San Camp

Makgadikgadi Pans Botswana

  • Stylish camp evoking a bygone era
  • Amazing sunsets over the pans
  • Large tents with excellent en-suite facilities
  • Venture into the bush with a local guide
  • Spend time with the lovable meerkats
  • Watch the video of the experiences you can have at San Camp and its two nearby sisters properties, Jack's Camp and Camp Kalahari.

Open: San Camp is open from 16 April to 15 October.

Location: The camp is on the edge of Ntwetwe Pan adjoining Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. The nearest airstrip is Tsigaro, about an hour’s flight from Maun, and from here it’s approximately a half hour drive to the camp.

Rooms: There are 6 guest tents, made up of 4 twins and 2 doubles. They are vintage, 1940s style, with 4-poster beds, hurriane lamps, fabric-lined walls, woven rugs and personal butler service. The en-suite bathroom is reached through the rear of the bedroom and has a bucket shower with solar-heated water, hand basin and flush toilet. The tents are set well apart from each other, all facing the pans, and at varying distances to the central area, with the furthest being about a 10-minute walk away

Activities: You can go on walks with one of the camp’s resident guides and a San Bushman, viewing game and finding out how the San survive in this apparently harsh environment. Game drives in 4x4 vehicles by day and night are available to venture further from the camp. It is also possible to visit Chapman’s Baobab, reckoned to be one of the largest and oldest trees on the continent, although in 2016 this mighty tree fell to the ground. You can take trips to observe a group of habituated meerkats as they emerge from their burrows in the morning before they set off foraging for food. In the dry season, July to October, you can explore the salt pans by quad bike, though no safety helmets are provided so we would not recommend this activity.

Facilities: The camp has a mess tent where meals are served, which has a library, small natural history museum and a lounge-bar. There’s a tea tent cum lounge for unwinding in style, and a separate yoga pavilion. The camp fire is situated in front of the main area. There is a laundry service.

Dining: Most meals are eaten together as a group around the long table in the dining tent.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Families with children under 13 must book private activities.

Health: This is a malaria area.

Communication: There is no internet access or mobile reception. The camp communicates with head office using a radio.

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Client Rating for Botswana 5/5 from 120 reviews

If ever there was a romantic safari camp, this is it! It's just stunning, plus the staff and the things you can do here are amazing.