San Camp

San Camp is a beautiful boutique camp located on the very edge of Ntwetwe Pan, bordering the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

San Camp is one of the most individual, escapist and tranquil camps in Africa. This is due mainly to its stunning location on the edge of Ntwetwe Pan – few camps can ever offer the feeling of space and solitude that the San Camp evokes. The camp is small and upmarket, with excellent service, good food and a warm welcome, and the varied activities are excellently guided. The only negative is the price, which will put off many travellers, but if this isn’t an issue then San Camp can cater for outdoor enthusiasts and luxury travellers alike. Compared to its better known sister camp, Jack’s Camp, San Camp is smaller and has a more stunning, out there location next to the pans.

The Makgadikgadi Pans are well worth a visit for anyone who enjoys exploring different habitats and landscapes, and is prepared to compromise a little on the big game experience in favour of geographical diversity and more specialist wildlife viewing. The specialist wildlife is worth a particular mention as it is sometimes the key reason for visiting the area – brown hyaena, aardvark, aardwolf and habituated meerkats.


San Camp caters for up to 14 guests in six luxurious white canvas ‘old-style’ safari tents, each containing four-poster iron beds (5 doubles and 2 twins), bedside tables and luggage racks. To the front of each tent is a small verandah with…


The Makgadikgadi Pans are not a mainstream safari destination. Together with the adjacent Nxai Pan, the Makgadikgadi Pans cover an area of nearly 5500 sq. miles. The pans, remnants of a huge inland sea, are largely void of vegetation except…


San Camp does accept children of all ages, though with limited central areas, no family tents and relatively cosy standard tents it is arguably not the best option with younger children. However, for families with older children who can sleep…

Conservation & community

San Camp supports the Makgadikgadi Conservation Initiative which promotes the expansion of large mammal migration routes between northern Botswana (Chobe and the Okavango) and the Kalahari Desert (specifically the Makgadikgadi…

Location Makgadikgadi
Access Charter flight or Shared air transfer into Tsigaro airstrip
Open Mid April to mid October
Pricing £££££
Camp Style Luxury tented camp
Focus Makgadikgadi Pans experience / Specialist wildlife
Children No age restriction
Activities Meerkats experience / Bushman walks / Game drives (day and night) / Quad biking (seasonal) / Helicopter flips (at extra cost) / Horse riding (at extra cost)
Vehicles Open
Maximum Guests on Vehicle 7
Private Vehicle Options Yes
Off-road Driving No
Number of Rooms 7 tents
Family Accommodation No
Bathroom Flush toilet / Plumbed basin / Plumbed shower
Power for charging Communal
Lighting Lantern
Hairdryer Not possible
Heating/Cooling No
Room Safe No
Laundry Service Complimentary
Communication in room No
Wi-Fi No
Mobile Reception No
Swimming Communal plunge pool
Wellness Yoga
Dining Style Communal
Drinks Included All
Credit Cards Visa and Mastercard