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Game Reserves

34% of Botswana has been set aside as game reserves and parks more than the internationally recommended 10%. The majority of the people live on the eastern side of the country.

Makgadigadi and Nxai Pans


Meno A Kwena | Leroo La Tau Lodge | Planet Baobab | Jacks Camp | Nxai Pan Lodge | Back to Botswana Map

Meno A Kwena


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.

Meno A Kwena Tented Camp is ideally located for safaris into three ecologically pristine wildlife sanctuaries including the Okavango Delta & Makgadikgadi Saltpans system and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

Meno A Kwena 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 they make 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.

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 The ultimate luxury accommodation of an African safari is watching endless herds of wildlife drinking at the river from a canvas tent, or taking a shower in full view of the setting sun as the first roar of a lion echoes across the river below. It is these luxuries that enhance the authentic safari camp comforts of home.




















Leroo La Tau Lodge


Leroo La Tau is situated on the western bank of the Boteti River, northwest of Khumaga Village and about 140 kilometres southeast of Maun. The eastern bank of the Boteti River forms the boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, which stretches away from the riverbank towards its interior of scrubland and mineral rich grasslands.

The Boteti River is the main outflow of the Okavango Delta, collecting the water that flows past Maun, and stretching about 250 kilometres southeast to Lake Xau on the extreme south western edge of the great Makgadikgadi salt pans. In the mid 1980s the flood waters of the Okavango Delta started to decline as the region entered a cycle of low rainfall, and consequently the Boteti River began to recede. The river stopped reaching as far as Leroo La Tau in 1988, and by the mid 1990s had dried up completely.

Leroo La Tau was left with a few waterholes in the riverbed which remained home to a small pod of landlocked hippo, together with crocodiles which became completely terrestrial, making dens in riverbank ‘caves’ opposite the lodge. Large quantities of zebra and wildebeest continued to graze the rich grass plains, migrating to the Boteti River at the end of winter to access the remaining waterholes. In 2009, two decades after the Boteti River stopped flowing at Leroo La Tau, record rainfall resulted in the highest Okavango flood levels for 25 years. The Boteti River began flowing again and is present at Leroo La Tau once more.

Leroo La Tau is built on cliffs over 10 metres above this changing riverbed environment, offering a raised vantage point which ensures unsurpassed views of the river and the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to the east.

The lodge features 12 luxurious thatched and glass fronted suites with en-suite bathrooms, each one raised on a wooden platform. The main lounge and dining area, with its inviting wooden and thatch finish, offers guests the opportunity to sit back and relax at the bar while listening to the wide variety of night sounds so characteristic of the African bush. Alternatively you can lounge around the swimming pool or enjoy the panoramic river vista from the game viewing hide built into the bank of the river.

The lodge offers both scheduled guided day and night game drives. Depending on the water levels of the Boteti River, boat activities can also be provided. Optional cultural excursions can be arranged to visit Khumaga Village, as can guided nature walks in the area surrounding the lodge.


Planet Baobab


Along the cracked and crop-less landscape on the road between Maun and Francistown, where elephants tear up any tree that dares to raise its head, a large grey hulk looms into sight at the edge of the road. If this is an elephant it is a very peculiar one! As the eyes recognise a giant anteater, the brain begins to wonder what might have been in that last beer?

Follow the side road pointed out by that anteater snout and you will discover the intriguingly named “Planet Baobab”. The Baobab capital of the world: where the average age of each tree is 4000 years and beyond and the boundless lunar landscape of the Makgadikgadi salt pans is the size of Switzerland!

Planet Baobab is home to the largest and coolest pool in the Kalahari and the funkiest bar and restaurant serving interesting and delicious dishes from all across Africa and we are “vegetarian-friendly”! A well known watering hole for travellers of every description and the more colourful characters from Maun. At any one time, locals jostle the cross-continentals who have slogged it through the bush, and worse, to get here.

Just a stone's throw from all this beer and bustle is the elephant's paddling pool. Oblivious to Guests crouching in the nearby trees, the elephants and travellers mostly ignore each other. You can sleep in traditionally styled Bakalanga or Baobab huts with en suite showers, dome tents with fully made up stretcher beds, pitch your tent or park your 4 x 4 in our shady campsite, all with the best ablutions in the bush!

