It’s not always easy to find eco-ethical travel experiences that connect you with a region’s natural and cultural heritage in an authentic, responsible and sustainable manner. So I was thrilled to discover Meno A Kwena Tented Camp, a community operated camp built to support wildlife and habitat conservation.
The cozy rustic-chic camp is the real deal: introducing travelers to endangered people, places and wildlife while recycling profits directly back into conservation.
Located in the arid Kalahari Basin, the camp sits perched over the unpredictable Boteti River. For nearly twenty drought parched years camp owner David Dugmore and his staff pumped water to provide wildlife with a vital lifeline until the rains returned and the river flowed again in 2011. Today, the camp continues to play a strategic role for wildlife, providing precious river access in an ancient migratory corridor now blocked off by fences erected across much of the country to prevent the transmission of diseases between wildlife and cattle.
Equally supportive of living culture as the natural environment, Meno A Kwena guests can walk with native Bushmen and learn about their hunter-gatherer culture. Using demonstration, song and dance, the walk is conducted in the extraordinary tonal clicks of the Bushmen language and translated by camp guides.
Accommodating up to 16 guests in eight fully serviced canvas tents, Meno A Kwena Tented Camp is in central Botswana, 1.5 driving hours from Maun.