Mankwe Experiences

The below experiences are on offer at Mankwe and are included in the Mankwe Tented Retreat booking. Private Camping guests can enjoy upon request.

Bird Watching

One of the greatest joys of any safari must be birdwatching. Whether going in search of the elusive Pel’s fishing owl or watching flocks of queleas take off over grasslands, you will be spoiled for choice as the national parks and reserves we visit in Botswana include wetland, grassland, woodland, savannah, and semi-desert – each one offering a smorgasbord of bird species to spot.

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Game Drives

Whether you prefer enjoying a steaming morning coffee or a cool sundowner during your game drive – or both – these sought-after outings offer the opportunity to come face-to-face with the wild inhabitants of Africa while you trundle through the bush in our specialised 4 x 4 vehicles. These can comfortably accommodate 9 people, offering each guest an unobstructed view of the surroundings and wildlife.

Traditional Boma Experience

Enjoy a memorable evening under the stars in our open-air boma while learning a little bit more about the local people of Botswana and their cuisine. Our highly skilled chefs and staff will prepare a traditional Setswana meal on the fire while telling stories from their cultural heritage and inviting guests to participate in the cooking experience.

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Nature Walking

Viewing any object from a closer perspective reveals a lot more than you originally thought it to be, and the bush is no different! Gain valuable knowledge about the smaller plants, insects, and mammals, and enjoy the opportunity of learning to identify animal tracks in this short, but definitely worthwhile, guided nature walk in and around the property.

PLEASE NOTE:

This can be done if the guests and the guides are comfortable to do a nature walk and if there are no problem animals in the surrounding area that is known of.

To be done at Lodges discretion.

Bush Braai

Break free and feel closer to the wild with a Bush Braai adventure in the heart of Africa. Our experienced guides and highly skilled chefs will ensure that you enjoy an exciting evening in the wilderness, while listening to the sound of a crackling fire in anticipation of a mouth-watering grilled meal, which will be served hot off the coals and enjoyed in the starlit beauty of the Botswana bush.

PLEASE NOTE:

This can be done depending on the how dry it is and the weather. During the dry season there can be restrictions on fires in the bush.

To be done at Lodges discretion.

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Sundowners

During an afternoon game drive, the guide will park the vehicle just as the bright red sun slowly begins its descent. A table, canvas chairs and a well-stocked cooler box will be set up. A bottle of the finest Cape Chardonnay sits on ice, along with a fine selection of Africa’s favourite beers like Lion Lager, Windhoek, and Black Label and other drinks. To accompany the selection of thirst quenchers are snacks long associated with Africa. Biltong – a traditional snack of spiced, dried meat made with either beef, kudu, or other game. Other typical snacks include dried fruit, assorted nuts, and a selection of canapés from your safari lodge’s kitchen.

As animals return to their hides, the larger predators begin to awaken from their heat induced slumber. Smaller, nocturnal animals such as the bushbabies come out from their daytime dwellings and are visible for the first time. The sights and sounds transform as darkness envelopes the African landscape on our way back to Mankwe Tented Retreat.

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What a great site and location. The Mankwe Tented Retreat was not yet open but all was in perfect shape. The owners are so friendly people with great combined knowledge of the bush and hospitality.

We spend one night camping there at their campsites which were spotless clean, big, safe and with private ablutions.

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- Michiel R, Mankwe Guest

Mankwe Tented Retreat absolutely surpassed our expectations: it is new and very  tastefully appointed (both, the tents and the general areas), it has many beautiful and cozy sitting areas and 2 pools (one of which overlooks a waterhole), excellent cuisine from a very talented young chef Simon, very friendly professional staff and with Johan and Yolandi a wonderful and most engaging host couple that makes you feel so welcome and at home!

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- Beat J, Mankwe Guest

The Mankwe campsites are at a distance from each other and you have plenty of privacy. You can enjoy your own ablutions intead of sharing them too! They have very good wifi at the reception where you should drive.

The Moremi South Gate is about hour and a half drive away. We did not use it as a base for Moremi but just had some rest there. Ask the owners about a horseshoe lake 17 km away – it is a beautiful place with a lot of wildlife. We visited in the afternoon and saw about 250 elephants at a time in addition to zebras, giraffe and hippos.

