Wildside Africa Botswana – Mankwe Tented Retreat and Camping


Representative: Carien Taute | Project Coordinator

Where the starkly contrasting worlds of the Kalahari and the Okavango Delta meet in the central part of the Kalahari basin, where water does not flow into an ocean but spreads languidly over the planes and then evaporates, in one of the most alluring landscapes of the world, lies Mankwe Tented Retreat and Camping (https://www.wildsideafrica.net/).

Whether you prefer the luxury of a tented retreat or the rustic simplicity of a campsite with only the most essential amenities, you will leave with memories to last a lifetime. Mankwe offers two Safari Hubs, bordering and with exclusive direct access to the Moremi and Chobe reserves.

Mankwe Tented Retreat
Mankwe (meaning “mother leopard”), is located on a private concession with exclusive, direct access to the Moremi and Chobe Game reserves and on the doorstep of the Okavango Delta, only 85 kilometres from the tourism hub of Maun.

After being razed to the ground by a catastrophic fire in 2016, the revamped and fully refurbished tented retreat re-opened in 2021. Twelve elevated, fully catered, tented suites overlook the magnificent, surrounding bush and water hole and accommodate guests in the privacy and comfort of the choicest refined safari luxury.

Hidden amongst mopane trees, the main lodge has an exclusive bar lounge and two different pool areas that are perfect for warm afternoons in camp, soaking up the tranquil quietude of the bush.
Guests who prefer to be more active, have a choice between daily safari excursions exploring the Chobe, Moremi and Khwai Wetlands and the network of private pans surrounding the retreat.

Mankwe Camping and Pop-up Camping
For self-driving campers, the exclusive location of the Mankwe campsites which overlook the bush and mopane forest and are located on the same concession as Mankwe Tented Retreat – a safari hub with exclusive direct access to the Chobe, Moremi, and Khwai Wetlands.

Campsites are equipped with bucket showers, flush toilets, and washbasins in a pristine camping area. Firewood is provided on the first night and is thereafter available for purchase at the Mankwe Tented Retreat. Camping guests may enjoy the swimming pool, lounge, bar, and dining area of the Mankwe Tented Retreat.

If preferred, a pop-up camp with tents, beds and even a kitchen and lounge area can be provided to campers who do not want to pitch their own camp.

Each of the campsites is totally secluded, to allow guests a sense of privacy and exclusivity. Campsites are not fenced and wildlife, including big game like lion, elephant and buffalo, roam freely in the area.