game, Botswana’s scenery is worthy of note: in parts it’s stunning. The Okavango Delta stands out for its patchwork of papyrus swamps, reed-beds, floodplains and small palm-fringed islands which all go to make it such a beautiful destination for a photography holiday. Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans – vast salt-flats which are the residues from an ancient lake – offer a complete contrast, forming the starkly beautiful backdrop to stands of swaying, feathery palms.

Cultural experience and the tribes in Botswana attract some visitors in the country – who often concentrate on bands of the San / Bushmen. Photographers are often fascinated by these hunter-gatherers, who live such different lives from our own, and in such a different environment. Meanwhile, on the hills at the Tsodilo, you can photograph one of the greatest collections of San / Bushmen rock art in Africa.

Health & safety

  • Malarial protection recommended: Yes
  • Medical care: The camp has a full first aid kit available and the guides have had first aid training. Vehicle transfers to Maun hospital for relatively serious incidents. The Medivac helicopter in Maun is always on standby for emergencies.
  • Security measures: Guests are escorted to and from their tents after dark. To one side of the camp is the Boteti River overlooking the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. The rest of the camp is surrounded by an electric fence. There are no safes, so guests are advised to keep valuables on them. Staff are always around during the day time but there are no security guards.
  • Fire safety: The camp is fitted with fire extinguishers which are checked every 12 months.
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