San Camp

Resting at the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans and framed by rustling palms, the billowing white canvas tents of San Camp appear like something out of an Arabian fairy-tale. A private setting assures exclusivity in this corner of the Kalahari, known for its stark, simple beauty as it is for its wildlife: the great grey salt pans stretch to the horizon but adjoining grasslands teem with antelope and their predators.

Named after the Kalahari’s indigenous people, San Camp offers one of the most complete Kalahari safari experiences. Day and night game drives are balanced with guided walks in the company of San Bushman trackers plus archaeological excursions and a visit to what is reputed to be Africa’s oldest tree. Thrilling quad-bike safaris take you over the horizon and deep into the pans to exchange your grand tented suite for an under-the-stars bedroll – no other night will be quite the same!

Open only during the long dry season, San Camp is also one of the Kalahari’s most romantic accommodations. Solar-powered, elegantly furnished and with panoramic views at every turn, the camp is a honeymoon favourite and combines perfectly with a lodge in the Okavango Delta.

San Camp Rating

4.5 / 5 (from 26 votes)

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  • Magical tented camp – ideal for romance
  • Game drives & quad-biking
  • San Bushman tracking experience
  • Sleep out on the pan & under the stars

Fast Facts

  • Type of Accommodation:  Luxury Tented Camp
  • Comfort Level:  Luxury
  • Number of Rooms:  6 Luxury Tents
  • Location: Kalahari – Makgadikgadi Pans
  • See our Travel Guide: Botswana Safari

The Luxury Tents

  • Beautiful Tented Suites
  • Panoramic Views
  • Elegantly Furnished
  • En Suite Bathroom

The pared-down elegance of San Camp’s six tents matches their simple but breathtaking setting. Each set under a cluster of nodding palm trees and made from crisp white canvas, the tents are furnished with Persian rugs and antique furniture. A canopied four-poster bed provides a grand touch, and each tent has an en suite bathroom with flush toilet and shower. Traditional lamps provide the illumination.

The Lodge Facilities

  • Lounge & Bar
  • Dining Tent
  • Reference Library & Displays
  • Mostly solar energy

The main camp consists of a dining tent, home to a small natural history museum and reference library. A tea tent has recently been added, serving also as a casual lounge, and there is even a tented yoga pavilion. Delicious, inventive and fresh meals are served in the lamp-lit dining tent though alfresco breakfast picnics are often part of the morning game drive.

Activities at San Camp

  • Morning & Afternoon Game Drives
  • Night Drives & Quad-biking
  • San Bushman Tracking Experience
  • Meerkat Encounters

A private concession setting enables San Camp to offer a wide range of activities. The most charming are the encounters with a family of habituated meerkats but this is big game country and morning and afternoon drives are led by expert guides, patrolling the Kalahari grasslands for sightings of gemsbok, giraffe and springbok as well as lion and cheetah.

To add to the experience, San Bushman trackers will lead you on fascinating interpretive walks, showcasing their survival techniques. Archaeological excursions reveal the Kalahari’s secrets from fossil fields to ancient towering baobab trees, and quad-bike adventures take you deep into the Makgadikgadi Pans where sundowner drinks are raised to the burning sky. The more intrepid can choose to remain on the salt pans and sleep out under the stars – a night never to forget!

San Camp Rates 2016

  • Green Season 2016
  • Mid Season 2016
  • USD1228 pp sharing
  • High Season 2016

Low:  January – 15th April    |   High:  16th April – 15th October    |   Low:  16th October – 31st December

Includes & Excludes

Includes: Accommodation, activities, all meals, drinks, laundry, national park fees, VAT

Excludes: Premium drinks, transfers, flights, tips, gratuities and items of a personal nature.

A Single Surcharge is applicable to bookings and is charged at USD362.

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San Camp on 25/06/2014 rated 4.5 of 5