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San Safari Camp (Makgadikgadi Pans) Botswana

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San Safari Camp (Makgadikgadi Pans) Botswana



San Camp is located on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in the Kalahari Desert of Botswana. San Safari Camp is the most authentic and classic safari camp in Southern Africa, evoking the atmosphere and elegance of a 1940's East African safari. San Camp is a small seasonal camp of palm trees and white Ottoman style tents that overlook the vastness of the Kalahari Desert.

Accommodating only twelve guests the camp has the feel of safari style in the 1920's. Each of the spacious tents has a bucket shower open to the blue African sky and a private toilet. The camp prides itself on its delicious and innovative cuisine, its friendly ambience and the relaxed scientific approach of the guides. For those wanting an experience on "the edge", San Camp is romantic and remote - it appears to be the last bastion of civilization at the edge of the world!


Tent details:

• Green canvas tents • Honeymoon tents each have four poster double beds • Rustic but comfortable safari furnishings • Copper water basins • Paraffin lamps • Flush loos and bucket showers – en-suite facilities. No electricity - power is available in the tents or the camp at all. Batteries can be given to the camp staff for charging.

San Camp is a complete desert experience focusing on species unique to the area such as gemsbok, brown hyena and springbok, as well as the geology, archaeology and anthropology of the Kalahari and Makgadikgadi. Many of our guides are fully qualified Zoologists/Geologists, often working on PhD research. As such, they are most able to convey all the nuances of the desert and the adaptations of its inhabitants which we consider to be one of the most interesting features of the environment. The Makgadikgadi is also one of the most important wetland sites remaining in Africa. In the wet season, the Makgadikgadi’s Pans fill with water attracting flocks of flamingo and other migratory birds.


The area is also the only place in Southern Africa where one is often able to see a migration of tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebra followed by predators. Although migrations do occur elsewhere in Botswana, the tree cover prohibits a view of the magnitude that we are able to see due to the exposed nature of the surrounding grasslands. The Makgadikgadi, a relic of one of the world’s largest superlakes, dried up thousands of years ago as a result of the continued shifting of the earth’s crust. When the Pans are dry, to travel where conventional vehicles cannot, and to guard against scarring the Pan’s crust, we utilize four wheel drive quad bikes. Venturing far into the middle of the Pans, we are able to explore remote archaeological sites, periodically discovering sites never before documented such as fossil beds of extinct giant zebra and hippo.

 Guests must be thoroughly advised as to the traditional nature and style of our camps. Ours are the most authentic and classic safari camps in Southern Africa and evoke the atmosphere and elegance of a 40's East African safari. This is an experience in itself and one which most adventurous and sophisticated Guests will appreciate and enjoy. The important distinction is that Guests should arrive knowing what to expect. Some people find luxury in running water and electricity in their tents whilst others find luxury in Persian carpets underfoot and having their steaming water brought to their tents in a gleaming copper jug. We fall into the latter category. Flush loos are an exception but hopefully, we do not compromise too much comfort in the name of authenticity.



Wet Season:

• Game drives in open 4x4 Landcruisers – the camp has 2 custom designed vehicles each seating 5 guests when allowing each guest an outside seat. • A morning spent with the Suricate (Meerkat) • Bird walks to observe migratory waterfowl breeding / feeding sites. • Very limited usage of 4WD quad bikes and vehicles on pans -weather permitting. • Night drives to view migration and unique desert wildlife. • Game walk with Bushman trackers. • Visit to Chapman’s Baobab (the campsite of Livingstone, Selous and Baines) • Visit remote area dwellings / cattle posts to gain insight into local tribal tradition and culture. • Explore undocumented archaeological sites to search for stone tools and fossils of extinct mega faun


Dry Season:

• Extensive usage of 4WD quad bikes • Explore undocumented archaeological sites to search for stone tools and fossils of extinct mega fauna left in the area by early settlements, weather permitting. • Night drives to view unique desert wildlife.| • Game walk with Bushman trackers. • Visit to Chapman’s Baobab (the campsite of Livingstone, Selous and Baines • A morning spent with the Suricate (Meerkat)

High season: July to September Low season: 25 April to June

The camp is closed 01 October to 24 April as the rainy season makes access difficult. Children over the age of 4 years welcome. Due to the size of the tents, children will have to book an extra tent of their own.




  Accommodation Rates:- From $1,000 per person per night sharing.  Please contact us for a quote and suggested itinerary. 

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