It was truly fantastic to arrive in the middle of a desolate desert and see a tiny white spot in the distance materialise into an amazing camp.

Marco 38 yrs, Rome, Italy, Read 1 reviews »

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana

San Camp

  • Spectacularly located right on the very edge of the ‘Pans’, this is one of the most romantic camps in Africa.
  • Quad Biking along the salt flats searching for meerkats is only one of the many exciting activities provided.
  • Remote archaeological sites can be found, periodically discovering never-before-documented fossil beds of extinct giant zebra and hippo.

Facilities include

Tented Lounge Yoga Pavillion Tea Tent Daily Laundry

Activities include

  • Stargazing
  • Desert Riding
  • Tented Dinner
  • Meerkat Interaction
  • Salt Pan Quad Biking
  • Guided Walks With The San Bushmen
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About

About San Camp

San Camp the Sister Camp of Jack's Camp is spectacularly located right on the edge of the historic Makgadikgadi Saltpans, a relic of one of the world's largest super-lakes, the Makgadikgadi dried up thousands of years ago as a result of the continued shifting of the earth's crust and is now one of the largest salt pans in Africa.

A billowy beige canvas pavillion is the central living area where guests gather for lavish and elegant meals with an adjoining tea tent filled with a variety of soft scatter cushions, surrounded by six large luxurious white canvas tents each with a private en-suite and magnificent views across the “Pans”. The cool white décor of egyptian cotton sheets and persian rugs form a striking contrast with the rugged wilderness of the Makgadikgadi.

The camp offers guided walks through the desert with some of the San Bushmen who will educate you in their ancient ways and traditions. Slightly inland from the pans there are a few families if Meerkats which you will get to spend time with. Walking, quad biking or riding through the Pans you will experience the silence of utterly nothing, you will here no noises but those of the animals and crunch of salt under boot. This is a safari like no other in Africa.

Practical info

Practical info

Location

In the northeastern region of the Kalahari Basin contains the Makgadikgadi Pans – this huge expanse of pristine, sugary white landscape is bigger than Switzerland. Once a large river-fed lake, the Makgadikgadi Pans now lie saline and empty. The pans are littered with stone tools and artefacts dated from between 2,000 to 500,000 years old! During the wet season 35-75,000 zebra and wildebeest migrate into the area with regular sightings of lion, cheetah and other predators who follow in their wake, this is southern Africa’s last surviving zebra and wildebeest migration. Hundreds of thousands of flamingo appear from nowhere to feed as long as the water lasts. Also a permanent haven for desert species such as the captivating and engaging meerkat and the elusive brown hyaena, the third rarest carnivore in the world!

How to get there

Access to San Camp is usually by light aircraft to the airstrip and then a road transfer to camp.

When to go

When is a good time to go?

San Camp is only open in the dry season
The Dry Season: Winter
16th April - 31st October
The Wet Season: Summer
1st November - 15th April

Important Information

The San Camp only is open from 15th April- 15th October.

THE ABOVE RATES INCLUDE:
ACCOMMODATION, GUEST LAUNDRY, ACTIVITIES, FOOD & BEVERAGES, EXPERT GUIDING, NATIONAL PARK ENTRY FEES & VAT

THE ABOVE RATES EXCLUDE:
PREMIUM IMPORTS INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS, INTERNAL TRANSFERS, TRAVEL INSURANCE, VISAS & DISCRETIONARY TIPS

Children

Travelling with children

A 50% discount applies to children under 12 years of age.
If Guests are travelling with children 8 years of age and under, a Private Guide & Vehicle is required.

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