Situated on the edge of the vast and mysterious Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in the midst of the Kalahari Desert, is one of Botswana’s most romantic camps, San Camp. The camp lies amongst sparsely dotted fan palms and grasslands, with 360 degrees of nothing-ness crossing the eye but the bowl of the sky and curvature of the earth. In keeping with the tradition of a by-gone era lighting is simple with traditional old spirit lamps. Open-sided with billowing white curtains adding to the romance the mess tent contains a small natural history museum and library, there is a nearby tea tent spread with cushions and providing a sheltering sanctuary and a tented yoga pavilion.
The 6 white canvas tented rooms are privately set apart from each other, in dramatic locations, facing out to the pans. They are each an oasis of civilization in what can be the harshest of environments. There is no electricity, so the rooms are lit with paraffin lamps and the four-poster beds are draped with percale linens under mosquito net canopies. The “en-suite” bucket showers and flush toilets are set slightly away from the bedroom tents.
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Your stay at San Camp includes all meals, local drinks and activities.
Enjoy this complete desert experience, which focuses on species unique to the area such as aardvark, gemsbuck, springbuck and the elusive brown hyaena. You can venture far into the centre of the pans with quad bikes, to explore remote archaeological sites and fossil beds of extinct giant zebra and hippo. The highly qualified Guides team up with a small group of Zu/’hoasi Bushmen to guide you on informative morning walks and game drives. Here you learn from the Bushmen, how they survive in this environment, using ancient knowledge of plants, animal behaviour and survival skills.