2 Night Desert Explorer (Standard) – Meno A Kwena – Self Drive

2 Night Desert Explorer (Standard) – Meno A Kwena – Self Drive

per person

Experience Botswana – Beyond Wildlife

Why we love it: Elevated View/ Hide/ Bushman Experience/ Authentic feel of the camp
Optional Extras: Sleep out on the pans
Best Combined With: 2 Night Big Game Safari (Standard) – Sango Safari Camp
2 Night Okavango Explorer (Standard) – Setari Camp
2 Night Maun (Standard) – Thamalakane River Lodge


Seasons Date Price (pp sharing) Single supplement
Green Season 10 Jan – 31 Mar 24 USD 1148.00 USD 0
Shoulder Season Apr-May & Nov-19 Dec 24 USD 1490.00 USD 568.00
High Season Jun & Sept – Oct – 20 Dec – 09 Jan 24 USD 1872.00 USD 720.00
Peak Season Jul-Aug 24 USD 2162.00 USD 836.00
Child policy:

Includes: Meals, local drinks, activities, park fees & laundry
Excludes: Premium drinks, return transfers
Activities: Game drives, bushmen cultural walks, boating (short cruises along the Boteti – water levels permitting) and game viewing from the floating hide.
Note: This is a self-drive package excluding car hire. Please see directions and estimated driving times under additional information.

Meno A Kwena, meaning “teeth of the crocodile”, borders Makgadikgadi Pans National Park in close proximity to Nxai Pan National Park. The camp is situated on tribal land and has been built on a cliff edge overlooking the Boteti River. This authentic safari camp is styled in the tradition of an East African tented camp. Meno A Kwena offers ten safari tents. The tents are simple yet stylishly furnished with comfortable bedding, a fan as well as gauze sliding doors and windows. Each tent has an en suite bathroom with a shower and a flush toilet. Each tent features a private sitting area with views over the Boteti River. The main lodge has a dining area, bar and lounge with small library and features many interesting artefacts and photographs. Two covered seating areas at the edge of the escarpment provide guests with breathtaking views over the Boteti River. The river attracts many zebra and wildebeest herds during the dry season (June to Oct) offering excellent game viewing from the comfort of the camp. There is a small plunge pool, as well as a floating game viewing hide offering a close yet safe view across the river into the national park. Activities at Meno A Kwena include guided nature walks with Bushmen (San), game drives into the Makgadikgadi National Park and game viewing from the floating hide on the Boteti river. For stays of 3 nights or longer, seasonal (July to October) overnight camping excursions to the salt pans are also available on request. Please note these activities must be pre-booked in advance and can’t be arranged on arrival in camp. Meno A Kwena's informal atmosphere makes for a very relaxing stay after the hectic round of activities at many camps. Please note that due to the scheduled road transfer times, Meno A Kwena don't offer an activity on the afternoon of arrival. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of their unique location, relax and enjoy seasonal game viewing from the comfort of their own room or the hide. PLEASE NOTE: Transfers leave Maun Airport at 14:00 and leave camp to arrive at Maun Airport at 10:00. Any guests arriving or departing outside these times, will need to pay an additional charge per transfer for the additional vehicle and guide. Pan sleep outs requires minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 guests (This needs to be booked in advance). Road Transfer Time from Maun: 2 hours

Virtual Itinerary



  • Destination
  • Included
    2 Night Desert Explorer (Standard) – Meno A Kwena – Self Drive
  • Not Included
    3 Hr Maun Immersive Tour
    Return Flights
    Accommodation (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast)
    Boat Cruise
    Park fees
    Local drinks
    Return Transfer
    Air-conditioned vehicle
    2 Waters pp
    Lunch Pack
    Curio purchases
    Hotel transfers (can be arranged at an additional cost)
    Departure Taxes
    Traditional snack and drink
    Entry Fees
    Scheduled Group Tour
    Personal Guide
Self Drive To Meno A Kwena With Own Vehicle
Please refer to Additional Tab for detailed Self Drive directions
2N in Meno A Kwena
You will spend 2 night in the lodge and enjoy a wide range of activities including but not limited to game drives in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. You will also be treated to a Bushmen cultural walk and a short boat cruise (seasonal and water dependent) along the Boteti River.
Self drive Form Meno A Kwena With Own Vehicle
Please refer to Additional Tab for detailed Self Drive directions


The Boteti is the last finger of the Okavango Delta, reaching down to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Years have passed without the river being fed a drop at all; becoming a long sandy riverbed with shrinking waterholes, where zebras jostle for space under high-flying sheets of dust. At other times, the Boteti swells up fat and full, spilling into saltpans hundreds of kilometers from its source before evaporating into thin air. This is the place to watch plains game crashing through sharp acacia trees, gathering under lofty palms and lurking in the shade of the riverine woodland, keeping close to the water. When the Boteti River is full, big elephant bulls can often be found playing in the water and browsing in the reeds while the sun sets on the day. Although the park’s eastern edges touch the Makgadikgadi saltpans, its unlikely you’ll see them during your stay. Where the saltpans are about landscapes, the Boteti is about a more traditional safari experience. Explore the banks by game drive, drift along the river by boat (when water levels allow), or wait for the wildlife to pass by from the sanctuary of a hide. Once the rains arrive (October – November) the zebras and wildebeest abandon the Boteti, migrating to the saltpans and only returning in the winter (April – May). During the green season the Boteti’s banks become a quiet green landscape of technicolour sunsets and an explosion of birdlife.


Value For Money


Meno A Kwena Camp Overview Meno A Kwena Camp Website
Area Community area bordering National Park
Accommodation 8 rooms / 2 Family
Age Restrictions All ages but families with children under 12 years must book private activities
Self-Drive access Yes
Charging Facilities & Wi-Fi Charging in main area but  NO Wi-Fi
Pool Yes
Laundry Service available Complimentary
Mosquito Nets No
Air-Cons or Fans Fans
Activities Floating Hide, Game Drives, Pans Sleep-outs October - March (weather dependent, if pans are wet sleep-outs will be cancelled), Bushman / Cultural Experience, Star Gazing and Boating if water levels permit
Water Levels in General The rainy season (November to April) does affect water levels especially where one crosses the Boteti River into the Park. The Boteti has more water during the rainy season then in the dry season.  Only if we have really impressive floods does the water reach the Boteti and that has not happened, since  2016, since then it has gotten less by the year. However the camp does pump a water hole in front. Botswana, as many countries, has been affected by climate change and so water levels are impossible to predict exactly


Directions - Maun International Airport [MUB] to Meno a Kwena Tented Camp

Distance: 123.48km Travel Time: 2:37 hours | GPS co-ordinates for Meno a Kwena Tented Camp: S 20° 19' 22.573" E 24° 19' 12.085"

  • Directions are a guide only. We strongly recommend using Tracks4Africa for detailed navigation
  • Head southwest on Mathiba I St toward Airport Rd (0.2 km)
  • Turn left onto Airport Rd (0.3 km)
  • Turn right onto Sir Seretse Khama Rd (0.9 km)
  • At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Sekgoma Rd/A3 (1.5 km)
  • Turn right to stay on Sekgoma Rd/A3Continue to follow A3 (80.4 km)
  • Turn right (3.6 km)
  • Turn left (15.0 km)
  • Turn left (1.4 km)
  • Continue straight (0.9 km)
  • Turn right (1.8 km)
  • Sharp right (17.6 km)