Light your own camp fire, or gather round the communal blaze in the lelwapa and enjoy a cool drink, then sling your own boerewors onto the fire or enjoy Planet Baobab's unique Pan-African cuisine. Base yourself here and you can take guided day trips or overnight tours...

Get up close and personal with super-friendly habituated meerkats, tour the local village and learn about Batswana culture, visit a local cattle post and enjoy a delicious traditional lunch, and visit Nxai Xini Pan to seek out ancient stone tools and fossils. Visit the famous Green’s Baobab, do a walk through a baobab forest and much much more!

During the dry season, quad bike across the Makgadikgadi Pans, sleep out under the stars or do a 5 night quad bike expedition to the remote and mysterious Kubu Island. During the wet season see the spectacular migration. Host to between 35-75000 zebra and wildebeest, Southern Africa’s last and little-known annual migration.

Botswana has the largest variety of mammals in Africa & the Kalahari is the desert with the greatest species diversity in the world...


Jacks Camp


While on a trapping expedition in the Makgadikgadi Pans during the 60's, Jack Bousfield stumbled upon a site that so captured his imagination, he set up camp under an acacia with the unshakeable expectation that others would feel the same... The choice of such a striking locale, owed much to his original taste for the savage beauty of a forgotten Africa where he lived until his tragic death in an aircraft accident in 1992.

Ten green roomy and stylish canvas tents with en-suite bathrooms and indoor and outdoor showers (for those who want to feel the Kalahari breeze on their skin) have been fashioned in classical style and are set into a palm grove creating an oasis of civilization in what can be the harshest of stark environments…

Persian rugs underfoot and cool cotton sheets form a striking contrast with the rugged wilderness viewed from the comfort of one’s own verandah. During the wet season the landscape transforms. Clouds of flamingo and other migratory birds descend from the heavens to decorate the watery grasslands.

Herds of zebra and wildebeest materialise, drawn by the lush grass, and for several months, the desert is teeming with game and predators. The guides at Jack's Camp are an erudite breed. Often graduate students who combine research with guiding, they team up with a small group of Zu/’hoasi Bushmen to guide our Guests on a morning’s walks and game drives. The response from those who have been there is always the same: first your question is echoed, 'Jack's Camp?' followed by a reflective pause/ 'It's different.

A safari to Jack's Camp is also a complete desert experience focusing on species unique to the area such as aardvark, gemsbuck and springbuck. It is the only place where guests are virtually guaranteed to see the rare and elusive brown hyaena and be able to walk through the Kalahari with a gang of habituated but, wild meerkats!










Nxai Pan Lodge


Nxai Pan is located on the western edge of the fossil pan from which the camp takes its name. The camp faces east over the open grasslands of the pans and accommodates a maximum of eighteen guests in thatched units specially designed to provide a constant and comfortable temperature throughout the year, when seasonal temperatures can fluctuate from below freezing to well over 45 degrees Celsius. Excellent game viewing is possible from the comfort of your rooms as the water hole in front of the camp draws a multitude of mammal species. In 1861 – the famous painter Thomas Baines arrived to paint an unusual group of baobab trees – one of which lies on its side and hence these beautiful group of trees became known as "Baines Baobabs" and this is a must see when in Nxai Pan.

Activities offered at Nxai Pan are game drives, day trips to the famous Baines’ Baobabs and Khama Khama Pan, star gazing, as well as nature walks with Bushman trackers. There is a permanent waterhole and the camp is 100% solar powered. Nxai Pan is well known for its huge springbok population and, once the rains have started, gemsbok, elephant, giraffe and zebra migrate to the region. It is the large herds of plains game that attract many predators – lion, cheetah, jackal both the spotted and the elusive brown hyena, as well as the endangered wild dog and leopard. There are also bat-eared fox and raptors that prey on the rodents and reptiles. Also to be seen are eland, greater kudu and red hartebeest and once the rains have started, the bird life is excellent.









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