The Makgadikgadi Pans are enormous salt pans left behind as the result of an immense ancient super lake the size of Switzerland. This area is famous for its vast emptiness where it is claimed that with the infinite horizon you can actually see the curvature of the earth. At first read such a description is not a great draw and this place is not obvious like so much else of Africa but it is absolutely magical and many people fall in love with the area and consider it one of their ultimate highlights of safari.
Perhaps it is the sense of adventure as you speed across the pans on quadbikes (ATVs – this activity is only available during the dry season, typically June through October) and discover stone age tools in the vast emptiness, also discovering a unique solitude and deep wilderness rebirth inside yourself that conjures up such special feelings for the place. For others it is the interactive experience with meerkats that makes for an unforgettable animal encounter. The first people, the San Bushman will amaze you with their survival skills in this lost place. There is no doubt that this location is different and that is what makes it so desirable an experience.
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. Turn 360° and nothing crosses the eye but the bowl of the sky. This is God’s own minimalism.
Classic white tents stand majestically on the shore of an enormous sparkling salt pan, each sheltered by a cluster of stately desert palms. Pared down safari elegance with minimal ecological impact is combined with spectacular vistas. 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.
Facilities include a magnificent mess tent contains a small natural history museum and library, a tea tent spread with cushions provides a sheltering sanctuary and a tented yoga pavilion. There are six classically styled guest tents, all with en-suite bathrooms.
- Habituated meerkats
- Museum and library
- Tea tent and yoga pavilion