Imagine a smattering of billowing white tents, shaded by desert palms and surrounded by a thousand acres of shimmering nothingness. You’ve just dreamt up San Camp - the embodiment of timeless elegance.
Don't miss the Natural History Museum cabinets, showcasing a collection of old maps, fossils, and artifacts, before unwinding in the yoga pavilion to rejuvenate the mind.
Experience the enchantment of San Camp, a romantic seven-bedroom camp perched on the edge of Botswana's Nwetwe Pan within the Makgadikgadi region. This camp embraces minimalism, both in its design and the captivating desert landscape surrounding it. Away from tourist crowds and congested 4x4s, San Camp offers an intimate setting where it's just you, the wildlife, and a few local San Bushmen eager to share their secrets with you.
San Camp's rooms exude grandeur with enormous four-poster beds adorned in crisp cotton and plush blankets, elevated above Persian rugs. Mahogany writing desks and leather armchairs juxtapose the rugged surroundings, and outside, a lazy day bed awaits for idyllic moments of gazing at the views. The ensuite bathrooms provide hot, running water showers and flush toilets, complemented by copper jugs and basins.
San Camp operates seasonally from mid-April to mid-October, during Botswana's dry season. These months provide the only access to the Nwetwe Pan. The rainy season (November to March) transforms the pans into a completely different landscape, which can be dangerous to explore. For travel during the green season, consider Jack's Camp, a year-round property also located in the Makgadikgadi Pans.
Although San Camp embraces nothingness, there is much to see. Witness wildebeest and zebra roaming in scattered herds against the pristine white backdrop. Ostriches gracefully dot the horizon. During your stay, there is a good chance of spotting lions and elephants on a game drive, as well as the elusive brown hyena—an incredibly rare mammal rarely seen elsewhere in the continent. Bird enthusiasts can tick off species from their list, with the pan being home to Kori bustards, northern black korhaans, chestnut-backed finch larks, and capped wheatears. And het ready to meet meerkats!