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- Travelling Zoologists, Mankwe Guest

As we arrived at the Mankwe Tented Retreat were welcomed by the owners and the staff. They show us around the base camp which looks stunning.

There are 2 swimming pools, a bigger one next to the restaurant and a smaller one with a view on the drinking pool. They then showed us the way to our camping ground with our private bath room as we are the only ones there. Also the game drive that we booked last minute was amazing.

We only stayed here for one night, but if we ever come back to this area we would book some more nights! We definitely recommend this place to others!

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- Renée, Mankwe Guest

We spent two nights in Mankwe Tented Retreat. The premises have been renewed during the pandemic and it is completely new. Beautifully decorated with a lot of space.

We did a game drive and our guide was with us nearly 12 hours in Moremi and did an excellent job. We spot most of the animals that we could see there.

If we would go back again to Moremi or Chobe I would go to Makwee Tented Retreat without any doubt.

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- ijaen2016, Mankwe Guest

We slept in tents on the top of our 4×4 , good job, because we heard Lion, leopard, Elephant etc close to camp, and trough the night. Such a great experience.

Our Hosts, Johan and Yolanda, and all the staff were absolutely superb, extremely helpful, and a mine of information.

Our final night was spent in the sumptuous comfort of the Mankwe Tented Retreat. The rooms are superb, open fronted, with nature all around you.The huge 4 poster bed, with full mosquito netting was so comfortable, The huge shower with loads of solar powered hot water was fantastic. The bar , pool, restaurant, WiFi, peace and tranquility etc etc, etc, all added up to a truly unique experience.

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- Jayne T, Mankwe Guest

The Mankwe campsites are at a distance from each other and you have plenty of privacy. You can enjoy your own ablutions intead of sharing them too! They have very good wifi at the reception where you should drive.

The Moremi South Gate is about hour and a half drive away. We did not use it as a base for Moremi but just had some rest there. Ask the owners about a horseshoe lake 17 km away – it is a beautiful place with a lot of wildlife. We visited in the afternoon and saw about 250 elephants at a time in addition to zebras, giraffe and hippos.

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- Travelling Zoologists, Mankwe Guest

Mankwe Tented Retreat is a wonderful place with great facilities. It offers spectacular views, the caretakers and staff are incredibly friendly and go out of their way to help you. Located right between Moremi South and North gate, perfect to travel to both gates or the Chobe entrance.

There are two pool areas, one overlooking the surroundings with a (natural) pool in front of it with regular wildlife visits, a bar and the sunset at the end of the day. It has a cozy lounge area next to it with a lot of privacy.

We felt safe throughout our stay and the staff was super attentive, bringing more wood for the fire in the evening. A special thank you to Jolande and Johan for the warm welcome, chats and tips. We’re not sure why there are so little reviews on this place, but go and experience it, you will not regret it!

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- Sharon, Mankwe Guest

The camping sites are large and very private. Ablution facilities are basic but clean and efficient. Access road is through deep soft sand, so a 4×4 is essential. Very nice staff, Gege is such a gentleman 🙂

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- Paul L, Mankwe Guest

We spent two nights in Mankwe Tented Retreat. The premises have been renewed during the pandemic and it is completely new. Beautifully decorated with a lot of space.

We did a game drive and our guide was with us nearly 12 hours in Moremi and did an excellent job. We spot most of the animals that we could see there.

If we would go back again to Moremi or Chobe I would go to Makwee Tented Retreat without any doubt.

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- ijaen2016, Mankwe Guest

Mankwe Tented Retreat absolutely surpassed our expectations: it is new and very  tastefully appointed (both, the tents and the general areas), it has many beautiful and cozy sitting areas and 2 pools (one of which overlooks a waterhole), excellent cuisine from a very talented young chef Simon, very friendly professional staff and with Johan and Yolandi a wonderful and most engaging host couple that makes you feel so welcome and at home!

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- Beat J, Mankwe Guest

Mankwe Tented Retreat is rustic but very beautiful surrounded by tall mopanes, very clean and well taken care of. We were the only guests there and the staff looked after us very well. Our rental 4×4 broke down and the manager helped us fix it and contact the car rental company, even negotiating for a better 4×4 on our behalf with the rental company.

We had a great, unplanned stay at Mankwe and frequently think of how great the staff and management couple were, turning a bad situation into a great one.

Thank you very much for your help!

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- MUonsafari, Mankwe Guest