San Camp is a permanent tented camp on the edge of the vast Makgadikgadi Pans. The elegant cream canvas tents stand out, mirage-like, in this pristine wilderness area.
On the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans
Tented safari camp
San Camp Highlights
- Remote setting at the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salts Pans
- Elegant, romantic cream tents with 4-poster beds
- Experience the silence and vastness of the pans
- Learn about the lives of San Bushmen
- Say hello to inquisitive meerkats
San Camp overview
San Camp is a permanent tented camp on the edge of the vast Makgadikgadi Pans. The elegant cream canvas tents stand out, mirage-like, in this pristine wilderness area. They include the mess tent which comprises the communal dining table, comfy seating, bar, library and a small natural history museum. There’s a separate tea tent-cum-lounge, the setting for the sumptuous high tea, and even a yoga pavilion. The light is incredible here, especially as the sun sets. Sundowner drinks are served by the camp fire each evening. Once the sun has set light is provided by paraffin lamps and candles, which add a cosy ambience to the camp.
Guest tents are of a similar high-ceilinged design, featuring 4-poster beds and a good range of chunky wooden storage chests. On cool nights staff provide ‘bush baby’ hot water bottles to warm your bed. To the back of the tent the bathroom has a flush toilet, rain-head shower, hand basin and running solar-heated water. The tents are set among tall palm trees and set well apart, so you won’t be overlooked and you’ll feel as if you’re in your very own part of the Kalahari, especially at night when you look out to moonlight reflecting off the pans.
The camp’s resident guides are joined by local Bushmen to lead game drives and walks. As well as observing wildlife, some of which, such as the brown hyena, is specially adapted to life in the Kalahari, you’ll glean information about the Bushman lifestyle and culture, inherently bound up in the environment, discovering the many uses of plants and other tips key to their survival. Your visit should also include time spent with meerkats. These are accustomed to humans, so, as long as you are quiet and still, they will approach you and might even clamber on you to get a good vantage point as they survey their surroundings.
San Camp is very special, and very romantic.
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- Mess tent
- Natural history museum
- Tea tent
- Yoga pavilion
- Laundry service
- Game drives
- Nature walks
- Spend time with San Bushmen
- Visit Chapman’s Boabab
- Helicopter rides can be booked for an additional charge
- Quad biking in dry season (Jul-Oct), however please note no helmets are provided so we don’t recommend this activity here. Your insurance will be nullified if you use a quad bike without a helmet.
Families with children under 8 years need to book a private guide and vehicle. Tents can accommodate 2 adults and 1 child under 12 on a bedroll.
The cream-canvas tents are sumptuous affairs set in the midst of an almost surreal barren landscape dotted with palms. You’ll feel like royalty from a bygone era when you stay here!
- 6 guest tents
- 4-poster beds
- Mosquito nets
- Wooden furniture
- En-suite bathroom with shower, flush toilet, basin and running water
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