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San Camp, Makgadikgadi Pans

Experience something totally unique at San Camp, an intimate tented property surrounded by the striking landscape of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans.

San Camp catches the eye with its billowing white tents on the edge of the huge Nwetwe Pan deep in the Kalahari. Not overly luxurious or flamboyantly decorated, the beauty of San Camp lies in its simplicity and the incredible surrounding landscape. Inside the canvas walls you’ll find en suite bathrooms, four-poster beds wrapped in crisp cotton, Persian rugs, leather armchairs and Mahogany writing desks. Not forgetting outdoor day beds perfectly positioned for gazing across the shimmering white salt pans. The main area is made up of breezy, open-sided pavilions where you can eat delicious three-course meals, examine old maps and practice yoga.

Far from the bustle of the tourist trail, this seemingly barren environment is roamed by zebra, ostrich, red hartebeest, springbok and gemsbok. Day and night game drives will also show you lions, elephants and if you’re lucky, the rare brown hyena, whilst birdwatchers can keep an eye out for chestnut-backed finch larks and capped wheatears. As well as quad-biking, horseback safaris and walks with San Bushmen, you can enjoy up-close encounters with cheeky habituated meerkats.

San Camp, at a glance

  • Romantic, vintage-style camp set on the edge of the Nwetwe Pan at the heart of the Kalahari Desert
  • Stunning, 360-degree views of the salt pans
  • Seven elegant white tents including five twins and two doubles
  • En suite bathrooms with hot running water, indoor showers and flush toilets
  • The camp is run entirely on solar power and romantically lit by lanterns after dark
  • Reputation for superb food with fresh, inventive dishes served in the mess tent
  • The camp is seasonal operating during Botswana’s dry season from mid-April to mid-October
  • Strives for a minimal ecological impact with all activities are run in an environmentally-sensitive way

For leisure and pleasure

  • Unwind in the tented yoga and meditation pavilion
  • Day and night game drives in custom-designed 4x4 vehicles
  • Join the Zu/’hoasi Bushman on walks to get a deeper insight into their ancient way of living
  • Quad biking
  • Horseback riding safaris that range from two-hour excursions to multi-day tours
  • Small natural history museum and library in the mess tent
  • I am notoriously difficult to please as my work colleagues and family will attest but I have to say that the organisation from your team was absolutely brilliant. From guides to drivers it was faultless.

    MO, Vietnam