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San Camp

San Camp is located deep in the Kalahari Desert on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans, the largest saltpans in the world. A relic of one of the world’s largest super-lakes, the Makgadikgadi dried up thousands of years ago as a result of the continued shifting of the earth’s crust. When the lake was formed, some five to seven million years ago, its shores were the setting for the mysterious transition from ape to human.This camp is a return to the true safari experience, with no running water or electricity. Six pale khaki canvas tents twinned with a dramatic location, combine to create an oasis of civilization in what can be the harshest of stark environments. The result: One of the most romantic camps in Africa! A maximum of 12 guests are accommodated in six large walk-in tents on slightly elevated wooden platforms with comfortable beds, cotton sheets and paraffin lamps. Bathrooms are en-suite with bucket showers and flushing loos. The camp’s hub is a romantic white canvas pavilion, with a fluttering valance beneath its eaves, where guests will experience wonderful food and personal service. After the rains (December to April), there can be enormous herds of Wildebeest, Zebra and Springbok (with the accompanying predators) on the open grasslands. The summer rains also leave a warm shallow layer of water that entices waterfowl and flamingos. Activities are conducted in open 4×4 vehicles, custom designed for this terrain and accompanied by knowledgeable guides. In the winter months only, all-purpose ATV vehicles (four wheeler motorcycles/Quad bikes) are available, allowing guests to travel across the salt pans. Walks with a Bushman tracker where the Bushmen teach us how they have survived in this harshest of environments, using ancient knowledge of plants, animal behavior and survival skills. The Kalahari desert is its own universe. It is the only place where guests are virtually guaranteed to see the rare and elusive brown hyena and be able to walk through the Kalahari with a gang of habituated but, wild meerkats (suricates)!

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