Makgadikgadi Salt Pans | Botswana

San Camp

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

San Camp offers 4 twin and 2 double tents with en-suite bathrooms and spacious veranda. Tents are spacious and stylish. Beds are replete with cool and crunchy cotton sheets, feather bedding and hot water bottles.

San Camp is open only for 6 months of the year during the dry season (16th of April to 15th of October). Visitors at San Camp are encouraged to go quad biking across the lunar expanse of the pans, lie out on the pans as the sun sets, and watch the planetarium show unfold with horizon-to-horizon stars. Get unbelievably up close and personal with meerkats. Spend time walking and interacting with a group of Zu’hoasi Bushmen and gain insight into their ancient culture.

Other activities that can be arranged include game drives to experience unique desert wildlife. Visit Chapman’s Baobab, campsite of Livingstone & Selous: one of the three largest and oldest trees in Africa. Relax at the end of an intense and exciting safari in the yoga pavilion.

Time your visit with Botswana’s seasons

Botswana is a destination that holds unique wonders every month of the year. While it's very easy to say that there's no bad time to visit a country, we really, really mean it for Botswana. The seasons follow the same climactic patterns of most of Southern Africa, bar a slight curve-ball.

The best way to understand when to go to Botswana is to look at the three 'safari seasons', Green, Shoulder and Peak:

Green Season: This typically runs from mid-December to the end of March and is when there is the greatest chance of rain. It is, however, unlikely to rain continuously for long periods, and if it does rain it is more often than not a big storm which then clears, which makes for phenomenal photographic compositions. It is during these months that many zebra migrate down towards the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Nightly rates are at their lowest in this season.

Shoulder Season: As the seasons change from the rains towards the drier winter we enter the first Shoulder Season, which runs from the beginning of April to the end of May. In this time you can expect to find a bush full of life and wonderful green grasses all around. The second Shoulder Season runs from the beginning of November through to mid-December as the summer rain storms build.

Peak Season: From June to the end of October is when Botswana, and in particular the Okavango Delta, is at its peak. The water from the rains has largely evaporated but the flood waters from Angola will have arrived to top up the channels of the Delta.

You can read more about Botswana's seasons in our 'A Year in the Okavango Delta' blog post.

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