The most beautiful desert camp on earth. Enjoy the serene atmosphere of San Camp with its endless views of the Makgadikgadi Saltpans. The billowy beige canvas pavilion is the central living area offering a social hub for decadent meals at the long dining table and afternoon teas under canvas.
A cabinet of curiosities, San Camp’s antique ‘wunderkammers’ are crammed with African pottery, stone-age tools and knick-knacks.
WOW factor: WILDEST DREAMS
Iconic Pirelli calender shoots to stunning landscapes from Taylor Swift’s Wildest Dreams video were captured right here at San Camp.
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Premier Botswana Collection
The Guides at San and its satellite, Jack's Camp, are an erudite breed;
They’re often graduate students combining research with guiding. The most hands-on guiding experience in Botswana’s Greater Kalahari ecosystem.
Quick Facts on San Camp
Only Six classic desert tents at San Camp
On the edge of the mysterious Makgadikgadi Pans
Pared down safari elegance of an eco-luxury camp
Interactive walks with Zu/’hoasi San Bushmen
4x4 Quadbiking safaris in remotest Botswana
Regarded as the most romantic camp in Africa.
Incredibly friendly and habituated meerkats!
Old-world safari styling and superb cuisine
A Tea tent provides a sheltering sanctuary
Elegant candlelit dinners with wine, all included
Enjoy a natural state of silence in the yoga tent
Enjoy a small natural history museum and library
San Camp: Offering a window into the past
The Book of Antelopes (1894)
The Gemsbok (Oryx gazella).
A desert antelope with spectacular horns (averaging 33” in length) inhabiting the arid regions of Southern Africa, such as the Kalahari Desert. They can survive for weeks without water.
What you’ll love at San Camp
Your Private Guided Safaris® Journey to Botswana
The chic San Camp experience
Completely redesigned in 2011, San Camp lifted its renovation curtains to reveal the same signature charm and comfort, with a new luxury that opened the tents out to mesmerizing views of the serene Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Minimalist in style to suit its desert environ, San camp’s 6 elegant tents all with en suite bathrooms are beautiful respite for the senses. The nothingness of the desert coupled with the soft interiors of camp and nourishing hospitality provide a tranquil and restful escape to remotest Africa.
What you’ll see at San Camp
Rare desert wildlife
The Guides at San Camp are an erudite breed, often graduate students combining research with guiding and offering the most hands-on guiding experience in Botswana’s Greater Kalahari ecosystem.
Game drives, walks and quadbiking bring you close to unique species such as Kalahari Black-maned Lions, Honey Badgers, Bat-eared foxes and Brown Hyena.
Meet the Meerkats
On a chilly morning the meerkats cuddle up for warmth and for lack of a termite mound they’ll use your hat as a sentry lookout post!
Spend cozy moments with these socialand lovable creatures to see how they interact with each other and their environment.
One of the most special and memorable
game experiences you will encounter in
San Camp is all persian carpets underfoot and cool linen to rest your head. The mahogany and brass structures form a striking contrast with the rugged wilderness
Astounding 6,200 square miles of the world’s largest soda lake all around: One of the only remaining places on earth where the silence is so complete you can hear the blood circulating through your ears!
The ancient Lake Makgadikgadi, an African superlake, evaporated many millennia ago leaving behind archaeological resurfacing of prehistoric man through abundant finds of stone-age tools; some of which have been dated sufficiently early to establish their origin as earlier than the era of Homo sapiens. One of the world’s largest breeding colonies of flamingos occur in the rainy seasons leaving behind surreal nesting grounds that lie abandoned throughout the dry season.
Walk with San tribes
In working closely with the Zu/’hoasi people of the Western Kalahari for many years and San Camp is privileged to host a community of four generations of San tribesmen.
Offering a window into our past, learn about the San bushmen’s survival in this harshest
of places, using vast and ancient
knowledge of plants, animal behavior and survival skills in their distinctive ecological environs.
A relaxing retreat
Relax at the end of an intense and exciting desert safari with a meditative respite in the natural Yoga Pavillion at San Camp.
The expansive and sprawling landscape with vast open woodlands lends itself to an unforgettable experience. Contemplate the endless horizon before you and return home from safari, well-rested and blissful
The desert tea tent
The tea tent is an indulgent and elegant setting for treats like Triple Layer Banana Caramel Cake, Granny’s Melting Moments and the most delicious brownies in the desert!
At night the bedouin-style central pavillion lights up the lamps and guests gather at a long banquet table to share stories from the day’s findings in the pans. Enjoy nightcaps by the bonfire listening to the desert orchestra.
GETTING TO SAN CAMP
Daily flights from Maun are available and can be added on to any of our packages. Private charters are also available for larger family groups or those seeking a customized flight itinerary in Africa.
Book our special packages and take advantage of great savings on the prices at San Camp for a longer stay combining our camps.
All drinks inclusive: bottled water, wines, beer, tea & coffee
All scheduled Desert activities and cultural interactions
Daily game drives and walking safaris with expert guides
Traditional afternoon tea service with canapés
Complimentary laundry service
Organic toiletries and en-suite bath amenities
Support community & conservation efforts at San Camp
All applicable VAT and government taxes
ACTIVITIES INCLUDED IN SAN CAMP RATES
+ Explore the great Kalahari desert
+ Quadbike excursion onto vast saltpans
+ Seek the black-maned Kalahari lion
+ Tracking with the San bushman
+ Walk & drive on moon-like Makgadikgadi saltpans
+ Ancient baobabs and prehistoric shores
+ Interact with friendly Suricat (meerkat)
FLYING TO SAN CAMP
Daily flights are available from Johannesburg or Maun Airport to the Tsigaro airstrip at San Camp. Plane Schedules are matched to your Botswana itinerary with Guided Safaris. Private air charters to camp for family or traveler groups are also possible (Price on request).
Length: 1000m (Advance arrangement must be requested to land)
Flight arrangements to Jack’s Airstrip (*Can be easily purchased based on your travel plans and itinerary from Johannesburg). Import liquor, Tipping (at your discretion), Shopping and Personal expenses such as spa treatments, Travel insurance can be purchased.
CHILD POLICY Children under the age of 12 years pay 50% of the adult rate. Child participation in any game activities is dependent on their aptitude for widlife interaction as determined by the guide.
Helpful travel info
Luggage weight for safari flights: 44lbs per person, packed in a medium-sized duffel bag with no wheels. Suitcases and hard luggage not permitted. Excess bags can be stored at Maun airport, depending on your itinerary.
San Camp Packing notes & Safari clothing
Given the ease of daily complimentary laundry service you do not need to pack much. Our camps are informal and guests are requested to dress comfortably for the season and adventure ahead.
A Complete Safari Packing List will be provided with your Guided Safaris® travel confirmation when purchasing our packages.