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Meno a Kwena
Location
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana

Situated between the sprawling Okavango Delta and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve near Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, this camp offers a comfortable retreat in nine traditional canvas tents overlook the Boteti River. The camp's name translates to “teeth of the crocodile,” referencing the common presence of these reptiles chilling out on nearby riverbanks. Style supersedes opulence in Meno a Kwena's cool, relaxed atmosphere. Tent sides roll up to take in the broad 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, bold textiles and woven carpets under foot. Harnessing the power of Botswana’s typically 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 supports recycling and recognizes water as a limited and precious resource.

In addition to game drives over adjacent grasslands and salt pans, a visit to the camp also offers a chance to engage with local Bushmen and learn about their age-old 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—quite possibly overlooking a herd of frolicking elephants. Share stories in tented outdoor spaces and meals under the boundless night sky.
Nat Hab Expedition Camp—Northern Okavango
Location
Okavango Delta, Botswana

Slide in closer to the real Africa as you delve into this authentic safari experience at the heart of the wildlife-teeming Okavango Delta. Enjoy the solitude of a small expedition camp within a gigantic wilderness—the rustic mobile camp with just eight tents is exclusive for your group's visit. We'll be situated in a prime location to encounter lion, leopard, elephant, hippo and more. And while it’s infinitely comfortable, these Meru-style canvas tents are grounded in traditional old-school charm. Dark wood and iron campaign furniture, Oriental rugs and lantern lights fill the cozy indoor spaces, while white table cloths, flickering candles and vintage chairs grace your al fresco dining experience.  Each tent has an en suite bathroom and flush toilet, but your bucket shower and lack of electricity in your tent keep it real—since this is a genuine bush camp after all. After game drives, sink into plush lounge pillows in the shady tea tent, where you can recharge your batteries, both personally and electronically. And when you tuck in at night, it’s with thick blankets, hot water bottles and nothing but the wild sounds of the Okavango. The custom-tailored camp bends to the season, too. When the water levels are right, there’s the option for fishing and mokoro explorations, too.


The Jackal & Hide
Location
Khwai Private Wildlife Reserve, Botswana
 
This traditional tented camp with just eight Meru-style tents maximizes its location at the edge of the private Khwai wildlife refuge—an expanse of nearly a half-million acres teeming with Botswana’s most famous wildlife. Contemporary canvas tents harbor airiness with spacious windows and light-toned wood finishes while evoking a classic safari atmosphere. Tents are raised on wooden platforms and well-positioned to maximize privacy, with relaxing decks with chairs to take in views across the grasslands. Solar-powered electricity is available in each tent, and en suite bathrooms include ample hot water. A sunken lounge and fire pit lures guests to gather between game drives and share stories throughout the evening. Dine at a single long table en plein air under the central thatched roof, sharing views across the plains that are a favorite grazing area for elephant herds. In the communal space, there’s ample space for photo editing and charging points for camera gear, too.

From the camp’s exceptional location, you’ll take game drives and walking safaris with indigenous guides into the Khwai Reserve, looking for lion, leopard, wild dog and sable antelope, among many other species. And when the seasonal waters allow, take a trip down the Khwai River by traditional mokoro, a poled canoe. Night drives may offer glimpses of leopard, porcupine and feisty honey badger.
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