Reviews of Meno A Kwena
Wildlife sightings and reviews
12 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Meno A Kwena and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Better than I expected"
The staff was very accommodating." See all these reviews: 12n in Botswana; 1n in South Africa
"Meno A Kwena review"
I can feedback that this camp is in a great location - we had fabulous views from both tents and from the communal areas. The food was fantastic, as was the open air kitchen.
The camp's attempt to minimise the environmental impact gives one plenty to think about. Seeing someone carry water for your shower helps us appreciate what we take for granted elsewhere.
We spent the evening in the company of a family who did not get clear directions to the camp. We had been sent some very specific details which we followed closely (we also surveyed the route on Google Earth). We had no problem at all. This was helped by having a 4WD." See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana; 3n in Namibia; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Mixed impression at Meno A Kwena"
The location struck us as both great and less than ideal. Great, because the camp sits 30m above a river used by lots of animals, allowing for superb game viewing while sitting in the shade with a cold beer. Less than ideal because it takes half an hour by car to get to the start of the actual game drives - not a particularly exciting half hour on the highway, that is.
David Dugmore, the owner and manager of the camp, struck us as rather more interested in his friends than in his guests. While we didn't really expect him to hold our hand all the time we stayed at his camp, it did bother us that we weren't asked what we would like to do, but simply presented with the program - which amounted to one game drive per day. This meant we were back at the camp at around 2.30 one day and around 3.30 the other - and that was it for that day.
We had a little discussion with David about walks. While we agreed that a guide with a gun, but without the proper training, is worse than a guide without a gun, we weren't happy with the idea of going on a walking safari with an unarmed guide. David then told us that, no matter what, the following day the program would be a drive anyway, no walk. And that was that.
Our guide, Max, was superb and equipped with a quirky sense of humor - and apparently the only guide the camp has at the moment. The first day, we drove off at 6am, with the idea of having breakfast in the bush. Which was fine, except for some reason we only had breakfast at 10.45 (our own fault to some degree: we should have piped up, I suppose, instead of just waiting for Max to finally stop for the food).
The second day, we had breakfast in the camp and started the drive at 7.30 - presumably, because it was supposed to be an all-day drive. In retrospect, we don't think this is a good way to organized the day - it's too late to start, and visibly exhausting both for the guide and for us." See all these reviews: 10n in Botswana
"Meno A Kwena review"
I was blessed with being looked after on my safari trips with Max and Steve, what a team. Faultless! Thank you boys for such a fantastic time, I love you both. We saw some fantastic game and a herd of 23 giraffes at one time and a line of 13 bull elephants walking down to the water and then watched them play and frolic. It was absolute heaven.
The communal dinning may not be to everyone's style but I thought it was great because travel is also about meeting new people. The food was amazing and it is served on BIG plates!
I visited the local community project and school with Janaina which was a real treat. Meno A Kwena's whole ethos is to work with the local community through the Water for Life Project so it was important to me to see this first hand. Meeting the four members in the arts and crafts project was great. I have a lovely necklace made for me by Ishmael as a lasting momento.
I wish I had stayed for longer at this camp and definately want to go back again, it felt like home!" See all these reviews: 7n in Botswana; 2n in Zambia
"Meno A Kwena review"
The lounge area was very pleasant with an excellent atmosphere. The fact that David was there to talk to was a huge plus!. He should keep his brother, Roger, there as much as possible. There are a great combination of truly authentic safari guides.
Allow us to say that the food was outstanding. It was varied, fresh and expertly cooked. We came to realize just how good the food was when we visited subsequent camps where the food was boring and sometimes poorly cooked. Pity we went to Meno first and not last.
Max, our guide, was fun to be with. He handled both the spotting and the guiding by himself and was excellent at both. We came to wonder later on why the other camps needed 2 people to do these functions." See all these reviews: 15n in Botswana; 2n in Zambia
"Superb camp at Meno A Kwena"
Tasty food seved as a buffet but disappointingly for me, chicken curry.
We had a very good,informative guide, Max, and a good game drive to the Makgadagadi.
Although it is personal preference, we are not happy when forced to eat at one table with the other guests, but here the English-speaking were put together." See all these reviews: 9n in Namibia; 8n in Botswana
"Laid back, prehaps a little too much."
Often staff did not know when things (dinner, guided walk) were going to begin or end - just approximations. Don't worry be happy seemed to be the camp philosophy.
The location of the camp is scenic - on an elevated river bank of a dried-up river with a combustion pump filled water hole below - probably should be replaced by a noiseless solar arrangement.
The sleep out on the salt pan is run by another lodge - Gweta, that were friendly and professional.
I had asked for it on 2nd last day so I would have a day to recover before flying home but Meno A Kwena ran it on my last night which resulted in a a marathon journey home starting from an isolated salt pan requiring an hour of rough trail to just to reach paved roads, then 2 hours to the airport.
I would of liked a day trip to the kalahari. The Boteti "river" was mostly a series of artificailly sustained water holes attracting wildlife." See all these reviews: 11n in Botswana; 2n in Zambia
"Meno A Kwena review"
When booking I had formed the impression that the camp was on the edge of the Pans so was slightly disappointed not to repeat the experience I had 10 years ago of being on the Pans themselves. But Dabe more than made up for this disappointment.
We wish we had longer at Meno." See all these reviews: 12n in Botswana; 8n in Namibia; 2n in Zambia
"Great tented camp experience at Meno A Kwena"
The trip to the saltpans with the folks from Gweta Lodge was an added bonus, and one we would recommend to anyone.
Please pass on our thanks to David and Geoff for their help in locating our luggage and keeping us informed about what was happening." See all these reviews: 10n in Botswana
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