Situated between the wildlife riches of Botswana’s sprawling Okavango Delta and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, near Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, nine traditional canvas tents overlook the Boteti River.
Meno a Kwena
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana
Situated between the wildlife riches of Botswana’ sprawling Okavango Delta and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, near Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, nine traditional canvas tents overlook the Boteti River. This safari camp translates as “teeth of the crocodile,” named for the common presence of these reptiles chilling out on nearby riverbanks.
Style supersedes opulence in Meno a Kwena's cool, relaxed atmosphere, where tents sides roll up to take in the wide vista, but your private space remains hidden among thorny branches that offer seclusion and protection from wandering wildlife. Each tent has an en suite flush toilet and authentic indoor and outdoor safari showers. Furnishings are distinctly African, with dark wood, plush beds and carpets under foot. Harnessing the power of Botswana’s omnipresent sunny days, solar power fires the camp’s energy efficient lights as well as your camera battery charger. This is a low-impact camp that recognizes water as the most limited and precious resource and supports recycling developments.
In addition to game drives into the reserve with its grasslands and salt pans, the camp offers a chance to engage with local Bushmen and their vibrant culture. Explore the surrounding habitat on foot with a resident guide, then cruise the languid Boteti River on a boat. Afterward, relax in the natural rock plunge pool with views over the river—and quite possibly overlooking a herd of frolicking elephants. Share stories in tented outdoor spaces and meals under the boundless night sky.
Nestled among the acacias and Mokolwane palms on Hyaena Island at the edge of the glittering expanse of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, 10 spacious Meru tents occupy the historic site of storied expeditions.
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Botwwana
This remote safari camp is nestled among the acacias and Mokolwane palms on Hyaena Island at the edge of the glittering expanse of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. A legendary location, it sits on the stomping grounds where storied explorer Jack Bousfield set up his original camp—a spot he claimed as his own private paradise.
With 10 spacious Meru tents, this traditional-style bush camp gathers around an airy, thatched-roof living space that houses a library, dining area and ample cushioned seating that begs you to linger. Each canvas tent’s decor features authentic African furniture and textiles, four poster beds and colonial antiques. An en suite, covered bathroom includes a flush toilet and hot and cold running water. Immerse yourself in the 19th century atmosphere evoked by vintage maps and rich wood textures—and as you embrace the complete desert experience, a shady plunge pool invites you to cool off in the midst of a steamy afternoon.
Days at the camp include private game drives, unparalleled stargazing and a visit to one of Africa’s largest and oldest baobab trees. Take in the glittering expanse of the dry Makgadikgadi Salt Pans on a quad bike expedition, then get up close and personal with a colony of habituated meerkats.
This eco-friendly camp at the edge of Botswana’s sprawling Khwai Private Wildlife Reserve is a complete rebuild of a longtime favorite bush camp--part of a community-based partnership with a keen sensitivity for the environment and indigenous culture.
Khwai Private Wildlife Reserve, Botswana
This eco-friendly camp at the edge of Botswana’s sprawling Khwai Private Wildlife Reserve is a complete rebuild of a longtime favorite bush camp. Part of a community-based partnership with a keen sensitivity for the environment and indigenous culture, the camp’s 12 new, raised, log and canvas tents overlook a lagoon that is frequented by thirsty wildlife.
Stylish contemporary finishes in the tents include ethereal canopy beds, wood floors and crisp bedding. Each tent has a its own deck, ceiling fan and en suite bathroom with flush toilet and private indoor and outdoor showers to rinse away the dust. A swimming pool, lounge and outdoor seating area share uninterrupted views of the vast plains and star-filled sky. Take game drives and walking safaris with indigenous guides into the
Khwai Private Wildlife Reserve, plus a trip down the Khwai River by
traditional mokoro, offering a chance to converse and learn about the community from local polers.
Sable Alley’s Skybeds offer a rare opportunity to slumber under the stars inside the reserve. Elevated above a waterhole that is busy with wildlife, the rustic three-story raised platforms rely on lanterns and the stars for night light—and include the comfort of an enclosed bathroom with flush toilet on the ground floor.
This luxurious boutique hotel enjoys an exclusive setting on the Zimbabwe side of the Zambezi Gorge—geographically, it is the closest accommodation to Victoria Falls, which is accessible via an easy walk, yet guests enjoy peaceful seclusion.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
This luxurious boutique hotel enjoys an exclusive setting on the Zimbabwe side of the Zambezi Gorge. Geographically, it is the closest accommodation to Victoria Falls, accessible via an easy walk, as is the town, yet guests enjoy peaceful seclusion. Guest rooms on the upper tier open out onto a private balcony, while lower-tier rooms open onto the manicured gardens that offer proximity to wildlife that roams the vicinity. Enjoy impromptu entertainment from warthogs, impala and sometimes even hippos that graze on the hotel lawns. Rooms have views either of the spray from the falls in the distance, or of the lush gardens. Each spacious guest room is a study in style and comfort, with teak furnishings made from railway sleeper cars that enhance the distinctive African ambience. Amenities include high-quality linens and towels, air conditioning, ceiling fans, satellite television, free Wi-Fi, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, refrigerator, tea- and coffee-making facilities and an in-room safe.