Fodor's Expert Review San Camp

Makgadikgadi Pans, Central, Botswana Fodor's Choice

It's all about the view from this collection of snow-white tents looking out over the surreal, stark landscape of Botswana's Makgadikgadi salt pans. Recline amid a sea of Persian rugs and matching cushions as you munch on miniature teatime scones, gazing out at the infinite horizon; peruse the fascinating fossils and artifacts in the small museum; or make the most of the therapeutic effect of nature's minimalism in the nearby yoga tent. Accommodation is in seven solar-powered en suite tents (including one family tent) that are furnished in old East African style. San Camp may not be as grand as neighboring Jack's Camp, but it is intimate, classically stylish, and more than comfortable. Guides are knowledgeable and personable, and the food, exquisitely prepared, is always served with a smile. Guided activities include fascinating walks with San Bushmen, desert quad excursions, stargazing, and nocturnal wildlife spotting, along with safari game drives. Horse-riding is also possible.


  • friendly, knowledgeable staff
  • more intimate than its neighbors
  • stunningly surreal setting


  • no fans in rooms
  • game not as prolific as elsewhere in the country
  • can get very hot and dusty in October




Phones: 27-21-001–1574-in South Africa


7 tents
Rate Includes: Closed during rainy season (mid-Oct.–Mar.), All-Inclusive

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