San Camp is a collection of romantic white tents which sit like a mirage beneath a scattering of lofty palms at the edge of a vast, glittering saltpan adjacent to Botswana’s surreal Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. You might be in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by flat, featureless landscapes, yet your spacious bedroom is a cool haven under canvas, replete with light cotton sheets and luxe feather bedding.
This intimate and romantic camp has just 7 guest tents in total to ensure privacy and seclusion, two specially set up for families. Inside the billowing white tents are magnificent four-poster beds sitting on Persian rugs, a Mahogany writing desk, leather armchairs and ensuite bathrooms. The bathrooms feature wooden floorboards, showers and copper basins. Run entirely on solar power, the camp and guest tents are lit at night by lanterns, creating a sense of old-world charm.
A sublime central mess tent contains a small museum – filled with a collection of od maps, fossils and other fascinating artefacts – a library and glorious dining table. Decorated in 1940’s campaign style, the open-sided pavilions are the main hubs, with a small lounge area the perfect spot to enjoy a refreshing drink during the day. There is also a standalone swimming pool tent, with a shaded private deck. The deck doubles as a yoga pavilion for daily meditation or quiet contemplation of your natural surrounds.
There is a wealth of unique and diverse activities available at San Camp and sister property Jack’s Camp that make it a highlight of any Botswana itinerary. Aside from morning and afternoon game drives in search of unique desert-adapted wildlife such as brown hyena and aardwolf, guests can also enjoy walks with the local Zu’/hoasi Bushmen, quad biking through the ancient salt pans and visit the ancient Chapman’s Baobab – an impressive fallen tree under which early explorers Livingstone and Selous once made camp.