The newly refurbished and classically elegant San Camp comprises just six canvas tents set widely spaced apart in a most dramatic location, The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, thus creating an oasis of civilization in a fascinating environment.
At a Glance
Learn about how the San bushmen live in this harsh environment
Spend a morning hanging out with the family of habituated meerkats
San Camp is situated on the edge of the vast and mysterious Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
Lie on the salt pans as the stars come out and listen to the complete silence - it's eerie
Explore remote archaeological sites on 4wd quad bikes
Find out how the San Bushmen survive in such a stark environment on one of the fascinating walks with one of the local San Bushmen.Louisa Ross-Taylor
Head out onto the pans for an evening drive, before stopping for sundowners and viewing the sun set and the moon rise simultaneously...it has to be seen to be believed!Anna Hearn
Go and visit the meerkats, sit very still and hopefully they will come onto your head as a very handy vantage point!Camilla Whitworth
See the curvature of the Earth from the comfort of your bed, again, has to be seen to be believed!Scott Dunn team
If you get really lucky you may even see one of the elusive and critically endangered brown hyenas as they wander past camp heading out for a night of scavenging.Scott Dunn team
Meet our specialists
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to San Camp or take a look at our itineraries to Makgadikgadi and the Kalahari
A visit to San Camp is all about the isolation. Turn 360 degrees and nothing will cross your eyeline but the huge bowl of the sky. Views stretch for miles and you can practically see the curvature of the earth from here.
Set on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, the camp is a collection of 1940s safari tents, with four-poster beds, cambric sheets, paraffin lamps and butlers. It's beautifully eco-friendly, being run entirely by solar power and leaving barely a sign of its existence. In keeping with the remote environment, there is no internet access nor electricity however there are central charging facilities in the main area. Paraffin lamps are lit around camp at night adding to the romantic atmosphere.
Open over the dry months, from April to October, San Camp offers a totally unique chance to explore the Kalahari. Here the wildlife viewing consists of rare species such as the elusive brown hyena as well as aardvark, meerkats, gemsbok and springbok.
Game walks and drives take place every day with qualified zoologists and biologists to show you the unique desert flora and fauna. Guests can explore the inner pans on specially adapted vehicles and learn about their ancient history, both geological and human.
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. It's possible to explore the pans by 4WD quad bike.
You should also not miss the opportunity to join a Bushmen safari and learn about their fascinating way of life at first hand.
San Camp is the Stewart Granger Memorial Collection of 1940s safari tents. Each of the six white tents has a bucket shower, flush loo, four-poster bed, mosquito net canopy, percale sheets, and paraffin lamps. There is no electricity at San Camp. The tents stand on the shore of an enormous glistening salt pan and are sheltered by the stately desert palm trees.
Children are most welcome at San Camp but the very nature and setting of the camp may not suit very young children and there are no specific childcare facilities.
The activities all revolve around game viewing and the guides at San Camp are often graduate students who combine research with guiding, they team up with a small group of Zu/’hoasi Bushmen to guide guests on morning walks and game drives. Venturing far into the center of the Makgadikgadi, on 4wd quad bikes, guests are able to explore remote archaeological sites, periodically discovering never before documented fossil beds of extinct giant zebra and hippo. Horse-riding (experienced riders only) can also be arranged at certain times of year, for a surcharge - this must be prebooked before you travel, so please speak to your Travel Consultant to find out more.
Location & Directions
San Camp is situated on the edge of the vast and mysterious Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, the remnant of an extinct super lake that once covered most of Botswana.
When to go
Botswana’s winter is May to October when the weather is hot during the day (not stiflingly hot) and cold at night. Botswana's summer months (November to April) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.