Offering the following
Safari Lifestyles View
We think this is a fantastic retreat and a gem of an area to visit. Under new management and newly refurbished.
The camp overlooks the Boteti River and the Makgadikgadi National Park beyond, where they conduct your game drives etc… As stated, it is not the most opulent camp, and its not designed to be… but it has incredible charm and is a great place to relax. From the rock pool that overlooks the River, the floating hide on the River itself to the main living area with its eclectic bunch of African objects… we love this “old school” camp.
They are not in the Park itself and and in order to make up for this, they make every effort to provide you with some of the best and most interesting excursion Botswana has to offer, detailing the very best that the Makgdadikgadi normally hides away.
A great camp at a great price…..!!
A safari to Camp Kalahari is also a complete desert experience focusing on species unique to the area such as aardvark, gemsbuck and springbuck.
Guests are also virtually guaranteed of seeing the rare and elusive brown hyaena and are able to walk through the Kalahari with a gang of habituated but wild meerkats!
As the sun rises, these pixie-faced creatures emerge from their burrows and join you, sunning themselves with paws behind their backs, completely indifferent to your presence. A baby might sit on someone’s toe or a sentinel hop onto your head!
As they all scurry off to forage, you follow. The meerkats dig up scorpions and pounce on beetles while your Guide maintains a running commentary on their social habits and survival strategies.
Meno A Kwena Tented Camp accommodates up to 16 guests in eight fully serviced canvas tents. The company is owner-operated and so personal attention to detail is maintained with a lifetime background in African safaris and conservation.
The lodge is a unique safari camp incorporating a traditional safari theme with African culture in a wildlife environment that excites all emotions. The camp is designed to take full advantage of the most incredible view in Botswana. This may not be the most opulent safari camp in Botswana but the camp makes up for it with style, attention to detail and service. They are extremely sensitive to guests’ safety and relaxation while sharing our enormous passion for wildlife.
The Lodge sits on the high sandy banks of the Boteti River which acts as a natural border to the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park on the other side. These is no fencing to the parke so the game roams freely right up to the edge of the camp. What is impressive about the camp is the styling, it is a simple place which harkens back to the day of the old Botswana adventurers and looks somewhat like an expedition camp that has been set up for the season. This is a lovely touch as it feels unique against most other camps and definitely fits firmly into the “safari chic” bracket.
The main area is one large marquee style tent that is pretty much totally open. it really is an open planned arrangement festooned with seating of all shapes and colours, mixed in with all sorts of furniture in the “campaign” style. There is a simple bar and a dining table to take in conversation over dinner. The dinning area is particularity lovely with its ornate bric-a-brac, old photographs on the walls and a parachute decoration for the ceiling area.
The whole arrangement feels like it sits on the sandy floor which adds to its expedition feel. To the outside and towards the river is a fire pit area and a plunge pool built out of rocks and natural materials. Further out and half way down the steep banks of the river is where you can find a secluded hide which offers fantastic and quite close views of zebra and elephant etc as they come down to drink.
A fairly new addition to the camp is a floating hide which reached by steps and short gangway.
The same kind of African “chic” can be found in each tented accommodation, which although not large, are more than adequate and comfortable. Each serviced en suite accommodation tent, hidden amongst the natural vegetation for privacy, is situated in full view of the Boteti River where wildlife comes to drink from the dry Kalahari.
Reached via a short bush walk there are 10 twin bedded and two double bedded Meru Tents. To the front is a small veranda area where there is seating.
Tents are perched on a 100-foot high clifftop overlooking the river and offering some of the best ‘armchair’ game viewing we’ve ever seen. Each is classically-styled, with a few eccentricities thrown in here and there; think locally-woven fabrics mixed with colonial-style furniture, and simple fittings brightened by snippets of colour.
All have fully-equipped ensuite bathrooms, and there are two family units, both with inter-leading tents (one with three beds for children, one with 2 beds), perfect for the kids.
Rates are per person per night – all inclusive
- 10 January - March $495
- April - May & November - 19 December $660
- June $850
- July - August $960
- September - October $850
- 20 December - 9 January $850
Please note: The above rates are retail rates and should be seen as indicative, and can change. All rates are subject to availability. Safari Lifestyles guarantees that our rates will be below retail rates.