Often called the most romantic camp in Africa, San Camp is a spiritual oasis on the edge of Botswana's otherworldly Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. San Camp opened for its first full season back in mid-April 2012.
San Camp has undergone a complete transformation and redesign. The new property offers a desert experience with a spiritual focus in one of the world's most remote and inspiring landscapes. Nestled in a reef of palms on the edge of the Pans, the camp is truly secluded, a place where you can look out onto the endless lunar landscape of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. A special tented yoga pavilion encourages guests to shed their urban lives and get in touch with their spirituality through this meditative experience.
The camp is a true enclave of style, luxury, serenity and oneness with nature. Spacious and airy, the white tents, paired with a traditional décor, are designed to transport guests to the original days of safari under canvas. The camp offers a large mess tent with a unique collection of historic artefacts, antiques and books along with a special tea tent, while the six stylish guest tents offer four-poster beds, en-suite bathrooms and spacious verandas.
San Camp was built with the utmost respect for the environment. Not only does it run almost entirely on solar energy, dramatically reducing the camp's carbon footprint and consumption on fossil fuels, but sustainably harvested teak from Zimbabwe was exclusively used in the construction of San Camp, all of which is in strict accordance with Forest Stewardship Council principles and guidelines. This protocol guarantees sustainable standards and aims to protect and preserve Zimbabwe's beautiful indigenous forests.
Safaris in the Makgadikgadi are unlike those found anywhere else, as the unique species that inhabit the area have all adapted to life in this harsh wilderness. Aardvark, brown Hyena and Springbok are just a few of the fascinating creatures that guests have the chance to observe on game drives. That is not to mention the ability to interact with the Kalahari's famed meerkats. Journeying out into the middle of the Salt Pans on adrenaline filled quad bike rides is a true thrill and allows guests to get an understanding of what the 'middle of nowhere' really is. You can see the curve of the earth in this place as the nothingness stretches for miles and total quiet makes in possible to hear the blood flow in your ears. It is in this rugged environment that the Ju'hoasi Bushmen have lived for tens of thousands of years, and cultural interactions with them leave travellers changed forever.