San Camp

Arabic camp open only seasonally, this is an unbelievable experience

$1250 - 1485


Makgadikgadi - DRY Camp

Price Range (2018)

$1285 - 1485

Our Rating

Client Rating

Our Highlights

  • Open only in the dry season
  • Beautiful white tents against the white salt pans
  • The setting for the great Zebra Migration
  • Bushman experience from camp
  • Habituated Meerkats

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Safari Lifestyles View


Like something out of Lawrence of Arabia, San Camp sits on the edge of the huge Makgadikgadi salt pans like a mirage. This is the newer version of the camp and it is much improved from the old. The tents having been made and imported from India stand out as a white temple as you approach from a distance. The accommodation could be classed as simple but it is extremely elegant and designed to flow into its environment. We know of no other camps with white tents but they blend in perfectly with the white salt pans.


The main lounge is very open planned with open walls and billowing curtains. The area is filled with museum pieces such as its sister camp, Jacks Camp, but San camp feel much less claustrophobic and very spacious. What is extraordinary about these large structures s that they pulled down and packed away every year during the rainy season when access becomes difficult.


When we last visited the camp were amazed at just how different this camp is from any other in Botswana, it certainly is more of a retreat than a bush camp, testament to the fact is the newly built yoga centre where from your views are only interrupted by the curvature of the earth.


The Activities are great and are in line with the rest of Uncharted Africa’s packages with game drives, quad biking in the pans and meerkat experiences. But do not come here for a big wildlife experience, even though you may see a lion or two, this is a place of contemplation and learning. We thoroughly recommend San Camp and believe it deserves our 5 star rating.

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Camp Detail

Camp Style

Dry camp. Day and Night drives. Bushman walks and meerkat experience. Quadbiking


Private concession bordering the Makgadikgadi National Park

How do I get there

By Light aircraft transfer to airstrip then private vehicle transfer to camp

Lodge Type

legant style lodge with 7 fully en-suite tents

Whats Included


  • Accommodation
  • All Meals
  • All drinks
  • Laundry Service
  • Game Drives - Daytime

Whats Not Included


  • Travel to and from the lodge
  • Private Vehicles
  • Personal Expenses
  • Premium Imported Drinks
  • Tips


Child Policy

Children of all ages accepted with conditions


Up to 8 Years:   A private vehicle needs to be booked

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Water activities

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Wildlife & Activities




This particular area is not traditionally known for its big game such as its neighbouring areas in Botswana, however, there is interaction here with wildlife. The largest sightings occur when the Zebra migration appear close to the beginning of the year. At this stage you will find thousands of Zebras crossing the pans.


Regular sightings of lion and elephant are also occurring around camp and this is a good area for the nocturnal habits of Brown Hyena.









The Camp

Camp Overview


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.


Classic white tents stand majestically, perched on the shore of an enormous sparkling salt pan, each sheltered by a cluster of stately desert palms. Spectacular vistas, soothing and serene - Pared down safari elegance with minimal ecological impact, it is the nothingness that attracts...


San Camp also runs almost entirely on solar energy, thus dramatically reducing the use of fossil fuels. 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. The perfect place to relax, unwind and retreat.

Lodge Layout


San Camp runs almost entirely on solar energy, thus dramatically reducing the use of fossil fuels. The camp itself sits right on the edge of a vast salt pan and as such has a vista that no other camp shares in Botswana. Each guest accommodation is spread out to one side of the main living area. They are all perched an a slightly raised grassy knoll and afford fantastic views over the vast pans.


Each tent is constructed from white materiel on a metal frame and is designed to be dismantled and removed completely during the wet season, only to be re-erected in the dry season. The only part of the camp that is left during deconstruction is the wooden decking they sit upon which remains in place covered.


The style of the tents is similar to its sister camp, Jacks' Camp, in that it is of almost Arabic or Nomadic in shape and feel. The large main living area is comprised of three individual sections that are joined by short covered walkways. The middle section is the largest and holds a large wooden decked area with a large dining table on grass matting, more exhibition cabinets are placed around. Jutting out to the rear and the front are two covered areas, the rear comprising of more museum pieces and the front is a viewing deck with seating that overlooks the salt pans.


Adjoining the dining area in the last of the three sections is the relaxation area where one can enjoy tea and coffee. The seating here is pretty much at ground level and is Arabic in style with its north African rugs and soft furnishings spread out all along the rim of this circular tented area. The whole of this large tented area's walls are curtained which are pulled and tied back to allow pretty for a 360 degree panorama.


There is one other tented pavilion a short walk away. It is a raised decked that stretches out slightly over the pans with similar white materiel and curtaining to the construction. There is nothing really here in the way of furniture and the platform is used as a retreat, or yoga area as it provides you with vast and uninterrupted views over the salt pans.

Room Description


Each accommodation is quite spread out from each other and is approachable vi tracks that skirt the edge of the huge Salt pan.

Again, made from similar materiel to the rest of the camp, the style of each tent is a large Meru tented room, they are designed this way in order for the dismantling of camp every season. A small deck with seating at the front has seating for the views and a comfortable lounger.


The inside of the tent is approached via this deck through a zipped entrance. Inside is dominated by either a double or twin four poster beds with on Arabic style rugs. Here there is also some ornate furniture to give the tent a homely fee, including extra seating and a writing desk.


To the back is a simple but very ornate en-suite bathroom with shower, which had basins and flushing toilet.

Camp Environment


There are two distinctly different seasons in the Makgadikgadi: The dry season, lasting from the 15th of April to the 31st of October and the wet season, lasting from the 1st of November to the 14th of April.


When the rains arrive at the beginning of the wet season, the landscape is transformed. Water gathers on the salt pan. Algae bloom, crustaceans breed, and clouds of flamingo descend to feed on them. Then herds of zebra and wildebeest materialise, drawn by the lush grass, and for several months, the desert is teeming with game and predators.


Guests visiting Camp Kalahari during the wet season can witness the last surviving migration of zebra and wildebeest in Southern Africa. Most people associate the migration with East Africa and don’t know about this, the second largest migration of African ungulates, with an estimated 30,000 animals, the majority being zebra, participating each year.


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