The Makgadikgadi lake dried up thousands of years ago as a result of the continued shifting of the earth’s crust. Lying southeast of the Okavango Delta and surrounded by the Kalahari Desert, the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans is a system of pans with sandy desert in between. The largest individual pan is about 1,900 sq miles.
San Camp is the perfect place to relax, unwind and retreat. A magnificent mess tent contains a small natural history museum and library. A tea tent and Yoga tent is spread with cushions as a place to relax and unwind. Spectacular vistas, soothing and serene – San Camp is pared down safari elegance with minimal ecological impact. In fact it is the nothingness that attracts.
Expert guiding, incredibly friendly habituated meerkats, unique desert species, old-world safari styling and superb cuisine all come together to create an experience that is completely different to any other.
A dry, salty clay crust most of the year, the pans are seasonally covered with water and grass and then become a refuge for birds and animals in this very arid part of the world.
San Camp features 4 twin and 2 double tents with en-suite bathrooms and spacious veranda.
Beds are covered with cool and crunchy cotton sheets, feather bedding and hot water bottles.
Open 16 Apr – 01 Oct
Year Round Activities:
Get unbelievably up close and personal with a group of habituated meerkats.
Spend time walking with a group of Zu/’hoasi Bushmen for a glimpse into their ancient culture.
Game drives to experience unique desert wildlife.
Take a visit to Chapman’s Baobab, campsite of Livingstone & Selous, and one of the three largest and oldest trees in Africa.
Dry Season Only:
Quad biking across the lunar expanse of the pans.
Lie out on the pans as the sun sets, and watch the planetarium show unfold with horizon-to-horizon stars.
Unique desert species such as aardvark, bat eared foxes, aardwolves, elusive brown hyaena, porcupine, honey badgers, black maned Kalahari lion, cheetah, meerkats, ground squirrel, genet, yellow mongoose, jackal. Migratory : Zebra, Wildebeest, Kudu, Oryx, Elephant, several species of antelopes.
Ostrich, Sand grouse, Secretary birds, Vulture, Marshal Eagle. Migratory: Wader, ibis, duck, geese, stork, wattled crane, flamingo.
During the dry season we run an amazing 5 nights itinerary called “Kubu quad Bike Expeditions.”
We run 5 nights horse riding safaris with an expert guide.
We organise a special surprise in the dry season for all the guests staying for 3 nights.