San Camp is set in a sparse forest of real fan palms, in grasslands on the edge of the spectacular Ntwetwe Pan, overlooking the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.
For the majority of the year, especially during the sizzling hot winter months, the stark whiteness of the vast pans reflects against the brilliant blue sky, creating eerie heat mirages that shimmer enticingly and fool the brain into thinking imaginary lakes exist on the horizon. Then, in late November/early December time, the rains come. The dry pan is transformed into a teeming mass of wildlife, as they move from the grasslands on the western side of the pan to seek much needed water, which gathers in depressions in the pan and remain long after the rains have stopped in March - sometimes until April or even May.
Activities at San Camp are carefully planned to be as informative as they are fun. As well as the usual range of land based game viewing activities, qualified zoologists can explain how the unique desert wildlife have adapted to the dry conditions of the desert, and also visit remote archaeological sites.
Walks with Zu/'hoasi bushmen trackers will demonstrate the unique connection between their fascinating culture and the harsh natural environment. Guests can even venture into the impenetrable saltpans on 4WD quad bikes, spend time with a family of meerkats, or visit Chapman's Baobab - one of the 3 largest and oldest trees in Africa..
Accommodation is in 7 billowing white tents, each protected by a cluster of desert palms. The luxury tents are all en-suite and elegantly decorated with 4 poster beds and antique furniture, such as vast wooden trunks and writing desks.
Food is served in a mess-style tent on a long wooden table - adding to the authentic safari feel - and is delicious. Indulgent and original menus are created daily, using the freshest ingredients where possible. There is also a tea tent scattered with cushions, and decadent teas are a daily occurrence.
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